Felix, who moved from Brighton, England, to San Francisco 10 years ago, began dropping beats and moving crowds with co-producer Claire Rhodes at Black Diamond parties back in the early '90s. It was at these various basement gatherings along Haight Street that Felix helped introduce downtempo to the San Francisco masses and developed his own cinematic style. Back then Felix and his cohorts -- DJs Thomas the Mammal, Laron, and Darkhorse -- would spin along to pieces of film like the car chase scene in Bullitt, incorporating slices of rumbling engines that complemented murky, rolling beats.
This mixing of material from diverse sources remains in Felix's sets today, but the downtempo grooves he helped popularize are by no means the limit of his talents. Although Black Diamond is still a force in underground DJ culture, these days Felix's just as likely to slam a knowledgeable, elegant mix of experimental hip hop, drum 'n' bass, or ragga.
-- Robert Arriaga
DJ Felix the Dog performs with DJ Juice McQueen (aka Z-Trip) and Shortkut at the "Money Shot" on Friday, Oct. 2, at 10 p.m. at Storyville, 1751 Fulton (at Masonic). Tickets are $7; call 441-1751.