Chicago House Music Oral History Project
Interview with Darlene 'Lady D' Jackson


Micah Salkind



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Darlene Jackson aka DJ Lady D, was written about as “Chicago’s House Music Queen” by Chicago Magazine. She performs charismatic sets of dance music for fan-filled, influencer, charity and celebrity events throughout the world, including appearances at Wanderlust, Noise Pop, Westfest, Summerdance, Chosen Few, SXSW & Lollapalooza festivals. DJ Lady D has DJ’ed, toured and collaborated on music projects since 1995. A media darling featured in print, tv, and digital, including a Chicago Public Library ad campaign, she has hosted and produced for radio and also appears on film in the documentaries, Slipcue, Godfather of Disco, The Boompty Boompt Man, and Girl. In 2016, Lady D was featured alongside Chaka Khan, Nile Rodgers and others in the long-awaited book, “Disco Demolition” (about the infamous event) and began curating a popular monthly spin-off event in Chicago known as Disco’s Revenge where you can see her and invited guests performing live once a month at Arbella. Lady D has managed D’lectable, her music label and events marketing company since 2004. She’s also on the radio the last Friday of every month on 91.1 FM-Chicago. She received a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University in 2016 and is currently advising students and curating events as a Creative Industry Liaison for The Career Center at Columbia College Chicago.

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Columbia College Chicago




House Music, Chicago, Illinois, disc jockey, Disco's Revenge, D'lectable, radio


African American Studies | Gender and Sexuality | History | Latina/o Studies | Music | Regional Sociology


This interview is part of the Chicago House Music Oral History Project held at Columbia College Chicago and was captured for Do You Remember House? Chicago's Queer of Color Undergrounds authored by Micah Salkind and published in 2019. The work integrates histories of music, production, DJing, dance, fashion, and slang and addresses movements that led to the development of Chicago's house music.

Interview with Darlene 'Lady D' Jackson