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I have been DJing for almost 10 years now. Beat Electric is just about to turn three years old.
What got you into DJing?
I was playing in a band and promoting shows in Milwaukee. At the time it just seemed like the logical thing to do. I was collecting a lot of records, and it felt natural to start playing out. DJing has always been a more casual thing to me. I love it, but I've never had an aspiration beyond playing out for some friends at the local dive bar.
How did your blog start up?
Myself and Andrew [who DJs as Black Shag] had a weekly gig at Double Dutch for a couple years. We had been playing exclusively boogie and disco cuts, and when we stopped throwing that party we felt we needed something else to do with our time rather than spend it spinning in a bar to a bunch of people that only want to hear Michael Jackson tracks.
What kind of perks come from running such a well-know blog while also being a DJ?
We were just flown out to headline a party in Montreal. A lot of folks came out and supported us. It was definitely eye-opening to see that many enthusiastic kids so fired up on what we do, seeing [as how] we don't really do anything in actuality -- besides post up some cool tunes on Blogger.
What else do you do in San Francisco?
I am the talent buyer at Mezzanine.
What are some of your favorite producers/bands right now?
Give us your top 10 favorite tracks to play out, and why. No rules.
Jamie Principle - "Your Love" (Just a beautiful game-changing Chicago track.)
A Number of Names - "Sharevari" (All-time top-10 Detroit track.)
Risque Rhythum Team - "The Jacking Zone" (Heavy jacking house.)
Candye - "Loverboy" (Brilliant private Detroit production circa 1985.)
Armenta - "I Want to Be With You" (Classic vocoder boogie cut.)
Manujothi - "Shake Your Body" (1980 disco rap [with a] very limited pressing. The most money I ever spent on a record by a longshot.)
TC Curtis - "You Should Have Known Better"
Joy - "I Need Your Love"
Glass - "Let Me Feel Your Heartbeat" (Amazing Larry Levan production on West End.)
Gwendolyn - "Come To Me"
Michael Sterling - "Desperate" (Underground Michael Jackson vibe, yet way cooler.)
The Paradise Disco with Escort a few years back was amazing. The Seventh Heaven Roller Disco at Mezzanine is pretty much the best thing going in SF. We are working on a Detroit-style dance show in late August that will be filmed on VHS!
What can you tell us about the groups performing at Beauty Bar this Friday?
Soft Metals are good friends from PDX. The are making stellar Italo/darkwave tracks.
Any advice for aspiring DJs/bloggers/promoters?
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