Colette Joy Marino, (born May 27, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois), known as DJ Colette or just Colette, is a house music DJ and vocalist from Chicago, Illinois. She is a resident DJ at the SmartBar in Chicago, Illinois (along with Kaskade and others). She fi...
Colette Joy Marino, (born May 27, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois), known as DJ Colette or just Colette, is a house music DJ and vocalist from Chicago, Illinois. She is a resident DJ at the SmartBar in Chicago, Illinois (along with Kaskade and others). She first gained attention when she started singing over her mixes as DJ.
She started DJing in the early 90's. In 1993, she helped form the all-female DJ group SuperJane with DJ Heather, DJ Dayhota, and Lady D.
During the preparations for her album Push, she married actor/rock music star Thomas Ian Nicholas.
In 2003, she was, along with Paul Van Dyk and Felix da Housecat, chosen to advertise Motorola's cellular phones. Her song used in this commercial would go on to win Dancestar's Best Song Used in a Commercial for Motorola. She also received "Best Breakthrough DJ" award.
Her album Hypnotized was the most downloaded house dance album on Apple's iTunes Music Store in June 2005. Her song What Will She Do for Love from this album was a Billboard No. 1 Dance Club Play Single. The title track, Hypnotized, was licensed to the movie The Devil Wears Prada for the soundtrack.
She hosted Lancaster, California, KVVS-FM radio station's show, Maximum Rotation.
She has performed all over the world, including, Detroit, Michigan, Cambridge, Singapore, Calgary, Hollywood, and Montreal.
She has been compared to Kylie Minogue and Deborah Harry. She's also been called Om Records' First Lady of House.
In 2013, she released her third Album, "When The Music's Loud". The album featuring influences of Italo Disco and Electro. The record received favorable reviews from Spin, Pitchfork and Slant. The album, which was recorded in Williamsburg Brooklyn and Los Angeles featured production of producer Tim K, who helped her developed the record with her over a three year span. The record also featured the production of Santiago & Bushido, Nick Chacona and DJ Teenwolf. A studio tour in late 2012 revealed Colette recorded the vocals for the album on a Peluso P-12 and through a vintage recording chain. Sonically, the album made frequent use of Vocoders and Talk Boxes. The album featured a sample of Trax Records artist Adonis, on the second single "Hotwire". The album release date was August 27, 2013. The record was made entirely without live musical instruments.