Meet our Bundle O' Babes

Dancefloor Demons:

Rapper, dancer, writer, and songstress Sun Blvd is a performer above all, and she refuses to be put in any sort of box. A true experimenter, Sun Blvd was born to shake things up — and has somehow been able to master a genre-bending hybrid of conscious rap, house, spoken word, and trap music with ease. From her first heart-wrenchingly vulnerable EP turned one-woman show, One Way Conversations, to her latest dance-pop anthem “Free Vibes,” to multiple collaborations with THEMpeople, TheMind, and DJ SKOLI, Sun Blvd has never failed to deliver and entertain. Her fans say her shows are “like seeing a theatrical production.”


Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

I would absolutely want to be a vampire over werewolf because obvi I want to live forever (FAME) lol. I don't know if anyone got that. But I've not so secretly been obsessed with vamps since my preteens and Marceline the Vampire Queen is literally me.

If you could only have one Candy for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

If I could have one candy for the rest of my life it would most definitely be pink starbursts. They are just so damn delicious it makes no sense.

Who is your dream collab? 

My dream collab is Andre 3000. The man is a legend and his pen is quirky and I like to think that mine is as well. I love that you can understand every word that he is saying no matter how fast or slow he says them. People say the same about me and I think we could just be weird together in the best way. 

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Sweet or sour?

Mikey - Sour

Jenna - Sweet

 

If you could only have one Candy for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Mikey - Haribo Gold Gummi Bears

Jenna - Reeses 

Who is your favorite Chicago artist?

Mikey - Veruca Salt 

Jenna - Queen Key

Jordanna’s songwriting touches the contrasts between love, heartbreak, independence, and dependence. Combining jazzy, R&B undertones with catchy pop-tastic melodies, she embodies a sound of her own. Jordanna also serves as the co-producer and sole curator for Candyland 2018.

Who was your biggest inspiration when you were 12 and who is it now?

When I was 12: Amy Winehouse (still inspo) and Paramore (never the same after the lineup change) // Now: The Internet is the greatest collective of musicians of all time

If you could only have one dessert for the rest of your life what would it be?

My family has a "peanut butter streusel cake" recipe that is straight up magical. 

Why should people come to Candyland?

We've put so much love and time and intention into this event and it is going to be a FUN/CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL/LOVELY time!!!!! Ask me more about it if you don't believe me!!!!

Ashley De la Torre, better known as DJ Mo Mami, didn’t plan on becoming a DJ. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her plan to pursue a J.D. quickly turned into DJing when she was inspired by her experience making beats and blending sounds across various genres. As an open format DJ, Mo Mami’s musical style ranges from Hip-hop, House, Reggaeton, Dancehall and everything in between. A Chicago native, her biggest influence stems from hearing her mother’s old school House music mixes growing up. When she’s not behind the turntables, Mo Mami works as a project manager for the non-profit women’s organization Babes Only.

What makes the Chicago art scene so great?

One of the things that I love about the Chicago art scene is how everyone is a hustler. Chicago creatives have to work twice as hard for funding, resources and recognition. But in a way, that makes our art and our work that much more authentic

Who is your dream collab?

Rihanna and Tame Impala (again) except this time it’s an entire psychedelic album.


Who have been some of the most influential artists in your life?

Audre Lorde and the way she paints the world around her with her words really helped me develop and fall deeper into an understanding of myself. 808’s and Heartbreak Kanye West piqued by interest in music production and music theory. And my friends with their DJ/producer/photography/poetry/etc. skills inspire and motivate me every single day

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Devilish Designers 

What makes the Chicago art scene so great?

The Chicago art scene definitely has its own vibes. Every artist comes from different backgrounds, areas, histories, and media. Chicago is a great mixing pot of different cultures and influences. It is definitely a great time to be an artist!

If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?

I would learn to levitate things with my mind. Cleaning and doing errands in general would be soo easy.

What do you want etched onto your tombstone?

"It was lit"

Have you ever had an unexplainable experience with the supernatural?

I have dreams of my grandparents (mom's side) from time to time. The weird thing is, I never met or saw them in person. When my mom finally showed me a picture of them, they were exactly what they looked like in my dreams.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

Vampire

Who is your favorite Chicago artist?

Hebru Brantley. I remember seeing his work randomly throughout my old block (Lincoln Square). It's awesome to see an artist from the neighborhood make it.

What are you trading away first from your halloween candy bag and what are you trading for?

I'd trade it for art supplies. Or money, to buy art supplies.

If you could only have one Candy for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Matcha Kit Kat Bars

Who is your dream collab? 

Hayao Miyazaki, the creator of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and Princess Mononoke. 

Who have been some of the most influential artists in your life?

Hayao Miyazaki, Barbara Krueger, Robin Eisenberg, Miss Van, and Camilla d'Errico. And of course, all the animators of Disney and Pixar.

