10 questions with DJ Karsten Sollors, back for IML Black & Blue Ball

Ross Forman, ChicagoPride.com
May 22, 2019

DJ Karsten Sollors brings his popular sounds to the annual Black & Blue Ball on Monday night, May 27 to officially wrap up IML festivities.  Held at the prestigious House of Blue and starting at 9 p.m., the Black & Blue Ball is a legendary event, produced by Matthew Harvat and his team from CircuitMOM Productions.

Sollors has quite the weekend planned by the time the Black & Blue Ball begins – and ends at 4 a.m.

“I’m just on my way back from Toronto where I played at Bunker/Fly2.0; it was an amazing night and I’m supercharged,” Sollors said.  “I have a lot of new music to share, stuff that will keep the dance floor going all weekend.  I will be playing five consecutive shows over the course of five days and will make sure that each set is special, unique, soulful and explosive.”

Sollors’ sound is house, tech house and some melodic.  He brings “soulful aspects, driving funk-inspired grooves, lots of old school vocal samples layered over top.”

After IML:

“I continue to tour.  The weekend after IML I will be playing Friday in Seattle at Kremwerk, and then Gorgomish after-hours in Vancouver on the Saturday/Sunday morning.  The weekend after that I’m back in Chicago for Spring Awakening Music Festival, then I fly down to Miami to play for Roger Sanchez at his Undr The Radr Residency at Barter Wynwood.  Then I headed back to Toronto to play Resist with DJ Abel at Noir with Prism Events, the next day back to Chicago for some Pride Fest events, including a set at the new house music Pride Fest stage.  I’ll be finishing off the month at Spybar, and then in July I’ll be touring in Central America.

“It’s gonna be a wild ride!”

DJ Karsten Sollors brings his popular sounds to the annual Black & Blue Ball on Monday night, May 27 to officially wrap up IML festivities.  Held at the prestigious House of Blue and starting at 9 p.m., the Black & Blue Ball is a legendary event, produced by Matthew Harvat and his team from CircuitMOM Productions.

Sollors has quite the weekend planned by the time the Black & Blue Ball begins – and ends at 4 a.m.

“I’m just on my way back from Toronto where I played at Bunker/Fly2.0; it was an amazing night and I’m supercharged,” Sollors said.  “I have a lot of new music to share, stuff that will keep the dance floor going all weekend.  I will be playing five consecutive shows over the course of five days and will make sure that each set is special, unique, soulful and explosive.”

Sollors’ sound is house, tech house and some melodic.  He brings “soulful aspects, driving funk-inspired grooves, lots of old school vocal samples layered over top.”

After IML:

“I continue to tour.  The weekend after IML I will be playing Friday in Seattle at Kremwerk, and then Gorgomish after-hours in Vancouver on the Saturday/Sunday morning.  The weekend after that I’m back in Chicago for Spring Awakening Music Festival, then I fly down to Miami to play for Roger Sanchez at his Undr The Radr Residency at Barter Wynwood.  Then I headed back to Toronto to play Resist with DJ Abel at Noir with Prism Events, the next day back to Chicago for some Pride Fest events, including a set at the new house music Pride Fest stage.  I’ll be finishing off the month at Spybar, and then in July I’ll be touring in Central America.

“It’s gonna be a wild ride!”

1

Who were your influences? What made you want to become a DJ?

“Too many to list, but I was first inspired by the rave scene in the late-1990s which is when I started collecting records and bought my first set of turntables. At the time I was experimenting with all sorts of electronic genres like breaks, drum and bass, hip hop, UK garage, house and techno.”

 

2

Who is blowing your mind in music these days?

“My entire team at Farris Wheel Recordings is constantly putting out amazing records. Headed by Gene Farris, a friend, legend and true inspiration in himself. I like a lot of the tech house coming out from across Europe and America. (I) really enjoy the breaks-inspired grooves, as well as the resurgence of disco house.”

 

3

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

“What’s cool is, I’ve already had a chance to work with some of my musical heroes and I feel so blessed to be able to say that. So it definitely (is) to continue working with them. I’d also love to work alongside Loco Dice, (as I am) really inspired by him and the moves he’s making.”

 

4

What’s your all-time favorite song?

“The answer to this question continues to change and evolve. I enjoy so many genres of music and it’s really tough to nail down one track. I have favorite songs of the moment and it shifts week by week. This week it is ‘Peggy Gou - Starry Nights.’”

 

6

Relationship status?

8

If you had only one week to live, what would you do?

“Eat. Pray. Love.”

 

9

You’ve got one night to spend with any famous person you want, who do you pick?

“Sylvester, the disco legend. I think it would be a fascinating evening.”

 

10

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

“Censored.”

 

 

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