Bad Boy Bill On The Beat Chicago’s Retrospective

BAD BOY BILL

Bad Boy Bill is our featured retrospective artist of the week.

There’s many great DJS that come to name when you think of Chicago DJS. There’s so many you don’t know too. Bad Boy Bill is up there as one of the greats and a true visionary.

bad boy billBad Boy Bill started out at our sister station WBMX (http://www.wbmxhistory.com) in the 80’s and has since become an award-winning, ground-breaking, multi-media entrepeneur whose name is known around the world.

Performing at EDC and more, Bill was also one of the founders of Beatport as well as the first DJ to truly immerse club culture fans in multi-media presentations.

Whether in the studio producing or on the decks performing for thousands of club-goers and festival fans, Bad Boy Bill is truly one of the first, real and true international DJS who’s left his mark on an industry filled with icons who’ve done far less.

Back in 2010, The Beat Chicago’s Sal Amato had a chance to talk with Bill about his career up to that point.  Check that interview out below.

<center>Hard-house DJ Bad Boy Bill was born and raised in Chicago, and began mixing records at the age of 14. An avid fan of Chicago radio station WBMX’s Hot Mix Five mixing team, Bill landed his big break when none other than Farley “Jackmaster” Funk gave him his first broadcast gig; he went on to emerge as one of the hottest turntablists on the Windy City scene, and in 1988 took top honors in the Midwest division of DMC’s Battle DJ competition. Bad Boy Bill went on to spin records throughout the world, even maintaining a long-term DJ residency in Germany in addition to hosting “Street Mix,” a top-rated weekly radio mix show on Chicago’s WBBM. He also founded his own label, International House Records, and through its Mix Connection Multimedia Inc. subdivision issued a series of mix tapes, the ongoing Bangin the Box series. Utilizing up to fifty records — a reflection of his hip-hop background — where most DJs would use only ten, Bad Boy Bill gained a great reputation for playing fast and loose with the mix, rarely pausing to rest on his laurels. Along with the Bangin the Box series, he’s issued several volumes in a four-turntable battle series (with Richard “Humpty” Vission) titled The House Connection. In May of 2000 the bangin’ series continued with the release of Bangin in London. </center>

Light years ahead of others, Bill has sold over one million records collectively and is still going strong today.

Enjoy music videos, live sets, interviews and more from the man we’re featuring today… Bad Boy Bill on The Beat Chicago’s Retrospective.

DJ Bad Boy Bill was born and raised in Chicago, and began mixing records at the age of 14.

An avid fan of Chicago radio station WBMX’s Hot Mix Five mixing team, Bill landed his big break when none other than Farley “Jackmaster” Funk gave him his first broadcast gig; he went on to emerge as one of the hottest turntablists on the Windy City scene, and in 1988 took top honors in the Midwest division of DMC’s Battle DJ competition.

Bad Boy Bill went on to spin records throughout the world, even maintaining a long-term DJ residency in Germany in addition to hosting “Street Mix,” a top-rated weekly radio mix show on Chicago’s WBBM.

Bad Boy Bill is the founder of his own label, International House Records, and through its Mix Connection Multimedia Inc. subdivision issued a series of mix tapes, the ongoing Bangin the Box series.

Utilizing up to fifty records — a reflection of his hip-hop background — where most DJs would use only ten, Bad Boy Bill gained a great reputation for playing fast and loose with the mix, rarely pausing to rest on his laurels. Along with the Bangin the Box series, he’s issued several volumes in a four-turntable battle series (with Richard “Humpty” Vission) titled The House Connection. In May of 2000 the bangin’ series continued with the release of Bangin in London.

Find out more about this great artist when you visit http://badboybill.com

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