• Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Papa Lu on EDM vs. House and the Pleasures of Burning Man

    As a promoter who often DJs his own events, Luis Reader, aka Papa Lu, is involved in every aspect of his parties. He began his career in 2002, promoting hip-hop shows. But his latent passion for house music was awakened after attending a local party called Remedy, which featured regular sets by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    DJ Umami on the Key to a Fulfilling DJ Career and Playing Music at Marathons

    From door girl to DJ, Bay Area DJ Umami's rise to fame was guided by one simple word: practice. Instead of using programs or software shortcuts, she used a few records and the solace of her bedroom to perfect her craft. "I'd like to publicly apologize to my roommates and neighbors in my early stages ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Oakland Fader DJ Enki on the Importance of Learning to Actually DJ and His Favorite 45

    With a DJ name derived from Sumerian mythology, DJ Enki of the Oakland Faders is named for a deity, but worships at the temple of hip-hop. Since 1985, he's been a hip-hop aficionado, particularly drawn to the role DJs play in a group or MC setting. "They were the coolest members of the groups, and ... More >>

  • Music

    September 11, 2013
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    March 27, 2013
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    January 25, 2013

    Bay Area DJs Battle It Out at the Red Bull Thre3style Contest, 1/24/13

    The Red Bull Thre3style Contest, featuring DJs D-Sharp, Dstrukt, J. Espinosa, Mei-Lwun, and Richie Panic Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 The Independent Better Than: Being stuck in a crowded arena of people sucking on pacifiers wondering whether you are baby-sitting or just better off never going out again ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Ground Control on Why DJs Shouldn't Be the Center of Attention at Parties

    San Francisco-based DJ Jason Apple, aka Ground Control, does not want to hear only one genre during a DJ set. "I get bored when a DJ plays a whole set of the same kind of music. I want to hear things I haven't heard before, so that's what I try and do in my sets and my productions." Having started h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    The Freshest's DJ Marvel Used to Party-Rock the Cruise Ships

    The term "party-rocking" has taken quite a beating in recent years, after artists like LMFAO turned it into something downright terrifying. But prior to its corruption, "party-rocking" meant a DJ mixing genres, like moving from hip-hop to disco to house with the only goal to ensure that everyone has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Peaches Party's Lady Fingaz and Andre: "We Aren't Good Lady DJs, We Are Good DJs Period"

    Every Thursday night, visitors to the Mission's Skylark Bar can find an arsenal of local female DJs spinning, scratching, and playing everything hip-hop -- from grimy gangster rap to funky R&B. The all-female DJ party, known as Peaches, began three years ago when local bartender Masaye Waugh had the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    DJ Apollo on DJ Contests and the Positive Vibes of the Free Doin' It In The Park Party This Weekend

    As a pioneer of the turntablism movement, which in the '90s redefined what it means to be a disc jockey, DJ Apollo's numerous accolades include membership in the first DJ team to ever win the 1992 DMC world DJ championships, as well as founding the famous turntable-band Invisibl Skratch Piklz with f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    DJ Chang Bang on His Cuban Roots and Florida's EDM Scene

    Florida-based disco and house DJ Chang Bang's obsession with music took hold when, at just 10, he discovered his Cuban-Chinese mother's disco, funk, soul, and Latin music record collection. Beginning his DJ career in the early '80s, he was commissioned to make edits and mixes for Miami radio station ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    DJ Chucky Brown on Teaching the Art of DJing and His Collection of 25,000 Records

    With a record-collecting father and a Studio 54-era disco queen mother, DJ Chucky Brown had a musically rich childhood. Originally an NYC native, he frequented fixtures of the early '90s dance scene such as the Paladium and Danceteria, and began his DJ career by leveraging the vast collection of vin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Oakland's DJ Mere on the Local Rap Scene and Becoming a KMEL All-Star DJ

    As one of KMEL's all-star DJs and a member of the Oakland Faders crew, Oakland-born-and-raised DJ Mere's ascension to the top is a tale of hustling, street-teaming, and hard work. Starting his career as an intern at a promotions company at the age of 17, he found himself promoting locally for then-u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2012

    EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

    Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>

  • Music

    May 30, 2012
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    May 3, 2012

    S.F.'s Panic City on What It Takes to Be a Good Club DJ

    At 26 years old, local DJ Panic City has already started his own label and developed a loyal following for his Blacklight Sessions and Panic City Live podcasts on iTunes. Beginning his career in local radio, Panic City's wide-ranging musical tastes are demonstrated in his many remixes of such dispar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Nancy Whang and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem on Their Favorite Record Stores Around the World

    A deep collective sigh could be heard from the world's indie music fans last year when LCD Soundsystem announced its breakup. The decision left many wondering where members like James Murphy, Nancy Whang, and Pat Mahoney were going to take their careers next. While some joined bands such as !!!, oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang to DJ at Public Works This Week

    Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang -- two of the crucial members of LCD Soundsystem who aren't James Murphy -- are performing a rare joint DJ gig for this Friday's Face Party at Public Works. While likely to be good, it's also certain to be popular, so if you're dead-set on going, it might be worth grabb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    ThatGirl on Breaking Out as a Female DJ and the Success of the Weekly Peaches Party

