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Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE

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1:10 p.m.: Lady D is sending some bass tones through the big speakers at Perry’s that are spine-rumbling. With its giant video screens and heavy-duty lighting rigs, the massive tent is a first-class venue for the weekend’s dance-music heads. It’s early but it’s already filling up quickly, a natural magnet for fans as they enter through the main gates. Lady D throws in some Little Louie Vega to set the tone: “Music takes me where I want to be.” (GK) - Chicago Tribune

Their live coverage of Lollapalooza 2011 included an interview with DJ Lady D. Ebony's writers caught her live and stated, "Lady D rocked Perry's"... -

the photographers lens captures DJ Lady D along with other Lollapalooza artists including Ellie Goulding, Pete Wentz and more. - Out Magazine

DJ Lady D is interviewed about the global dance music phenomenon surrounding house music. - Red Eye/Chicago Tribune

DJ Lady D chats with on being a DJ and other music tidbits. - The Grammy's

Put together by local techno promoter VOLATL, house label D'Lectable Music, and art collective Prak-sis, D3's opening night features Detroit native and second-wave techno innovator Stacey Pullen, D3 founder Lady D and locals Max Jacobson, Max Loomis and Jay Cho, as well as multimedia art and performances. Friday's kickoff event is only the first in the quarterly series, and Gaper's Block sat down with organizer Darlene Jackson, aka DJ Lady D to discuss her vision and Detroit's influence on dance music. - Gapers Block

Darlene Jackson, aka Lady D or DJ Lady D began playing in 1995 and “[remains] in demand ever since.” She hails from the home of House music, Chicago and has over 14 years of experience! Hopefully all the younger djs/producers are taking notes! Much love and respect to our experienced DJ’s who have helped shape what the music is today! - BopperNation Blog

Darlene Jackson (a.k.a. DJ Lady D), Chicago's house music queen, who appears at The Note April 9th
- Chicago Magazine

Starring: Sandra Collins, DJ Irene, DJ Rap, Lady D, DJ Shortee, DJ Collette, DJ Mea, Rebecca Sin, Patricia Arquette, Paul Oakenfold, Jason Bentley, and more… - Kandeyce Jordan

At the new Logan Square club Tini Martini, the promoter behind a Saturday night DJ showcase believes it is essential to have at least one woman play during the course of the evening. Downstairs in the small cement basement of this off-the-beaten-path underground club, the likes of Traxx, Green Velvet--and tonight Lady D--take turns at the turntables. Lady D steps to the decks with her game face on. Although petite, Lady D is a stern and focused fireball, almost mean-looking when she drops her first track. Her thundering bass-lines bring the room's energy up a notch. This is something that only a seasoned Chicago DJ could bring to the dancefloor--Lady D is clearly where she is now on the shoulders of talent, not gender. - New City Magazine

When Chicago party promoters... - Spin Magazine

Known for its contributions to the blues and jazz, the Windy City is also home to some of the most vital dance music in the world. The mid- to late 1980s saw many of Chicago's South Side Catholic high schools open on the weekends, but teenager Darlene Jackson was not at all upset about it. Class of a different kind was in session, and the instructors had names like Farley Jackmaster Funk.

"The schools needed money back then, and the DJs needed big spaces to throw parties in," explains Jackson, more commonly known as DJ Lady
D. "So a promoter would rent out the gymnasium on a Friday afternoon, charge $5 a ticket, and 2,000 kids would show up to the party." - Sights Magazine

It's time to chill out with some grooves from our DJ this week, Lady D. When Lady D isn't spinning records, she's running a business: her record label, D'lectable Music. She's also part of the Chicago Public Library's new campaign that encourages the business crowd to utilize their free resources. Darlene Jackson – aka, Lady D – tells us about how her label's doing, the music she's been spinning during her gig-packed summer, and whether she's got any overdue books in that DJ bag. - WBEZ, Inc.

