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DJ Mick writesThe CHIRP Radio Interview: Alex Santilli

by CHIRP Radio DJ and Features Co-Director Mick R (Listen to his most recent shows / Read his blog)

Aight Bet

Alex Santilli is responsible for providing momentum and rhythm to a number of Chicago-based bands you know and love (many of whom we’ve interviewed for our Artist Interview Series).

He’s currently the drummer for Late Night Laundry and George Arthur Calendar, but that not all! Alex has recently embarked on a solo career under the name The Adventures of Anacleto, and released a new single he’s calling “Caffe Tristé.” You can check it out below:

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DJ Mick writesThe CHIRP Radio Interview: DPCD

by CHIRP Radio DJ and Features Co-Director Mick R (Listen to his most recent shows / Read his blog)

Aight Bet

DPCD is the name of a sonorous, soft, and elegant folk project that graciously calls Chicago home. The group is lead by Alec Watson, who fills the song’s lyrics with ruminations on connection, compassion, and salvation.

Drawing on his past in the Evangelical Church he has a unique and thoughtful approach to the world, its problems, and the ways that we relate to each other as human beings.

Most striking of all though, is his tenderness of presentation, which can’t help but remind one of Sufjan Stevens, or even Conor Oberst, at his most vulnerable.

Alec and his bandmates will be releasing their debut on October 1, an album conspicuously titled It's Hard for a Rich Man to Enter the Kingdom of God. The album is not shy or penitent about its appeals to spiritualism and mysticism, and neither is Alec himself.

As you will no doubt be able to tell, he’s given his faith a great deal of thought over the years, and at this point in his inquisitive journey, we find him more devoted than ever.

He may not love everything about his past, but understanding how he can transpose what was good about it into a better future for him and others is part of what motivates the project as a whole.

I was able to catch up with Alec to talk about his band and their new record over email. His responses were enlightening and thoughtful in ways that often caught me off guard. You can read his earnest responses to my inquiries below:

Purchase It's Hard for a Rich Man to Enter the Kingdom of God

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DJ Mick writesThe CHIRP Radio Interview: NVDO

by CHIRP Radio DJ and Features Co-Director Mick R (Listen to his most recent shows / Read his blog)

Aight Bet

It never gets old talking to artists about their music. One of the things that it particularly inspiring about talking with young hip-hop artists in the city is their sheer enthusiasm and will to make things work.

This is no less true for young MC, producer, and entrepreneur, NVDO. Here is a man who appears to have willed his career into existence by pure force of mind.

NVDO just released his debut LP The Waiting Room, an atmospheric outing into the wild world of Chicago trap, with plenty of moody verses and bouncy, bubble busting beats to go around.

NVDO is a passionate producer and his skill and excellence has brought him into the trajectory of a number of the city’s more recent rap icons, including Mick Jenkins, who guests on a number of the tracks.

When NVDO reached out about an interview, of course I said yes. And I’m very glad I did. His commitment to the project is contagious and it was cool to be able to read and reflect on his story. See what he has to say for himself and about himself below:

Listen to The Waiting Room

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DJ Mick writesThe CHIRP Radio Interview: Aight Bet

by CHIRP Radio DJ and Features Co-Director Mick R (Listen to his most recent shows / Read his blog)

Aight BetE-Town Concrete might be officially retired, but we might just have the next best thing brooding and biding their time on the city’s Southside.

Chicago’s Aight Bet, the self-described “hood-core” band, has yet to release a full EP, but their early singles “Accountability” and “Alpha Status” are already showing a tremendous amount of promise.

Rolling through alternating currents of knuckle-sandwich serving, ‘90s metalcore grooves and bum-rushing beats that stomp like a boss, Aight Bet know how to handle themselves in a hardcore and metal scene that boasts such heavyweight brutes as Harm’s Way, La Armada, Kharma, amongst many others.

To get the scoop on this sick ensemble of upstarts, I caught up with bandleader Maurice to give him the chance to introduce his band in his own words. Check out the interview below!

[The following interview was conducted via email on September 9, 2021. It has been edited slightly for the sake of clarity. Photos by Rick Lancaster.]

Who is Aight Bet and how did you all meet? 

Aight Bet is a band of musicians with different backgrounds and years of experience. We've all played in different bands and came together because it was destined. Maurice on rap vocals, Calvin on hard Vocals, John on Bass, Jeff on drums, Mike on guitar, and Alex on Guitar.

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DJ Mick writesThe CHIRP Radio Interview: Timothy Corpus

by CHIRP Radio DJ and Features Co-Director Mick R (Listen to his most recent shows here / Read his blog here)

Timothy Corpus is a Chicago local composer and sound designer who has a new album out this year that he's titled MMXX.

The album is a reflection on the tumultuous year that changed all of our lives but in different and, at times, imperceivable ways. How did your life change this past year and a half? Who were you before? Who are you now? Have you taken stock of these changes and transitions? Each of us has gone through them, but I think very few of us have dug as deep into these questions as Timothy has on MMXX. The album is a contemplative space in which to explore these investigations into ourselves and the passage of time. The album is self-released by Tim himself, and you can check it out here

Read an exclusive interview with Timothy about the making of his album below:

Tell our listeners a little about yourself- what is your background? what part of the city are you local to? favorite food? etc...

I'm Tim Corpus, composer | sound designer | arts manager based in Chicago. I live down near Printer's Row, but I also studied music performance at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Best burger in the city? DMK.
Best Chicago tavern-style pizza? Flo & Santos.
Best coffee shop? Robust Coffee at 63rd & Woodlawn.

You've stayed fairly busy during the pandemic despite the lockdown, can you give our listeners an overview of all the projects you've been working on since March of last year?

Ya I've been working hard to stay busy, despite a lot of work drying up. I think that's part of trying to keep myself sane during the lockdown.

I helped launch the Opera Festival of Chicago's inaugural festival last month, did a lot of arts consulting for groups around the country, then I composed for a lot of short films, video games, and music for live performance.

I also did a lot of concert broadcasts for performers. It has been the only way performers could keep doing what they were doing, so I've spent a lot of time doing video editing.

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