Known as a “lawyer by day, DJ by night”, Alan is one of Chicago’s original house music DJs and one of the early members of The Chosen Few DJs. His influence on the house music landscape has been felt for more than 30 years, and he has been cited as an inspiration by DJs and producers including Grammy Award-winning Frankie Knuckles, Steve “Silk” Hurley and Chip E. In a 2007 interview discussing his move from New York back to Chicago, Knuckles observed: “One of the best things about returning to Chicago is catching up with some of the home-grown talent. I like to hear the spin that some of them put on house music – that’s what sparks me. The brilliant Andre Hatchett is the perfect example. He is one of two guys in Chicago who have the biggest impact on me. The other is Alan King. They are the truest to the house music form, yet there is soul, personality and individuality in what they’re doing. They’re the real thing.”
Alan regularly plays to rave reviews at clubs and events throughout the United States and beyond, including Chicago’s SummerDance Festival, with Frankie Knuckles at the House of Blues, “Bang Sundays” at The Shrine, and Robert Williams’ Da House Spot; New York’s Sullivan Room, Tambor Party in Atlanta; Winter Music Conference in Miami; and the Amsterdam Dance Event. Alan’s current monthly residency at Chant is one of Chicago’s hottest parties, and his wildly popular podcasts routinely top the rankings of all house music podcasts on Podomatic.com.
In 2012, Alan was commissioned by L.A.’s Hidden Beach Records to create a promotional mix tape and write the liner notes for a new release, “CRATES: Remix Fundamentals Volume I,” a collection of dance remixes of songs by Grammy Award winner Jill Scott. In 2013, Alan authored liner notes for Terry Hunter’s mix compilation, “Bang”, on BBE Records.
He also has been featured in numerous articles, books and films about house music, including Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton’s book, The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries; Chip’s E’s acclaimed documentary, “The Unusual Suspects: Once Upon a Time in House Music”; Ebony, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business, which profiled Alan’s “double life” as a law firm partner and DJ. Alan and the rest of the Chosen Few DJs also were recognized at a celebration honoring the 100 Most Influential DJs in Chicago House Music history in 2012.
In April 2014, following the untimely death of his close friend and mentor, Frankie Knuckles, Alan was asked by the city of Chicago’s tourism board to substitute for Frankie and play a tribute in his honor at an international travel conference event attended by thousands from around the world. In October 2014, Alan was featured in New City magazine’s annual “Best of Chicago” issue, which noted that Alan’s many “legendary sets” in 2014 “made this lawyer-by-day/spingali-by-night the Bruce Wayne/Dark Knight of Chicago’s music scene.” In October 2014, Alan was also named as a Top 20 DJ by New York’s award winning Robbi Promoter.