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vinyl only #18 mixed by M. Sylvia

16|05|2020
Biography

Characterized by the warmth of Chicago's house roots, M. Sylvia's style is a dark, dubby sound sworn to explore the beauty of the present moment. Spanning from techno, minimal techno to experimental, the main constants are a drift to the deep end and a selection to suit the mood, with prominent influences from her favorites: The Prodigy, Magda, and Loco Dice. M. Sylvia, Sylvia Dziemian, is a Polish-born transplant, who grew up in Chicago absorbing its love of art, music culture, and freedom of expression. Her music career was an unexpected development. She began DJ-ing around 2006 and never imagined it would become a career, only noticing she enjoyed it more than almost anything else. In retrospect, it was the moment she found her second skin. Many other life plans dissolved; everything began to revolve around music.

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Within a year of debuting on the Chicago dance music circuit, as part of the NORdjs collective, M. Sylvia gained residency at Chicago's renowned Sound-Bar, where the group maintained residency for the better part of a decade. A discerning ear, strong technical skills and a heartfelt approach to music selection render M. Sylvia's sets authentic, making her a prominent presence in Chicago. During her years at Sound-Bar, she also played at Spy Bar, Vision, Crobar, and multiple other iconic Chicago venues alongside global talent such as James Zabiela, Satoshi Tomiie, Marko Nastic, Jody Wisternoff, DJ Three, Chris Fortier, and many more. She spent 2017 as resident at one of Chicago's prominent underground venues, Primary. A regular at Spy Bar, M. Sylvia added SmartBar and a solid set of Chicago warehouses to some of her favorite venues, sharing decks with Gel Abril, Nastia, Steve Bug, Jan Blomqvist, Giorgia Angiuli and closing the year off as part of Booka Shade's Chicago North American tour stop. Her work with the NORdjs collective evolved to a collaboration with one of the members, Tima Fei, under the name Chicago Manual. Tenets of her production involve the living feel of analog instruments and experimentation. Currently giving studio time a heavy focus, you can find her original work and remix releases on The Pool House and Toxic Recordings labels.

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