Karl Almaria Mix & Interview // Hacking Mixes

I met Karl in 2013 over a slab of bacon as thick as the beats he drops at Brunchlox – the daytime, live streamed party he has been hosting at his house at least 2009. Brunchlox is the perfect combination of consumption of delicious food and delicious beats and provides for the opportunity to work it off on the dancefloor and take a few more trips for the great food.

But Brunchlox is just part of what Karl does including party throwing, DJ clubs and more.

True to the roots of Chicago’s house tradition his mixes include both classics in their original form, bumped up old jams and newer music that’s sure to become classics.    

Karl Almaria Merchbar Interview

What are you building/making/creating these days?

In the past few months, I’ve really fallen in love with DJ-related things again, whether that’s making some crazy long mixes in my basement, digging for original source material, doing an online radio show, or playing a set at a party. Also, it’s an open secret that I have a passion for food as well. I’ve been building up my weekly running distance in order to reach what I like to call the “Guilt-free Fried Chicken Range.” So, having new personally curated mixes to play on runs have become part of a successful routine. In addition, I’ve continued to be involved with regular Chicago events, Nü at Neo and Spork at SmartBar. In the background, I’ve been working on remix or edit here and there.

Tell us a bit about this mix. Why did you create/choose it?

My past online radio shows have been primarily House Music focused. I’ve always enjoyed playing other genres as well (including Downtempo, Disco, Edits/Re-Edits, etc.) and wanted to have a show that embraced this – something that isn’t genre-specific, but more inspiration-specific to whatever I am feeling at the moment. With this in mind, I came up with “What Is Karl Playing Now”, a new show on MyHouseYourHouse.net (4-6PM Central every other Thursday). This is the recording from the first episode. The mix is on that Funk/Soul/RnB/Disco/Edits/etc. tip. I’ve been a bit obsessed lately with hoarding lots of music that falls under this description. As with all my shows, it was mixed live with selections made spontaneously.

What is your favorite merch you own?

In 2012, I went to see The Dukes of September AKA Michael McDonaldDonald Fagen, and Boz Scaggs live at Ravinia (Highland Park, IL). While I was there, I copped a coffee mug with the three legends on it. It gets lots of use and provides lots of inspiration.


What are 5 essential albums to own on vinyl?

These are not necessarily my top five, but definitely five to own!

Erykah Badu – Baduizm

Neo Soul gold! I was blown away from the first listen back in 1997. I’m still blown away now.

Erykah Badu - Baduizm

Daft Punk – Homework

1997 also brought this groundbreaking debut album from these “two French guys.” There was nothing like it at the time! True pioneers.

Daft Punk - Homework Vinyl Record

Led Zeppelin – 2

Top album from my first musical obsession! Also, I do a mean “Whole Lotta Love” air guitar.

Led Zeppelin 2 Vinyl Record

Gorillaz – Gorillaz

Brilliant multi-style album! I always loved the virtual band concept too.

Gorillaz - Gorillaz Vinyl Record

Dr. Dre – The Chronic

Amazing! I’m pretty sure that I played this album for a year-and-a-half straight.
Dr Dre The Chronic Vinyl Record