FEATURED ARTIST FRIDAY: Orville Kline
Chicago native Orville Kline is NOT just another DJ. Being a musician since he was in the 4th grade has led to a music career that has taken him around the world. Many years of playing guitar, bass, drums and keyboards in bands evolved in Orville creating and performing music digitally via the world of DJing. Most of the bands he was in broke up as he began to gain notoriety in Chicago’s cut-throat DJ scene. After throwing several weekly parties and a few small tours, Orville met Dom Brown in 2010 and was invited to DJ at a small party which would eventually become nationally infamous Porn And Chicken Dance Party. This party quickly became the number 1 dance party in Chicago and also spawned the Porn And Chicken DJ group. Porn And Chicken as the party and the group has since been hosted in cities spanning from NYC to Vegas To Honolulu To Tokyo (with many cities in-between). In 2013 and 2014 Orville DJed with Kryoman at stops in his world tour in places including Ultra Fest in Miami and Croatia, and other stops in China, Japan and South America. As a solo act, Orville also performed at EDC Vegas in 2013 and at the Lions Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France in 2015 and 2016.
Aside from his headlining gigs, Orville has performed in direct support of many of the world’s current and past top 100 DJ’s in Chicago’s top nightclubs/venues including The Mid, Aragon Ballroom, Congress Theater and Concord Music Hall. This has resulted in several impromptu tag-team sets with DJ’s like Boys Noise and Felix Da Housecat. Orville was also a resident on Chicago’s WKQX 101.1FM's Saturday night EDM Radio show The Electric Playground with legends like Green Velvet, Morgan Page and Mark Farina for three years. Which many scheduled releases under the Porn And Chicken alias scheduled to be released soon, Orville currently has solo tracks out on Menage, Dirty Fabric Digital, Peak Hour Music, Calamity of Noise, and Invisibles Records. Years of studio experience engineering and producing music has also lead Orville to become one of Chicago’s top Certified Ableton Live instructors.
What genre would you describe yourself as? Why?
If I had to pinpoint myself to just one genre I would say “Dance Music.” I enjoy playing and am afforded the opportunity to play many different genres during my DJ sets. Most of my solo dj sets lately have either been house focused or trap/dubstep focused. When I am with Porn And Chicken, we play and produce primarily dubstep and hard trap. My solo studio work lately has been mostly tech-house.
Tell us something that you’re doing now and are excited about.
I am definitely excited for the re-launch of Porn And Chicken (The Party). We ended our weekly Monday night party at The Mid shortly before The Mid closed down and had a chance to reformat the party for it's re-launch. A lot of people really wanted to make it out to our weekly Monday night parties but couldn’t because they had work or school on Tuesday mornings. We are now doing them on Friday or Saturday nights!. A lot of our fans that seen us play at festivals like Spring Awakening were under 21 and were not able to get into venues like The Mid or evilOlive. Now we are making them all 18+ to enter. We are also doing them now only once a month instead of every week which allows us to book big-name headliners from the dubstep world at each event. Now that were are using venues like Bottom Lounge, we are also able to do our Porn And Chicken Live Band show with our drummer Stevie Mac on Drums and myself on Guitar. Coming from a metal/punk background, I am most excited to be back into playing guitar live. It’s a refreshing change to just djing at every show. Our next party is Friday, March 22nd at Bottom Lounge!
What artists influence you/do you look up to?
Everyone I work with and get to perform with influences me in one way or another. Some artists/friends that I look up to a lot and have helped me include Figure and 12th Planet. Those guys are extremely helpful and have remained humble throughout their entirely successful carers.
What is your proudest moment so far? (blogged/signed/etc..)
The proudest moment so far for me was being able to make a living entirely off of music. This is something that didn’t happen overnight and it’s really hard to pinpoint exactly when it happened because it gradually happened over the course of many years. I can pinpoint a lot of other milestones for myself like the first time hearing someone else play one of your songs at a party, having my first song signed, playing at Spring Awaking, Ultra Miami or EDC Vegas, getting to DJ on the radio or the first time getting to DJ overseas. Each one is a personal moment that brings satisfaction to myself and I am grateful for each and every one of them. I hope I still can even more milestones in the future. There will ALWAYS be bigger and better ones to achieve.
