Ryury on His Newest Mix with Slugabed and How S.F. Nightlife is “Still As Freak As Ever”

With the release of his Slugabed-collaboration mix — which Complex describes as “an hour of the weirdest, most out-there, but still utterly danceable beats around” — local DJ Ryan Alan, aka Ryury, has started 2016 with a musical bang. The bass-aficionado has come a long way since his first appearance as DJ in the lobby of a movie theater at 16 years old.

Ryury officially began his career in NYC in the early ‘00s, spending the majority of his money and time digging for vinyl at stores like Sonic Grove and Satellite Records and traveling extensively throughout the U.S. sharing his finds. However, a decade ago, he made his move to San Francisco and has since become a well-known figure not only as a DJ and promoter, but as a resident of the Soundpieces collective. We chatted with Ryury about his sound, Soundpieces, and his ideal post-club meal. Catch him this Tuesday [1/19]  at the weekly Soundpieces with Tom Kha and D-Majik at Monarch. 

[jump] What type of music do you typically spin?
Typically, I play a wide range of genres. I get booked for a variety of different things, so I have diversity and stay current on a lot of genres. I play a lot of bass music like 4×4, broken-beat, trappy stuff. I’m also really into beat scene blap hip-hoppy stuff. Not sure if that makes sense, but I have been incorporating that into a lot of sets recently. I think the scene is sort of moving in that direction, from the trends on the down low I’ve been seeing — which is great because I’ve been into it for a long time. I go out to a lot of shows though, really, like pretty much anything that doesn’t suck. SF has great music. It's insane.

Congrats on the recent release of a mix with Slugabed. How did that come about?
Last time he was on tour and passing through SF he stayed with me for a week or so. We became pretty tight. I really like his music. I got asked to do a mix for the We Got This crew and there's two people sharing the 80-minute time. So I hit Slugabed up and was like, ‘Hey’ and he was like, ‘Yup’ and that’s it!  
What was it like working with him?
He is both a gentleman and a scholar.

You’re a resident at Soundpieces, which has been around for almost 10 years. Tell us a little about the collective.
Soundpieces is the brainchild of DJ Bogl and Adriana Sparkuhl. They share a partnership that runs the collective project. As one of their residents, I managed the night for the first few years doing it as a weekly at Monarch (where it is now). Soundpieces started as a hole in the wall monthly almost 10 years ago, at El Rio of all places. Since its humble beginnings, we have done shows literally all over the country, and we DJ all over the place. Soundpieces has contributed to the careers of hundreds of DJs and producers and has hands in bigger productions like Symbiosis Gathering. We do it for the love of bringing good music to our community, and I am proud to be a part of it.

Tuesdays are challenging, but you guys seem to do pretty well with your weekly. What do you attribute that to?

Soundpieces keeps it eclectic: You can play practically any kind of style of electronic music. It’s really all about good music, whatever kind it is. It works out because we’ve been immersed in the community for a very long time. Soundpieces has great relationships with their venues, the musicians, and many different agents, so people approach Soundpieces with international, national, and debut acts all the time. Recently, Soundpieces has been collaborating with more crews on different Tuesday nights to bring even more people together, allowing a bigger range of DJs, producers, and homies to do their thing at a proper venue. We have definitely developed a great circuit for people to consistently experience new electronic bass music and our community really needs that.

Who has been the most special guest you guys have put on?
Recently, in the last few years, I’d have to say DJ Rashad. I knew something special was happening musically and saw the shift coming. Now the world embraces his sound. What an awesome person and artist he was. That's special to me. There's a special story with DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, TASO, and San Francisco. I’m really happy about all that. Honestly though, every guest and every event is memorable and special to me. It’s all love.

Because you are also a promoter, what are your thoughts on the current nightlife scene?

The nightlife scene is changing a lot in SF with the new influx of people coming in and people moving out. Well, to be honest, I think the SF scene is super awesome. I've lived in SF for 10 years, and I definitely see a change, but things change, things move in figure eights, so, whatever. It's still as freak as ever if you know what's up. There are a bunch of new venues opening up with nice sound systems and an innovative vision. I encourage everyone to go out as much as possible (laughs). Soak the city in, be a part of something amazing, create something amazing. There’s a lot of really good bookings and art in SF, like all the time, all here on this little, baby 7×7 mile space. And in reality, most of the venues are like a 5-10 minute cab ride to one another anyway. People just want to have a good time and dance. So yeah, it’s all right there. Go get it!

What's coming up for you in 2016?

Oh. wow. yeah. it's about that time already. I travel a bunch in the summer. Always do a showcase. I’m planning on spending a chunk of the summer traveling. That'll be cool. Then again, the West Coast SF summer has a deep spell on me. So we'll see. Symbiosis was just announced — super excited for that. Living the life! Working on tunes, shows, big ideas, making sure people are happy, challenging myself daily.  I’m really lucky to be surrounded by an amazing community of people. Some of the ideas and things that are happening are so big and really amazing. We are doing it, you are doing it. Love is always the answer (laughs). So yeah, I’m just going to contribute to that mindset again in 2016, and work on that 5D mentality. Untz untz.

Your favorite post-club meal is…?
Friends and pizza.

What's something we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself about nightlife?
Who's going to do it and when?

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