WELCOME… FRIENDS!

Welcome to the “official” website of Chicago-based DJ, producer, remix artist and event promoter Joseph C.R. Vourteque!

Vourteque has been hailed for his iconoclastic take on many forms of music from house, electro and drum n bass to gothic country, gypsy fusion and alternative vaudeville.  He was also told by a person in Wisconsin that he made a joke of DJs. Evidently they did not appreciate a three hour 90′s euro-dance set.

Today Vourteque is best known for his work in the electro-swing, circuspunk and steampunk movements. He’s consistently at the forefront of both music and events. To find out more visit the section above that is inexplicably named after him.

Also feel free to peruse the LISTEN section where you can listen to his original works, remixes and DJs sets.  If you like his work enough to download it go to the EXPERIENCE section and, well, download it.  Or if you like, download other things he has that are all about him.  If you still like what he does after that do check out the up-coming events because events are fantastic and you don’t go to enough of those.  Shame on you.

You can also find Vourteque’s opinions, ideas and maybe some legitimate news in the  MUSINGS & NEWS section.  Then feel free to admire him in the SEE section where he’s graciously supplied you with pictures and videos featuring none other than himself.  After all that riveting content you can go further by CONTACTING him to tell how much you adore/loathe/are-indifferent to him. Lastly, tell the people and associations that Vourteque seems to think he’s affiliated with that everything is going to be “okay” by visiting the EXPLORE! section and following the links far far away from this page.

But most of all, thank you for visiting, and come back… REALLY soon.

It’s in your best interest… he thinks he knows where you live.

My “August” Tour is OFFICIAL!

That’s right! It’s happening and it’s happening SOON! I’ll be taking the road in pretty much a week with my good friend, fabulous seamstress and burlesque dancer Laci Neal!

Droppin’ Feathers or How I got Mad Decent Blog to call me the electroswing king of Chicago

Well how about this for a Wednesday release (the track dropped yesterday)!

I’m on the Your Chicago Podcast!

Woo hoo! I was asked by my friend Stefania Rudd to be a guest on her’s and her lovely friend Arden Joy’s podcast Your Chicago!

Vourteque and Mr. Automatic on WNUR Radio!

That’s right! Myself and my good friend and label boss Mr. Automatic joined the Redux Djs and Madrid on Streetbeat for White Label DJs and Space Disco for a full 3 hour show!

Guess Who’s New Single is on Speakeasy Electroswing Vol. 2 Comp?

I’ve been on some small comps before, but this is super exciting. “The Electro Vintage Sounds of The Speakeasy Vol. 2″ the new internationally released, digital compilation from DJ Eliazar and Speakeasy Electroswing just came out! I’m very excited to say that my newest track, Hot Sinner, is one of the songs on it!

Happy Birthday to… Me! Come out and Celebrate All Week Long!

Ah that special time of the year the irritating summery center of the world is finally dying and grey skies prevail again! And you know what that means, right? It also means it’s my birthday!

As I do every year, I’m working with my crew from Steampunk Chicago on another Carnivale Delirium!

ROUGE! (and electro swing) is Hot!

It was a dark, thundery and rainy evening, the people were wondering what they could possibly do.  Thankfully we were ready for them and so was ROUGE!

We just had our second ROUGE! last Wednesday and it’s getting better every month! We’ve made local performer Lady Lenux our resident performer and talent curator and based on the bigger turn out this month from last month we’re expecting every event to only do better.

Lenux post dance

Our lovely resident burlesque performer finishing up a real show stopper of a number!

It’s been a while coming but Mr. Automatic and myself have been working for a while on trying to get an electro swing night up and running.  So that said, we’re looking forward to next month too, don’t miss out.  Wednesday October 16th, 9pm at Wise Fool’s Pub in Chicago.

Vourteque dancing

I had to dance a bit on stage to Mr. Automatic’s set.

The included pictures are from the show taken by our new friend Tony Lopez.  As more pictures from the night appear I’ll try to post them too!

I’ve also been asked by Theatre Bizarre to put together a three hour electro swing(ish) mix for their Friday night gala (I’d attend but it’s the same night as CARNIVALE DELIRIUM 4!), and in the spirit of how well ROUGE! went I’m also posting an hour of the mix here, enjoy!

 

So Many Adventures! The Twisted World, Up in the Aether, Steampunk Weekend at The Beach AND The Forevertron

So… it’s been… how do I put this? A “while” since I last posted anything.

Why you ask? Probably because I’m terrible at writing blogs. Also probably because I don’t read blogs so I have no idea what the “kids” are reading these days. Also also probably probably because I don’t even like blogs but my other musician/performer friends insist I should be a responsible adult. So here I am satiating the needs of all eight people who care with stories about myself that even I only find interesting when I’m drunk.

A New Yorkers’ Guide to Chicago aka Vourteque somehow started a Meme

Ha ha! I was driving around doing driving around stuff one day and, as usual, I came to compare the various boroughs of New York with the areas of Chicago. While doing so I mulled over what part of New York Chicago’s south side would fit into and decided that instead of think this through seriously any longer I’d just turn it into a joke.

I’m in a Book! (On Steampunk Fashion)

Yup! My picture is in this book (thanks to Paul Doyle for taking it!)

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet so I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks but according to the book description the pictures are vibrant and high quality so I have to at least look as good as I usually do.

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