Soul Summit & East Room presents
Soul Summit DJs + Guest DJ Shazam Bangles
Born in Chicago during a landmark era in underground DJ culture, Shazam Bangles has cemented his reputation as a talented DJ (and pun master) with undeniable fluency and range. In his teenage years, Bangles began trading VHS tapes of DJ battles and religiously listening to the mixtape and college radio DJs on stations such at WHPK and WNUR. This fascination with the rebel bass led him to begin chopping up his parent’s record collection into primitive pause tapes. His style is rooted in fusing a soulful spontaneity with technical prowess, which he has been constantly refining since he began DJing in the late 90’s.
He has been a catalyst in preserving turntable culture as a member of the influential show/DJ crew, Cutz On Cuts, which established itself in 2010. The concept was to feature one DJ/producer, while 3 other DJ’s and musicians would add samples, dialogue, and instrumentation. They were able to breathe some much-needed life back into the scene via renowned loft parties and landmark live shows with DJ’s such as Rob Swift.
Bangles is a founding member of The Boogie Munsters, a reputable band of record jocks that have established themselves as the #1 Chicago-based Boogie Funk DJ Crew.
Shazam can be found at his most technical within a Cutz On Cuts-style set in Pilsen or Logan Square, or at his most funky, flipping records for the people with The Boogie Munsters at their monthly trend-killing parties. He can be heard rocking on the radio as part of Vocalo’s (WBEZ affiliate) DJ Collective the first Friday of every month on 91.1fm. He was selected to be part of the Collective after winning an open format “Quest For The Best” DJ Competition in 2012. As the beat continues on…