Mystic Bill – “Can I Get On Your List?”
Bill’s introduction to the dance music scene began during his teen years while growing up in Miami. Armed with a fake id, he would frequent a lot of the local clubs & gallery events. During the time he began an extensive record collection and had a chance to play at clubs like Club Nu and the A House before he was even of age.
In those days it was mainly artists, punks and gays who lived and partied in South Beach. It wasn’t until Bill landed a job at Flamingo Record Pool which was run by Bill Kelly (WMC fame) & Richard McVay, that he discovered house music. Bill remembers when promos from Chicago started arriving with house and acid mixes on them. He felt so in tune with what was happening in Chicago that he needed to be there. After frequent visits, he made the move and shortly after was spinning at clubs, lofts, and warehouse parties around the city.
His first residency was in the Boiler Room at the Shelter w/ Johnny Fiasco. He later played at places like The Vault with Derrick Carter & Mark Farina, as well as Normandy’s with Ralphie Rosario. In the time since he has held several residencies and played at select destinations around the world.
His music production began with a remix of Kay Ladrae’s Lack Of Love with Vince Lawrence & Karr Krash on Demand Records. More of his earlier production work can be found on labels such as Trax Records, Relief, Club House, and Swing Street. Bill is now back if full swing, with current and upcoming releases on Classic, Rong, and Snuff Traxx, as well as a re release of his classic “Take Me Back”. Check out Mystic Bill’s exclusive Q&A with S&S below.
S&S: What’s your style of music? How do you describe it?
MB: I guess it would be music that is heavily influenced by the early Chicago & Detroit sound.
S&S: Who or what was most instrumental to you when it came to music
MB: I would probably say my cousin George who taught me how to mix when I was 13.
S&S: What drives you creatively?
MB: I’m driven creatively when things flow well during a studio session. It inspires me to stay on it.
S&S: How much does your audience influence you and your music selection?
MB: I would say a lot. If i’m playing something and the crowd is not reacting, I usually try to switch it up till I find a happy medium where both the crowd and I are into it. I do keep it within certain parameters though.
S&S: What artists or genres do you listen to when you’re not working?
MB: My musical taste is very broad. I try to stay away from the radio and like to discover music on my own usually.
S&S: Do you have any favorite memories of growing up with your family?
MB: I’d say probably going to the Keys (Key West especially) when I was a kid.
S&S: Is there anything you would like people to know about you?
MB: One day I was at JB Ross’s office in Chicago (Chicago Music Attorney, my formal manager). He had me answering the phones for a little bit, and at one point I had Muddy Waters on one line, and James Brown on the other.
S&S: Are there any charities you are working with or excited to tell us about?
MB: Not that I can think of, but charities are definitely a positive thing and have done my share of contributions.
S&S: Are there any questions that you wish people would ask you?
MB: Maybe things that are not related to music sometimes
S&S: And on the flip side of that, are there any questions or references you wish people would stop asking or using?
MB: Can I get on your list (an hour before the party)
S&S: What artist(s) have you been the most excited to work with?
MB: recently my partner in “Savage Hymn” Jake Reif.
S&S: Are there any artists that you dream of working with on a collaboration?
MB: Larry Heard would be the ultimate I would say.
S&S: What can we look forward to next from you?
MB: Remix of “In The Night” by Lauren Flax on Get Up Recordings, Remix of “Do My Thing” by Red Nail Kids on Cyclo Recordings. A EP on Snuff Trax (Germany) along with another EP on Crimes Of The Future (UK)
S&S: What legacy would you like to leave?
MB: my contribution to music
- GRAMMY® Nominated DJ Steve “Silk” Hurley “Remixes Live” on the new NS6ii - November 3, 2017
- Ralph & Louie – “Our Fans Are What Most Drives Us” - September 29, 2017
- The 4th Annual House Music Block Party Recap - August 31, 2017
- Steve “Silk” Hurley & Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas at SAE Cultural Impact Awards - August 28, 2017
- 11th Annual Global Mixx Game Changer Award Recipients Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas & Steve “Silk”Hurley - August 24, 2017
- Steve “Silk” Hurley Live @ CFP Chicago - August 18, 2017
- Ralph Tresvant – Inside The Ride Radio Show - August 2, 2017
- Various Artist – Ain’t That A Beach Vol.2 - July 18, 2017
- City of Chicago :: Millennium Park – Chicago House Music Party - June 3, 2017
- Steve “Silk” Hurley & Cece Peniston Live @ Chosen Few Music Festival 2017 (Chicago) - May 24, 2017