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Michael Serafini grew up in the Bridgeport neighborhood, attending Brother Rice high school, where Ron Hardy DJ’d some of the school dances. As a teen Serafini loved dancing and dance music, and was always drawn to alternative scenes and sounds - he would party at teen venues like Prime and Tender, where the Hot Mix 5 DJs performed, and later carried records for Teri Bristol during her days spinning at Medusas, Shelter and Crobar. He was a mainstay as a dancer in the house music scene, and its gay/punk offshoots, for years before he took over ownership of the legendary Gramaphone Records. Today he is a founder and resident DJ at Smartbar’s Sunday Queen! Party.
Columbia College Chicago
House Music, Chicago, Illinois, Gramaphone Records, Smart Bar, dancer, disc jockey, California
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African American Studies | Gender and Sexuality | History | Latina/o Studies | Music | Regional Sociology
Salkind, Micah, "Interview with Michael Serafini" (2014). Chicago House Music Oral History Project. 35.