Hi-life sound system

“Killer” vinyl dance party!!!

featuring dj baby chocolate

Vinyl specialist/selector

all occasions/events/parties/specialty sets+themes



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
  • 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
  • BLUE VELVET — bobby Vinton
  • TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM — nancy Sinatra
  • LET'S GET IT ON — marvin gaye


  • YOU SHOULD BE DANCING — bee gees
  • VIRTUAL INSANITY — jamiroquai
  • U CANT TOUCH THIS — mc hammer
  • ONE STEP BEYOND — madness
  • RAPTURE — blondie
  • WHERE THEM GIRLS AT — david guetta
  • DANCING MACHINE — jackson five
  • RUBY SOHO — jimmy cliff
  • SEX MACHINE — james brown
  • MEMORY BLISS — pm dawn
  • FLASH LIGHT — parliament
  • GOOD PEOPLE — jack Johnson
  • SUPERSTITION — stevie wonder
  • CHEERS — rihanna
  • SEXY AND I KNOW IT — lmfao
  • ROCK THE CASBAH — clash
  • RULE THE WORLD — tears for fears
  • TWIST AND SHOUT--beatles
  • OOH BABY BABY — the miracles
  • ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT — grateful dead
  • I RAN — a flock of seagulls
  • MI SINSITO — ticklah
  • I CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU — nocturnal ones
  • LE TEMPS DE L'AMOUR — francoise hardy
  • TOO MUCH — elvis presley