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Vinyl Only #18 mixed by M.Sylvia

Characterised 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 techno, minimal techno and experimental, the main constants are a drift to the deep end and a selection to suit the mood, with prominent influences from her favourites: 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 musical career was an unexpected development.

She started DJing around 2006 and never imagined it would become a career, only that she enjoyed it more than anything else. Looking back, it was the moment she found her second skin. Many other life plans dissolved; everything began to revolve around music. Within a year of making her debut on the Chicago dance music circuit as part of the NORdjs collective, M. Sylvia landed a residency at Chicago’s renowned Sound-Bar, where the group remained for the better part of a decade.

A discerning ear, strong technical skills and a heartfelt approach to music selection lend authenticity to M. Sylvia’s sets, making her a prominent presence in Chicago. During her time at Sound-Bar, she has also played at Spy Bar, Vision, Crobar and several 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 a resident at one of Chicago’s most prominent underground venues, Primary. A regular at Spy Bar, M. Sylvia added SmartBar and a solid set of Chicago warehouses to some of her favourite venues, sharing decks with Gel Abril, Nastia, Steve Bug, Jan Blomqvist, Giorgia Angiuli, and ending the year as part of Booka Shade’s North American tour stop in Chicago. Her work with the NORdjs collective evolved into a collaboration with one of the members, Tima Fei, under the name Chicago Manual.

The tenets of her production include the live feel of analogue instruments and experimentation. Currently focusing on studio time, her original work and remixes can be found on The Pool House and Toxic Recordings labels.

Vinyl Only #18 mixed by M.Sylvia


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