Eric Montanez

Having always had a passion for local Chicago artists, Eric first got involved with the city's music scene while studying at DePaul University after creating the music blog See Beyond Genre and getting involved with Radio DePaul. In 2012, while writing at Hypetrak, Eric began his current job handling web and e-commerce responsibilities for Chance The Rapper. Since, Eric has used that experience to offer services to a broader clientele including The Roots, Leon Bridges, Vic Mensa, Raury & many more as a co-founder of Haight Brand

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Jake Krzeczowski 

Jake (Jake Krez) is a writer/publicist/media hired hand from Chicago, Il who came up writing for the Chicago Sun Times where he helped break artists like Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Kids These Days, Alex Wiley and many more. Since then Jake has written for the likes of Billboard, XXL, Complex, Noisey, New City, The Smoking Section, DJBooth and many others while staying up to date on all things Chicago music and beyond.

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Patrick Welby

Patrick Welby (or "Pwelbs") is a self-proclaimed music industry thinker using his ears to create new opportunities and unique experiences for music fans and artists alike. Patrick currently serves as account manager and producer for Pro-Ject and is the Founder of Music Supervision Co. A proud associate member of The Recording Academy's (Grammys) Chicago Chapter. Patrick grew up a student of the Rhymesayers music scene in Minneapolis and has called Chicago home since 2007. Past: Founder of Crowdnoize, General Manager of Radio DePaul.

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Brent Butcher

Brent created and began writing about Chicago hip hop during the summer of 2011. His time running the local blog provided a creative outlet for Brent during his time as a law student at DePaul, while also establishing a direct connection to the local artist community. Being a full-time attorney and journalist makes for an interesting schedule, but it’s also the source of a fulfilling career in the creative industry. Brent intends to maintain that lifestyle and continue to improve music coverage as he joins the These Days team.  

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Westley Parker

Westley has been an active member of the Chicago music scene for just under a decade now. Originally entering the field as an emcee, the multifaceted talent has established a studio, Kimball House where he serves as owner and chief engineer for the city's rising talents and also works alongside acts like Lili K, Hurt Everybody and more in management and booking capacities. A true hustler on the scene, Parker is one of the guys that keep things moving forward steadily.

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• Additional Contributors •

Ray Mestad • Benjamin Levine • Franky Dono • Dan Fertelmeister