On my way to Crave. Ready for a show down throw down with our special guest!
Tune of the Day Raw District - Breakaway - Pezzner remix (Homecoming Music)... http://t.co/nSoGtzt3WK
Promotin & Playing: Crave tonight, Gareth Whitehead tomorrow (Studio200), Dirtybird Detroit Saturday, SoulFoundation Detroit Sunday #LezGo!
Studio Science: Four Tet On His Live Set | Red Bull Music Academy http://t.co/7sQZy5oLbl
#SmallTimePromoterTip #7 Promoting is probably the most controversial roll to take on in a small music scene.... http://t.co/WKsLFKWK6O
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Generally, my life is filled by 3 passions - my Son Akio, music & work. I made music my work, so my job supports my life rather than my life supporting a job.
Human behaviour, psyche, spirit & relationships fascinate me.
Pushing the status quo, blurring boundaries, overcoming odds, improving what I can & paying it forward makes me high.
Living in each second, enjoying being well and happy, Living Love and Loving Life are daily practices that i aspire to grow in.
I love being alone in my ride, pushing through 110 with only dope beats around me as the world blurs...
Buckle up if you wanna ride with me.
Born and raised in England, Jessica Fenner (Fortune) grew up in a family that loved to throw parties with live music, plenty of wine, hours of dancing and 200 or so incredibly happy people - the foundation of a passion for musical events! Her childhood was spent largely in Bristol, where innovative music acts such as Massive Attack, Morcheeba, Portishead and Roni Size were also coming of age. Classically trained in flute, piano and tenor saxophone, she became hooked on electronic music during the eruption of rave culture in the late 80s and early 90s. Impacted by acts such as Carl Cox, The Prodigy, Jumpin Jack Frost, The Shamen and KLF she left home and school at 17 to become more involved with a local promotions outfit.
In 1993, a month after turning 19, she had an unexpected opportunity to go to California and ten days later was crossing the Atlantic with $140 and a suitcase. Dr. Dre had recently dropped the Chronic and Pharcyde and Tribe Called Quest were at their peak; Fortune was enamoured by the sharp contrast to English music culture and embraced the chance to get a hip-hop education. After a year she returned to England , but stayed only 6 months - long enough to take in the new genre called jungle that was sweeping the nation and check out many of the djs who were blowing up the club scene, such as Grooverider, Fabio, Sasha and Boy George!
At the end of '94 Fortune moved to Milwaukee where she has lived ever since, and watched a club music scene develop out of practically nothing, fluctuate up and down, but ultimately always grow better. In 1999 she finally started djing herself, playing mostly hip-hop. Two months later she played her first gig and soon had residencies at underground Milwaukee hip-hop establishments Mars Hotel and Quarters. She quickly developed her style to include house, breaks and techno, the elements she grew up with, and went on to play almost every venue that Milwaukee had to offer, from Dish to Thai Joes, Three to Mantra Lounge, performing throughout the state, Minneapolis and Ilinois. She has made frequent appearances in Chicago locales Streetside, DarkRoom, MoonShine, Visions, Zentra and is a regularly found playing at the legendary SmartBar.
Her achievements include: winning the Triple Threat DJ Battle in 2003; being the featured Info DJ in 2004; being nominated an '05 Scion Emerging Artist; founding For U Events in 2005, which in 2010 continues to be a leader in longevity, regularly producing quality, diverse dance music events; coordinating the six date Milwaukee leg of the national Scion/Imeem BEAT Tour 06. She has had the privilege of being booked to open for numerous talented artists, including Pezzner, Johnny Fiasco, Derrick Carter, Audiojack, Green Velvet, Justin Long, Kaskade, Jamie Thinnes, Colette, Gene Farris, Miss Honey Dijon, Dayhota, JT Donaldson, Stacy Kidd and Kid Sister; one of the highlights of her dj experience so far was visiting Qbert at his home in 2001 and having the honour of scratching (or attempting to!) with him and Flare at the Octagon. In January of 2009 Fortune quit her more than 6 year long residency, at Milwaukee's home for EDM, Three - the longest running residency to exist in the city! Since then she has played several times in San Francisco and will be traveling more in 2010, with plans for Europe in the works. Back at home she still co-ordinates regular events at a number of diverse venues, giving her the creative freedom to book a range of artists in appropriately tailored settings.
Fortunes main mission will always be to make people happy. "Some dj for the buzz of controlling the crowd, some for glory, others for the creativity. Since I was a child I have always been literally moved by music; from those first family parties, music has been presented to me as something that goes hand in hand with moments of happiness. Providing the medium that brings that same enjoyment to others, making them smile, dance or just close their eyes for a moment, is what really fulfills me."
