DJ Sean Parks is set to bring the IML energy

Tue. May 16, 2023 9:35 AM by Ross Forman

'I’ve always been drawn to (the) IML energy, so participating in this event is stimulating,' says Parks

Chicago-based DJs Janky and Sean Parks will be joined by Houston hottie Marti Friesen for a 3-way musical masterpiece at the annual Victory Party of IML, presented by CircuitMOM Productions, on Sunday night, May 28, at the House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn) in downtown Chicago.

“I’ve always been drawn to (the) IML energy, so participating in this event is stimulating,” Parks said.

The annual International Mr. Leather weekend, May 25-29, rolls into the Congress Plaza Hotel (520 S. Michigan Avenue) for kink, creative and so much more. Parks tagged IML as “playful, kinky and sassy.”

Parks, 38, lives near Hollywood Beach on Chicago’s north side. He purchased his first set of belt drive turntables when he was 15. He now plays the Arbella (112 W. Grand Avenue) regularly and has for years.

Parks’ DJ resume also includes opening Queen! at SmartBar during Chicago Pride 2022 and “the club had a special vibe that night,” he said.

He also once spun all vinyl at a downtown rooftop garden for a friend’s birthday party. “There’s’ something unique about spinning Chicago house music with a view of the skyline,” he added.

The sounds from Parks also resonated through Wisdome in Los Angeles, the first and largest immersive art and music dome park. Parks praised “the experience of the people, the sound, aesthetics and visuals in the dome (were) spiritual.”

Now Spinning … DJ Sean Parks

The Past Year: “Unpredictable but rewarding.”

Favorite DJ: “I have always admired Mark Farina for his musical approach and original sound.”

Three DJs Who Everyone Should Watch: Honey Dijon, Brothers Malkovich and John Summit

All-time Favorite DJing Gig: “The Victory Party, of course.”

Favorite Chicago Restaurant: Virtue

Favorite Chicago Tourist Destination: Architectural Boat Tour

Favorite Chicago Pro Athlete: Derrick Rose

Overall, Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan

Hobbies: “Playing basketball, touring historic architectural sites, working out, traveling and outdoor activities to name a few.”

Little-known Fact: “I put ketchup on hot dogs.”

If I wasn’t a DJ … “I’d be flipping through an interior design magazine getting inspiration for my current project.”

Boxers or Briefs: Briefs

Keep up with Sean on Twitter and Instagram, and listen on Soundcloud

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