We all know that the showcase would not be possible without the staff and the support of our sponsors and fans. Along with six amazing finalists this year, we also have a great lineup of performers, judges, MCs and DJs who’ve helped pave the way for Asians in the entertainment industry. They are inspiring individuals who not only believe in Kollaboration’s mission, they live it every day.  So let’s meet the special guest lineup for the Kollaboration Chicago 2014 Showcase!

Guest Performers

DANakaDAN

DANakaDAN (Show MC)

He’s an alternative hip hop artist from Los Angeles as well as the productions director for ISAtv, an Asian American YouTube network headed by Wong Fu Productions and Far East Movement. Adopted from Korea, he recently returned to the country to produce a documentary series about meeting his biological family for the first time, including an identical twin brother he never knew about. Check out YouTube.com/ISAtv to see his documentary and companion album, “Stuntman” which centers on stories about adoption, identity, and self.

Not only will DANakaDAN be performing, he’ll also be an MC for the night. Here’s his shout out to Kollaboration Chicago.

CLee

CLee (Christina Lee)

Balancing a talent for singing with a full-time advertising position at Energy BBDO might not seem like an easy task, but she finds a way. Finding solace in music, she is part of her ad agency band and also makes time to record songs and sing at her church.

KRNFX

KRNFX

This multi-talented musician from Toronto started off his love for music by playing the piano, flute, and his personal favorite, the drums. The different rhythms and combinations of sounds provided endless possibilities and inspired this artist to imitate the sounds of the drums with his mouth, thus developing his gift of beatboxing.  Check it out for yourself!

Ryan Shi

Ryan Shi

After 16 years of experience, this guy really knows what he’s doing with the Chinese yo-yo. He has performed with TASC Special Ops at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and continues to develop his talent through performances and workshops throughout the Midwest as well as growing talent for the TASC Special Ops Network in the Chicago suburbs.

Judges

Susanna Song

Susanna Song

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she is now a reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. You can catch her live reports from 5 to 7 AM every weekday morning and at 11 AM during the midday newscast. She has won two emmy awards for team coverage and has also been nominated for three other Emmys and also received second place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Page One Awards for one of her stories.

Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu

He’s a self-proclaimed author, kung fu master, actor, and death star electrician. His debut novel, The Lives of Tao, earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award Finalist slot. The sequel The Deaths of Tao continues the series. He is currently working on The Rebirths of Tao, Part 3 of the series, which will be out later this year.

Stephen Lee

 Stephen Lee

To say he wears many hats may be an understatement. He is the Chief Operating Officer for Hard Eight Holdings LLC, the Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer for Forty4 Asset Management LLC, a Board of Directors Member at Imerman Angels and a Board of Directors Member at Common Threads.

Mookie Lee

Mookie Lee

He was once a contestant on Survivor: Fiji, and after working in consulting and at various startups, he is now growing his own custom clothing business. What makes Monarc unique is that their style advisors walk the customers through the whole process, providing a seamless shopping experience and a custom fit.

Ji Suk Yi

Ji Suk Yi

She is currently the the news and social media producer on Windy City LIVE. But her career with ABC 7 began years ago. Starting off as a desk assistant in the newsroom, she also worked as a field producer, web producer, and fill-in news writer for Channel 7 News.

 

Pre-show MC

Candyce Paraggua

Candyce Paraggua

Candyce was born in Cape Town, South Africa but has made her way to Chicago. She is now the Chicago host for Chat Chow TV and loves to keep up with the food scene here in the Windy City. With passions for social media, dance, food, and philanthropy, Candyce is sure to help make this a great show!

 

On the Turntables

DJ RS3
(Pre-show)

DJ RS3

“The word maraud means to loot. In this case, we maraud for ears.”
– From A Tribe Called Quest on Midnight Marauders

That’s DJ RS3 (aka Roman Salazar) goal when he’s spinning his mix of hip-hop, R&B, funk and Chicago house.

By the end of the night, you’ll want more and wish the night never ends. Having grown up on the 10 o’clock DJ mixes on B96 & WGCI, the VMC Recordings Euromix tapes and hip-hop on Pump It Up!, Roman ended up with quite a mixed spectrum of musical and DJ influences. Today, this translates into sets where he transports you back to the Classics and Golden Age of music.

You can find his mixes on his Mixcrate website www.mixcrate.com/rsalazariii

DJ Tik Tak
(Show & After Party)

DJ Tik Tak

Steve started his DJ career at the age of 15 working with Artie and Artie’s Dad at Aris Enterprise. Then he took a little break and came back to join what is now Remix Entertainment. Not only is he a DJ, but he’s also an MC! He was born and raised in Chicago, but learned how to speak Korean from watching Korean Dramas and from his mother. He’s always up to date with Korean music and loves to mix Hip Hop.

DJ Impulse
(Show & After Party)

DJ Impulse

Born in Chicago, IL. DJ Impulse started his musical career at an early age of 5, playing the violin, piano & drums. In 2002, the talented musician was introduced to Mobile Dee-Jaying by DJ Noyze and has fallen in love with the craft ever since. After the formation of Remix Entertainment Inc., Chris continues to master his skills by DJing at various clubs, formal events, and concert performances.

DJ Impulse has been known to rock and pack dance floors in Chicago, Michigan, Las Vegas, and many other states throughout the Midwest. DJ Impulse continues to keep dance floors packed, providing club venues with innovative mixes and crowd pleasing sets that hype up any and every crowd. DJ Impulse sets the tone for any type of party with his unique mixing abilities, spinning everything from underground hip hop, new wave, rock, 90s mash-ups, top 40s, house, electro-hype, and much more.

Excited to meet these folks in person? Buy your tickets for the Kollaboration Chicago 2014 Showcase today! Doors open at 4 PM, and Meet and Greet starts at 5. This is your chance to meet the extraordinary talent that make the showcase possible. Don’t miss it!