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Friday, April 9, 2010

Hey DJ! Friday Q&A w/ DJ Conor (No Way Back)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 7:00 AM


Could you call SF DJ Conor a romantic? Sure. His dream night involves his lady friend entering the dance floor on a white stallion. We're not sure if 222 Hyde has backstage stables (or, rather, a backstage at all), but this vet of the rave scene knows how to hold a club's attention regardless of the situation.

After coming up in San Francisco's old school, underground DJ scene, he's made a name for himself behind the decks, and you can watch him in action at this weekend's installment of No Way Back on Saturday night at 222 Hyde.

Name: Conor

Club night(s): No Way Back

Style(s) of music you spin: Multiple genres, anything that I like that has dance sensibility.

So what's your story, in 100 words or less?
Basically got into this mess through attending raves in San Francisco during the 1990's. Started collecting mix tapes when I was 14 or 15 and soon after wanted to find the records that were on the tapes. I was most influenced by DJs such as Jeno, Thomas, and Spun, and through friends who were DJing such as Travis "TK" Disko, Tyler Flaherty, Ian "Cobra" Sanchez, Scott Martinson (RIP), and Ben Cook. Later influences were DJs Ryan Poulson, The Beat Broker, James Glass, and Solar. Sixteen years later, Jeno, Thomas, and Spun are still some of my favorite DJs.

What can you tell us about the No Way Back party? No Way Back started in October of 2009. Past guest DJs have included: Trevor Jackson, Pal Joey, Ewan Pearson Woolfy, Hatchback, Tony Watson, Beat Broker, Jeno, Solar, 40 Thieves, Travis "TK" Disko, "Even" Ian, Anthony Mansfield and me.

Future guest over the next few months are: Maurice Fulton (August), Kiki (September), and Soft Rocks (June), among others....

Usually "No Way Back" is co-promoted with other entities that have included: Beats in Space (NY), Hot Biscuit (LA), Gun Club (SF), Noise From The Void (SF), and Smash Hit Music (SF).

Name of a track you can't get out of your head: At this very moment? That Sesame Street Pinball Song by the Pointer Sisters: "12345- 678910- 11- 12". You know the one I'm talking about.

Name of an artist you're currently championing in your DJ sets: Maurice Fulton

Name of a current favorite track for the peak of your set: Methusalem "Robotism"

Musical mantra: "Rave to the grave"

Favorite DJ experience: Anytime I get to play at 222 Hyde.

Worst request: "Play something good."

Worst club faux pas you've committed: Not playing anything "good."

Most treasured vinyl score: I treasure all of my records equally.

What other music-related projects are you currently working on? Launching a record label called "Dancer" with my best friend Travis "TK" Disko, working in the studio with my super talented friends The 40 Thieves and Anthony Mansfield, and finishing up some edit projects of my own.

What elements would your fantasy club night entail? Being able to listen to music on a descent sound system. (It's a rare thing these days). Also, halfway through the night my beautiful girlfriend Molly Kerth will come riding into the club on a white steed.

Question we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself: Why do we have to keep bringing in out of town talent to DJ when there are some many stellar DJs here in San Francisco?

Next time we can see you spin: No Way Back with special guest Trevor Jackson (Playgroup) Saturday, April 10th @ 222 Hyde.

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