Dr. Sleep has been DJing and making music since 2002 in San Francisco and Minneapolis. Over the years, she has been a resident at Dial Up, Hot Pants, Darling Nikki, Dirty Talk, Gaywad, She Said, and So Emotional to name too many, with guest slots at many of San Francisco’s underground party institutions. She has helped produce events such as Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ) in Golden Gate Park, Folsom’s Official After Party – Deviants, and a new fundraising dance party for queer librarians, Que(e)ry. She produced film scores in a synth band called Paperboats with DJ Campbell, and also has a radio show with DJ Bunnystyle called Dots and Loops, which is now broadcast via Mixlr on a quite-irregular basis. She co-runs a record label called Jacktone Records with Exillon and dabecy, and, is also working on her own productions.
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Where are you based?:
San Francisco, CA
Why do you play music?
I started sharing music via cassettes in 6th grade – I would record songs I liked off the radio, then also record a rambling monologue about why these particular songs were cool, and, mail the finished product to 2 friends in a neighboring town that I had met at basketball camp. The idea was they were supposed to record over the tapes with their own songs and “analysis”, and then send them back to me. We all know how this story ends. I mention this because not a lot has changed – I have taken the liberty of forcing my musical taste onto others for a VERY long time, and, DJing is just kind of the updated version of sending tapes of cool songs to people and wanting to connect and have a shared musical experience with them.
**If you take away one thing from this paragraph, it is that I still think I’m in 6th grade.
What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
Longevity and carving out my own sustainable niche in the music world is really important to me at this point in my life and career. I’m not messing around anymore, and, I’ve been taking steps to make music a much bigger part of my daily life – both creatively and financially. I have very lofty goals for myself, and, it actually feels really wonderful to finally have the confidence to admit what I want to do and just go for it. I still have much to learn about dance music history, and, wish I would’ve started playing house and techno about a decade ago, but, this feeling that I’m lagging behind my peers has made me work all that much harder to get to the level where I want to be. Basically, I’m here and I’m serious – get used to it!
Favorite label or artist from the past year?
Label(z) – L.I.E.S., MOS Deep, Nonplus, Dolly
Artist(z) – probably Rrose…he really blew my mind – and locally – Vin Sol tore it up!
**Do you like how I ignored that you asked for a single artist or label?
What are you looking forward to most this year?
I am REALLY looking forward to finishing tracks I’ve been working on; figuring out how to run a record label; producing and DJing bigger events; buying more records; and, traveling and collaborating. Also, finding the perfect bowl of pho.
What is behind the name Doc Sleep? Sounds kinda kinky.
I wish it was kinky or that I had a better story to go along with it! I had about a 1-day deadline to come up with a name for my first gig back in the day, and, after going through all the names that actually made sense for a DJ, I decided to go with the title of a book I was reading at the time, Doctor Sleep by Madison Smartt Bell…because, who WOULDN’T be extremely excited to go dance to a DJ with “Sleep” as part of their name. WOW.
MATRiXXMAN & Vin Sol – Wicked (Soo Wavey)
Closer Musik – Closer Dancer (Kompakt)
Redshape – It’s in Rain (Running Back)
Achterbahn D’Amour – Cardbox (Innerspace Halflife Remix) (Acid Test)
Bodycode – Immune (Spectral Sound)
Of Norway – Libertine (ft. Preben Olram) (Connaisseur Recordings)
Michael Mayer – Mantasy (Kompakt)
Jeremy Greenspan & Laurie Spiegel – Drums&Drums&Drums (Jialong)
Model 500 – Ofi (Sei A Remix) (Apollo)
Brendon Moeller – Tiger (Leena Music)
Mush – Test 66 (Chez Damier’s Late Night Mix) (Night Vision)
Martyn – We Are You in the Future (Brainfeeder)
Roman Flügel – How to Spread Lies (Dial)
Floating Points – Truly (Eglo Records)