Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Kool Karlo & Haightin' Clayton
The pair pull San Franciscans out of those tall booths and on to the dance floor at the Ambassador, drowning out polite conversation with "butt-tickling bass" of the rap and electro varieties. They may not make enough bank to realize their dreams of crashing fancy sports cars, but these two have plenty of tips for old and new acts you should give an ear to real soon.
Names: Kool Karlo, Haightin' Clayton
Club night(s): Kool Karlo: Damn Gina! $2 Tuesdays at Ambassador and Hi-Fi every Saturday. Also, you can catch me at Butter, Laszlo and Mr. Smith's a couple of times a month.
Haightin' Clayton: Damn Gina! every Tuesday at Ambassador and Hardly Strictly Hip-Hop, 3rd and 5th Fridays at Laszlo.
Style(s) of music you spin: KK: Progressive folk step. But seriously, I'm quite fond of rap, funk, electro (as in real electro not fake electro) and all types of house music.
HC: Yeah, we generally play rap and house music from the past three decades, and sometimes I blow it by playing Cat Power or some shit. Whatever it is, we mix it.
So what's your story, in 100 words or less?KK: I grew up in Seattle and started making beats and collecting records in 1995, then I purchased my first set of decks in 2000. I pissed off several ex-girlfriends learning how to scratch. I played out in Seattle for a few years and quickly realized that the only way I could come up in the music game was by leaving my hometown so I packed up all my records and recording gear and moved to San Francisco in 2005. Started passing out mix-CDs and eventually I got connected with Maximum Productions, who operates Mr. Smith's & HI-FI.
HC: I'm From Boise originally, but I lived in Florida for a year and that's where I figured out what a DJ did. Afterwards I moved here and made friends with degenerates like Karlo. At one point we lived together and would stay up all night skating and playing records and talking really loudly on the bus and we pretty much still do, I guess.