DJ Rae Chardonnay
Rae went to Columbia University, where she majored in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management. While there, she was a part of the university's Urban Music Association.
Since she was younger, Rae has been in love with music. Around 2004, she started dabbling in beat making with some of her high school friends while living in Florida. She would make mixed CDs and pause tapes. Her serious appreciation for the art of DJing developed overtime.
It wasn't until she got to Chicago, that she began her journey of becoming a DJ herself. The timing aspect of DJing came really natural to Rae, as she's always loved music and had experience making beats. She did originally struggle with turntablism and beat juggling, because those were new concepts to her. However, she didn't let that stop her, she practiced for an entire year at home, before she decided to DJ in public. Rae still practices her craft, as mastering turntablism is an ongoing process.
DJ Rae Chardonnay was once voted Chicago's Best DJ by the Chicago Reader, and her party, Party Noir, was once voted Chicago's Best Party as well.
Party Noir is a day party, that celebrates and uplifts Black people, through good music and dancing. The idea was developed by DJ Rae Chardonnay, and her talented media business partner Nick Adler. Over the years, these ladies, have evolved Party Noir into a safe space celebrating black women, specifically queer black women. However, it is an intersectional space where everyone can feeling welcomed and comfortable. Party Noir also hosts game nights, panel discussions, and a host of economic opportunities for the community. Check them out on Instagram to see what upcoming events they have coming up.
Rae hosted her very 1st Black Eutopia Festival last year in Union Park. The concept for Black Eutopia started back in 2012, and it's 1st program was held at Carter's Barbershop through Chicago Artist's Month. Black Eutopia is focused around Black artists and the discussion of Black migration/labor, and how we will survive when sh*t gets real. And it will get real.
In the future, Rae would love to take her talents to the global market. She wants to curate large scale events for various brands and companies, through Black Eutopia, in at least 5 major cities.
When asked what she would say to her younger self, Rae said these 2 things:
1. Practice money management well, as best as you can.
2. You are doing okay. You got it, and it isn't as bad as it seems.
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