Creative, Steady, Determined.
This native Chicagoan came of age during the burgeoning local dance music scene in the 1980s. A fast and eager learner of the technical skills of his craft, it has always been his desire to speak to his listeners through musical selections to evoke feelings beyond mere dance floor mayhem; He plays music that makes a difference.
In 1998, Elbert was approached by the Giorgio Armani boutique in Chicago to play their annual Christmas Party, at Maxim's de Paris, a posh and private venue on Chicago's fashionable Gold Coast neighborhood to rave reviews. Numerous guest appearances followed, most notably are the Bang The Party Brooklyn/Manhattan events hosted by Lorie Caval and Eman, the Funky Buddah lounge, 2i's (NYC), Sound Bar, Glass (NYC), Sonotheque, Zentra, Transit, Baktun (NYC), the Victor Hotel, the Monkey Club in Paris France, Square One, Transit, the Def Mix Zone (XM Radio channel 80), the grand opening of A/X Armani Exchange in Schaumburg, Illinois and a featured interview on the Ministry of Sound's Mix of Nations television program. In the summer of 2003, Elbert joined respected djs, producers and performance artists for a summer music festival billed as the Sound System Block Party in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood; a wildly popular annual event that brings people together around quality music and art.
In 2002, Elbert was commissioned by Frederick Dunson of D/E Entertainment, to play at a birthday celebration for legendary DJ Frankie Knuckles. Frankie was so impressed with Elbert's talents that he granted him the rare and honored privilege to open the evening at D/E's annual July event at the House Of Blues; Elbert would embark on a four year tenure of playing occasional private home gatherings and warming up crowds for the Godfather of House Music! Frankie’s passing was distressing for everyone in the House Music community but, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs put together an epic event honoring Frankie's life on June 3rd 2014: Elbert was the first deejay contacted to pay his respects with a heartfelt DJ-set to a crowd of thousands in Millennium Park. Recently, Elbert has been working on studio production, resulting in the release of his reworking of Rufuss’ “Higher Together” (DJ Elbert’s Dance floor Redux) featured on Qalomota’s Classics Remixed, and "Beacon of Light" featuring spoken word artist Isa Bright Starr, also on Qalomota Records, France. Elbert was also a contributing editor for 5 Magazine Chicago, a monthly publication that covers local, and international house music culture. (www.5chicago.com/djseries/may2007.html) In 2007, Elbert graduated with a design degree from Columbia College Chicago, and was selected by CDM/NFP to create the official logo for "Move: the 2006 Chicago International House Music Festival."With these reputable talents behind him, look for Elbert to gain new levels of experience in the times to come.