Hey DJ! Friday Q&A w/ Adrian & Mysterious D of Bootie
Adrian & Mysterious D have an interesting take on mashups. As they explain it, the "genre" transcends all other styles, as producers working in this arena pull tracks from a wide variety of artists, making the artform both classic enough to build a large fanbase, and cutting edge enough to inspire catchy new audio collages.
The couple's club night, Bootie, is one of San Francisco's great DJ success stories and "the biggest mashup party in the world." It has grown from a monthly in an old punk bar to an international brand. They jetset between multiple continents to produce the unpretentious party vibe that locals line up for three times a month here to hear top pop acts get jammed by electro, rap, punk, and more.
On the eve of their red-themed Valentine's Day party, A Plus D teach us about making the perfect mashup, crafting a successful club night, and falling in love with classic rock through freshly mashed singles.
Name: Adrian & Mysterious D a.k.a. A Plus D
Club night(s): Bootie
Style(s) of music you spin: Mashups ... of every musical genre and era, combined to form new, unique song creations.
So what's your story, in 100 words or less? Creators, producers, and DJs of Bootie, the first club night in the U.S. dedicated to playing bootleg mashups, with regular parties in eight cities on three continents, and various one-offs around the globe. Voted "Best DJs" in the 2009 SF Weekly "Best of San Francisco" Readers Poll. Pioneers and galvanizers of the international mashup scene. Tireless torchbearers of the mashup artform, spinning a bootlegged blend of pop, electro, indie, hip-hop, rock, '80s & '90s retro, and whatever else moves a dance floor. Crowd-pleasing selectors who not only shamelessly bridge the gaps between genres, but between the alternative and the mainstream.
Where are all the Bootie parties around the world these days? And how are they each distinct? San Francisco is the mothership that started it all back in 2003, but we now also have regular Bootie parties in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Portland, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, and Brisbane, Australia. And we have parties in London, Helsinki, Singapore, Ireland, Hamburg, and the Baltics all scheduled to launch this year.