What DAW do you use?
I primarily use Ableton Live 10. I have used all of the major DAW’s in the studio over the years but I have been an Ableton Certified Trainer for the past 10 years. Each DAW has strengths and weaknesses, but from my experience, Ableton Live is the fastest to operate and the most flexible.
What are some of your favorite plug-ins?
My go-to synth plug-ins lately have been Serum, Izotope Iris 2, Spire, Cyclop, Diva and Element by Waves. My go-to audio effect plug-ins lately have been NI’s Guitar Rig 5, Transient Master, The L3 Multimaximizer and Infected Mushroom’s Manipulator.
What is something you cannot leave home without (besides keys, phone, wallet)?
I almost never leave home without at least one Rekord Box USB with me. You never know where you might end up with the opportunity to jump on a play at some party or studio might be!
Long days and nights in entertainment can take quite a toll on your body. How do you stay healthy?
I probably haven’t been doing enough to stay healthy lately. This year I plan on taking motocross back up as a means to get more exercise. My Dad and brother have a racing team with a few extra bikes. I plan on making it out with them on weekends that I am not booked to play (which can be tough). Most people don’t know this but motocross is actually one of the most physically demanding sports you can do. I also recently decided to cut out beer and soda from my diet temporarily. I am hoping this will cut back on my sugar and carb intake.
If you had to do something else (outside of music), what would it be?
If I had to do someone else outside of music I would most likely focus on video production in various aspects. A side hobby of mine right now is video editing and I am interested in getting into 3D modeling and animation. You can see a video edit I did for our next Porn and Chicken event at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayE5Cw-kePs (#shamelssplug)
What was your favorite show that you've played?
In 2014, Porn And Chicken played at the Bass Cave just outside of St. Louis. This was a multi-stage rave that took place at a multi-million square foot underground cave complex on Halloween weekend of 2014. This event was one of the craziest and most unique parties I’ve ever gotten to play. It felt like you were really in another world while down there. (Especially after a lot of after-partying after our set!) Apparently someone died at the event and that was the last year they were able to do it there.
What’s your current favorite show (tv/Netflix/etc…) worth binging?
The last show I binge watched and really enjoyed was The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. It’s a show based on the comic book by Gerard Way who was also the singer of My Chemical Romance.
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you while DJing?
I have definitely experienced some crazy stuff over the years while DJing. With just about 10 years of doing Porn And Chicken in Chicago and all over the country there isn’t much I haven’t seen as far as partying and extra curricular activities. One of my favorite experiences was the first time I rode my Harley through the crowd on the dance floor at evilOlive on my way to the dj booth to kick off my DJ set. Most people were pretty excited but definitely a lot of people were scared lol.
What is a quote or phrase that you try to live by? Why?
“Somedays it’s steak and limousines. Somedays it’s Wendy’s and the bus.” -Orville Kline
My musical career has taken me to play at parties and festivals in four different continents on the planet. I have gotten to meet amazing people and experience many amazing things. Keeping that in mind, I know that every show I do isn’t going to be on a beach in southern France or on the main stage at Spring Awakening. Sometimes I still need to play bars and I still need to spend hours locked up in the studio with no windows for days at a time working on music. That quote is reminder for myself to stay humble and not let up on hard work even when you aren’t making the most money or getting to do the most glamours gigs.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what album would you have with you?
Frank Zappa - Joe’s Garage Act’s I, II & III. This album is three parts so it’s very long and goes through an insane journey of tons of different genres and styles so it is always interesting. I have listened to it dozens of times and I discover something new in it that I missed before each time I play it.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I recently teamed up with The Good Studio and Peter Ceko (Able Grey) to launch a Wednesday night Ableton 101 class. Starting on April 6th, this class will last 6 weeks and is designed for anyone who is interested in getting a crash course in Ableton Live. We are keeping it very affordable at only $499 for 18 total hours of in-person training.