Hailing from San Francisco, California, Brian is more than familiar with how house music has swept over the United States for more than two decades. While the technophile makes his living integrating systems and solving technology problems, his home away from home resides distinctly set behind his MacBook and his Denon MC-3000 controller. Brian has instigated many a groove at various venues around the globe, from Vancouver to Palm Springs, Los Angeles to Atlanta. He makes regular appearances in San Francisco, of course — doing what he can to maintain a busy life style set around friends, music, and constant exploration.
Brian’s DJ roots originate from Atlanta, Georgia. His parents fed him a constant stream of music– “My mother co-owned a record store as she grew up, so music was always a thing” he says.
By college, Brian was sneaking out of his dorm to play underground parties with his friends. It wasn’t the anthem style club tunes that marked the charts at the time — no, hallmarks of the evening were hard-to-find white labels from local record shops. Brian and Aaron Robinson held practice sessions for hours some weekends, before welcoming in throngs of friends and family to dance the night away.
As Brian’s skills took shape, it wasn’t long before he found a friend in Orlando-originated DJ Mark Snyder. Now residing in the UK because of advances in career, Mark rounded out Brian’s catalog with legendary tracks from Sasha and John Digweed. As Brian and Mark’s friendship grew, they began to throw house parties together. House parties turned in to club parties — and this continued until Brian made the move to San Francisco to explore even more music and friendship.
1) Why do you play music?
I play music because there are very few things that can come over a room full of people and make them feel a certain way. Playing music to me is like orchestrating my thoughts and emotions through a physically intangible medium. Its a great way to tell a story and explore energies without having to use language. By the end of my sets, I hope people feel excited and engaged, full of wonder and joy. Sampling tracks and trying to find the right combination, for me, is about asking myself “how does this make me feel?” and “what sort of emotion does this provoke?”
2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
Picking tracks and arranging sets is a DJs ability to leave their indelible mark on the dance community. I like to feel as though I give people an alternative perspective to their typical night out at a bar, where they can hear the latest radio DJ mixing together current artists. What strikes me as unique and different are classics that have been reworked or remained, or tracks that have familiar melodies or lyrics but are new, quirky, different, and wonderfully produced. My role in the music world is to bring those tracks to the front of the scenes I poke around in, and to encourage community through dance.
3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
Thats a tough one. Probably 2020Vision. I can explore their tracks for long periods of time and they always seem fun and inviting. I also like Dirty Bird.
4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
Im planning a few big gigs this year, trying to travel around the world and see friends I have in various counties. The UK and Vancouver come to mind, as do New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Seattle.
5) Do you think clothes just get in the way of DJ’ing?
The short answer is I’m all for shirtless DJing 🙂 I think there is a time and a place for shirtless dance parties, and you have to do what is going to make the community feel most at easy. Don’t get me wrong, I love nudity. I have DJ’d many parties on the playa where clothing was completely optional, and even spun a private sex party or two. But for many events I DJ — mixed lounge gatherings, formal dinner events, gay weddings and the like — clothing helps create a sense of normalcy that let people focus on dance… and maybe not as much how they look. Its a mixed bag.
Arthur Oskan – Omegaman
Walker & Royce – I Surrender (DeMarzo Remix)
Mastercris – Find Me (Soul Minority Remix)
Kamp! – Melt (Zimmer Remix)
Beniot & Sergio – $100 Bill
Mike Montano – Caminante (Vox Mix)
Mikalogic, Jeancy – Making Fruits
Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (Omid 16B Club Mix)
Mirco Berti – Don’t You Want
Kruse & Nuernberg, Polargeist – Temperature Rise
Troncoso, Submuller, Subtron – No Bossy Girl (Walker & Royce Remix)
Mario Basanov, Jeremy Glenn – More for The Less feat. Jeremy Glenn (Bolivar Mix)
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