Janky to bring 'sexy soundtrack' to IML's Victory Party

Thu. May 18, 2023 8:50 AM by Ross Forman

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'DJing at IML hits a little different, knowing that so many people are getting nasty to the beats,' says Janky

DJ Janky is excited to bring his distinctive sound to The Victory Party of the annual International Mr. Leather (IML) weekend, in conjunction with CircuitMOM Productions.

“For as long as I’ve been going out in the Chicago LGBTQ scene, I’ve always known CircuitMOM Productions’ parties to be the most iconic, so, to be a part of it is a full-circle moment for me and I’m beyond excited,” Janky told GoPride.com.

Related: CircuitMOM Productions celebrates 25 years

Janky will be one of three DJs spinning at The Victory Party on Sunday, May 28, starting at 9 p.m., at the House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn) in downtown Chicago.

“IML is an iconic queer, sex-positive weekend where people visit from all over the country,” he said.

“DJing at IML hits a little different, knowing that so many people are getting nasty to the beats. So, I will be playing a sexy soundtrack. You can expect to hear just the right thing at just the right time to get the room to feel just the right way. And lots of energy.”

DJs Sean Parks and Marti Frieson also will be spinning at The Victory Party, which runs till 2 a.m.

Janky, 31, lives in Chicago’s Bowmanville/Lincoln Square neighborhood. He was born and raised in the northwest suburbs, has lived in the city for 13 years – and has been a DJ for eight years. Janky is a regular DJ at Hydrate Nightclub, Joy District and is a resident DJ at Replay Lakeview for “Janky’s House” on the first Friday of the month.

Now Spinning … DJ Janky

Favorite DJs: Paul C and Paolo Martini, Gruuvelement’s, Gina Breeze, Timid Boy, Luuk van Dijk, Sweely and DJ Tennis

Three DJs To Watch: Shaun J Wright, Madeline and Mister Wallace

Favorite Chicago Restaurant: Green Street Smoked Meats in Fulton Market

Favorite Chicago Tourist Destination: Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Favorite Chicago-style Pizza: Deep-dish spinach from Lou Malnati’s

Visitors To Chicago Need To Check Out: SmartBar, Chinatown and Fulton Market

Hobbies: “Spending lots of quality time cuddled up with my dogs, whether it’s on my couch, or tied up on a hammock somewhere with a nice breeze.”

Little-known Fact: “I own a coffee shop (Oromo Café) in Lincoln Square, which I opened in 2016 at age 23.”

If I Wasn’t a DJ: “I’d still ask to connect to the Bluetooth speaker.”

Keep up with Janky on Facebook and Instagram, and listen on Soundcloud

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