Cuerators occupies the void in the internet between music blog and music streaming service. Our selectors specialize in rare, funky, soulful, underground music.
Cuerators was originally created as a way for a few close friends a world apart to highlight music from up-and-coming artists amongst themselves. After attracting the attention of some of the world most influential DJ’s and recording artists, Cuerators has grown into one of the web’s best kept secrets for discovering the world’s best new underground artists, locating forgotten dusties, and showcasing largely musical talent. There are no fancy algorithms here, just a few folks who really love music, and want to share it in a way that helps you to discover more great tunes and artists.
How it works
Our gallery links are pulled from publicly accessible websites. We also feature exclusive content from artists who have given us the permission to share their work among our listeners. If you are interested in sharing with our audience, please contact us.
How did Cuerators come to be?
I remember sitting in my apartment in Cape Verde, where I was living and working for a couple of years. King Hippo and I used to just trade links to grooves back and forth on gChat. He was keeping me on top of what was happening back stateside, and I was sharing with him some things I was finding while living abroad….Not that that was much different than what we always did when I was living in Chicago – we used to share links to music all day. But it was about the time that we had the realization that we should probably share our growing list of grooves with the rest of the folks who were interested. Fast forward a couple days from there, and we were rocking.
How did you get involved with DJing & Music Production?
I first got into DJing back like freshman year of college where I hosted a radio show on WMUC (College Park, Md.). That led to me DJing a ton of parties, and events around that area – and also led me to build some relationships with several MC’s which ultimately got me into the production side of things. Living in Chicago, is where I met up with Scott Freebass and did most of my production work under the Soundprophets label.
Where have you DJed?
After college I moved to Chicago where I’ve been able to play in quite a few places. Subterranean, Darkroom, Beat Kitchen, Silver Room, Coles (to name a few), and also a bunch of parties and galleries. While living in Cape Verde I had weekly residencies at Zion and Kebra Kabana.
Why is there a need for Cuerators?
The way artists are putting music out is changing so much these days and there is a struggle for many. I thought it would be cool to highlight music that I think people should know about and support. Hopefully we can be a resource for people, a place to find excellent new music. Also, it would be nice to be a place that blows the dust off of some old goodies.
What does music do for you?
Music is a lot of things to me. Its another way to enjoy the labors and expressions of artists, it’s community building, it’s a language understood regardless of country or century.
List some places where you have DJed?
I’ve played in various spots in Tokyo like Super Deluxe and Combine. Since I’m from Chicago, I’ve been lucky to test so many sound systems from Danny’s to Rodan to Red Kiva to Darkroom to Simone’s to record stores to house parties to galleries…all sorts of places from the North-Side to the South-Side!