VOLUME 5 • ISSUE 5 • MONTH 2011
Soul Sauce Interview By Oscar Mancilla
How did you became a DJ? In the spring of 2009, three of girls and a guy started a party house, known as the Myour House, in Bronzeville, where they hired me as their resident party photographer. With the all parties I captured through out the months of working with these folks, I got to listen to different types of music from different DJs. “I was really impressed by DJ Limbs, who plays a nice range of hip hop, funk, afrobeats, house, and soul.”
Can you tell me a little a bit about yourself and what you do for a living?
y name is Maggie Mui. I was born on March 22, 1986, in Chicago, Illinois. Some folks can relate me to my fecal humored alias such as "The Crapper" or "Dookie Blaster", and I am a Chinese-American photographer and DJ. Growing up in Chicago's neighbourhoods of Bridgeport and Chinatown, I graduated from Hubbard High School in 2004. Dropped out of Northeastern Illinois University at the end of the 2005 fall semester. Then worked butt load of jobs that consists of a hair salon, a Chinese restaurant on the west side, Star bucks, American Eagle, Drift Avenue, Touge Factory, Harrah's Casino Shuttle Bus Service, and Kay Jeweller’s. Finally got my act together in 2007 and picked up a fulltime job at Northwestern University working as a Data Technician, just a fancy title for data entry, and applied different colleges around Chicago in the fear of getting dragged into a lifestyle that was going to take me no where. I jumped on the first school that accepted me, which was Robert Morris College, now known as Robert Morris University. I studied Graphic Design for about 4 semesters until I realized that designing is not a very strong trait of mine, so I decided to transfer to Columbia College, where I studied photography and just recently graduated with a BA.
What type of music do you play? One DJ I was really impressed by DJ Limbs, who plays a nice range of hip hop, funk, afrobeats, house, and soul. He is actually the person who encouraged me to spin when he saw my collection of funk LPs and the soul 45s that I stole from my dad.
How does funk music affects your life? I guess funk music affects a person's life just like any other genre of music. It can be therapeutic; a way to escape from reality or maybe a way to cope with reality. Music itself has a magical affect on a person's mind that can be very motivating and assuring.
“Funk music affects a person's life just like any other genre of music. It can be therapeutic; a way to escape from reality or maybe a way to cope with reality.” FULL BLEED
How was your first show?
What do you take for equipment?
At the time of my first gig in the spring of 2010, I only had two lessons of how to work turntables, one lesson by a friend 4 years priors and from Limbs a few months back. A surprising thing about my first gig is not only was it my first time playing in public, but it was also my first residency at a bar to play biweekly. DJ Limbs had asked to me to partner up with him to set up a soul night. He found a bar in Wrigleyville to play at, Risqué Cafe, and it became the home of our biweekly soul nights, also known as Soul Sauce. Our first night at Risqué, I was re-
The equipment I use to practice with at home are a pair Technic 1200 MK5 and a Vestex mixer, and usually when I get hired for a gig, the equipment is provided and it varies by the type of event and venue.
What programs do you use? For programs, I am all vinyl, so there is no need for programs. DJing really is not that hard as long as you know what songs to select and don’t let dead air get between the next one you play.
“Found a bar in Wrigleyville to play at, Risqué Cafe, and it became the home of our biweekly soul nights, also known as Soul Sauce.”
ally nervous, so nervous that prior to the gig, I wrote down a playlist of songs. During my set, I was extremely nervous, even with the small group of people I know and maybe a couple of drunks near the bar. I made a couple of technical mistakes, but eventually I got through it and got people to dance. I don’t play at Risque Cafe anymore. I currently have a residency at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar and I am apart of the People’s DJ Collective. VOLUME 5 • ISSUE 5 • MONTH 2011
What advice would you give? Don’t take my advice, but I’d say to practice and know how to use the knobs and buttons on your mixer and turntable.
What days do you play? Currently the consistent days I play are every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
What do think about the new types of DJing that are out there? Such as House music and Juke, or what ever is out there now days. When I think of new music types of DJing, I wouldn't think of House and Juke. I think House and Juke is the near the hype of DJing in the 80s and 90s, especially in Chicago. I definitely love Chicago House and Juke. As for newer genres of music, if you were talking about Dub-step and newer Electronica, I'm not a big fan of it. And to be honest I do not know why, it's just not appealing to my ears.
Do you choose those days? The only option I had in choosing these days were how many Tuesdays out of the month and which Tuesdays I wanted to play. Other gigs I pick up usually depends on what day the promoter sets up the event. There has been enough gigs where I've played each day of the week.
As a DJ of Funk do you ever run out of music to play? I actually do run out of music, but it's not because I am a Funk/Soul DJ, it's because I am DJ that strictly plays only vinyl. If I were to go digital, I definitely would have enough music to play all night.
Have you ever thought of changing your style of Music? Not really, I enjoy funk and soul a lot. The only thing I may change is the decade to which the music was made. FULL BLEED
How much music do really have to listen to? Do you just pick random tracks and play freely?
Every track that I play during a gig, I have at least heard it once. At times, if I am not familiar with a track, I was just listen to it for a few seconds to see if it would go with the song I am currently playing. I definitely do not randomly select tracks to play.
Are you competitive with other DJ's? Knowing its about survival out there. For me, I don't think it is much of a competition only because I play a specific genre of music and my entire gig is with an analog medium rather than digital. At times, I feel it's more of a show for people, to see someone play an all vinyl set. Other than that, I still am not competitive because I don't really take DJing seriously, I do it for the joy of it, especially when someone comes up to me and tells me how the music I am playing reminds them of their younger years or of their father's vinyl collection.
“Top 5 artist from the top of my head: sharon jones and the dap kings, marvin gaye, charles bradley, bill withers, stevie wonder.” You mentioned about getting hired for a gig, you do this for money? Is it your passion for music? I do it for both. There are a lot of gigs were I play for whatever I can get, but for those circumstances, it has to be for a good reason; ie. fundraisers or friend's birthday.
How Much do you charge for a show? Do you have any specials? Like any other performer and artist, it all depends on the type of venue and event.
VOLUME 5 • ISSUE 5 • MONTH 2011