For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: DJ Phenom!
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For a DJ who only moved to Chicago a year ago this month, DJ Phenom, aka Colin Rebey, has been making waves in the city. The DJ has performed at events like Wicker Park Fest with Flosstradamous, a sold out show at The Mid with Boys Noize, and even at Freaky Deaky 3 with Wolfgang Gartner and MSTRKRFT. Now, the nightlife regular shares his plans for 2012 with CVU.
“2012 is already off to a crazy start,” the DJ confirms. “My biggest events that I am focused on right now are my Super Bowl gig with Hood Internet Feb 4 in Indianapolis, Indiana at Huddle After Hours, my gig opening for A-Trak February 10 at The Mid, and everything associated with SXSW and lining up parties there.”
In addition to continuing residencies throughout the week at Rehab, Zombies Vs Skeletons, HUB51, and Face Off, Rebey is also looking at expanding outside of Chicago. “The big stops are going to be Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Austin, Kansas City, and Lincoln, Nebraska,” the DJ reveals. “Definitely anxious to break a couple new markets as well as get back to Indianapolis, which is basically my home away from home.”
Aside from touring, the DJ is also looking towards new music, as well.
“I just released my remix of Drop The Lime‘s “Shake Baby Shake” for free via my soundcloud,” he informs. “I am currently working on originals for my first EP which will come out tentatively in May as well as multiple edits and other remixes. There is also a project in the works between myself and Show You Suck where we drop a mixtape each month featuring new projects amongst all of our friends in our crew. Lots of ideas in the works.”
“Our biggest focus right now is our brand new Sunday night event Nachos Y Muchachos at evilOlive,” Phenom continues. “The event will feature $5 all you can eat nacho bar, a film from 10-12 and then a DJ party from midnight to close with resident DJs Zebo and myself. The event is hosted by Mic Terror. Really excited to bring a new spin to Sundays for our industry friends that have been busting their asses all weekend.”
“I want 2012 to be the year of collaborations,” Rebey concludes. “I’m most excited about continuing my work with Show You Suck as well as starting to produce for him. I’m also looking forward to branching out and teaming up with acts such as Dan Dwyer from The Sleepers, David Beltran from Starfoxxx, and Rob Threezy from Ghetto Division. I’m excited to make music that breaks the mold.”