It is the mission of the hi-life sound system to bring great music to all occasions — in its original format — Vinyl.
Selecting from a collection of 5000+records (and still growing!), the Hi-life sound system provides an “alternative” to a traditional dj service by fusing an eclectic mix of musical styles that can fit any mood—from high school reunion to block party to seasonal celebrations. We feature “specialty sets”, such as 70's radio, cocktails, soul, funk + R&B, American graffiti + 1950's, lovers, timeless jazz, homegrown country, classic album sides, dancehall+reggae, punk/new wave, and many more.
The rates for the hi-life sound system are competitive, and first time customers get a discount. Satisfaction is guaranteed and we will work with you to 100% fit your needs (see reviews below).
So, let's get this party started!
“djbc and the hi-life sound system dj'd our block party last summer and it was awesome. He knows exactly when to change up the vibe and everyone had a great time dancing till midnight. djbc has something for everyone and pulls from lots of different genres for unexpected listening pleasures. We were really pleased and will use him for our next block party for sure.” — Sue B. Harvey block, oak park
“djbc took our high school reunion to a happy place: tunes people
remembered with a flow that captured our spirit. He brought an
emotional depth to the evening that was truly transformative!
And what a great dance party!! — dave b. Glenbard West hs '82
“our music night at the highlands was off the hook! DJBC spun
a wide mix of styles that had the place jumping. It was the party of the year!” — jeff k. Chicago Highlands
“ I heard the hi-life sound system at the friendly tap in Berwyn.
djbc spun a mix of funk and soul that was smokin', and all the
while played a video of the old Soul Train tv show. What a great night—I can't wait for another show!” — mike v.
“looking forward to the next show. Loved the booty shakin' grooves
at friendly's, not to mention the cameo (video) from killer pimp don cornelius. When dance master Dr. Laroh busted out the “Rerun” my night was made! Can't wait to do it again!” — Chris E.
“I loved the variety of music djbc played in the sidebar at fitzgeralds ... really eclectic and varied but in a great flow. I used to dj at whpk—this is something unique” — John
“The super sounds of dj baby chocolate dug a funky groove at friendly tap that will be talked about for years to come! From sly on 45's to the godfather James brown, all under the cool eyes of don
Cornelius and the soul train dancers projected larger than life
in the music room, so berwynites had a step to follow” — Jim J.
DJ baby chocolate is an Oak Park based art teacher and dj, with 20+ years of experience in the indie music world. Originally a musician, DJBC formed a band, throw, that recorded and played around the Midwest, as well as showcasing at the new music seminar (nyc) and south by southwest (Austin). Over the years, throw had the great opportunity to play with such acts as wilco, ween, soul asylum, babes in toyland, meat puppets, Uncle Tupelo, and naked raygun amongst many others. In the mid-2000's, djbc spun vinyl at rodan, a still open nightclub/lounge in wicker park, Chicago. Recently, DJBC currently spins once a month at Delilah's in chicago.
BASIC HIP del close + john brent
LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES hank williams
AT THE HOP flash cadillac and the continentals
SUPERFLY curtis mayfield
DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT snoop dogg
ALL DAY ALL NIGHT bob marley and the wailers
LITTLE SISTER queens of the stone age
BABY BLUE badfinger
CRUEL TO BE KIND nick lowe
CARS gary numan
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL ray charles
MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA gladys knight ane the pips
JENNIFER JUNIPER donovan
STAND TALL burton cummings
YELLOW LEDBETTER pearl jam
DON'T DREAM ITS OVER crowded house
WILD THING the troggs/tone loc
STUCK BETWEEN STATIONS the hold steady
LITTLE WAYS dwight yoakam
BASKETBALL JONES cheech and chong
UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY/TOO MANY PEOPLE paul mccartney
GOLDEN BROWN stranglers
AND IT STONED ME van Morrison
(DON'T FEAR) THE REAPER blue oyster cult
BREATHE pink floyd
FAMILY AFFAIR sly and the family stone
ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE johnny Hartman
BEYOND THE SEA bobby darin
MY FUNNY VALENTINE elvis Costello
MOOD miles davis
ONE FINE DAY brian eno and david byrne
I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL I SEE MY BABY dusty Springfield
IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU etta james
IT'S RAINING TODAY scott walker
LAY LADY LAY bob Dylan
ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT? elvis presley
KISS ME tom waits
MY LOVE FOR YOU IS REAL ryan adams
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE bill frisell
A CHANGE IS GONNA COME sam cooke
UP WHERE WE BELONG joe cocker and jennifer warrens
OH GIRL chi-lites
WOMAN john lennon and yoko ono
BREAKING US IN TWO joe Jackson
SILVER SPRINGS fleetwood mac
MY LOVE paul mccartney and wings
CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU the nocturnal ones