    Ever since she was a child, Bay Area DJ ThatGirl has been interested in street art and its connection to the hip-hop movement. However, it wasn't until she attended a rave in 1997 that she discovered her desire to channel this creativity into music, most notably turntablism. She soon purchased her o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    DJ Shortkut on Staying in the Bay Area, His Love for Tech, and the State of the Turntablism Scene

    Celebrating 25 years of DJing this year, Bay Area-born DJ Shortkut has had the kind of career that most DJs strive for: He's claimed multiple West Coast DMC championships, played alongside the legendary names of hip-hop, and designed best-selling DJ equipment for the Vestax brand. As part of the DJ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    The Evolution of A-Trak: From Scratch Nerd To Dance Tastemaker In Five Steps

    A-Trak is one of the world's most effective musical tastemakers. These days, the Montreal-born DJ and producer is part of the braintrust behind the Fool's Gold label, which has a proven record of picking up artists like Danny Brown, The Cool Kids, and Kid Sister long before larger labels show intere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    R.I.P. Solomon Kahn, DJ for the Golden State Warriors, 1977-2012

    Solomon Kahn, a beloved local DJ who performed at such diverse venues as Oracle Arena, AT&T Park, and every major club in San Francisco, was tragically killed Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Bangkok, Thailand, in a car accident. He was 34. Kahn, known to clubgoers as DJ Solomon, was in Thailand as a part of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Dilated Peoples' DJ Babu on the Future of the DJ Battle, and Why He Was Skeptical About Serato

    ​ Best known for his roles in hip-hop groupDilated Peoples and the world-champion DJ crew Beat Junkies , DJ Babu has lately been busy crafting his newest album, Duck Season 4. Winning various DJ battles like Vestax World Championships early in his career, and releasing ground-breaking albums l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    CLAKSAARB on Possibly the Longest DJ Name in the World and the One Song That Makes Everyone Move

    ​ It is not uncommon for young, corporate employees to dream of quitting their day job to fully devote themselves to a creative pursuit. Bay Area DJ CLAKSAARB, aka Chris Nguyen, is one of the fortunate few who took the risk and saw it pay off. He left his 9-to-5 to spend a year mastering the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    DJ Morse Code on Quitting Teaching to a Become a Pro DJ, and His New Project, Pools

    ​While it is the hope of every novice schoolteacher that their hard work in the classroom will eventually land them a job as a Hollywood club DJ, few are actually able to pull off the transition. In 2006, at the crossroads of his two careers, San Francisco native DJ Morse Code decided to become a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Juan MacLean on DJing with Vinyl, Why the West Coast Rules for Club Nights, and His New Album

    Joshi Radin​A longtime resident of DFA Records, Juan MacLean has dabbled in everything from dance-punk to electro-pop. Although mostly known for his work with bands Six Finger Satellite and The Juan MacLean, he has been touring regularly as a solo DJ all over the world since his release on the DJ- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    The RedBull DJ Contest Takes Over DNA Lounge

    Red Bull contest winner Goldenchyld ​The Red Bull DJ Contest, featuring Solomon, Max Kane, Natalie Nuxx, DJ Dials, Platurn, Eric Sharp, Goldenchyld, and Jeffrey Paradise February 24, 2011 @ DNA Lounge Better than: Throwing your hands up in the air because Fatman Scoop says so In a city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Kid Koala Talks Losing Bets, Growing Up on Vinyl, and His Favorite Muppet

    Kid Koala​There's not much more endearing than a DJ who loves music and muppets. Hailing from Montreal, Kid Koala is known for his whimsical personality and ability to take listeners on a journey with music fit for psychedelic hip hop dreams, sans the acid. Currently on the Ninja Tune label and pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    The Tenderlions on Signing Boobs, Misspelling Their Original Name, and DJing Vs. Performing

    The Tenderlions​When someone pictures a tender lion, they probably imagine a cuddly creature licking its paw, or even Simba from the Lion King, with his huge doe eyes and innocent face. Well, we can attest that S.F. duo Tenderlions have pretty much the same characteristics, except they know how to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The Venerable DJ Jazzy Jeff Explains Why Your Laptop Won't Make You a Good DJ

    DJ Jazzy Jeff​There really isn't much introduction needed for DJ Jazzy Jeff, who since the 1980's has remained one of the biggest names in hip-hop due to his incredible showmanship and continued innovation in the art of DJing. Since his beginnings as a house party DJ, and through his role as one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Bay Area's DJ Qbert Named America's Best DJ

    ​Voters around the country recently proclaimed that Daly City's own DJ Qbert is America's best DJ. Surprise! (Not.)Qbert, who has been coined the Jimi Hendrix of turntablists, isn't exactly a dark horse pick -- he may not be an invisible skratch pickl anymore, but he does have a huge global follow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    New Software May Help Technology Kill the DJ

