So what's your story, in 100 words or less? Decided to DJ in Long
Beach, CA. in 1998, when I started my own Latin night. I later became a resident at a local soul club called Get On The Good Foot, then moved to San
Francisco in 2005. Since then I've been paying my dues while trying to
push a grittier & more authentic Latin sound and a funky boogie disco
sound. Thank god I fell in with some of the coolest DJ's in the city!
Not just in the crews I play with, but with the caliber of folks we
have rolling through our nights to hear the tunes. I'm constantly
trying to keep the heads interested and the dancefloor happy.
Name of a track you can't get out of your head: "I want your love" - by
James Mason. Cool Chris played this Japanese only 12" cut from the
mid-nineties @ Sweater Funk back in September 2008 when we first
started out, & it just blew our minds! Super sexy mid tempo groover
in that steppers soul style that just builds and builds & yet
cruises along at the same altitude. So damn pimp. I don't own it, yet I
usually start singing it as we break down the Sweater Funk sound system
Since you mention you love breakfast on your MySpace page, what is your
perfect breakfast? My scramble. Been working on it for years, changing
it slightly here and there. These days it's basically yukon gold
potatoes, eggs, yellow onions, mushrooms, spinach, and pasilla chile
with queso fresco on the side. Nothing special, it's really all about
how fresh the ingredients are. You get 'em from the right market on the
Musical mantra: Do what you do, cuz that's what you do best. Don't try
to fake it if it ain't your thing. In other words, I'm not trying to
rock some blingin' rap/mash-up/bhangra business. Nothing wrong with it,
it just isn't my thing. There are others who are great at it, I know
what I can rock with and I'm cool with that.
Favorite DJ experience: Dam-funk @ Sweater Funk on February 15th, 2009.
Everyone was screaming for each tune as it was mixed in and clapping as
it ended, a constant barrage of pure excitement and genuine
appreciation. Condensation was dripping from the ceiling, making the
floor slippery, and dancing was chaotic because no one wanted to stop
but it was hard to keep your footing and keep grooving! So many great
tunes played that night!
Worst request: I was playing a Brazilian boogie disco tune that has
always gotten crowds dancing--never had a bad response to this tune.
This woman in the loudest dress in world (looked like Carmen Miranda
headbutted her) walks over to me and asks if I could play something
less cheesy! In that cheesy ass dress!
Most treasured vinyl score: Joe Bataan - "Subway Joe" (Fania - gold
label). It isn't the rarest boogaloo record out there. In fact, you could
even argue that it may be one of the most popular boogaloo records due to the current re-launch of his career and subsequent interest in his back catalog of quality Latin soul, salsa &
boogaloo. This, however, is the record that started it all for me and
remains, in my opinion, the most consistent boogaloo/Latin soul party
record out there.
What other music-related projects are you currently working on? The
Sweater Funk mix CD--our official take on this style of music. Plus
Sweater Funk diet pills, toilet paper, theme park, airline & a
Sweater Funk manual (just like the Wu Tang Clan!).
What elements would your fantasy club night entail? Seriously? Some
food. Really, get some food in more clubs to keep people dancing and
not just falling over. Used to be they'd have juices bars in discos
back in the day. And some good iced tea. As far as the music, two rooms: Dam-Funk, J-rocc & Kutmah in one room while the other room would have DJ Beto & Quantic playing classic Colombian cumbias & salsa.
What's the idea behind Sweater Funk? My buddy Jon Blunck & I wanted
to do a night in SF inspired by our pal Dam-Funk's night in L.A.,
Funkmosphere. No one would book us to play an entire night of boogie
disco, which is basically disco from '78 to the mid 80's with emphasis
on (but not limited to) handclaps, heavy synth basslines, slap bass, and
lots of love in the lyrics. So Jon Blunck bought a killer sound system
and talked Jackie at Li Po into letting us throw a party there every
We charge no cover, make no money, and we have no promotional
budget. Yet ever since we started, it seems like folks have been coming out of the woodwork for this sound--DJs and dancers alike. It's 80's
funk really, and who doesn't like 80's funk? I dare you to not dance to the
Gap Band or Cameo.
We try to go deeper than the known 80's funk acts
but we certainly don't avoid 'em. You're just as likely to hear Slave or D Train as you are to hear Roundtrip or Wynd Chymes. We've been lucky to attract some of the best DJs in SF to play our night. A
few of these dudes have told us they were nervous playing for us, which
is an unbelievably huge compliment as we're just some record geeks in a basement and these dudes have rocked crowds of thousands. Having said
that, this club is for the dancers, first and foremost. Even if it's
the most obscure record, it's got to be funky. To us, be it an
expensive record or dollar bin find, it ain't worth a damn if it
doesn't make you dance!
How does one gain entry into the Magnificent 7 gang? Eh, they hired me
after I cost them a gig. Not sure if that did the trick but that's how
it went down. I don't recommend you do that as you will have 7 angry
guys to answer to. It's easier to gain entry to a Mag 7 gig (usually
$5) and more fun too!
Question we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself: Is my fly down?
Next time we can see you spin: This Saturday (April 18) @ Dalva - Good Friends & Evil Companions, free -10p.m. til 2 a.m. This Sunday (April 19) @ Sweater Funk in the basement of Li Po Lounge in
Boogie Down China Town! We will have the blinding BEATELECTRIC boys
coming through to fog up the basement with raw rare boogie! hosted by
the Sweater Funk family. Free - 9 til 2.