Michelle Musial Music Bio
It should come as no surprise that DJ Michelle Musial began her career in Chicago-the birthplace of house music and the same place that’s produced many of the industry’s biggest most envied DJs. “You can see Chicago in my bounce when I deejay,” she says.
Michelle Musial plays to and for every individual within her radius, gracefully altering their moods with finesse. Originally from Chicago, and residing in San Francisco she is truly wired to house music. Classic, deep, minimal, techno, progressive, indie, nu disco, and all hybrids thereof, are all in her crates — a collection curated with adoration and intention. Musial is observant, visionary, and above all, visceral, communicating a thoughtfully brailed message only the soul can touch and the mind can see. She founded the first 2-step UK garage night (Sincere, 2001-04) in the Windy City, and around that time, invested in her first pair of Technic 1200’s. At 25, she took her musical sensibilities west, where she’s been honing her skills since. Her disarming style has been requested by music venues, upscale fashion boutiques, and fine dining establishments alike. After a series of successes in the spotlighted scene the last decade, Musial is taking it from the boutique and lounge back to the club, where music-maker and booty-shaker become one.
Musial established residency at the W Hotel Chicago-City Center and W Chicago-Lakeshore in 2002, then upon moving to SF, situated herself at the W Hotel Upstairs Lounge, where she held a seven-year residency and continues to play one-off events. During that stretch, she also held residencies at venues Ozumo, Wish Bar and Press Club and played venues L.A.’s Falcon Restaurant, G-Star Raw, and Uniqlo. She’s been with Diesel since 2005, playing at all San Francisco locations, as well as some random pop-ups in NY. Notable performances include opening for Lady Gaga in 2008 at Otis in SF, Doc Martin in 2012 at Monarch in SF; opening for Moon Boots in 2013 at evilOlive in Chicago; and joining an all-female lineup for Nyan Cat Attack, also in Chicago.
Michelle’s skills have been recognized by publications such as URB Magazine, 7×7, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and she’s been featured on E! Network’s Big Boutique. She’s manned the decks at book launches for Cynthia Rowley and Patrick McMullan, and performed at high profile events for Ferrari (2012) and Maserati (2013). Although she slowed down in 2014, she’s back in action to close up 2016 at places like Hawthorn Lounge, the Cerise Rooftop of the Virgin Hotel and Americano — all winter opportunities setting the stage for the spring to come.
Retuned and freshly inspired by her favorites, the always curious DJ is now setting her sights beyond The Bay, and turning her ear to the inevitable direction of production. Get to know Michelle Musial as she brings the house down.