Though the dance music industry is still very much male-dominated, women have made significant contributions both in front of the mike and behind the scenes. Females like Sonique, DJ Rap, Paulette "DJ Paulette" Constable, Sandra Collins, and Lottie have made great strides in correcting the club community's off-kilter male-female balance. So too, has Chicago's Lady D., who effortlessly assumes the roles of DJ, producer, and label executive.
- Billboard Magazine

TIME TO ADMIT THE obvious: Lady D has become a full-fledged industry force in the worldwide House scene. In the twelve years that she's been practicing her craft, she's torn up more dancefloors than most of us have ever seen. With just a shade over a decade spinning professionally, Lady D (aka Darlene Jackson) can claim a number of impressive credentials: the owner of a respected and successful record label; an irreplaceable member of the (again) respected and successful DJ Collective SuperJane with Heather, Dayhota and Colette; producer, DJ and, with coverage way beyond the industry press, one of the rising stars of the "second wave" of House Music artists. - 5 Magazine

DJ Lady D (website, myspace, label, discogs, twitter) is the head of D'lectable Music, on which she's released her own tracks as well as music by Jamie Principle, Organic Groove Continuum and more.

Lady D (aka Darlene Jackson) has been on the scene as a DJ since 1995, and has toured in places such as Russia, Germany, Thailand as well as home in Chicago. As a producer and remixer, she's collaborated with the likes of Ron Carroll, Demarkus Lewis, Common Factor and Mark Grant. Her latest projects include her production with Max Loomis called "Durty Thing" (on Open Bar Music, with Bear Who? on vocals) and her collaboration (as "Lady Dee") with Ron Carroll, "You Rock My World" on Sneakerz Muzik (NL). - 5 Magazine


Artist, Title, Credit, Label
1. Ron Carroll feat Lady D: You Rock My World;
written & performed; Sneakerz Muzik (NL) 2009; Remixes
by Mark Simmons and Oliver Twizt 2010;
also appears on Hed Kandi World Series: London (Hed Kandi 2010)
2. Bear Who?: Durty Thang; produced as Joint Effort
(Lady D & Max Loomis); Open Bar Music 2009; also
appears on Open Bar Luxembourg (digital compilation) 2010
3. Lady D presents Nick Maurer: Beautiful Person 2009;
remixes; executive producer, A&R; D’lectable Music 2009, 2010
4. Lady D presents OGC feat Kelly Love:
Pump Dance parts 1 & 2; executive producer, A&R;
D'lectable Music 2006; also appears on DJ Sneak
Sessions; Ministry of Sound 2006
5. Lady D presents MrEggGerm feat. Typhonie Monique:
Bring Me Love; executive producer, A&R; D’lectable Music 2005
6. Stacy Kidd: Bad Accident; Lady D’s
D’lectable Edit; arranged, edited; D’lectable
Music 2005
7. Glenn Underground & Charles Matlock:
The Voice (Memories); Lady D’s Bonus
Beats Edit; produced, arranged; D’lectable
Music 2004
8. Demarkus Lewis feat Lady D: I’m A
Freak; written & performed; Vista Records 2004
9. RC Groove starring Lady D: High Again;
written & performed; remixed by Felix Da Housecat;
Body Music 2002; remixed by Djinxx on
BlackJack/Riviera (France) 2002; also appears on
Mega Techno 8; Wagram 2002; also appears on United
Beats of Fab G; Blackjack 2002; also appears on Catch Me; Reinvent
Music 2006
10. Poetry & Rhythm feat Lady D:
Making Love; written & performed; Body
Music Records 2001; also appears on Lightwave: Journeys By
DJ, mixed by John Selway; Journeys by DJ's Records 2002
11. Lady D: Naked Kaleidoscope; Mixed
Compilation; produced, compiled, arranged,
mixed; SHR/AfterHours Records
12. Lady D: Champagne Lady; produced,
arranged; Sessions Vol. 2 SHR/AfterHours 2000,
vinyl & CD compilation; track 10; various artists

