Porn and Chicken for Dinner?: An Interview

Spring Awakening Music Festival started off the final day of the festival strong with the famous group Porn and Chicken. Getting their start at a local nightclub, they have brought two of the best things life could offer (porn and chicken) into one place. These guys started with a concept, continued to make a party, then a DJ group, and eventually even a brand. This trio is the ultimate triple threat: they bring hard-hitting music, chicken, and porn with a good ol’ classic emo tune to end their sets. Chicago natives, Porn and Chicken have a regular event at their home nightclub The Evil Olive, but continue to tour around the country. They apologize for nothing, and have a great time while doing it. It would have been impossible to snag a formal interview from these guys, and we were OK with that.

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How did you guys get started?

Dom: We got started about 4 or 4 and a half years ago at a bar that we used to manage called Risque Cafe in Wrigleyville. Originally the special was just $6 all you can eat chicken, and we’d always play smut and soft core porn and we decided to amp it up and bring in DJs and we came up with the name Beer, Chicken, and Porn. Literally 2 weeks later the bar was like packed, we got shut down for capacity.

Was that when you moved to the Evil Olive?

Dom: After we got fined a couple grand a couple times and we made a partition to take it to the next bar on the side so now we had two bars that were completely packed and we got shut down again. So, finally the bar owner was like “You guys gotta move.” So we had a meeting and one guy had said, “It’s like porn and chicken.” So we were kind of strategizing on where were going to move it so we decided it made sense to move it to 4 o’clock and out of the gate we put the flyer up as “Porn and Chicken.” And that first night it was fucking incredible, it was a huge night, and it snowballed from just being a party, to being a touring party to being an artist and then a brand. So that’s where we started, and that’s where we’re going.

When I first heard of you guys, my understanding was that it was more of an event, but now you’re a group?

Orville: Well we still have the nights, too. But naturally it progressed into traveling, taking our brand beyond, and then producing music.

I like your style by the way, what do you use in your hair?

Orville: Got 2 b Glued Freezing Blast Spray. Just a blow dryer.

Dom: Shout out to our hair stylist!

Yeah, all of you have amazing hair!

Dom: His name’s Jeff V., right? From Rockstar Fashions.

Jamie: V it’s Jamie D from Logan Parlor!

You have the whole spectrum of hair.

Dom: It’s kind of important that we fit the brand. We have an identity to hold up to and it’s the one we’ve all created so its a little bit of all of us.

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At what point did you realize “Wow, we’re doing something big?”

Dom: For me, it wasn’t until our second year anniversary when we did… What was it?… One in the Pink?… Oh yeah Two in the Pink and we did the pink carpet the search lights and everything. And I mean everybody who is somebody in Chicago, plus celebrities, were there. Our second night at Evil Olive, Kelly Osborne and Sharon Osborne were at our party upstairs smoking weed just hanging out, the second year anniversary! It’s one thing to have a party, but it’s another thing to see the entire community support you and it was our second year anniversary and I mean everybody who is anybody came out to our party and represented it for us. And that’s when we stopped and we took one of our best photos we’ve ever taken. We were standing there side by side and we were looking down, and it was just mind-blowing to see a sold out venue, people outside, and everything. We’ve created a culture of something that is way different from anything else in Chicago and it’s just crazy when we saw that following. That’s when decided, “We have to take this as far as we possibly can.”

Nice! How do you guys feel about Spring Awakening?

Dom: It’s beautiful. I love what it’s developed into. It’s great to have a home festival that gives us local artists the opportunity to show what we can do

Fei: And we were lucky enough to play the first one, we were lucky to see the obvious evolution of the festival. From when we first started and it’s really nice to see the improvements that they’ve made and obviously the additions.

Orville: We’ve played all three years. It’s also great to have exposure to a crowd that can’t go to Evil Olive. We also have a big following of all these younger kids that aren’t old enough to see us at Evil Olive. So it’s a good way to plant that seed in their minds so that when they are 21 (you can corrupt them later) – well they can go to our 18+ parties when they ‘re old enough and then when they’re 21, and we’re all in wheelchairs we can still give them a good time

Fei: I’ll be crowd surfing in my wheelchair.

That would be awesome! So what would be your ideal festival? 

Dom: TomorrowLand, that’s the one.

Orville: What’s the white party in Belgium?

Sensation

Orville: Yeah, that would be cool.

Dom: What’s the other one I’m thinking of? Kazantip! The nude festival! That is my dream festival, fucking Paul Oakenfold is playing for a sea of naked people.

Do you have a particular set that you use or do you cater to the festival atmosphere?

Orville: Every set we play is completely different. Definitely because this is such a big stage and we had such a big crew between the dancers, all three of us and everyone else we put a lot more prep work, we made a lot of special edits so that we could get as much of our own shit included and incorporated so we didn’t miss an hour and forget to play something we really wanted. We’ve never played the same set more than once anywhere, and even when we’re traveling to different cities or different tours we’ve done it’s always been something different.

Fei: Part of the artistry is being able to cater to your crowd, wherever it is, and obviously every city that we play in, that’s different. So it’s a little bit of their unique that you have to put your own flavor to for them to be receptive to you. So, everything is a little bit different.

Orville: We look at Spring Awakening as a chance to play all the stuff that we’ve been practicing and trying out, all of the best of the best. We bring it out as, “this is the stuff that we know works.”

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One last question: What is your favorite late night food? You’re drunk as hell going, “I want some food!” What would be your go to? 

Dom: If I am drunk as hell I want to order the Porn and Chicken pizza from the Pie-Eyed Pizzeria.

Orville: Ding ding ding!

Jamie: And the wings!

Pizza and wings?Is that the general consensus?

Fei: That pizza! Yes, Sriracha, fried chicken, beer battered onion rings-

Jamie: And the barbeque chicken, that barbeque chicken is on point!

Orville: We’re a pizza crew.

Dom: Yeah, we’re a fucking pizza crew.

Orville: The little known secret that not a lot of people know is that every week at our Monday night party we give away a ton of free fried chicken, but we also get three large pizzas that we don’t give to the crowd and we eat ourselves.

Dom: So technically we’re Porn and Pizza

 

Porn and Chicken have truly made a name for themselves by doing whatever they want, but loving what they do. They turned a concept into a lifestyle and a brand and it’s fascinating. The three of them have a great time and make sure that everyone else is feeling the same way. We can only hope that they someday make it to Kazantip one day to play for a sea of naked people.

Ashley Cizek

Went to school at UW-Madison, graduating with a BA in psychology. I hula-hoop, I write, I enjoy sunlight.

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