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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Local DJ Baysik on Tropical Bass, Sazon Libre, and His Medical Road to Recovery

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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While local DJ Baysik’s nickname stemmed from an aversion to school work, the young up-and-coming DJ’s approach to his music is anything but lazy. Starting his DJ career at the age of 13 in a family full of selectors, he was particularly mentored by his cousin DJ Quest, who taught him everything from holding a needle to nightlife etiquette.

Today, he is a resident of Sazon Libre and Rebel Pop Radio on WiLD 9.49, and is gaining attention for his signature edits and remixes. We chatted with Baysik about his Bay-centric name, favorite genres, and recent health complications. Catch him a variety of gigs this weekend starting tonight Thursday, July 21 at Social Study, Friday, July 22 at Bamboo Hut, and Saturday, July 23 with Sake One at Luka's Taproom in Oakland. There will also be a fundraiser for Baysik's health funds next Thursday, July 28 at Madrone Art Bar

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Non Stop Bhangra Residents on Celebrating Cultural Sounds and How to Let Loose on the Dancefloor

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 10:47 AM

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  • From top to bottom: Rav-E, Jimmy Love, DJ Nix

As one of the most unique and diverse experiences in the Bay Area for 12 years running, Non Stop Bhangra is a night where people of various backgrounds and ethnicities can come together to celebrate, dance, and learn about Punjabi music culture. A typical night starts out with a dance lesson, followed by live Dohl and artist performances, and ends with DJs playing a mix of tunes ranging from Bhangra to reggae.

This week, the party celebrates with the theme of “Crash an Indian Wedding Party,” which gives you an opportunity to experience all the fun parts of an Indian wedding without the requisite wedding pressures. We got a chance to chat with founder and DJ Jimmy Love and resident DJs Rav-E and Nix about NSB’s evolution, memorable moments, and favorite Indian dishes. Non Stop Bhangra #124 takes place this Saturday, [7/16] at Public Works.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Laser Native Label Founders on Their Two-Year Anniversary, Emerging Artists, and "Vibular Activation"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

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For those that enjoy breaking a sweat on the dancefloor, there’s often nothing more satisfying than feeling the crowd around you vibing and pulsating to the same beats and rhythms. For the past two years, local record label Laser Native has been releasing music and putting on events that cultivates the saying, “Your vibe, attracts your tribe.” Founded by artists Devo (Vitamindevo) and Dan (Lt. Daaan), Laser Native has contributed greatly to the local dance scene by putting an emphasis on showcasing up-and-coming producers and DJs established in the Bay Area.

We got a chance to talk to the duo about their upcoming release on July 18, record label and two-year anniversary party. Laser Native record label's anniversary party happens tonight, [7/7] at Monarch with BOT headlining. 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Event Host and Emcee Fran Boogie on His Origins as a Hype Man and The Best '90s Jams to Sing Along To

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 9:35 AM

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If you’ve been to a Bay Area hip-hop or ‘90s event in the last decade, you’ve probably seen the phrase “hosted by Fran Boogie” on a flier. This week, the column takes a look at the dynamics between a DJ and their hype man. As the non-DJ member of the Triple Threat Crew, Fran Boogie has stood alongside some of the Bay’s most prominent hip-hop DJs as a bodyguard, emcee, hypeman, and body-roll connoisseur. We got a chance to talk about his beginnings as a nightlife dancer, hosting events, and his love for all things ‘90s and Fernet.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

DJ and Event Producer Justime on the Importance of Showcasing Local Talent and Keeping Clubs Ego-Free

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 11:03 AM

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  • Kevin Cooke
Whether it’s throwing events or being behind the decks of clubs and festivals, local DJ and musician Justime has always strived to create an atmosphere of equality and keep radical queer culture alive and thriving in the Bay. Curating events as big as Afterglow or as intimate as his current monthly Afternoon Delight, his ascension in the nightlife scene has come from years steadily throwing underground parties and making sure local talent and culture stays recognized. This week, Justime shares his talents at four different events during Pride, from a Friday afterhours set to closing out the Faerie Freedom Village during the heart of the Pride celebration. We got a chance to ask him about his DJ history, producing events, and what Pride means to him.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Fanciulla Gentile on Her Newest Project "the Creatrix" and the Healing Effects of Deep Dark Techno

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 9:43 AM

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  • Josephine Shetty
Layering ambient techno beats with sci-fi inspired written passages, local artist Fancuilla Gentile’s newest project "the Creatrix" strives to take listeners on a voyage through a “a multidimensional sonic and literary narrative.” While "the Creatrix" is less than a year old, Gentile has been steadily putting out original tracks for the past couple of months, which will be incorporated into an upcoming release on NYC’s No-Tech label.

