Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Vin Sol

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The big names in dance music have Vin Sol on speed-dial when they come to San Francisco. The local DJ/producer/mixtape master is a chameleon with his setlists: he can warm up a crowd whether they're in the club for hip-hop (Yo Majesty, Prince Paul, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Mickey Avalon); dance rock (Ghostland Observatory);  or other DJ giants like Steve Aoki, DJ AM, and Flosstradamus. Tomorrow night, he's sharing the booth with A-Trak, who founded Fool's Gold Records and tours with Kanye.

Sol isn't merely and opening act, though. He can hang with the heavies but his versatility on the decks earns him plane tickets around the globe and residencies right here at home.

To learn more about Sol's supreme Craigslist record score, his mixtape for cougars, and his vote for San Francisco's best tacos, keep reading...

Name: Vin Sol

Club night(s): Born and Raised @ 330 Ritch every 4th friday w/ Morse Code and guests; a new happy hour called 'Exhale, Fridays' at Project One Gallery starting March 20th; The Ambassador; and Paradise Lounge on March 21st with A-Trak.

I'm also playing with Crookers  April 15th at the Mezzanine. I have been spinning out of town quite bit lately as well.

Style(s) of music you spin: I know it's vague but I spin dance music. Some nights that means club rap mixed with electro and bass and other nights it means disco and soul. So I pretty much play everything as long as it keeps the party moving


Name of a track you can't get out of your head: I have been on a huge Arthur Russell hype lately, and I finally got a copy of Tell Me Today by Loose Joints, which was one of his projects. I can't get enough of it.

How did you get your start as a DJ?
I did it the old fashioned way.I always bought records and one day the turntables found their way to me. I hung out with older DJs and always tried to get on. In 2000 I played Storyville (which is now Poleng). From there I hustled to get whatever I could, whether it be house parties or weekly parties at local bars. From there as I got more notoriety from mix CDs and remixes, I got to travel to other cities to spin and play bigger venues with bigger artists.

Name two artists you've mixed together that you'd normally never speak of in the same sentence:
Well I just finished a xix called Super 7 vol.2 with JayCeeOh, Fashen, Illo, Spider, Excel and The Bladerunners. On that mix I had local rapper/producer Trackademicks next to Sergio Mendes, which makes a lot sense to me but I guess they are they aren't contemporaries.

Musical mantra: "PAY YA DUES"

Since your Web site features a cool little taco truck, where's your favorite taco truck in the city? I used to work in the Bayshore and always used to hit the Taco Santana Truck on Jerold but I have moved on. This might be controversial but I gotta say Taqueria Vallarta on 24th has the best tacos in the city.

Favorite DJ experience: I have been blessed enough to play with same of the biggest acts in world, but the one of the greatest experiences was starting the Born and Raised party with Morse Code.

Worst request: The worst requests are always the people who request songs for other people. You know the " My girl really wants to hear the new Britney!", because those folks are not coming to the club for the music at all.

Most treasured vinyl score:
I am always looking for records and have been known to go to great lengths to get them. Well one day I found this ad on Craigslist for this guy who used to spin a the Trocodero Transfer-- which was basically the Paradise Garage of the west. I went to his house and got his entire collection of disco 12"s. It was like I filled up the entire bed of
my truck with pure gold.

What other music-related projects are you currently working on? I have been working on a bunch of stuff lately. Morse Code and I have been doing a bunch of dance tracks under the same moniker as our party, Born and Raised. I have also been producing my own tracks which are more on the disco tip, as well as doing club remixes. I'm about to drop a mix CD called Tried,Tested and True which is all disco and soul; I'm presenting that mix as the inspiration for my solo tracks which will be dropping soon. I am also doing a mix CD of my
typical club sounds entitled SnakePhone which is the follow up to my Cougar Noise CD.

Question we didn't ask you but  you often ask yourself: "Who gets my record collection when I die?"

Next time we can see you spin: Paradise Lounge on March 21st with A-Trak and Trackademicks
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