Festival Lineup

Blocktoberfest 2012 be hitting the streets with a wide array of musical entertainment. The event will feature 3 stages stocked with 18 incredible bands and DJs. Below are the announced acts. More acts will be announced over the coming weeks.
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Bad Boy Bill

It wasn’t very long ago that a bizarre and glorious new sound began
creeping out of nightclubs in Chicago. Before this future music
captivated the world, before it spread to London and New York, before
it was even given a name, this new sound
captured the imagination of a young Chicago teenager who prior to
coming out of his teens would have a name synonymous with Chicago
House Music: That name was Bad Boy Bill.

Beginning his career when he was a freshman in High School, it was a
time when most people hadn’t even heard of House Music yet. But for
 Bill it was a fresh and amazing sound and he had to be involved.
Influenced heavily by the Legendary Hot Mix 5, Bill spent day and
night working on his craft eventually catching the eyes of the very
radio stations he spent all of his time listening to. By the time he
graduated high school Bill was a regular on the radio and one of the
most popular DJ’s in Chicago.

While only a teenager Bad Boy Bill was already releasing music on a
label he founded with his friend Mike “Hitman” Wilson called
“International House Records”. Bills tracks were being played by DJ’s
all over the country while his DJ Schedule was getting so busy that he
was booked almost every night of the week. It seemed that Chicago
 could not get enough of Bad Boy Bill and he gave them what they wanted
working endlessly mixing on the radio, making mix Cd’s, producing
music and Deejaying at nightclubs clubs he wasn’t even old enough to
get in to.

Bill’s passion for House Music and his astounding natural ability behind the
turntables eventually led him to the competition scene where he would
win numerous DJ Battles across the country including placing in
multiple DMC Championships. Bill constantly pushed the envelope and
came up with incredible style and techniques to punish his competition
including a performance so infamous it was censored on the DMC contest

While still very young The Bad Boy Bill legacy continued to take off
with his “Hot Mix” mix tape series. During a time when you couldn’t
drive down the streets of Chicago without hearing Bad Boy Bills Hot
Mixes blasting out of someone’s speakers, the tapes spread throughout
the city as everyone had to have them as soon as they came out.
Selling out of the trunk of his car and at local record stores, it
became nearly impossible to keep up with the demand, which led Bill to
his next venture of starting the record company Mix Connection

Mix Connection’s first order of business was to make Bill one of the
first DJ’s to sell legal mix tapes at major retail stores. The fully
licensed “Bangin the Box” mix series was the first of its kind and
sold hundreds of thousands of copies in stores around the world.

 Bill’s mix-tape sales increased, so did Americas fascination with
electronic music. Word began to spread throughout the country about
Bad Boy Bill and he quickly started to get booked across America and
abroad making Bill one of the earlier touring DJs and thus paving the
way for what were to become todays “Rockstar” DJ’sAs Bill’s popularity increased, he kept his feet firmly rooted in
Chicago’s House scene, expanding the Mix Connection empire by forming
the legendary labels Moody Recordings and re-inventing International
House Records (IHR). The labels were a huge success and allowed Bill
to discover talent in Chicago as well as other parts of the world
releasing some of the era’s best house music including Paul Johnsons
“Get Get Down” which was one of the highest selling house records of
all time. Bill continued to expand the company forming additional
labels under the Mix Connection Umbrella.In the 2000’s Bill continued his innovation, taking the concept of DJ mix to the
next level with his “Behind the Decks” CD/DVDs. The DVD’s again were
the first of their kind and unlike the typical mix CD, came fully
stocked with live show footage, incredible visuals and lots of behind
the scenes footage which gave fans a chance to truly get a feel of
what its like to be on the road and in the studio with Bad Boy Bill.
Bills dominance of the House Music scene, his one of a kind mix
releases, his incredible live shows (which now became some of the
first DJ shows to include live custom visuals along with his own team
of dancers) combined with the success of his record labels led Bill to
be crowned as Americas Favorite DJ by BPM Magazine in 2003 as well as 
in 2006

Always one step ahead of the pack, it was in this same era that Bill foresaw
the industry’s shift to digital media, and teamed up with a small
group of friends to co-found Beatport.com. Starting out as a small
website Beatport quickly exploded and revolutionized the DJ world and
has now become the worlds leading distributor of electronic music.

In 2009, after years of touring and industry innovation, Bad Boy Bill
finally made time to accomplish his goal of producing his own album.
Bad Boy Bill “The Album” was a long time coming and it did not
disappoint the thousands of fans who eagerly awaited its release. The
record was a huge success on multiple levels with singles such as
“Falling Anthem” and “Do What You Like” topping dance charts all over
the world while other tracks were quickly licensed for use on TV shows
and Commercials.

While Bill continues to go strong with an intense tour schedule and
countless hours in the studio working on upcoming releases; one thing
that will not change is his fans demands for Bad Boy Bills signature
Mix Cd’s. The “Behind the Decks Radio show” a monthly podcast and
free download became Bills answer to the swarms of fans that
constantly asked him for new mixes. Unlike other podcasts the Behind
the Decks radio show gives you the feel of a live Bad Boy Bill DJ set
filled with exclusive tracks and Bad Boy Bill style mixing and
scratching. Upon its launch the radio show was immediately picked up
by radio stations across the world for syndication.

In an industry that’s notoriously fickle, and regularly dethrones it’s
top DJs for
the next big thing, Bad Boy Bill has consistently stayed ahead of the pack. His
 innovation has shaped the industry, not just behind the decks, but in
every aspect
of the business. Bad Boy Bill is the rare embodiment of past, present,
and future. He
will always be a legend for his contribution to the EDM world, he is
lauded for what he’s doing today, and the industry and his legions of
fans are always wondering what he will do next.

Web Site: http://www.badboybill.com/