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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Local DJ Beau Kelly Talks All Things Techno and Shares His Current Top Three Favorite Tracks

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Catalysts for jumpstarting a musical career can appear in any form, and for DJ Beau Kelly, it was in 1996 at a local skating rink where he had his first experience behind the decks. Quickly working his way up the local ranks to playing clubs and late night warehouse raves around the Bay Area, he looked to influences like Sasha and Digweed and DJ Dan to inspire his after-hours sound.

Now a veteran of the nightlife scene for almost 20 years, he is currently championing SF Loves Techno, a collective he started just last February. Focusing on curating the best of local talent, SF Loves Techno’s events aim to bring back the carefree vibes of the late ‘90s underground scene where the importance of focusing on the music far outweighed petty dress codes, pricey bottles, and guest lists. We chatted with Beau Kelly about his current musical style, his podcast, and his favorite local artists. SF Loves Techno takes place this Saturday, Dec. 19, at Underground SF.

What's the style of music you spin?
My current style ranges from deep melodic house to bassy floor rattling techno. Everyone that knows me well knows I love a great melody in the tracks that I play.

Tell us the origins of your local collective, SF Loves Techno.
I started SF Loves Techno last February. The original idea was to curate a party that was geared towards supporting local like-minded DJs and networking to bring the techno scene together and help make it grow by throwing fun parties that were 100% geared towards the music and vibe.

What attracts you to the techno genre?
I am a big fan of the dark bass lines and melodies. Techno has a warehouse party vibe, which I love.

Can you elaborate on the meaning of "warehouse party vibe?"
To me, warehouse parties have a free vibe: There's no rules, no dress codes, no certain way to be. It's open and free for everyone to express themselves in their own way.

What do you think is a common misconception about the genre?
I think that there are so many genres out there right now that it is really hard to pinpoint the big misconceptions. I remember 12 years ago, the big misconception was that people who were not familiar with [electronic music and] would just generalize all electronic music as techno. Over the years, the genre has changed dramatically and has a pretty big range of sounds.

Who are some of your favorite local techno influences?

Besides my global influences such as Sasha, John Digweed, Dubfire and Lee Burridge, some of my local influences are Solar, Galen, M3, The Robot Ears Crew, Deep Blue, and Lisa Rose, to name a few.

Tell us a little about your weekly podcast on MyhouseYourhouse.
MyhouseYourhouse is based out of England and features live shows from DJs all over the world. I have been a part of this site for five years now. We are getting ready to re-launch the show after taking some time off. The website is a lot of fun. There is a chat box for people to interact with you while you are playing, and it's awesome to see where your listeners are listening from. It's definitely a great tool to expand your base and gain more fans from around the world.

What are your current top 3 tracks?
1. "Fratello" by Joseph Capriati 2. "Veins" by Hot Since 82 3. "Fading Memories" by Jules Heffner
Do you have any other musical projects you are working on?
I am currently working on a new Sunday morning weekly at The EndUp. The event starts at 6 a.m. and runs until 10 a.m. I am working with DJs Lisa Rose and Ryan Cavalier. This is a new after hours party for the early risers and the night owls that are still up. We are in our third month and the party continues to grow in popularity.

Since it's almost Christmas, do you have a favorite Christmas song?
Definitely, "The Little Drummer Boy."

Finally, tell us what you’re most excited about for this Saturday's edition of SF Loves Techno.
I am most excited about hearing some great music this Saturday and hanging out with my team that makes SF Loves Techno what it is. The party is all about the music, and our team definitely shares the same passion I do when hosting these events. The DJs we book are all local friends that play great music. We also incorporate techno art with Natalie Grove from Dreams of Techno. She will have a display of handcrafted techno jewelry. And, last but not least, my event artwork designer and right hand girl, Whitney Snelling, from Electric Lady Designs will be there.
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