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Monday, September 10, 2012

Oakland Gets Down at Underground Party Sick Sad World

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DEREK OPPERMAN
  • Derek Opperman

I flashed my camera at a large security guard, and surprisingly that was all I needed to join the crowd packed backstage. The DJs had changed once again, this time into the duo of Deej and Joaquin Bartra. Deej hunched over his laptop, wearing a floral print Hawaiian shirt and leather-sided aviators. With the personnel change also came a change in musical direction, with the smooth hip-hop of Rusty Lazer giving way to the aggressive rhythms of bass. Playing fast and ravey, the duo ramped the energy up higher, speeding along in excess of 130 BPM. Both confused and into it, the crowd was divided between people nodding their heads half-time and others trying their best to keep up. Somewhere along the way I got another text: it was time to go. I grabbed my coat and headed out the door, a blast of nitrous going off as I made my way out. Deej hopped on the mic, "Thanks, this is actually my first time Djing. It's actually kinda hard."

DEREK OPPERMAN
  • Derek Opperman

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