Join Midday with K this Wednesday at 4:30pm CST on WIIT 88.9FM streaming live at radio.iit.edu for a live interview and performance with Ethan Butler along with co-hosts DJ Half Pint, Samuel Graham Jr., and Eric Cea aka DJ Pirate Bam’s Most Hated Mix at 5.
Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Ethan Butler does not produce your typical Westside, church-raised tunes. Drawing inspirations from MJ to Coldplay and JT to John Williams, Ethan describes himself as a “center city artist,” embracing the diversity of Chicago. While layering light undertones of jazz, R&B, and Funk with acoustic pop, Ethan intertwines different genres to give you a diverse listening experience with a consistent and distinct sound.
As the son of a music pastor, Ethan was surrounded by music from a young age. But heavy pursuits in music didn’t begin until he received his first guitar for his 13th birthday in 2001. By May of 2002, he started a 12 year journey of writing and performing, and leading worship at different churches, retreats and conferences. Although his musical exploration was limited to that of the church life, he continued to write and dream of a life within the mainstream industry. In January 2013, Ethan began pursuing that dream with a Kick off concert in Logan square bringing in a draw of nearly 300 people. And with that wind behind his back he started doing open mics and shows throughout Chicago at places like, Uncommon Ground, The Store, Elbo Room, Mayne Stage, Goose Island, and more.
In autumn of 2013, Ethan released a self titled, 8 track demo called M-perfections which you can purchase only at his shows.
Now it’s 2014 and Ethan is working hard on several projects which he hopes to start releasing sometime this summer. He has also done some collaborative work with Artist like Micah Bournes, a spoken word/HipHop artist, and Sir WJ, both of who have projects releasing this year. So if you haven’t caught a show of Ethan Butler, be sure to do so soon. He will not disappoint with his funky and skilled guitar work, smooth vocals, powerful vocals, and engaging lyrics.