Windy City Sounds: Marko Stat$

Every once in a while I’ll hear just one song from an artist and know I’ll be listening to them for quite some time. Marko Stat$ had that effect on me when I first heard his track Jubilation and from that moment on I’ve been following his music and been wildly impressed. I recently featured him on Don’t Sleep Pt. 6 and was excited to get to interview him for this feature. His introspective yet often upbeat sound creates a thoughtful juxtaposition that is immediately ear catching but will also have listeners coming back and revisiting songs to really hear the message he’s providing. See what he had to say about his project BEE-4 I FLY AWAY, how Chicago has impacted his music, and who some of his influences are below.` … More Windy City Sounds: Marko Stat$

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Don’t Sleep Pt. 6: Marko Stat$, Swill, Jose Franco, Yomi, Seer

Don’t Sleep is back. Our feature on some of the best local talent in Chicago has always showcased talented musicians on the rise, but the five artists on this list are some of our favorites to date. With a range of interesting sounds, Don’t Sleep Pt. 6 should have some music for everyone’s taste. From a skilled harpist to some oldies style sounds to some classic hip hop music, there really is an eclectic mix of music coming from this group and we’re excited to introduce you to some more of Chicago’s hidden gems. Get in tune with Marko Stat$, Swill, Jose Franco, Yomi, and Seer below. … More Don’t Sleep Pt. 6: Marko Stat$, Swill, Jose Franco, Yomi, Seer

Don’t Sleep Pt. 5: Amare Symone, orgenA, Joseph Chilliams, Sylvie Grace, Jaro

Don’t Sleep Pt. 5: Amare Symone, orgenA, Joseph Chilliams, Sylvie Grace, Jaro Part five of our Don’t Sleep series features some artists who are Chicago born and raised along with a few who only recently started calling the city their home. All five artists do Chicago proud through their music, showing just how diverse and … More Don’t Sleep Pt. 5: Amare Symone, orgenA, Joseph Chilliams, Sylvie Grace, Jaro

Don’t Sleep Pt. 4: Lulu Be., Mani Jurdan, The Nwotchi Complex, Stunnaman Stacks, Meech

Don’t Sleep Pt. 4: Lulu Be., Mani Jurdan, The Nwotchi Complex, Stunnaman Stacks, Meech  Our latest Don’t Sleep features some artists who have been growing their brand for a while and others who just dropped their first track. Every artist here is talented and deserves some more shine for their dope music. Check out newcomer … More Don’t Sleep Pt. 4: Lulu Be., Mani Jurdan, The Nwotchi Complex, Stunnaman Stacks, Meech

Don’t Sleep Pt. 3: L.A. VanGogh, Ethos, TASHA, Insomnyakk Jimmy, Musa Reems

Don’t Sleep Pt. 3: L.A. VanGogh, Ethos, TASHA, Insomnyakk Jimmy, Musa Reems Aaaaaand we’re back. This month’s Don’t Sleep features a diverse set of artists with styles ranging from a classic old school vibe to a bouncy sound with mainstream potential. Chicago is packed with talent and picking just five artists every month is a … More Don’t Sleep Pt. 3: L.A. VanGogh, Ethos, TASHA, Insomnyakk Jimmy, Musa Reems

Don’t Sleep Pt. 2: Mari, Drea Vibe Dealer, Juba Ja’te, Netherfriends, New Kingz

Don’t Sleep Pt. 2: Mari, Drea Vibe Dealer, Juba Ja’te, Netherfriends, New Kingz Don’t Sleep is back, this time featuring four solo artists and one group everyone in Chicago should be hearing. Check out Mari’s introspective style, Drea Vibe Dealer’s unique songs, Juba Ja’te’s political voice, Netherfriends’ diversity of talents, and New Kingz’ fresh take … More Don’t Sleep Pt. 2: Mari, Drea Vibe Dealer, Juba Ja’te, Netherfriends, New Kingz

Don’t Sleep Pt. 1: Syd Shaw, Femdot, TLNTD, Moon & Ju, Jayaire Woods

Don’t Sleep Pt. 1: Syd Shaw, Femdot, TLNTD, Moon & Ju, Jayaire Woods Don’t Sleep is a new feature that highlights some of the best artists in Chicago you may not have heard of. Our first installment is comprised of a bevy of talented artists who have the musical ability to be big names in … More Don’t Sleep Pt. 1: Syd Shaw, Femdot, TLNTD, Moon & Ju, Jayaire Woods