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Chicago original and skilled DJ since the late 80s, Hyperactive has pushed an evolving sound across the borders of house and techno and has nearly 2 decades of smashing releases to his name on a host of influential labels such as Contact, Drop Bass, Communique’, Missile, Hybrid, Smile, Analog, Plus 8, Planet of Drums, 4 Track, and the list continues. Since the late 90s he’s run 4 Track Records out of Los Angeles, with the likes of releases such as Music Box coupled with re-edits of Missile famed track, Wide Open and a Planet of Drum track, RX Tribe by label owner and Berghain resident DJ, Len Faki on his Figure imprint.


Apart What/Where was your very first DJ gig, and how old were you? 
DJ Hyperactive I must have been 14/15, and the gig was at our high school gym jam on the South Side of Chicago.

Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ? 
DJ Hyperactive Farley, Chip E, Maurice Joshua, Larry Heard (and Fingers), JM Silk (Hurley), Adonis…. the original jack’n and deep stuff. I remember all the house parties, BMX & GCI mixes on blast like it was yesterday.

Apart Describe ‘your sound’ in three words? 
DJ Hyperactive Emotional Jack’n Techno

Apart What are your top favorite 3 clubs (or cities) that you have performed at? 
DJ Hyperactive 1) The Orbit/ Leeds 2) Berghain/ Berlin (no shit, huh) 3) Shelter/ Chicago (rip)

Apart What’s one place or club that you haven’t DJ’ed at yet, that you really want to? 
DJ Hyperactive Place/Scotland & Club/ Tresor

Apart When you are traveling, what are three items you absolutely can’t live without? 
DJ Hyperactive My Mac, headphones, shades

Apart Do you have any of your own productions out? If so on what labels? 
DJ Hyperactive New EP on Droid Recordings (Droid 17) coming this spring.  Also, I’ve re-launched 4 Track Recordings on Beatport and just started to re-release the catalog and plan to release some compilations/classics I’d produced.  There’s a couple handfuls of remixes and tracks I need to wrap up for Truncate, Dustin Zahn, a gentleman in Rotterdam tba, Psyk, and another monster remix project for someone I cannot talk about just yet. 😉 Lastly, I’m working on an Acid release for 4 Track Recordings (4TRK)

Apart Name one track that you are currently all about? 
DJ Hyperactive Loosefingers – Transmission X

Apart What’s your most favorite thing about the Midwest? 
DJ Hyperactive The history and root factor the audience possess.  Whether I’m playing in IL, WI, MN, IA, IN, OH, MI, MO, I know I can drop certain tracks of various genres and I know what type of reaction to expect.

Apart Finish this sentence: Nobody would ever guess that _______
DJ Hyperactive “my middle name is Gustav!”

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