Erica Baran aka The Baraness Von So Def! … DEEP in the MIX of LIFE! Eyes closed feelin’ the vibe deep inside, body movin’ to the beat, hands workin’ the mixer like an instrument, and beautiful smile enticing the crowd to come on the journey with her… now you have the image of the queen of Philly DJs, The Baraness, deep in the mix!
Abstract art was the original expression of Erica’s creativity. Once a turntable was added to her “creativity mix” after she graduated college, The Baraness really began to turn it out! House music, of all genres, is her passion… and passionate is a great way to describe Erica as her passion for life and how she lives it clearly comes through in her choice of music and her style of mixing. The Baraness began DJing at parties and then grew to guest appearances at venues such as Voyeur Nightclub (Sundae Philadelphia), Swanky Bubbles, Pure, Mansion, South Beach, Miami, London, and New York City. Recently, notable residencies at Voyeur (Sundae Afterhours), Sisters (12” Happy Hour) and Fluid (Monday Night Social) combined with opening sets for Andy Caldwell, Pete Moss, Alex Alvarez, J Boogie, Robbie Tronco, Stacy Kidd, George Morel and Oscar P have solidified Erica as a house music force in the city of brotherly (and sisterly) love! Erica has also been involved with the commercial end of the music business with podcast series available at Podomatic.com (Adventures in Deep House: A Von SoDEF Podcast), and with promotions and freelance writing for The Joint/Media Services NYC. In addition, she has also shared her music with the masses on 91.7 FM for the Electronic Music Marathon in Philadelphia, BSP.org and was featured as guest DJ alongside Toronto's DJ Cosmic Cat for OUR HOUSE radio on Sceedle.com.
Recently having moved to the Windy City of Chicago, Erica has immersed herself further into her career working in label management for Martin Atkin's Invisible Records, Chicago's longest standing DIY industrial rock labels. Learning studio production and working as a contributing editor to Martin's new book, 'Band:Smart' (the follow-up book to huge seller 'Tour;Smart), Erica has started blazing a trail fast in the Windy City. Erica also has production and remix projects of her own in the works and is writing for the very well-known Chicago house music publication, 5 Magazine. Erica has a passion for all things creative and writing is certainly one of them. Her Von So Top 10 charts on Resident Advisor have seen recognition by well-reknowned talent in the industry and the charts continue to establish Erica as a respected taste maker in the music industry.
Erica… The Baraness, brings an energy wherever she plays and with a diversity of audiences. So, hurry to hear her at a venue near you or through her many podcasts and allow The Baraness to deftly mix her way into your mind, body, and SOUL!