US DJ Appearances:

Albuquerque, NM
Austin, TX
Bloomington, ID
Boston, Ma
Brooklyn, NY
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
El Paso, TX
Grand Rapids, MI
Green Bay, WI
Honolulu, HI
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
Kansas City, MO
Lansing, MI
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Madison, WI
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Nashville, TN
New York, NY
Phoenix, AZ
Portland, OR
San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Seattle, WA
St Louis, MO
Tyson’s Corner, VA
Washington D.C.

North American Appearances:
Montreal, CAN
Toronto. CAN
Vancouver, CAN
Acapulco, MX
Mexico City, MX

European Appearances:
Stuttgart, Germany
Mannheim, Germany
Moscow, Russia
Amsterdam, NL

Asia Appearances:
Bangkok, Thailand

2000--FIRE 16 city tour sponsored by
2002--Lady D over Germany tour, by the
Loft Club (DE)
2003--Angels & Robots 10 city tour w/
Slater Hogan, sponsored by MIXER
2004--FILTHY ANIMAL tour sponsored
by For Love Only, Inc
2005--D’lectable Music “Perfect 10” Tour 10
cities, sponsored by D’lectable Music Ltd &
Insite Management
2006-2007-- SUPERJANE 10 year
Anniversary tour



Lady D marries the classic house tracks of Chicago's past with the choicest four-to-the-floor stomps of today, and always throws down a soulful and sinful set. Known widely as Chicago's Queen of House Music, Darlene Jackson aka Lady D has been rocking dance floors nationally and internationally since 1995. “The Chicago House scene would be incomplete without Lady D”, as stated by famed UK writer Luke Magnuson.

Recognized for her top-notch A&R, production and remixing talents first as Label Manager at AfterHours and currently as owner of D'lectable Music, Lady D is respected industry-wide for releasing some of the hottest records in House music over the past ten years. She has played such places as Russia, Germany, Amsterdam, Mexico, Canada, Thailand and extensively across the USA.

Lady D has represented for Chicago House Music on film, radio and especially print. This media darling has been featured in such mags as Billboard, Spin, International DJ, Village Voice, Red Eye/Metromix, The Chicago Tribune, Time Out, UR Chicago, Chicago Scene, Venus, DMA, 5 Mag and Chicago Magazine.

She made her name in the mid 90’s for being one of the first women DJ’s on the underground house scene in Chicago and grew to become one of the most respected industry players who continues to emerge from the Chicago House 3rd wave following in the steps of Derrick Carter, Green Velvet & Sneak among others.

But DJ Lady D is not limited by any preconceived notion of House—her sets drift seamlessly into territories other’s fear to tread. She moves playfully from tracks to vocals, from Acid to jackin’ Techno transitioning to your favorite disco song and back to a big club anthem with finesse. Let's not forget those amazing Chicago gems played close to the chest of her collection. One thing's for sure: it's her selection of songs that sets her apart and always will. Her mix, simply stated, isn't the same old same old.

Lady D has a special way of not only making the mix sound "D"electable, but also making seemingly distinct genres feel like they actually belong together. That’s a gift--a talent; and Lady D has an ear and a passion for music that makes her sound unique yet accessible to many.

Behind the decks for a decade and a half, DJ Lady D's discography gained traction in 2010 with new productions and remixes for Open Bar Music (NYC), Sneakerz (NL), 5 Chicago magazine and more. She is pushing new releases from new artists on her label D'lectable and continuing to get in the studio for more of her own juicy works to come in 2011...

Everyone knows Lady D is a true professional, able to inspire any dance floor in any club she plays—from Bangkok to Waikiki from Moscow to Montreal—she's fun, fashionable and fresh. Can she be for real? To that we say, it's time you get to know the real DJ Lady D.