DJs Six and Candy on Why SF Pride Is Their Favorite Party of the Year
Waiting alone in the club for a companion can be a self-conscious experience. However, DJs Six and Candy have provided a safe haven for shy folks with parties like Get Lucky!, which features indie and electro dance jams with their videos playing on background screens. Forming an instant bond after meeting in 2006, they soon threw their first party together at former dance dive the Transfer in Fall 2007. We spoke up with Six and Candy about how they met, the challenges of video-mixing, and their favorite crazy party moment. They play the Indie Oasis Stage this Sunday at Pride along with the Fringe DJs, A plus D, and DJ Starr.
DJ Six and Candy
How did you two meet and begin DJing together?
Six (S): We met through good friend and Indie Oasis co-producer Dan Karasic around the end of 2006. Dan used to throw a party at the Stud and invited me to spin. Candy and I struck up a conversation about music and parties, and decided to put something together. We've been spinning together ever since.
Candy (C): I remember that first conversation we had. He asked me why I wasn't throwing my own party and I said, "Why aren't we throwing our own party?!"
If you could pick one word to describe your DJing dynamic, what would that be?
C: That word that describes you and your best friend dancing in the mirror to your favorite music in your underwear while singing into hairbrushes... yeah, that word.
S: That word is "exuberant."
Do you ever worry people might just stand around and watch videos versus dancing?
S: That occurred to us in the beginning. But after the first hour, or the first couple of drinks people will notice, or comment to friends, [that] they're too busy dancing to pay much attention. In the end the video is just a visual compliment to the music.
C: I think it is a great ice-breaker especially early in the night. You can hang out, have a drink and not feel like a wallflower.
What the key to be successful when doing videos and DJing?
S: Putting your own unique spin on things, whether it's the music itself or which remixes you play. We also spend a lot of time re-editing videos to fit our favorite remixes, and when we can't find a video for a track we love, we play random clips synced to the music to keep the visuals fresh and interesting.
C: Six also has a background in performing live music and in studio production. Learning the back-end of video editing would have been a lot more difficult for me without his guidance.
Tell us a little about your Get Lucky! party at the Lookout.
S: We were doing Get Lucky! as a monthly at the Lookout for a couple of years, but sometimes other commitments make it tough to do a weeknight party, so we decided to put it on hold for a few months. We have been doing Get Lucky! at Bootie every few months and keeping an eye out for the right venue for a regular party.
What's the craziest night you've guys ever played?
S: There were so many completely out of control nights when we were doing Bender at the old Transfer. The best, though, was probably the night at the Double Dutch when a busload of folks in fuzzy pajamas and LED bunny ears (who were obviously rolling) came piling in around 12:30 and stayed until the staff had to push them out the door at 2. Needless to say it was an energy that was contagious. A pair of those bunny ears made appearances at various parties for at least a year.
C: We also did a couple of drag queen wrestling theme nights called Reacharound that were really fun. I love that we don't take ourselves too seriously.
What's a classic indie track that you'll never get tired of playing?
S: So hard to pick just one: "Pogo" by Digitalism, "Black History Month" by DFA79, "Tribulation" by LCD Soundsystem, "Something Good Can Work" by Two Door Cinema Club is already a classic judging by our sets. Indie-schmidie, a great Kylie track always gets a crowd moving!
You two will be playing SF Pride on Sunday. What kind of vibes can we find at the Indie Oasis Stage?
C: SF Pride is my favorite event of the year. I think to say the vibe at the Indie Oasis stage is infectious is really an understatement. It is a gathering of friends, family, and fans of awesome indie dance music. As a DJ, to look out and see full city blocks of people freaking out to your music is something truly special. We have just as much fun as the crowd; if not more. It's a magical combination of all walks of life having an absolute blast.
S: The Indie Oasis stage is always packed with people celebrating the greater LGBT community, equality, and dancing with some of the best indie electro DJs in SF. With DOMA and Prop 8 being struck down this week the vibe will be positively ecstatic!
What do you think makes SF Pride so special?
C: Pride is a celebration of diversity and acceptance. It is the best example of San Francisco's open-armed embrace and tolerance that I can think of. I feel proud and privileged to be a part of it.
S: For 43 years San Francisco has come together to stand up against oppression and provide public visibility for the LGBT community and its allies. With a long history of activism and strides made in the fight for equality, SF Pride stands as a shining example of a community working together to celebrate love.