Steadily gaining recognition and credibility, Shaka23 is truly at home with music. Growing up, she was exposed to Chicago's pioneer underground house radio show BMX and the DJ's of the Hot Mix 5. Her older brother DJ "Def Cut Don" started spinning house music in the mid 80's and her inspiration to DJ came about from this.
While most kids were playing with toys, she was attending basement parties, checking out the latest grafitti on the train tracks and watching the local breakers battle. This is what fascinated her as a child and continues to be an influence in her DJ'ing and producing.
In 1990, she began to attend raves and underground loft parties. This new underground scene opened her up to the sounds of techno, drum and bass, and many new genres of house music. Every weekend for at least 5 years she supported the music scene through dancing, while avoiding drugs and encouraging others to do so, too. She became friends with many of the DJ's, promoters and party people in Chicago and throughout it all knew she would be a driving force in the years to come.
In 1996 she moved to NYC after being signed to a modeling contract. She lived there for 2 years and continued to support the rave and club scene in Manhatten, made many music contacts and widened her knowledge of dance music.
In 1998, she made a decision to move back to Chicago where the true home of house is and started spinning records. From there she found support from many great people in the Chicago scene including Lady D of SuperJane, Kenny Carvajal, and Arman Razavi, to name a few.
Not only a DJ, she promoted many events and weekly party nights at clubs such as MadBar, BigWig, and Smart Bar through illmeasures, a music promotion company she started with a group of talented local artists in 2001. She's held residencies at both the posh W hotels in Chicago, Whiskey Sky Bar, Le Passage, Big Wig, MadBar, Moda, SuperLounge & Harry's Velvet Room to name a few. She's played many parties hosted by UR magazine including New Years Eve 2002, and 2003 and was the monthly resident for the BGCC monthly parties in 2003. She DJ'ed for All Terrains annual summer Heat Festival in 2002, and was featured at Pure's Future Sound of Chicago event held at RedNo5 sponsured by Shure.
Currently, her passion for house music and for the dance music scene remains and she continues to dedicate herself to helping maintain the life and growth of underground music. Through the years, she has also versed herself in many forms of music ranging from house to techno to electro and receives inspiration from artists such as Herbert, Tony Senghore, Morgan Geist, and the late Armando.
By playing at many diverse venues including lounges, clubs, hotels, openings and other events, she's had the opportunity to experiment and open her mind up to any and every style of music. With no limitations, she continues to DJ with an energetic style that can be best described as a fusion of diverse elements ranging from deep to funky house with classics mixed in, providing our dance music community with a boost of freshness and creativity.
With six years under her belt and over 30 crates of records, Shaka is versed and equipped with many styles of music including all genres of disco, 80's, house, broken beat/nu-jazz, electro, techno, and even classic and 80's rock, to name a few. She is currently in the studio producing an RnB/Hip-Hop demo for the up and coming artists Prince Akilah and Mondo Cruz under the n