When the legendary punk icon Iggy Pop hails you as the only electronic music artist that he’d listen to, you’re doing something right. But who could turn the ear and melt the rigid heart of such a steadfast rocker, one might ask? None other than the Chicago-based, internationally acclaimed and highly respected DJ and Producer, The Black Madonna.
At the age of 16, Marea Stamper, aka The Black Madonna, dropped out of high school and moved out of her parents house to dive headfirst into the rave scene, where she learned the mechanics of DJing first hand. Since then, she’s come a monumental way, both in her own music carrier and in breaking down barriers in the DJ world. Of her personal philosophy, she tells Resident Advisor, “Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs some discomfort with its euphoria. Dance music needs salt in its wounds. Dance music needs women over the age of 40. Dance needs breastfeeding DJs trying to get their kids to sleep before they have to play. Dance needs cranky queers and teenagers who are really tired of this shit.”
At the age of 40, Stamper was honored as DJ of the year by Mixmag in 2016. Earlier this year she performed on front of tens of thousands of people in a headlining slot at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona (watch that incredible set below). Next month, she’ll take another headlining slot at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. Next week, on Friday, September 22, catch a rare, intimate set with this illustrious DJ and producer at Holocene, joined by locals Ben Tactic, Nathan Detroit and Carly Barton. Needless to say we’re beyond thrilled to host her.