Category Archives: Chicago Artist Spotlight

News Advisory: Bryan “BJ the Chicago Kid” Sledge Talks 19-City Tour with Diddy-Dirty Money, Opening for Prince

CHICAGO- April 8 – Beginning next Wednesday, April 13, Chicago’s own Bryan “BJ the Chicago Kid” will launch a 19-city tour as a supporting vocalist for the Diddy-Dirty Money “Coming Home Tour.” The tour starts in Minneapolis, Minn., with stops in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orlando and, of course, BJ’s hometown: Chicago, which takes place on Thursday, April 14, at the House of Blues.
  
Bryan Sledge, a.k.a. BJ the Chicago KidThis year has been a monumental one for his career, with a number of pivotal points, including the opportunity to open for the legendary Artist Formerly Known as Prince just two weeks ago.
  
“I’m thankful for everything that comes my way and just want to keep representing Chicago in the best way I can,” says BJ the Chicago Kid. And represent he does–not very many can add performing with Diddy, Mary J. Blige and other legends to their credits.
  
Who knows what’s next for BJ the Chicago Kid, but at this rate, the sky is the limit for this Chicago-born artist.
  
For more information on BJ the Chicago Kid, visit his website at ListentoBJ.com. For a complete tour schedule, visit the official Diddy-Dirty Money tour page.  
  
  
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For interview opportunities with BJ the Chicago Kid, contact Miko Franklin at 773.980.6404 or m.franklin@publicitystuntinc.com.
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Inside the Industry…with DJ Geno

The Chicago music business is a complex industry, in which very few can actually claim success. DJ Geno,  protégé and former manager of one of the city’s best rappers, GLC, is one of the few to actually have penetrated this tough market. His credentials include being an internationally known DJ and the owner of a music consulting company. During a recent sit down with him, DJ Geno explained how he made it and what other Chicago musicians can do to boost their careers.

 WGeno, GLCith more than 12 years of industry experience under his belt, what better source than DJ Geno to gain invaluable industry insight?

 DJ Geno credits Nappy Boy recording artist Shawnna for giving him his first break in the industry years ago. After interning at Def Jam and Interscope, not only did he serve as her road DJ, but her manager as well. As a result of this experience, DJ Geno notes that branding is key for musicians hoping to establish a long-term career in the industry: “By branding myself as a go-getter, ready to do what it took to get the job done, Shawnna and others were ready to give me the opportunities to advance my career. All you have is your image and with so many people trying to ‘get on,’ it’s important that you stand out—in a good way,” he noted.

 He also says that networking is another critical piece to breaking into the industry. According to DJ Geno, “it’s all about who you know” applies to the arts and entertainment industries just like any other.  

 When asked why Chicago remains a second class city, compared to the likes of New York and Los Angeles, ever-faithful to his city, DJ Geno says “Chicago is a first class city, but our mentality has to portray that.  Meaning, we have to do first class business with each other. … We need to embrace each other and our resources.”

 DJ Geno gives Hollywood Holt his props for being ahead of the curve when it comes to marketing and branding in the industry. “He is smart because he keeps himself relevant even if he just DJing a party. So when you think of party you think of him.” Using the web is a great way to develop a full-fledged campaign for a fraction of the price of traditional campaigns, but with similar results. DJ Geno recommends that artists to take advantage.

 It’s hard to break into the industry, but not impossible. With role models like DJ Geno paving the way for up-and-coming musicians and industry professionals in Chicago, it’s now easier than ever.


UPTOWN Weddings & Travel; Lovie’s Letter Paper Co.

One of our favorite magazines, UPTOWN, recently announced the launch of a “Weddings & Travel” special edition release. And with the spring wedding season right around the corner (despite the blizzard conditions that we are enduring right now), this launch couldn’t have been more timely.

Cynthia Bailey covers UPTOWN Weddings & Travel

Cynthia Bailey covers UPTOWN Weddings & Travel

As it happens, we are representing one of Chicago’s premier wedding stationery companies, Lovie’s Letter Paper Co. (In case you missed “Four Tips on Selecting Wedding Invitations,” you can view it here.

If you are a reporter covering wedding trends and would like to speak with the owner of Lovie’s Letter Paper Co., please give us a call at 773.980.6404 or send an email to m.franklin@publicitystuntinc.com.

If you are in the market for wedding stationery, please check out the company site at Lovie’s Letter Paper Co.


Wedding Reporters: Working on a story about 2011 stationery trends?

Working on a story about 2011 wedding stationery trends? If so, contact Publicity Stunt Inc for an interview opportunity with Seleana Luckett, stationery adviser for some of Chicago’s hottest weddings and proprietor of Lovie’s Letter Paper Co.

Contact: Miko Franklin at 773.980.6404 or m.franklin@publicitystuntinc.com


Chicago Artist Spotlight: T’izm Sound Productions, Chicago’s only urban recording label

The minds behind T'izm Sound Productions, FyreMouff and DJ JazznosisDespite many challenges, Chicago’s entertainment community remains vibrant and artists remain hopeful. FyreMouff, a bilingual spoken word artist, is one of those artists. FyreMouff, along with her boyfriend, DJ Jazznosis, have remained resilient and confident that the local arts and entertainment scene will flourish. Together, the two founded T’izm Sound Productions, which they’ve billed as Chicago’s “first and only urban recording label.”

During a recent interview with FyreMouff and DJ Jazznosis, I learned more about how they view Chicago’s music industry and even gathered a few pearls of wisdom for aspiring artists.

Publicity Stunt Inc: From what I’ve read, your company was started to provide a means for local artists to establish careers. What challenges do you often find that Chicago artists must overcome? Continue reading


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