People called me Droopy because I used to slouch, used to under-sleep and had huge bags below my eyes. The name stuck throughout several years of schooling, into efforts of journalism and music. Variations exist, from Droopalingus to Lingus, to Droops, and of course, Droopzilla. From 2001 to 2008, spsound.com was the home for my portfolio, my event promotions, and general ramblings. The site was an extension of Simple Pleasures Recordings, a record label that never quite got off the ground. Promoting events became the site’s focus for a few years, until events took a back seat to my return to college. As a way to combine my current literary and musical projects, my photos and rants, I have created droopzilla.com.

Liz Revision

Liz Revision: “March Mixness” [Glitchy Minimal Techno]


Liz Revision is the DJ incarnation of Chicago wunderkid Liz McLean Knight. Already well established as a live performer under the name Quantazelle, and owner of “geek boutique” and nerdy hipster fashion destination, Fractalspin.com, Knight had naturally expanded her resume, taking on the role of DJ and continuing her passion as a promoter and advocate of forward-thinking electronic music.

With multiple Chicago-based local residencies and a slew of one-off gigs throughout the years, Ms. Revision has made her impact felt on the local dance music scene, with her unique blend of minimal techno, glitchy house and IDM, not to mention her penchant for exuberant dancing behind the booth and genuinely passionate demeanor regarding the artists she promotes and supports. These talents have earned her opening slots for such up and coming acts as Lee Curtiss, Noah Pred and Ghostly International’s Tycho, but also slots alongside established talents such as Background/ATC/Yore mastermind Andy Vaz and Traum/Trapez’s Oliver Hacke*.

Despite her many identities and hectic schedule there’s no doubt you will soon find her in a DJ booth near you or vehemently supporting artists she thoroughly believes in.

* Liz insists on the annotation “his music is great and his DJ sets are awesome! and he’s a super cool guy.” Not that anyone else she’s played with isn’t awesome or cool.



m50 is Max Jenkins, who would prefer that everyone call him MaxFifty and who would delete his real name from any published records if he had the chance. Fortunately since he doesn’t have the admin password for subvariant.com, we can hype him as we see fit and he’ll just have to get used to it.

Mr. Fifty has been DJ Emeritus of many subVariant events, including but not limited to Modsquare netlabel release parties at Sonotheque where he had to endure countless trainspotters bugging him for track and label names while he was DJing (sorry!). But it just goes to prove how his crate-digging and bleeding-edge sensibilities have earned him respect over the years, not to mention the way he’s skillfully DJed and produced a bunch of Chicago radio shows and methodically pieced together impeccable podcasts that show off both his skill as a DJ and immense–and sometimes quirky–knowlege of electronic music. Yeah, he might steer a sweaty dancefloor into chin-stroking intellectualism and invoke crowds around the decks as they try to read the labels spinning around at 33rpm (and more often than not they’re white labels–in your face!), but that’s why we put him first. 

He also makes tracks but he does so under such a secretive alias that we fear for our safety–or at least email-delivered trojans–should we deem to make that information public. Hell, publishing a photo with his real name is putting DOS attacks at the forefront, but we gotta admit, he’s a cool guy and a great DJ.