Papa Lu on EDM vs. House and the Pleasures of Burning Man

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As a promoter who often DJs his own events, Luis Reader, aka Papa Lu, is involved in every aspect of his parties. He began his career in 2002, promoting hip-hop shows. But his latent passion for house music was awakened after attending a local party called Remedy, which featured regular sets by the likes of Mark Farina and Derrick Carter. He educated himself by collecting records and producing underground house parties. Then he began to entertain the idea of DJing on his own: With hard work, and a seasoned veteran as a roommate (DJ Umami), he developed his craft to such a level that today he's the head of his own record label. He also promotes and DJs two parties, Night Moves and Pacific Disco. We spoke with Papa Lu about Night Moves, the house vs. EDM debate, and his Burning Man camp The Kazbah. He plays this Friday, April 11, at Monarch for Night Moves, with Dennis Ferrer headlining.

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DJ Apt One on Writing a DJ Cooking Column and Hunting the Elusive Cutty Bang

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Daniel Raaf
Since the early '00s, Philly DJ Apt One has been known for his expertly crafted disco edits, his record label Young Robots, and his keenly manicured facial hair. As a producer and DJ who has never restricted himself to just one alias, he explores the nu-disco genre as RCMP with Relative Q, and exposed his audiences to moombahton with Skinny Freidman as the Philadelphyinz. He recently debuted his newest solo moniker, Michael the Lion, with a remix of Todd Edwards' and Robert Lux's "I've Still Got Sunshine." We spoke with Apt One about his Philly pride, the defunct Hollerboard DJ forum, and his search for a Cutty Bang. He plays Saturday, April 5, at The Stud for Go Bang! and Monday, April 7 at Madrone for Motown on Mondays.


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DJ Harris Pillton on the Origins of His Curious Moniker and the Kinds of Parties S.F. Needs

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Setting foot in California sixteen years ago by way of the Army, Patrick Hannan aka Harris Pillton never planned to be the well-known DJ, MC, and host he is today. Starting his DJ career in 1999 playing trance and hi-NRG under the alias Reclipse, he soon became attracted to all things bass, and currently plays "whatever else hits my ears and makes me move my feet." Two years ago, he decided to expand his skill set to take on the roles of MC and host, and since then has alternated between DJ and hypeman. We spoke with Harris Pillton about his three professions, why he changed his moniker, and the stereotypes of underage parties. He plays Friday, March 28, at DNA Lounge for Trap and Bass, with Party Favor headlining.


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DJ Umami on the Key to a Fulfilling DJ Career and Playing Music at Marathons

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From door girl to DJ, Bay Area DJ Umami's rise to fame was guided by one simple word: practice. Instead of using programs or software shortcuts, she used a few records and the solace of her bedroom to perfect her craft. "I'd like to publicly apologize to my roommates and neighbors in my early stages of my career," she laughs. However, the patience has paid off, as now you can find her behind the decks of the Nike Women's Marathon or at many residencies around the Bay. We spoke with Umami about her goals, her residencies in Oakland, and the origin of the stage name Umami. She plays tonight, March 20, at Skylark for Peaches, and Saturday, March 22, for the CAAMFest at 111 Minna.

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Oakland Fader DJ Enki on the Importance of Learning to Actually DJ and His Favorite 45

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Jose Z Lim
With a DJ name derived from Sumerian mythology, DJ Enki of the Oakland Faders is named for a deity, but worships at the temple of hip-hop. Since 1985, he's been a hip-hop aficionado, particularly drawn to the role DJs play in a group or MC setting. "They were the coolest members of the groups, and what they were doing was something totally new and fascinating to me," he says. After getting his first pair of turntables in 1994, he began the art of blending, scratching, and mixing the old school way. Today he's a prominent member of the Bay Area hip-hop DJ scene. We spoke with the Oakland Fader about moving to the West Coast, The 45 Sessions, and what's missing in the art of DJing. He and fellow crew member Platurn and will face off against the Triple Threat DJs this Saturday, March 15, at Brick and Mortar Music Hall.


