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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Doc Sleep: The Reborn DJ

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 8:27 AM

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Melissa Maristuen (aka Doc Sleep) had a long-distance thing going for a while, bouncing between her hometown of Minneapolis and the Bay Area — but it wasn’t until she laid roots down for good in San Francisco that she began to really find her voice as a DJ. Doc Sleep is no stranger to disco, house, and other feel-good dance music, but it’s when she’s booked at techno parties that she really shines.

Techno is her bread and butter — the rich, melodic, and complex kind that comes from Detroit, Berlin, London, and The Hague. She has a real knack for building sets of intelligent, forward-thinking techno that never lose sight of the dancefloor, taking the crowd on a journey while she makes them dance.

“I’m most happy when I’m on the same page as the dancers,” Maristuen says. “The DJ and dancers feed off each other’s energy to create this wonderful vibe and you can feel that they’re open to where you want to take them.”

She runs her own record label, Jacktone Records, through which she’s released a handful of cassettes and records from Bay Area artists with more on the horizon. She also has her own weekly radio show, broadcast live on at 11 a.m. Pacific time every Sunday morning. Next time you see her name on a DJ flier, take notice and don’t miss out. 
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