Dj Lady D - Biography
Lady D marries the classic house tracks of Chicago’s past with the choicest four-to-the-floor stomps of today, and always throws down a soulful and sinful set. Influenced by legends and encouraged by House veterans, "The Chicago House scene would be incomplete without Lady D," as stated by Epitonic.com. The best-known female DJ of Chicago’s underground House scene of the 1990s, Lady D (Darlene Jackson) rose to cult status on the strength of her unbridled raw talent; an elastic charisma that moved easily from raves and afterhours to clubs and social events with ease. With a career that spans10 years and includes producer, remixer, A&R, vocalist, label owner and writer’s titles, D is an undeniable celebutante in the House music industry. Status aside, she remains the "Peoples DJ", with a devoted following among House-heads, ravers, wannabe DJ’s, party people, celebs, gays, artists, intellectuals, and so on….
Making her name early on mainly as a DJ, Lady D was requested by celebrity names like Billy Corgan, Queen Latifah, Dennis Rodman and the cast of Cirque Du Soleil. She’s graced decks for fashion giants Diesel, Hugo Boss, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and cosmetics companies Benefit and Skin Market. She’s opened major concert venues for the likes of Poi Dog Pondering, festivals Noise Pop and SummerDance in Grant Park, Fashion Week (LA), SxSW (Austin), WMC (Miami) and headlined with the top DJ’s in her field including Sneak, Roy Davis Jr., Kid Koala, Derrick Carter, Sandra Collins, Francois K, Supa DJ Dmitry and much more. But that’s not all…she’s played at or held residence at every important venue in Chicago including Shelter, Dragon Room, House of Blues, Crobar, Smart Bar, Boom Boom Room and Zentra.
As a founding member of SuperJane in 1997, Lady D defied frequent comparisons to co-partners Heather, Dayhota and Colette, by making her way not only into the male dominated world of deejayjing but the male dominated world of record labels and became a highly respected A&R consultant and head of A&R for AfterHours Records, a $5.5 million dollar company in 1999. She represented the label at Midem. Twice. Lady D got records into the right hands and she was largely responsible for putting AfterHours on the map. At Afterhours, Lady D signed productions and remixes with artists such as Miguel Migs, Kaskade (in fact it was D who signed his very first production AND suggested a much needed name change which led to…you guessed it Kaskade!) Derrick Carter, Full Intention, Gene Farris, Roy Davis Jr., Jamie Lewis, Psycho ****, Peven Everett, the Pound Boys and many more.
In 2000, Lady D became well known for the now classic, critical-acclaimed compilation, "Naked Kaleidoscope", a best seller for AfterHours. From the success of Naked Kaleidoscope, Lady D became regularly requested in such cities as Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, NYC and Dallas and held residencies in Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee. She was also invited to Europe with stops in Moscow, Germany and France. Lady D also played dates with SuperJane members for their F.I.R.E tour that hit 16 cities across the U.S., sponsored by Camel.
In 2002, Lady D headlined and co-sponsored "Angels & Robots", a 10-city tour for Mixer Magazine, For Love Only & Gravis Shoes. The next year, Lady D followed up with "Sexy Mined" a west coast mini-tour that included eight stops in California clubs over a two-week period. During "Sexy Mined", a film crew for Girl: The Movie followed D; a yet-to-be released documentary produced by David Veloz (Natural Born Killers) and actress/director Kandeyce Jordan. Lady D continues to tour cities mainly across North America as she gains fans and focuses on production more thoroughly.
Lady D also collaborated with Gold record artist Ron Carroll to co-write and produce two spoken word anthems, "Making Love" and "High Again", (the latter was remixed by Felix Da Housecat, appeared on John Selway’s mix compilation for the famed Journeys By DJ’s CD series, and licensed to Black Jack/FR and remixed by DJJinx). Her tracks have shown up on labels such as AfterHours, Vista, Body Music, and her own imprint, D’Lectable. She’s self-produced over 50 mix CD compilations as promotional tools and her mixes are played in restaurants, salons and boutiques the world over, not to mention radio shows such as Chicago’s Q101, XM radio’s ‘The Move’ and various internet radio shows around the globe. Since 2004, Lady D has reported monthly on "The Touch with Deli G", a UK radio show on Vibe101 FM, in the feature, "What’s Happening in the World of Dance Music from Chicago with Lady D". She has high hopes of hosting Chicago’s first House music show on National Public Radio.
After 10 years in the industry, with experience in A&R, production, touring, management and artistry, Lady D reaches another milestone as one of just a few women record label owners/A&R in the world. Her record label, "D'lectable", distributed by Syntax of New York, is widely held as the hottest label to emerge from Chicago in recent history. The label roster reads like a Who's Who of House with names such as Jamie Principle, Glenn Underground, Mark Grant, Ron Carroll, E-Smoove, Stacy Kidd, Mel Hammond, DJ Sneak and many more. In Summer 2005, Lady D led a 10-city summer tour in celebration of her achievements--10 years in the industry and D'lectable's anniversary. To cement the occasion, D’lectable will release "PERFECT 10: The Sound of D’lectable", the double disc CD in Summer 2006 to be distributed by Studio Distribution.
A commodity to the industry, Lady D has proven to be an asset to radio, videos, and documentaries and has parlayed her spoken word and songwriting in studio collaborations with artists such as Common Factor, Soul System and Demarkus Lewis. She was documented by Vancouver filmmakers in Midnite Madness (www.urbanvisuals.com/midnitemadness) during her seven 2003 WMC appearances. She also appears in the UK Channel 4 documentary (2002) on legendary friend and icon, Derrick Carter in addition to having cameos in music videos for Bear Who? (Beatbox-2006) Poi Dog Pondering (Simple Song-2004), Thick Dick (Insatiable-2002) and Josh Wink (Are You There-1997).
Beyond sexy. In addition, Lady D often contributes her in-demand DJ skills to well-deserved charitable causes and benefits including cancer research, leukemia and most recently hurricane Katrina. As she turns her hand to more production, Lady D is expanding her discography with a number of edits and remixes. Her upcoming projects include collaborations with DJ Disciple and Mark Grant, as well as a remix for the Showtime original series "The L Word", a project with SuperJane partner Dayhota that will appear on an upcoming Tommy Boy Records compilation