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Dino G (Dino Gardiakos) Spybar | 2 Red Belts As a DJ, producer and business owner, Dino G combines his tech-house talent with a knack for turning the entertainment industry on ear. For nearly a decade, he has made a mission of not only bringing premiere underground dance acts to Chicago, Ibiza and beyond, but also playing alongside them on an international stage. When not performing on the decks, Dino G handles business as co-owner of Chicago’s acclaimed Spybar, hosting the venue’s flagship underground weekly “Dino G Presents . . .” and showcasing a slew of heavy-hitting, electronic music driven talent. Dino G’s entrance into the industry began early, taking cues from influences such as WBMX’s Hot Mix Five and the flood of radio mixes that dominated the day. By the time he started DJing and promoting shows in Chicago in 2001, he was well versed in the cultural language both behind the decks and on the dance floor. “Most of my experiences came from going to live events in Chicago, listening to mix tapes and asking DJ friends questions,” says Dino G, who parlayed the party into a professional career. By 2005, he was playing some of Chicago’s premiere venues, including Crobar, Vision, SmartBar and SoundBar. But it was Chicago’s Spybar that tapped Dino G to become one of its only residents in 2005, and by the following year, he invested back into the club by becoming part owner. With more musical and financial freedom, Dino G set his eyes on the prize, launching a Friday night weekly that would continually showcase a rotating cast of top international techno and house talent. Since 2007, the acclaimed “Dino G Presents . . .” has hosted the likes of Laurent Garnier, Loco Dice, MANDY, Pete Tong and Erick Morillo, to name a few. Additionally, Dino G reached out to the international stage with his “Spybar and Nine Channel Sessions” at Privilege in Ibiza, where he not only served as resident, but also booked the venue’s talent for the Coco Loco Room for Monday nights in the summer of 2007. Dino G has continued to evolve his career, playing everywhere from Czech Republic (Fabric) and Poland to Miami’s Space and Nocturnal. In addition to his Friday night weekly, he also has a quarterly residency at Avalon’s Spider Afterdark (Los Angeles). In 2008, Dino G started balancing his visibility on the decks with time in the studio. The summer 2009 launch of his tech-house label “2 Red Belts” with Spybar partner Garrett Belschner features his originals tracks as well as releases from some of tech house’s most respected artists. Additionally, he continues serving as Spybar’s talent buyer while marketing, managing and promoting club events. As an industry player, Dino G brings a collaborative attitude to the business that carries over into his profession as both a business owner and a performer. “Chicago is great in the fact that I get to work with a lot of other venues even though it’s such a competitive market,” Dino G says. “In the end, having a good time—that’s what it’s all about.”