Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Pony P of West Addy/ Get down, Get down/ L.O.W.
Name: Pony P
Styles of music you spin: Party jams! Rap, electro, Miami bass, Bmore, disco, R&B, funk/soul, old school and "golden era" hip-hop.
So what's your story, in 100 words or less: I'm from Montana. My pops was a local jazz great and we had a wall of vinyl in our living room. I got really into hip-hop in college and began collecting vinyl. In '04, a friend gave me a crate of his rejected drum and bass records, soon after I bought Numark belt drive decks and a mixer. I moved to Chicago where I scratched vinyl in favor of making friends. In the beginning, it was more about turntablism, but unfortunately it's hard to rock a party with a beat juggle. Evolution of the DJ, I suppose. I always enjoyed trapping people and making them listen to songs, turns out I wanted to do that for rooms of people.
Name of an artist youre currently championing in your DJ sets: Nadastrom
Musical mantra: Don't feed the animals, feed the pony
Favorite DJ experience: $8 tips wrapped in bar napkins, smiles and fist taps.
Worst request: "Can you play something I can dance to?" Being unable to move to music you don't recognize is a phenomenon that I'll never understand.
Worst club faux pas you've commited: Record skips, ignoring requests in places I probably shouldn't, too many drink tickets...WINK.
Most treasured vinyl score: My original pressing of Salt n Pepa's "Push It"
What other music-related projects are you currently working on? I have ideas and plans to launch a new monthly in the near future. Someday digitalizing my vinyl collection and facing the world of Serato. My DJ tag-team partner Pozibelle and I are performing and working on a mixtape together as Smashy-Trashy. Breaking hearts on the side...
What's something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention: Too much to mention! I've lived in SF for almost 3 years and continue to discover people/parties in all different genres that are successfully doing their thing. Initially, I was disenchanted because I moved here with such high expectations. A lot of parties are just glossy flyers and friend connects that remain successful because to the untrained ear, the subtleties and nuances of a great performance/DJ tend to go unnoticed. One of my favorite nights that has stood the test of SF nightlife time is Change the Beat at Madrone w/ Centipede and Citizen Ten.
Christian at L.O.W. is always bringing talented and sought-after acts for free.
Alexander Spit's "Open 24 hours" release party at Slims on Sept. 4th will be sure to impress.
My too-many-to-mention DJ friends and promoters doing it and doing it well...
What elements would your fantasy club night entail: Intimacy yet turnout. A great sound system. A receptive crowd comprised of all the homies. An after-party involving a body of water.
Question we didn't ask you but you ask yourself often: Where does this cord go? Things I should know...
Next time we can see you spin: Wednesdays at UGSF, this Friday (tonight) at Bambuddha Lounge with SamFM!