Bentley Dean, a Chicago based DJ, was born and raised in England. He moved to Chicago and attended Northern Illinois University. There, he was introduced to electronic music by one of his friends. While working at a bar on campus, Bentley Dean watched his friend perform which caused his interest in the genre to grow. Fast forward a couple of years and Bentley Dean is making his rounds to weekly parties hosted by some of Chicago’s most forward thinking patrons. Tonight he opens up for Malaa and Rezz at Concord Music hall. Check out the interview below.
It’s been a week since the Parisian trio of Tchami, DJ Snake and Mercer kicked off the North American leg of their Pardon my French Tour, and my feelings about the show have not changed. Simply put, Malaa the alter ego of one if not all three of the tour headliners stole the show. Tchami, Mercer and DJ Snake had good sets (even if they did copy and paste them from Ultra), but Malaa with his deep, heavy, and slower tracks made an impact on me.
Given their individual success it’s no surprise that the show sold out the Aragon Ballroom, but I’m left with more of a need to see Malaa again whether in Chicago or during the festival circuit. It seems that the hype for DJ Snake, Tchami, and mercer has exceeded the artists themselves. I still love the hits, but everything in between has become white noise. Let me know what you thought of the show in the comments below.
Check out some of my pictures and videos from the show below