Oldskool Outkast, Dre, Tribe, Jungle Brothers, Pharcyde, Digables, Black Sheep, KRS 1/BDP, Mos Def, Guru, M.E.T.H.O.D. Man, N.W.A., Do or Mutha-Fuckin Die, Biggie, Nas, Jeru, De La, Lyrics Born, Xzibit, Clipse, Neptunes, Erykah, Lauryn, Missie, Aliyah, TLC, Blackstreet, D'Angelo, Boys to Men
Bassnectar, Bunjie, Daniel Bell, King Britt, LTJ Bukem, Marco Carola, Derrick Carter, Acid Circus, Carl Cox, Craze, Diz, Dong, D.on, Catz n Dogz, David Dominguez, Guillaume and Coutu Dumonts, Lawnchair Generals, Goldie, Mark Farina, Gene Farris, Freaks, Laurent Garnier, Mark Grant, Richie Hawtin, DJ Heather, H.O.S.H., Italoboyz, J.Phlip, Cobblestone Jazz, Jimpster, Brett Johnson, Paul Johnson, Stacy Kidd, Inland Knights, KiNK, Sebastian Leger, Justin Long, Miles Maeda, Old Man Malcom, Justin Martin, Mike Monday, Paco Osuna, Osunlade, RTHM, Stephen P, Booka Shade, Tinhead, Toka Project, Qbert, Santiago, Swamp, Claude Vonstroke, Josh Wink, Zombie Disco Squad
James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, Janis Joplin, The Cure, Prince, early Michael J., Sade, Seal, Madonna, Bangles, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, James, Pop Will Eat Itself, Portishead, Morcheeba, Happy Mondays, Oasis, Stone Roses, EMF, The Shamen, KLF, Jamerequai
LOTS OF MUSIC
MoviesFilms with eroticism, artful violence, OG gangsters and mobsters, well done car chases, great sound tracks, boundary pushing love, truly clever twists, underdog heroes, documentaries on war & history, exposes, black and whites esp. Hitchcock...:
Original Sin, The Usual Suspects, The Secretary, Sex and Lucia, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Toombstone, Kill Bill 1&2, The Last Samurai, Belly, Boyz n the Hood, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, The Last Emperor, Ronin, What Dreams May Come, The Butterfly Effect, Train Spotting, Snow Falling on Cedars, Damage, Fahrenheit 9/11, Dead Poets Society, Rounders, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Carlito's Way, Shawshank Redemption
That one where the basketball kid meets the author and they kick the stupid private schools ass together... All things Monty Python/John Cleese.
BooksCurrently- Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha - Jack Kerouac E-myth Mastery: 7 Essential Disciplines for Building a World Class Company - Michael Gerber The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship - Miguel Ruiz The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell
HeroesMy Parents, whose daily mission is to save the world - Literally
My ex-husbands mother - probably the strongest and most genuine woman I know
The 3 music industry professionals I know who combine a love of music with astute business practices - such a rarity
Women who aren't afraid to do the damn thing: Benazir Butto, Angelina Jolie, Margaret Thatcher (politics aside!), Helen Keller, Mother Theresa, Madonna, , Princess Dianna, Heidi Fleiss & all the Lady DJs out there who do it with integrity
All my Public Allies Milwaukee '05 - Anyone dedicated to a better world.
- Aug 10, 2009 Podacast: LIVING ROOM - Live at Three - 08.06.09
- Apr 9, 2009 WHO DO YOU WANT TO PLAY IN MILWAUKEE? NOMINATE...
- Feb 12, 2009 FORTUNES FAREWLL - SHEPHERD EXPRESS INTERVIEW & ARTICLE
- Feb 6, 2009 FORTUNES FAREWLL TO THREE PICS - 01.31.09
- Nov 13, 2008 DAN BELL PICS -10.26.08
Who I'd like to meet:The musically driven Business genius's with integrity Psychics, Super Heroes and Survivors
I like meeting famous people who are normal, and seeing that success hasn't made them into jerks
I DO NOT WANT TO DATE YOU, "GET TO KNOW YOU BETTER" OR SLEEP WITH YOU. IF YOU ARE FILTHY RICH WITH A HOUSE THATS LARGE ENOUGH FOR US TO NEVER SEE EACH OTHER, AND YOU ARE CELIBATE, GAY OR HAPPY SLEEPING WITH ANYONE OTHER THAN ME, THEN YOU MIGHT BE THE MAN I WANT TO MARRY. I WILL NOT ADD YOU UNLESS I THINK WE HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. THIS EXCLUDES DIRTY OLD (OR YOUNG) MEN WITH STRINGS OF PRETTY YOUNG GIRLS AS FRIENDS.
- Status: Married
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Bristol, UK
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Children: Proud parent
- Smoke / Drink: No / Yes
- Education: Some college
- Occupation: Nightlife Promoter, Consultant, DJ
Hereford Cathedral School
1990 to 1992
- Hereford, United Kingdom
- Graduated: N/A
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Other
New Hall School
1985 to 1990
- Chelmsford, United Kingdom
- Graduated: 1990
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: High School Diploma
Bristol Grammar School
1982 to 1985
- Bristol, United Kingdom
- Graduated: 1985
- Student status: Alumni
For U Events
'05 - present
- Milwaukee, WI US