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Phives

Chicago, United States

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Chicagos Fei Tang a.k.a. “Phives” seems to have gotten his hands dirty in every aspect of the music industry. One part producer/DJ, one part co-owner/producer/DJ of Porn & Chicken/SRTB, and one part General Manager of The MID, it would be fair to say Tang’s voice is integral in molding the current Chicago music/nightlife scene.

Describing himself as ‘the kid who never sat first chair but was able to play every instrument,’ Tang was interested in music from an early age. It wasn’t until being introduced to raves and underground parties though that his appreciation for dance music and DJing solidified. He went on to become a bar GM and DJ in college, eventually leveraging his position within the industry to throw his own events and then began his own production company/music blog to ‘provide a hub for friends to hear and learn about great music that had been abandoned by the public.’ In 2008 he took on management at Evil Olive in Chicago’s Wicker Park and facilitated the venue’s success to usher in a new wave of talent as well as foster his own DJing.

Tang’s previous involvement at Evil Olive and now at The MID not only meant bringing in a new crop of talented, world-renowned artists, but creating a new home for the nation’s wildest dance party, Porn & Chicken. As a third of the party and production trio, Tang has helped the event/performance grow and expand to cities like Denver, Miami, Scottsdale, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Honolulu, and Tokyo. Porn & Chicken was nationally nominated by URB Magazine for the BEST PARTY OF 2010, and has earned the top spot four years in a row as CHICAGO’S BEST DANCE PARTY from 2011-2014 by the Chicago Reader’s Poll. The weekly party now boasts numbers in upwards of 600 people every Monday for what is literally the nightlife version of a three ring circus.

With his Porn and Chicken DJ/Production trio, Tang has headlined in front of packed crowds and venues around the country as well as some of Chicago’s most revered EDM festivals (Spring Awakening/North Coast Music Festival). Under the solo moniker of PHIVES, Tang continues to take on national gigs along with being a local Chicago staple.

With a unique hybrid sound of deep/tech house, bass house, garage, and some breaks sprinkled in, the music selection is matched only by his energy when DJing. Treating it as a true performance by interacting with the audience at every opportunity, his sets are infectious at every level. From behind the scenes to in the spotlight, watch for this PHIVES’s continued rise for years to come.