Audra Jacot's work celebrates the empowerment of sexuality, emphasizing on being unapologetic and owning yourself and your desires. She works in multiple mediums, but her main loves are clay and neon. In confronting her own sexuality, she draws inspiration from her Filipina-Mormon upbringing.

 

Jacot received her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, through the Art & Technology Studies program. Her work has recently been featured in OpenTV's Emmy-nominated Brown Girls and Full Spectrum Feature's Make Out Party. She was also named one of VAM Magazine's Top 20 Chicago Influencers of 2015.

 

In 2016, she juried Woman Made Gallery’s One in Herself show, which confronted the traditional and contemporary definitions of the word ‘Virgin.’ 2017 was very busy as it brought about 2 solo shows (including one in Chicago Reader's "Best New Art Gallery," amfm gallery), artwork and a titlecard for Netflix's Easy, work at Lollapalooza and the Soho House, curating an all- neon exhibition, and fashion spreads in DesignerShare's Fall Look Book.

 

Currently living in Chicago, she continues to show work and curate at both traditional and DIY gallery spaces. She is currently part of The Condo Association art collective, whose mission is to empower and support the creativity and productivity of queer people, people of color, women, and other marginalized communities. You can catch her work in the web series Kappa Force, as well as Shea Couleé's latest music video, Crème Brûlée.

What makes the Chicago art scene so great?

Everyone is sooooo insanely supportive of your dreams! Everyone also seems to know each other. The longer you're in the Chicago scene, the smaller it feels.

If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?

Flight. I want to defy gravity like the wicked witch of the west.

What do you want etched onto your tombstone?

Rest in Power

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

Vampire.

Who is your favorite Chicago artist?

Vivian Le ❤

What are you trading away first from your halloween candy bag and what are you trading for?

Trading anything with peanut butter for anything strawberry flavored 😋

If you could only have one Candy for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Chocolate covered red gummy bears

Who is your dream collab?

I'd love to collaborate with April O. Neil one day (my favorite porn star)

Who have been some of the most influential artists in your life?

Caroline Liu and Rashayla Marie Brown. They're 2 strong, talented, hard-working females that taught me how to hustle hard for your dreams.

What makes the Chicago art scene so great?

I honestly think that the diversity in Chicago makes its art scene so great. Chicago is pretty big and it's great to be able to see such a cultural difference in art around the city.

If you could only have one Candy for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Does Gushers count as candy? lol Because I can eat a whole box of those with no shame.

Who is your dream collab?

My dream colab? hmmm I honestly really admire Elise Swopes. She is a Chicago artist as well. I love her creative projects. Swope's skill with capturing images and editing using her phone is amazing. But that's not even all she does. Everyone should check out her work.

Jasmine A Barber, also known as the rapper J Bambii, is an artist, educator, tarot reader, and cartoon-lover from the Southside of Chicago. She is the founder and creator of The Brown Skin Lady Show & the community healing initiative called “Come Together”. Jasmine has also released a tape called “RETROGRADE” under her alias. She is currently working on another body of music & more community focused events.

If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?

I would try to learn a Money Spell to alleviate capitalism and make sure me and my loved ones were taken care of.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

Definitely a Vampire. I would be Blade’s girlfriend lol

Who is your dream collab?

Earl Sweatshirt & Anita Baker

What makes the Chicago art scene so great?

We don’t lack culture and we hold it down for each other.

If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?

Magic is real! I’d learn more grounding spells.

What do you want etched onto your tombstone?

“Pass the wood”

Have you ever had an unexplainable experience with the supernatural?

Can’t say that I’ve had direct contact. If you’ve been to New Orleans though you can feel how heavy the energy is. I’ve experienced that but nothing more intense.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

Vampire

Who is your favorite Chicago artist?

Melissa Almandina (poet)

What are you trading away first from your halloween candy bag and what are you trading for?

Almond joy for anything but another almond joy.

If you could only have one Candy for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Milk Duds

Who is your dream collab?

Space Babes x Ladies of Paradise

Who have been some of the most influential artists in your life?

My mom 
Frida 
Erykah Badu 
Biggie 
Greg Allman
 
Melody Ehsani

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 Production Phantoms

A 23 year old cinematographer with dreams of traveling the world and dying in New York. I’d much rather be talking about my dog though.

What is your favorite bakery in Chicago?

Not so much a bakery, but a candy store called The Fudge Pot. Right in Old Town, not too many people know about it but my mother took me there my first time and ever since it was always a place I recommended and took all of my friends too. Definitely look into it!

 

If you could only have one dessert for the rest of your life what would it be?

Chocolate

 

Who is your biggest supporter?

My biggest supporters are my family, in anything I can do. I mean ANYTHING. Good or bad haha.

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