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To support Chicago's creative economy and elevate the city as an innovation hub, Chicago's economic development, tourism, and cultural affairs agencies partnered to bring ChicagoMade ambassadors like Chance The Rapper, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and J.B. Pritzker to SXSW.
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“A DJ expanding his curatorial role … and a Chicago producer of growing influence.”– Time Out Chicago
Jake Trussell'sDiscographyincludes more than 50 records on labels includingXL Recordings,Ninja Tune, andSoul Jazz, sharing production credits with the likes of Diplo, Quincy Jones, M.I.A., and Gregory Isaacs. His own Mashit label has released over 20 records on vinyl and digital formats, and was featured as a “Label of the Month” by legendary BBC Radio 1 host John Peel.
Trussell aims “to explode stagnant musical categories—an approach he describes as ‘extreme genre-blending.’” – XLR8R Magazine
He’s toured globally as a DJ and musician performing at house parties, night clubs, weddings, holiday parties, underground raves, and festivals, sometimes sharing the lineup with legends like Lupe Fiasco, John Madeski, Rhymefest, Carl Craig, Squarepusher, Four Tet, Flosstradamus, and DJ /rupture (with whom he co-founded theToneburst Collective).
“[Trussell] brings life-giving daring to his hybridized dance music” - Chicago Reader
“DJ C’s spin on dance music is innovative … his blend of dubstep, tropicalia, and electro-pop is clever and sounds futuristic, but he’s not trying too hard to impress you with it.” – Miles Raymer, Chicago Reader