Chicago House Music Oral History Project
 
Interview with Michael Serafini

Authors

Micah Salkind

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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.

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Columbia College Chicago

City

Chicago

Keywords

House Music, Chicago, Illinois, Gramaphone Records, Smart Bar, dancer, disc jockey, California

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Disciplines

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

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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 Michael Serafini

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