Starting her musical career five years ago by making experimental mixtapes, she’s also made a name for herself as half of dream noise duo Felidae. We got a chance to talk about her inspirations, affinity for sci-fi, and upcoming set at Surface Tension. Watch her in action as the Creatrix this Friday [6/17] for Surface Tension at 1192 Folsom

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Local Veteran DJ Robert Rankin' on Over 30 Years of DJing Dub, Reggae, and Dancehall Jams

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 1:33 PM

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Considered a veteran of the local dub and reggae scene, DJ Robert Rankin’ has been educating crowds about tunes, riddims, and basslines for over 30 years, whether it’s on the airwaves of various radio stations like KFJC or KKUP, or from behind the decks of venues as big as festivals or as small as basements. No matter the outlet, he remains consistent and strives to keep the spirit of reggae alive by playing modern forward thinking reggae tunes while also showcasing the historical importance classic tracks. We chatted with Rob Rankin’ about playing rebellious radio stations, what changes he’s seen in the dub scene, and what it’s like to be an influence on dub DJs. He performs with longtime DJ partner Spliff Skankin’ this Friday, [6/10] for Dub Mission at Elbo Room

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

DJ Wreckineyez on How To Be A Good Club DJ, Touring with Asher Roth, and Riding Jet Skis at Diddy's House

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 9:57 AM

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As tour DJ and podcast partner to party rapper Asher Roth, DJ Wreckineyez has spent the past few years on and off traveling the world, DJing stadiums, and creating memories of pranks gone wrong, jet ski adventures, and having dinner at P. Diddy’s house. Starting his musical career over 15 years ago with hip-hop and breakdancing culture as inspirations, the party rocking DJ has come a long way since his first gig DJing a volleyball marathon in high school. We got a chance to talk to him about the P. Diddy party, his creative moniker, and his dream all-star DJ lineup. He DJs this Friday [6/3] at Mixologi x SF featuring Just Blaze at 1015 Folsom

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

DJ NewLife on His Global Music Party FEX, Chicago Versus The Bay Area, and Upcoming Sets for Carnaval SF

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 10:48 AM

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If you’re too low on funds to rent a private plot of grass in Dolores Park this weekend, you might try hitting the streets of the Mission for S.F’s 38th annual Carnaval. This year’s theme is “¡VIVA LA MADRE TIERRA!” or Long Live Mother Earth, and it celebrates "her" manifestations and incarnations in various cultures and how "she" continues to teach humankind and sustain life.

Fittingly, this week’s DJ spotlight is on DJ NewLife, who has spent the majority of his musical career dedicated to a genre called “global music,” a melting pot of sounds influenced by his travels and his love for transnational rhythms. NewLife, whose moniker (in his words), “represents the ability of the human spirit to persevere,” spoke to us about recently moving from Chicago to the Bay, his global party FEX Foreign Exchange, and what he will be playing during his two Carnaval sets.  You can catch him at Saturday, [5/28] at The Carnaval Takeover Afterparty at Slate Bar and Sunday [5/29] at Sazon Libre at El Rio

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Motown on Mondays Founders on Seven Years of Soul, Funk, and Disco and Their Upcoming Anniversary

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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For the past seven years, Motown on Mondays at Madrone Art Bar has served as a haven for those looking to uplift their spirits to the sounds of funk, soul, and disco. The positive and embracing atmosphere has made the party a San Francisco staple, and what started out as a one-man DJ night by founder Gordo Cabeza has now expanded to become a worldwide phenomenon. In recent years, MOM has expanded to places as distant as Brazil, and currently holds it down in over 17 cities worldwide. We got a chance to chat with original founder Gordo and now partner Timoteo Gigante about Motown vibes, their original party, and how their upcoming seven-year anniversary. MOM’s seven-year anniversary party is this Friday, [5/13] at Mezzanine and features acts like Cut Chemist, Alligator Spacewalk and MOM DJs from SF, Oakland, and L.A.

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