At 1:30am on Friday mornings, most 18-year-olds in Chicago are only fantasizing about The Mid, waiting for the day when they can escape to the shows and dance parties that the windy city has to offer. During the late night, early morning hours last Friday, however, 18 year-old John Walden wasn’t merely fantasizing about The Mid; He was The Mid.
The young Australian producer — who we named an artist to watch in 2013 – was the night’s main attraction, making his Chicago debut along his short but sweet Intropial Tour. Looking slightly older than his awe-inducing press photo would indicate, Walden eschewed dress code by sporting his own hat, but proved to fit in just fine in a club setting. The producer stood his ground through his nearly two-hour set that covered the year’s house anthems and fed the beast that is Thursday night clubbers. Read on for the five tracks you need to know from his first-ever Chicago set.