Chicago House Music Oral History Project
 
Interview with Natalie “La Spacer” Murillo

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Micah Salkind

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Raised in Chicago by a single immigrant mother who left their home country for a chance to give their child more opportunities, Natalie Murillo fell in love with music at the age of 3. Grew up involved in their school orchestra and marching band as an adolescent. Went on to study music production and engineering at Columbia College, but that was short lived due to the 2008 recession and their mother’s immigration status did not allow her to take out a student loan. She decided to continue their artistic practice independently as “La Spacer,” and started collaborating with performance artists, visual artists, and multi-disciplinary graduates mainly from SAIC. La Spacer was determined to build her own dream production studio. Determined, bit by bit she built her studio using drum machines, synthesizers, and a vocal booth, and began composing, producing, and performing their work. In 2015, she co-founded “TRQPITECA,” a Chicago-based artist duo and production company creating spaces and opportunities for local and international artists who identify as queer (LGBTQIA+), ALAANA, and/or allies to experiment and thrive.

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Columbia College Chicago

City

Chicago

Keywords

House Music, Chicago, Illinois, artist, performer, TRQPITECA

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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 Natalie “La Spacer” Murillo

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