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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

S.F. Producers DJG, Dials, and Jus Wan on the Local Bass Music Scene and Their New Compilation

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Three out of the 14 artists on this compilation are from San Francisco. Do you feel that's reflective of how influential local producers are right now?

DJG: Man it should have been 100 percent! No, I think it's really cool. The tracks by the S.F. artists are three really great tunes and they belong on there -- we just happen to all live in the same place. There are great producers from New York, too, like Machinedrum, Sepalcure, and Falty DL. But, yeah, on the whole I would agree, it's ripe out here. It's a beautiful place to live, there's a lot of people to be inspired by. If you like going out there's things to do; or you can be like me and Justin and just hide at home!

Jus Wan: Producerwise I feel like we have a lot of diversity and we're all doing our own thing. But as far as the clubs, I agree. That was a big reason I could never get super into the dubstep scene. I didn't feel like I had a lot of outlets for what I was doing. I'd get booked once or twice a year at the more open-minded club nights. Everything else felt very formulaic. The first year or so [that dubstep became popular in San Francisco] was awesome; everyone was really new to it and into the sound. Everyone would be playing different stuff all the time. But it seemed like it cohered into this bro-step, wobblefest ...

DJG: I think what we have here is better than nothing. We have people like [Icee Hot promoter] Shawn Reynaldo and Noah throwing these forward-thinking parties. If I give my tunes to people in the city, they're very supportive. But if I'm playing tunes in the club in San Francisco I don't feel exactly like I can do whatever I want. People just like to party here.

Dials: To me, Dean's music is more dark, and I think my music is like that also. The same thing with Justin too. I guess we all make more DJ-centric stuff that some people in the States don't really get but people in the U.K. kind of feel. We all listen to similar stuff too. We're all junglists! And we all like old house music. So that's how we're similar.

What releases or events are you working on right now?

DJG: I don't want to say the "A" word, but I am working on a "large body of music." I am in talks with a number of people to release it but nothing is scheduled. Ultimately, I need to know what I am working with because I'm trying to expand what I do. I've spent the last few years as this producer making 12" singles for the dancefloor and it was a simple equation: You write a tune, give it to these people, get it signed to these labels, get it played on these radio stations ... I'm trying to get out of that and exist in a freeform music space where it's just ideas and creativity. I have a lot of tracks and we'll see what comes out of it. I'm not interested in releasing many singles for a while. For Americans, underground 12" DJ culture isn't going to drive your career, you need an album. So that's what I'm focused on.

Jus Wan: I have had some remix projects come up this year. One is for an artist called DFRNT. I was not really sure about it at first because I wasn't writing a lot of music, but I decided to go for it and just see if I could get inspired. And it totally worked out that way, and I got the bug again and wrote three more tunes shortly after that. That remix should be coming out sometime soon.

Dials: I'm trying to challenge myself to write in different genres of music. A lot of it is based on what I'm listening to at the time. I don't think I could ever write one particular style of music. I've tried but I get bored.

DJG: Hey, Noah, we need gigs when you get back, man!

Dials: That's the only reason anyone likes me.

What are your interests outside of music?

Jus Wan: Traveling, spending time in the mountains, climbing peaks and rocks. I also surf a lot. I surf at Montara beach and Linda Mar near Pacifica, which is kind of like the local dive bar of surf spots. [The waves are] rarely great, but it's close. I also do system admin stuff for a web company, so that takes up a good amount of time too.

DJG: I do a little graphic design work on the side. I've never done the music thing 100 percent. I have a background in art and photography. Since returning from Europe I've been inspired to bring the camera back out. I also like going for hikes and walks and being out in nature.

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