About Proper Chicago

Proper Drum & Bass Chicago is a night, an ideal, and a collective. Founded in 1999 by Chicago’s native son Ben Baez (Doctorgroo), Proper has gone on to host some of the brightest and best drum & bass talent on the planet.

The Proper crew hosts drum & bass talent every Wednesday in the always lively Logan Square neighborhood at Deadbolt. Your weekly operators making Proper a success are, in no particular order, Jason Deuchler (DJ Intel), Juan Alvarez (Midway), Shawn DeVries (Misfit) and Rob Santella (Alcove).

Powering Proper is a family of local resident DJs and artists that are constantly pushing bass-centric sound forward. This collective operates under the philosophy that drum & bass need not operate in the shadows. No longer banished to the side rooms of the early 1990s, proper drum & bass belongs front and center.

 Come with an open mind.

All are welcome.


Every Wednesday @ Deadbolt, 2412 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


Official Proper Mixes

When not trying to save the world from evil, Proper DJs record mixes. Below are a few highlights from over the years on Mixcloud.  Enjoy!

Official Proper Events

Below is a list of upcoming official Proper Chicago Drum & Bass sessions at Deadbolt in Logan Square, Chicago. We also support our brothers and sisters at other events and venues around Chicago and all over the world.