    Is Mixed in Key the death of DJing?​I'll be the first to admit it: when I was DJing regularly, I usually used a computer -- along with an effects box -- for mixing my jam selections. But that was purely out of necessity: buying records was far too costly, most of what I wanted to play wasn't readi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    BT Magnum's Advice: 'Do Loads of Drugs and Have as Much Sex as Possible'

    BT Magnum​The man behind the excellent events curated at our city's (arguably) best dance venue, Mezzanine, and the Internet's go-to blog for old-school dance jams is one Brian Tarney. Party goers and vintage-tune seekers may know him better as BT Magnum, Tarney's alter-ego, who runs about S.F. DJ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Weekend Party Preview: Blondes Have Fun, Buttons Get Depressed

    Jokers of the Scene​This week's offerings focus mostly on contemporary electro. Not straight-up electro, but permutations of the style as buzzing rave music, groovy techno beats, revivalist acid-house, and updated disco beats. No matter what you want to call it, we'll just say it's dance music--an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Behind the Beat with Hotthobo

    Patrick Miller​It's been seven years since DJ/producer Randy Ellis moved from Southern California to San Francisco. He had been DJing under the name Hotthobo for a while before relocating, but recently he has started getting his own productions off the ground. Like many DJs, he focused on making " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A w/ DJ Platurn (Oakland Faders)

    ​Plenty of turntable junkies claim DJing is in their blood. But DJ Platurn's love for the dancefloor actually was passed down through family lines. The Icelandic music head grew up the son of a DJ, so by the time he moved to Oakland he was ready to spin on his own. He's been a regular at Luka's Ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Behind the Beat: Ghosts on Tape

    ​There are a ton of beat-producing DJs in San Francisco, but few really take the time and energy to hone their craft. Ryan Merry, who produces and DJs under the name Ghosts on Tape, creates "tropical-booty" tracks that have caught the attention of some of the biggest DJ names (including BBC Radio ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009
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    November 18, 2009
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    October 23, 2009

    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: The Worker (of Fiction)

    Rick Symonds​This week we chat with The Worker, a member of the Fiction crew who's always on the lookout for the dark, the strange, and the flat out mutant strains of techno and disco. The dude has one hand on the turntables, and the other inside the local music industry, working at esteemed inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: B. Bravo of Disco vs Dubstep, Lush Life

    ​You might know this week's Q&A star, B. Bravo, from one of a couple different guises. He busts out the sax for Bayonics, has worked as a DJ both over the airwaves and in clubs, and has recorded a couple solo releases--the latest of which is his Computa Love  EP. Bravo opens for Chromeo a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: DJ Salva

    ​DJ Salva is such a busy dude he had to invent multiple pseudonyms just to keep track of the music he's producing. The Chicago native runs the Frite Nite label, helping folks in the experimental hiphop and bass-heavy dance genres get their tunes licensed, and that's when he's not DJing or crafting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Nisus

    ​There are DJs who log a lotta miles, and then there's Nisus. While other vinyl slingers rack up passenger time on airlines, this guy has spent the summer getting between gigs in Germany, France, Spain, and Switzerland by bike. Overall he  traveled, (two wheel-style), across 1,300 miles, and ... More >>

  • Music

    July 15, 2009
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    June 26, 2009

    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: DJ Said

    Nigerian born producer / promoter /label owner DJ Said came into this world from the same corner of the globe as Fela Kuti, and he's just as addicted to spreading Afro Beat to the masses--although he blends those sounds into myriad dancefloor styles. After a stint in England, Said settled in the Bay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Hey DJ! (Monday) Q&A: DJ RasCue

    DJ RasCue has been hitting the decks longer than most of the kids in the clubs these days have been alive. For the past 26 years, he's spun a mix of everything from Latin to hip-hop to house and rock for little kids and big stars (William H. Macy). Now the local music community is giving something b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2008

    Friday Night: DJ Q-Bert at the Independent

    DJ Q-Bert The Independent December 26, 2008 Review and Photos by Eric K. Arnold Better than: Leftovers, sweaters from Grandma, reindeer roadkill 'Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the house, no one was unstirred, not even a mouse. The Independent's line up of Q-Bert, Mochipet, and J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Mr. E

    One of the most respected DJs to grace the Bay Area, Miguel Escobedo has been manning the decks for over two decades. The resident DJ for San Francisco's Rock the Bells tour stop, he's one of the most sought out vinyl spinners when national artists are looking for local support. Coming up in the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: DJ MyKill

    Say DJ MyKill's name fast and you get where the guy got his moniker (hint: his real name is Michael). The Phoenix transplant has been making a name for himself getting revelers drunk and dancing on Sunday nights with a big ol' French Kiss at the Mission club Pink. Below MyKill spills more than the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    Local DJs among 100 nominees in America's Best DJ contest

    (DJ Shadow's "High Noon") From our clubs editor's (John Graham's) desk: The list of nominees for DJ Times magazine's America's Best DJ contest has a number of locals, including: DJ Theo; Gabriel & Dresden; Kaskade, DJ Shadow; Mark Farina; DJ Qbert; DJ Behrouz; Bassnectar; Claude VonStroke; Miguel M ... More >>

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