Preview: Kassem Mosse (Live), John Johr, and M50 at Smart Bar on June 9th

This Saturday, June 9th, Smart Bar welcomes German producer and electronica innovator Kassem Mosse to Chicago for the first time. He will be performing a live set, allowing him the opportunity to showcase his diverse and forward-thinking productions. This one has potential to be one of the hidden gems of the summer. Supporting him on the bill will be John Johr, who recently relocated to the Windy City from Detroit and is no stranger to the dancefloor himself. M50 will also be on hand and rounds out the bill. Top to bottom, this lineup looks fantastic.

$10 Advance
$12 before midnight
$15 after midnight
$7 before midnight with Smart Bar Tweet or valid student ID


 From Smart Bar’s Facebook Event Page:

“Hailing form Leipzig, Germany, Kassem Mosse (aka Gunnar Wendel) releases his take on Deep Techno & House on a host of respected international labels, including FXHE (US), workshop, Laid (GER) and nonplus+ (UK). His productions have received international recognition with their unusual amalgamation of various electronic styles, ranging from Electro to Deep House and Techno. His sound has been compared to anything from Theo Parrish, Andy Stott, Basic Channel, Nightmares on Wax and ‘Surgeon played at the wrong speed’ (boomkat.com). Kassem Mosse has performed livesets throughout mainland Europe, the US and Japan since 2005. In 2011 he launched a label called Ominira together with Farrah Mekas.

His productions are supported by Omar S, Ikonika, Patrice Scott, Marcel Dettmann, Tama Sumo, Redshape, Tibcurl, Norman Nodge, Cassy, XDB, Move D, Hans Nieswandt, Ame, K-soul, PDR, Philip Sherburne, Lerosa, Andy Stott, Octex, Chaton, Ripperton, Murat Tepeli, Ryan Elliott, Peter van Hoesen, Modyfier, Ellen Allien and Damian Lazarus among others.”

From John Johr’s Soundcloud Page:

“John Johr’s career as a DJ began in 1999 after drawing inspiration from the sounds of early Detroit Techno and House. His sets today strike an artistic balance that blends a fusion of house, tech house, minimal, and techno; a quality that was directly shaped by his occupation as record purchaser for Detroit’s famed Record Time. John’s status in the electronic music scene began to rise when he produced Input/Output; one of the cities longest running weekly electronic music events. As host of the popular weekly series, John showcased local veterans and emerging international talents, who have all garnered worldwide acclaim.

In 2005 John took up residency with Paxahau and became one of a select group of DJs to represent the promotional powerhouse behind the decks. His residency with Paxahau further propelled his career and gave him the opportunity to share his talents at shows in cities all across the US including Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Toronto, and many more. He also has played the Movement Electronic Music Festival three times in the last six years. As well John has also been the warm up dj for countless world-class artist’s.

In the fall of 2009 John went overseas for his first tour of Europe. His sounds brought much acclaim and earned him a new following after performing in Berlin, Munich, and Zurich at popular venues such as Watergate, Club Der Visionare, and Cityfox @ Alte Borse.

John’s burgeoning talents in the studio have also be on showcase as he has released original tracks, remixes, and edits on multiple records label’s such as Left’d—the UK-based digital sub label of Leftroom. Culprit, Detroit’s KMS, and other prominent labels globally. John continues to stand out among Detroit DJs using creative skills & years of experience as resources to provide an unequaled mixing display.”

With M50

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Jeremy Frazier is the editor-in-chief of Soundfuse.