Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: DJ Pickpocket of Donuts

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Who in this city doesn't love Donuts? We're talking, of course, about both the sugary fried dough confections and the name of the club night where those breakfast treats become party favors. DJ Pickpocket is one of the DJs/hostesses behind the popular dance collective that pulls all kinds of cool stuff into its orbit--everything from designers to underground disco and live music.

Pickpocket has a ton of unusual events on her calendar coming up. You could hit a different Donut event practically every week between tonight and the middle of October and never hear the same song--or have the same club experience--twice. With her passion for a wide span of '70s output, this is a DJ after my own heart, so I took a minute to get to know Pickpocket a little better...

Name: Kat Matutina, aka DJ Pickpocket

Club night(s): Donuts

Style(s) of music you spin: left-field old school disco, boogie and funk, Italo disco, acid house, dutch electro, post punk, minimal wave, '70s synth and kraut.

So what's your story, in 100 words or less? I have always been involved in music in one way or another. I started DJing in San Francisco not long after I moved here. It started at house parties and then weekly and monthly parties at small clubs. I have been going to shows since I was a young teen, and throughout the years I realized how boring some shows would be with all the waiting and standing around. I wanted to combine the aspects of a fun dance party with DJs and a unique show where live bands play energetic sets. This is how Club Donuts was born.

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Can you tell us more about Donuts? I created Donuts to be a club that brings independent bands, DJs, visual artists and fashion designers together to bring something new to SF's nightlife. People can come to a Donuts and know that they can see up and coming live bands, hear underground DJs spin, dance, and even munch on fresh baked sprinkled donuts at every party.Name of a track you can't get out of your head: I've been bringing back "Looking from a Hilltop," an old school electro track from English post punk band Section 25 (they have reunited and are playing a Donuts hosted Part Time Punks Mini-Fest along with The Raincoats and Gang of Four DJs@ Mezzanine October 9th!)

Name of an artist you're currently championing in your DJ sets: I love Larry Levan , Ron Hardy, Kano. It's hard to choose just one!

Name of a current favorite track for the peak of your set: "Throw Down" by Carmen!

Musical mantra: "Don't Turn it Off"--Hot Chocolate

Favorite DJ experience: My very first time DJing, my DJ partner and I played records in our underwear at a house party. The careless energy spread and by the end of our set we had a few people dancing in their skiviies (a few were more naked!)

Worst request: someone once asked me if I  had any Third Eye Blind....

Worst club faux pas you've committed: I brought a record that I was really excited to play, and even though I knew the DJ before me played it already, I played it again anyway. I figured he and I would probably be the only people that noticed!

Most treasured vinyl score: I was so happy to find "Sunshine Baby" by Clout at a flea market in Berlin, Germany for 1 euro. I was introduced to this track by my friend Lovefingers.

What other music-related projects are you currently working on? I am planning on starting a new party that plays ass-shakin ghetto tech and booty bass jams. It can start out with some sexy boogie. I want to call it "Boogie in Your Butt", like the Eddie Murphy song from '82! I also have a bass I am trying to learn to play so that I can start to attempt making my own music.

What's something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention? My buddies do a boogie funk party called Sweater Funk. It happens every Sunday in the basement of the Lipo Lounge in Chinatown. They play great records, and it's fun when a sweaty dance party ensues!

What elements would your fantasy club night entail? A giant disco ball, mirrored walls (so everyone could watch themselves and everyone else dance and it would make the room and party seem endless), and a heated pool and hot tub with DJ decks at the end of it with an open bar at the other end.

Question we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself: Why aren't there more awesome places to throw an all-night party in this city?!

Next time we can see you spin: I will be playing records at Donuts on Friday September 11, opening up for Dam Funk (Stones Throw Records), for a night of old school boogie, electro-funk, disco, and soul at Poleng Loungel!

I will also be playing records with Honey Soundsystem at Paradise on September 23rd, with guest DJ Bottin (Italians Do It Better).

I'll be playing records in the "boogie lounge" upstairs at Mezzanine for Chromeo on October 10.

I will also be hosting and DJing Donuts with live bands Jonas Reinhardt (Kranky Records), Windsurf (Internasjonal) & Miracles Club at the Knockout on November 9 for the Donuts Three Year Anniversary!
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