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About Bear Who?

Chicago, IL

Bear Who? Bio - The One Man Band

It's not just the work but the hustle and grind that create a brand which is multi-faceted, intriguing and wreaks passion with high doses of intensity.

Bear Who? has personified all of the key components through his journey where in one moment he spins parties and performs in different cities across the world. Next, he is doing a photo shoot or movie portraying a different character role. And let's not forget creating artistic and production masterpieces or lacing the hottest remixes to some of today's biggest recording artists.

So ... what next? And Who is Bear Who? a.k.a. Edwin Rios hails from Chicago's Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhood one of the most diverse areas in the city where one persona Bear Who? moniker was developed. As a teenager hanging out on Logan Boulevard, Bear Who? and his friends collectively formed "House On The Blvd". This subsidiary of Bear Who?'s own entertainment and promotion company came from the early days with his crew.

"Bear" was a nickname that I got when I joined HOTB (House On The Boulevard)... I added who? because when I first starting traveling and DJ'ing with the big boys, people often asked Bear, who?...so i kept it, Bear Who? remembers.

He values his relationships with his close-knit family and brotherhood with friends who have shaped him to be a force reckoned with and known to the industry as Bear Who? amongst other aliases that capture the artist, DJ, entrepreneur, remixer, actor, and brand.

The quest and the first alias besides his government name addresses his loyal and deep roots and his creative side was starting to bloom. At the tender age of 10 years old, he witnessed his first DJ spinning. At the time, the house craze was explosive in Chicago and starting to catch ablaze in clubs from New York to London. WBMX 102.7 (Chicago) was the most dominant radio outlet for his new phenomenon to receive exposure. The pulsating beats, soulful sounds and healthy competition among the DJ community was rampant on the scene.

Going further down the musical road, Bear Who? became a fixture on the house sets and at 17, he was infiltrating some Chicago's finest clubs including the historic Warehouse where the best DJ's in the world spun their hits. Chicago House icon Julian Jumpin' Perez (Hot Mix 5) introduced Bear to the game and was a mentor in his path of learning the music industry.

DJ Sneak who belonged to the popular crew "The Mongoloids" which is like Wu-Tang of House", took Bear Who? under his wing and brought him into the international house scene. Bear went on to work with dj / producers, Todd Terry, Roger Sanchez, Jr Sanchez, Armand Van Helden, Erick Morillo and Harry Choo Choo Romero, Ian Pooley and Daft Punk; just to name a few.

During this DJ boot camp process, Bear Who?crossed paths with many house heavyweights and ironically many of these luminaries he worked with as an associate at Gramaphone Records. This Chicago retail institution (University of House Music) for decades has seen luminaries Ralphi Rosario, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina and DJ Heather launch their careers absorbing the sounds and feeding information to true ‘house heads'.

Edwin Rios transformation to Bear Who? also took on another alter ego in his journey up the ranks of the music industry. Thus he created two more fascinating recording monikers "Fuzzy Cufflinxxx" and "Mr. Riddlz".

This self-proclaimed "Electronic B-boy" describes his alter egos as the one man- band. "Edwin is like Clark Kent who is reserved. Fuzzy Cufflinxxx is the player persona and Mr. Riddlz has the gangsta swagger while Bear Who? is the Superman, that entity brand which is larger than life," Bear Who? describes.

"House and Hip Hop is the future?", Bear asks. "Naw man, it's been that all the time. When did it ever stop?. That's my life, that's what I am. An Electronic B-Boy, House, Hip Hop with that Puerto Rican flare, together. You never know what your going to get from me".

With Bear Who?, you receive the full package in a multi-dimensional artist. In Bear Who?'s live performance, his multiple alter-egos emerge. In addition, during this dynamic stage show both elements of the DJ show and live vocals show why he is truly ‘the real one man band'.

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