As co-founder of the infamous Trap City parties, DJ Napsty has spent the past year booking acts and playing jams that make the club percolate. The Indianapolis native got his musical start in 2000 DJing a handful of local spots, but soon made his way to San Francisco and added organizing and promoting events to his repertoire. This year, he's played with artists like Bauuer and has released mixtapes like Drippy Mang and Trap City Sessions. We recently caught up with Napsty about the promoting vs. DJing, the phenomenon known as twerking, and his perfect S.F. day. Trap City celebrates its one-year anniversary this Friday at Temple SF with headliner HeRobust and the Trap City crew.
Where did the moniker Napsty come about?
I'm from Naptown, Indianapolis, and I'm nasty with the beats. Also my grandfather's last name is Ansty, so it's a combo of those three things.
As a DJ and promoter, is it easier for you to understand both aspects of the business?
Promoting events has been a natural extension of DJing. I started out doing it just to make a place for my friends and myself to play and to get our music out for people to hear, but it has definitely taken on a life of its own.
How did you get involved in the Trap City party?
My partner DJ Ultraviolet and I were both instantly drawn to the new sounds we were hearing, and really excited about the blend of trap beats with bass music production styles. We had been throwing some underground bass parties and were involved in a big festival with E-40 and a ton of bass music/hip-hop crossover acts and found that people really went crazy for the new trap tunes and danced their asses off. We started Trap City as an experiment to see if it could work in a club setting, not really expecting the wild roller coaster of fun it has been.
This weekend, you'll celebrate your one-year anniversary. Which has been the craziest party to date?
We have been blessed with so many epic moments over the last year with Trap City. We hosted Baauer the same week that the "Harlem Shake" videos went viral; Carnage got the club so packed and turnt up that I thought there was an earthquake for a second when the whole crowd was jumping up and down; and Rocco showed up for a surprise performance when we had Trap-a-holics... just to name a few.
Twerking and trap music: Why do you think they go so well together?
Twerking and trap music are not new and have been friends for years. They have a symbiotic relationship feeding off of each other. Having the Twerk Squad has been huge for keeping the night high energy and good vibes. It really adds a lot to the party. I feel that dance culture is sometimes underappreciated in dance music, oddly enough.
What do you see or hope to see for the future for this party?
Lots of exciting things planned for the rest of the year and beyond. Can't spill all the beans yet!
On any given day, what can we can catch you doing in S.F....?
If I get my way, I'll be eating tacos with my girl and hanging out with the dog.