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In 2008, Chicago was suffering from a lack of quality electronic dance music on local radio. Attempts that were made, failed miserably and seemed markedly behind what was being played on European radio shows (e.g., BBC RADIO ONE).
In late September of 2008 – Peter Kazimierski, local Chicago DJ and promoter, set out to create an online platform for people interested in underground electronic music, specifically Techno, Tech House, Deep House and Minimal. He developed a website that soon became an internationally recognized brand in the electronic music industry.
Chicago (Round One)
JustQualityMusic’s (JQM) first project was a live, online radio stream, featuring pre-recorded sets by a variety of recognized and established international underground DJ’s.
Soon after the radio stream launch, JQM began a live, independent two-hour show called Weekly Record Check. The first hour featured updates of the best new music releases in House, Deep House, Techno and Minimal. The second hour featured an interview and guest mix from an internationally recognized electronic music artist. Weekly Record Check was hosted by Peter Kazimierski (aka PeteOne) and aired on Thursday nights, for 48 consecutive weeks, between 2008 and 2009. The show’s early success attracted international recognition and gained fans from all corners of the globe.
In October of 2009, Christopher Grabowski and Amy Ewaldt joined JQM to start a new show titled Sunday DJ Therapy. The show was broadcast live on Sunday nights from 9pm to 1am CST, from the home recording studio of Christopher Grabowski (aka K-rAd). During each broadcast, K-rAd (and Amy) hosted a laid-back dinner for a small crowd of their close industry and music-loving friends. Sunday DJ Therapy featured a variety of music (that wasn’t necessarily typical of JQM’s regular broadcast), including Chicago House, Beat Box, Deep House, Tech House, and even old-school Hip Hop.
Both Shows were recorded live and archived the next day to the JQM podcast.
In late 2009, JQM moved to Washington, DC, where they continued the radio stream and released a few more episodes of both Weekly Record Check and Sunday DJ Therapy.
Seeing an opportunity to expand, JQM events was established, gaining recognition on the local DJ scene.
During JQM’s two-years in DC, they organized and co-organized over 20 underground events, featuring the best and the biggest names in the electronic music world. They also organized a Washington, DC premiere of the electronic music documentary by Amy Grill, Speaking in Code. The event was featured in The Washington Post.
JQM’s work also included collaborative partnerships with Paxahau for Movement (Detroit 2009/2010), PlexiPr for Electric Zoo (New York) and Mutek (Montreal), all world renowned music festivals. JQM performed media work for both events, including interviews, photography and video, all which were distributed through our outlets (JQM’s YouTube channel and website, and various social media).
Return to Chicago (March 2011 – Round Two)
After a successful run in DC, Peter returned to Chicago to begin the next phase of JQM. In April of 2012, Pepe Bradock and Vincent Lemieux were brought in for a two-room warehouse event that became the largest underground electronic music party of 2012 in Chicago. Despite high attendance and spectacular setup, JQM was ultimately discouraged by issues that arose due to a lack of reliable industry partners. After a brief hiatus, JQM returned in June of 2012, hosting a private birthday party featuring Alland Byallo, at the infamous Peoplemuver.
In July of 2011, Peter collaborated with fellow Chicago DJ and producer, Noah Galuszka, to start a new project, JQM Recordings, a full fledged music label.
Work has continued with both JQM and JQM Recordings, including the launch of extensive new websites. Most recently, a Summer series of weekly rooftop events was hosted. In August,
As our name suggests, we put an emphasis on quality and aim to achieve the utmost consumer satisfaction. Our site features a 24/7 music stream that attracts a constantly growing audience. In addition, we upload video reports to our YouTube channel and keep you in the loop via Twitter, Facebook and a mailing list.
The 24/7 JQM Radio stream can be accessed directly on our site.