Wednesday, September 22, 2010
San Francisco reflections
Things I learnt while in San Francisco...
How much San Franciscans take pride in their coffee.
That while Dusk and I are dithering about finally upgrading to Serrato, that you can hardly find a club in San Fran that has decks: CDs or vinyl. Ableton is the default.
That DJing with Ableton might invoke a knee-jerk “but but… it’s all pre mixed?” reaction, but instead it just shifts the parameters. The name of the game is no longer what you can hold in the mix, but what you do when you’re in it.
That San Franciscans are crazy about mental icecream flavours but if you open your mouth and ask for “strawberry” in an English accent, you’ll find them high-5ing in delight.
Performance: how little I think about the performance side of DJ/live, versus the actual mixing and music creation. Time to buss the costume changes eh ... or indeed the Mexican wrestling masks!
The lasting impact that Burning Man has on a generation each year. “Doomrave” FTW.
That abstract hip hop, and not just the LA stuff, is the one there and that a sense of a fully developed San Francisco electronic tradition is very real.
The vivid use of murals by the Latin American community around the Mission district to portray local history and struggles.
That dubstep in America is not a multicultural phenomenon: a direct quote, not my observation I might add!