Hirsute dance music fixture and former Chicago resident Tommie Sunshine is essentially a DJ’s DJ—he was a major presence on the rave scene back when it was strictly an underground phenomenon, and over the past decade or so he’s remixed everyone from Felix da Housecat to Fall Out Boy to Katy Perry, but his fan base still consists almost entirely of EDM scenesters and the smarter type of record-industry insider. While it’s cool, sort of, that he’s this kind of secret amongst people in the know, he deserves better.

One of my favorite things about Tommie is his regard for dance music’s roots. He takes to Twitter frequently to advocate for classic house and techno, and occasionally to harangue EDM musicians and fans who are ignorant about anything that came out more than five years ago (of which there are a depressingly vast number). He’s not afraid to let his old-school influences show, either. His remixes and original tracks frequently nod toward pioneering DJs such as Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, and Larry Levan, who assisted in the evolution of disco into house music decades ago.