Fly By Night Featuring DJ Willy Joy
Debonair Social Club – Chicago, IL
“Hey Chicago! It wouldn’t be Fly By Night if we didn’t play this,” Willy Joy told the dancing crowd at the Debonair Social Club Thursday, April 17, before launching into another brilliant, improbable mash-up. Willy Joy is an elite Chicago DJ who can be seen scratching together pop singles, the hottest rap tracks, and famous a cappella choruses from rock classics into infectious club beats nearly every weekend. The DJ caliber of the 1-Year Anniversary of Fly By Night was strong throughout, although it took some time for a crowd to form, straying from repetitive and pretentious build-ups. MIA is the mashing component of choice for nearly all DJs post-2005; during the string of sets, sampling from “Boyz,” “XR2,” and “20 Dollar” made for powerful mixes. The exhausted “I’m A Flirt” was replaced with “Hook It Up,” from R-Kelly, another artist often subject of reworking. Highlights before Dude ‘N’ Nem took stage used hooks from Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” a bizarre “Hit the Road, Jack” sampling, the “Ain’t No Mountain High” club version, and the almost undistinguishable use of the Pixies’ “Hey.”
The night also featured the feet-happy, comical Chicago rap duo Dude ‘N’ Nem, who took stage around 1:00, followed by MIA touring DJ Low Budget.