The holidays can get a little overwhelming so if you're feeling the itch to get down with some of the best DJ's we know, come thru on X-mas eve for our 4th Annual Deck the Decks. Free as always.
Bob Five (Direct to Earth)
Mike Gushansky (As You Like It)
Nackt (Outpost, 100% Silk)
Petko (Birthday Set)
Bob studies and applies the lessons of historically prodigal mixing perfectionists like Doc Martin and DJ Dan, using focus and balance as companions to allow tracks to trade places without a shred of interruption or imbalance. It is a style that surpasses purely party focused tech-house and uses its accuracy undetected to guide dancers through long, lush, robust and melodic sets, loading tracks that ride and change together.
“Mixing is a philosophy to me,” says Bob. “I don’t think many artists view it like that, but it’s all basic philosophy. For every change you make, you must correct something on the other side. Also my mixes are like presentations: First, I tell people what I’m going to tell them, then I tell them, then I tell them what I told them.”
But aesthetics in programming are where he finds his gifts.
“Programming is everything, as in where you start the next track,” he says. “I can teach you how to match tempo using pitch control, but I can’t teach you song selection and programming. I can give you an idea, but that’s what makes each DJ have his or her own individual style.”
Mike Gushansky has a no-gimmicks, all-killer, no-filler attitude
towards music. It’s born out of organizing Don’t Panic, a series of renegade raves in the Santa Cruz forest, and coming up among the freshest and most unrelenting purveyors of underground dance music in the Bay Area – Raindance, Sunset Sound System, No Way Back, and As You Like It. Gushansky’s attentive style defines his sound: Thoughtful, intelligent, raw, gritty, psychedelic grooves that envelop listeners by creating a gradual, unassuming vibe.
He’s establishing himself as a DJ’s DJ, a journey-maker and a
dancefloor pleaser, a personality well fit to play alongside Kerri Chandler, Derrick Carter, Pittsburgh Track Authority, Bicep, and Mattrixxman, just to name a few artists he’s already supported. Gushansky’s timeless taste and dedication to the aesthetics of underground culture and sound have landed him a coveted spot as a resident for the San Francisco-based, superb late-night, cutting-edge master of shared experiences: As You Like It. With his recent move to Los Angeles, Gushansky builds on the foundation he laid in Northern California, and is now set to bring his love for the late-night, mixing vinyl and thirst for knowledge to
dance-floors up and down the West Coast and beyond.
Nackt is a DJ, Producer, Lover, and Gentleman. As a co-founder of the Outpost, Rare Form and Deep East parties, he is committed to bringing excellent talent to Oakland and San Francisco! Nackt grew up in the East Bay Area in California, playing jazz saxophone and collecting funk and soul records. After becoming obsessed with hip-hop in the 90's, his extensive vinyl collection was put to good use as sample fuel in downtempo and hip-hop productions. Nackt worked the house party circuit and eventually earned a weekly residency at Oakland landmark, Ruby Room. After holding down a soul and hip-hop residency there for many years, he built on his experience with the weekly Deep East party, and with the eclectic Rare Form undergrounds. He continues to DJ and promote in San Francisco with the left-field and bass-heavy party, Outpost.
Excited by the techno-influenced house and garage revival happening in the UK bass scene, Nackt plays techno, funky deep house, and forward-thinking bass music from across the globe. Depending on the time-slot, you'll hear anything from mellow, ethereal Jacques Greene productions, banging house tunes from Bicep, left-field bass music from the Hessle Audio label, to jacking techno from Boddika. Occasionally he’ll even dust off the old 45s and do a funk and soul set! Nackt's thorough musical knowledge makes for an eclectic set, sure to please the discerning listener with beats heavy enough to get a dance floor shaking.
Nackt has been booked for notable Bay Area parties like Housepitality, As You Like It, Werd, Grime City, Bubble, Direct To Earth, HGMNY, Friends and Family (FNF), Black Magic Disko, and the legendary ambient party, Chillits. Nackt's original productions and remixes have appeared on 100% Silk, Popgang Records, Chillin Music, and 3AM Devices, and he has shared the bill with artists like Maya Jane Coles, Hunee, Thugfucker, Dirt Crew, Martyn, DJ Hatcha, Cosmin TRG, Tessela, Kit Clayton, 40 Thieves, Dave Aju, Splatter, Jason Kendig, Tiari, Odd Nosdam, Starkey, Jonah Sharp and more.