- Resident Advisor
Don Clark also known as re:search. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, started dj’ing at the tender age of 11 thanks to his best friend, whose parents bought him a mixer and two turntables to keep him busy and out of the streets.
James’ parents eventually convinced Don’s parents to do the same, in part due to the fact that he was constantly hanging out and monopolizing the turntables; funny how some things never change.
Don was influenced by many of the people around him who most would consider the first generation of house, sneaking out of his mother’s house to witness the now legendary Mendel Catholic parties where he would see future legends including Ron Hardy, Eric More, and Wayne Willams, and George Jackson.
After attending college Don returned to Chicago, NYE 99 where he was introduced to the new and more sophisticated sounds of House through close friends and mentors Hector Lopez and Brian Borden.
Under the guidance of Brian Borden, and Hector Lopez, Don honed his skills at Harry’s Velvet Lounge, Martini Ranch, Morseland, and other venues across the city.
It wasn’t long afterward that he landed his first residency at Uptown Lounge, formerly the Saxony. This would be the first time you would hear House this far north since the days of AKA’s, and COD’s. This residency lasted for 3 years and has had an influence on many who were lucky to be part of that experience.
While at Uptown Lounge re:search has played along side a long list of Chicago Dj luminaries including Lego, Terry “Frique” Allen, Mell Hammond, Mike Seraphine, Julius "The Mad Thinker", Monna, John "BID" Simmons, Dave Sabat, FLX, Dave Britton, DJ "V", Lokua, Darrell Woodson, Greg Norword, FLX, Shani, Josh Werner, Uncle Milty, Craig Alexander, Hector Lopez, Brian Borden, Just Joey, Gene Hunt, and Andre Harris, just to name a few.
Don’s style is dynamic as well as eclectic pulling from Disco, Tech House, RareGroove, and Deep House to create his own vibrant and energetic sound.
Looking forward and moving into the realm of producer, Don has put out original tracks and remixes for Deep Hype Sounds, RealDeep, SPTrax, and his own imprint re:direct recordings.