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Nate Manic

Chicago, United States

Electro House, House


Nate Manic’s presence on the Midwest dance scene can be described as nothing less than ubiquitous, with hundreds of appearances at the region’s best venues and events over a career spanning 10+ years. Always setting high goals and looking to the future, he continues to be an active member of Chicago and the Midwest’s scene with significant contributions to it’s dance community.

Nate first discovered dance music through a year-long exchange program to Germany at the age of 16. He fell in love with the sound and made it a point to learn as much about this burgeoning culture as possible.

Upon return, Nate furthered his musical education while on music scholarship for voice to UW-Madison. Unfortunately the university environment was not for him and he withdrew from the UW in order to attend the Madison Media Institute and attain an Associates Degree in Music Recording Technology. In 1997, Nate bought his first pair of turntables and started doing regular nights at the Cardinal Dance Club, a mainstay on the Madison WI scene. Nate garnered a fair amount of respect there, showcasing his skills and putting on events with DJ/producers including Robbie Hardkiss, Halo, Sleepy C, Doran and a host of local up-and-comers.

In 2000 Nate moved to Chicago, where he took off very quickly on the local scene through performances at Pure’s Future Sound of Chicago showcases, Smart Bar, Crobar, Big Wig, Zentra and guest spots all over the Midwest. More invitations came in, with gigs at London’s Cross, Hawaii’s Sunnlounge, Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Pridefest, the notorious Burning Man festival in Nevada and other spots performing with DJs including Ian Pooley, DJ Krush, Derrick Carter, Juan Atkins, Kaskade (whom he’s appeared with a solid half dozen times at Smart Bar), Colette, Luke Solomon and others.

In October of 2009 everything changed as Nate was named the new Music Director for Chicago clubbing institution Smart Bar. Since then he has striven to book a wide range of talented and deserving artists both locally and from around the world and hold the bar high for this highly-esteemed club. Respected luminaries and tomorrow’s stars alike have held stage under his tenure already, with everyone from Caspa, Excision, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Cassy, Appleblim and DVS1 to Aeroplane, Frankie Knuckles, Derrick Carter, DJ ?uestlove, James Murphy and Mark Farina gracing the decks. With guest spots at one-offs around the city and Midwest as well as regular appearances at Smart Bar, Nate remains busy as a DJ and regularly enjoys the art. :) And his dedication to the underground has still remained strong as he and the Bears have reached minor celebrity status within the regional Burning Man community. A regular performer at Chicago’s yearly 1,200 person-strong Resonate event and Chicago’s legendary underground monthly the Freakeasy, Nate heads up a return trip to the Nevada festival every August for a week-long romp in the dust filled with DJ slots across the playa. For further info and free DJ mixes to stream or download please visit