“The Twilite Tone: “WOW”[lol] When I first started, Chicago was dedicated to House Music/Dance Music, which I have a great deal of respect for since Chicago had it’s own identity in music, fashion, dance style, and slang. Hip Hop at the time was followed by very few via college radio, writer’s meetings, and small “boy’s club parties that happened at people’s homes or places like the Blue Gargoyle [whpk would do parties there]. Very few women frequented these get togethers, maybe 3 per party. One would be the DJ’s girlfriend or sister, the other would be pregnant or someone’s girlfriend, and the third would look like a guy[lol]. Honestly, Dem Dare was the first to not only have attractive women at our parties where Hip Hop Music was played loud at a club or venue, but also was the first to introduce an original aesthetic from a Chicago perspective of Hip Hop culture as far fashion or style, dance, art, culture and music. Honestly, we saw a lot of people’s attitudes change towards Hip Hop, because before us, people in Chicago looked down on it…especially people into House Music. As a matter of fact, people into House back then hated Hip Hop and vice versa (this was unfortunate because the origins of both are very similar).
Dem Dare were deeply rooted in both. We danced at House Parties, we met girls at House parites, we loved House Music. We just wanted to hear other music in addition to, or other tempos [slower tempos sometimes] where fly girls would be. This is what inspired me to do parties in the first place, we needed it! Our parties were packed from day one because there was nothing in Chicago like a Dem Dare party, before or after. One thing that has not been discussed in regards to Dem Dare or The Darians is our outlook on life. The Darians whole philosophy was inspired by Knowledge of Self, which was strongly inspired by the Nation of Islam, the 5% Nation, and The Ansaar Nation…We all were students and/or members of the movements. We incorporated their teachings in our advertisements for our events, which was unheard of until Dem Dare/The Darians stepped on the scene. So yes, we were the first to bring Blackness to club culture in Chicago. Nowadays, so-called Hip Hop music or rap music is everywhere including the Gold Coast at venues like Le Passage. It’s cliche’ to say I’m going to a Hip Hop party in Chicago or at least a party that’s playing so-called Hip Hop or rap music. The greatest thing about the Dem Dare movement was watching people experiencing the music, the fashion, the dancing, the words, knowledge of self for the first time and it’s affect on their lives. WOW.”—