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Bobbito Garcia on the Pinnacle of Sneaker Culture and Spinning Only Vinyl

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Joe Conzo
Potentially a contender for Most Interesting Man in the World, the resume of Bobbito Garcia, aka Kool Bob Love, includes basketball player, director, DJ, producer, actor, and author, and that's just naming a few. The New York native just celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his book on sneaker culture, Where'd You Get Those, and is in the early stages of directing a new documentary about his renowned '90s hip-hop show, "Stretch and Bobbito," with former co-host Stretch Armstrong. All the while, he is still DJing clubs and hosting his own radio show. We spoke with Bobbito about his book, sneaker culture, and his upcoming documentary. He will be signing copies of his book and performing with Stretch Armstrong this Friday, March 7, at Mighty.


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Brother in Arms' J Boogie and Deejay Theory on Making Soulful Disco Fit for a Cliffside in Jamaica

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Two is better than one, especially when it comes to putting minds together to craft new music. Brother in Arms consists of local DJs J Boogie and Theory, who came together after making remixes together for David Heartbreak's Moombahsoul III compilation series. Characterizing their music as "something like Grace Jones making love to Todd Terje," their soulful disco could soundtrack a long afternoon of lying poolside in the tropics. Although Brother in Arms has only been an official duo for less than a year, Boogie and Theory have already made remixes for Whiskey Disco and Equal, and are working on completing an EP of original tracks. We spoke with J Boogie and Theory about their name, how they developed a sound, and learning to work with each other. They play as Brother in Arms with John Tejada headlining this Friday, Feb. 28, at Monarch.


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DJ Cams on Playing Corporate Gigs and Making DJing a Profession

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For a music lover like the Bay Area's DJ Cams, a passion for track selection doesn't stop when he leaves the club. Lately, the soon-to-be father has been pondering the song that will be playing in the delivery room as his newborn child enters the world: "My wife's request, and I love it, is Guns N Roses' 'Welcome to the Jungle.'" Citing inspirations like Sasha and Digweed and the late DJ A.M., the full-time DJ uses his versatility and party rockin' experience to land a myriad of gigs, from corporate events at Facebook to festivals in Croatia. We spoke with DJ Cams about playing different events, playing the cello, and making DJing his profession. He plays Friday at Raymond Vineyards in Napa for their Mardi Gras bash and Saturday at Bruno's in the Mission.


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DJ Tap.10 on Working With the Honor Roll Crew and Playing New Music in the Club

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Growing up in the Bay Area during the golden days of KMEL radio, DJ Tapan Munshi, aka Tap.10, still remembers the one moment that inspired the start of his musical career. "I was listening to Club 106 mix show when DJ Apollo seamlessly mixed Nas' "One Love" into the Heath Brothers original break, back into the Nas record. I never heard a DJ mix like that, and it piqued my interest in discovering the original samples for a lot of the records I loved, too." Soon, he began bouncing music ideas off of some high school friends at Youth Radio. Today, those friends are better known as the collaborative Honor Roll Crew, for whom he is the resident DJ. We spoke with Tap.10 about hanging with the Honor Roll Crew, where he finds new music, and his Valentine's Day Tender Knock mix. He DJs this Friday at The Legionnaire with host Trackademicks to celebrate the release of Tender Knock.

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Producer/DJ Heatsick on Spoken-Word Dance Music and His Casio Keyboard

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With releases exploring themes such as dystopia, ecology, and cybernetics, British-born and Berlin-dwelling producer and DJ Steven Warwick, aka Heatsick, has been creating experimental sounds ever since he was a teenager. His live sets seek to appeal to all senses by including everything from light grids to live readings. This inventiveness is apparent in one of his latest exhibitions, a three-hour Casio keyboard improvisation called "Extended Play." We spoke with Heatsick about his newest album Re-Engineering, poetry, and his latest book Interiors. He performs Thursday, Feb. 6, at RS94019 for a DJ set/live Q&A and Friday, Feb. 7, at Slate at for a live set.


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