Peter Croce is part of the next generation of selectors carrying forth the melting pot of sounds that make up Detroit and Chicago’s diverse deejay and soundsystem culture. With a didactic blend of disco, deep House, afrobeat, and broken beat dubplates and classics, this true selector, armed with bags of wax and USBs full of unreleased tracks, operates in Rocksteady Disco, a label that he describes as being “the vehicle for the next generation to carry forward the great musical gift of deep house and disco in Detroit and Chicago.” Follow the guide!
What’s to do in the summer when everyone’s gone?
I’ve only lived in Chicago for one summer but really the summer is the time when Chicago comes alive! My favorite things to do in the summer are to rent a power generator and set up a soundsystem and throw a little get together in Humboldt Park, or hang out on one of Chicago’s many rooftop bars, or just ride my bike along Lake Michigan’s lakeshore with my wife.
What’s the collective’s HQ when it comes to drinks?
Estereo in Logan Square is the spot. They’ve got all sorts of Latin American spirits that a lot of places don’t have, and they’re always spinning really good Afro-Latin music. It’s located in a flatiron building and all the walls are actually garage doors, so in the summer it’s practically an open air bar. And they have cold brew coffee on tap for when you imbibe too much.
Where can you find the best records in town?
Chicago is blessed with a lot of good record stores. If I feel like getting really dusty I’ll go to Logan Hardware. 606 Records is highly curated and has a great selection of local stuff and imports. Gramaphone is somewhere in between the two, with a large new and used selection. Dusty Groove is great for global import reissues. Then there are some other spots off the beaten path as well.
What can you do for a first date?
Come hear me and my friends deejay! Or just ride the CTA brown line all the way north to south– there’s some really cool views and it’s a very Chicago thing to do.
Where can you lose your dignity?
I feel like nowhere in Chicago has dignity, but I personally lose mine at smartbar after 3 AM if I’m drinking their mixed drinks.
A good address for brunch?
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club is one of the best restaurant meals I’ve ever had but don’t tell anyone because I’m not trying to blow out the spot.
The best plan to chill on a Sunday?
You gotta go to the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette (a suburb just north of Chicago). I’m not Bahá’í but that doesn’t really matter—it’s just one of the most spiritual and beautiful places I’ve ever been.
Best view of the town?
I really like how downtown looks from the back roof of the Archer Beach Haus, which is a loft venue on Chicago’s southside. The view is great, especially if the sun is beginning to rise.
What do you miss the most?
I’m originally from Detroit, and I’m currently on month 15 out of 18 of living in Chicago. Since I’m moving in just a few months I know I’m definitely going to miss Estereo, I’m going to miss rolling up to Cerise Rooftop at 8:45 PM with my Condesa and a bag of records with an already packed bar, I’m gonna miss bullshitting with Jerome Derradji in his home office, and I’m DEFINITELY going to miss public transit if I end up back in Detroit.
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