SOMA's Tall Sasha to shock people out of holidays, into new year at Vessel this weekend 

click to enlarge DJ-producer Tall Sasha, born and raised in Sarajevo, plays progressive house and electro at the upscale Vessel. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • DJ-producer Tall Sasha, born and raised in Sarajevo, plays progressive house and electro at the upscale Vessel.

New Year’s Eve victims, it’s time to get back on the horse.

San Francisco DJ and producer Tall Sasha will shock limp nervous systems back to life with jolts of progressive house and electro Saturday at nightclub Vessel.

In town since 1998, Sasha holds forth regularly at the small, swank Union Square club, and he has released a string of successful singles in 2012.

After sets from Jason Kwan and Ks Thant, Sasha says, he’ll rock CDJs and MP3s in the headline slot Saturday, representing the harder, more pumping side of The City’s electronic-music scene.

“We’re not specific to just one kind of music coming out of S.F.,” he said. “I want to showcase a different style than what we usually hear. There isn’t really somebody doing electro-progressive house — harder, big festival-type sounds, like what some other guys are doing from Europe or other parts of the world.”

Progressive house, a subgenre of house music that’s been around since the ’80s, takes the consistent dance beat of house and adds layers of experimentation. Also around since the ’80s, fellow subgenre electro focuses on drum machines and unapologetically electronic sounds. Electro and progressive house combined can be seen as an analog to dubstep — the breakout electronic music genre of 2012.

Sasha was born and raised in Sarajevo. The 6-foot-5 Bosnian came to the U.S. to play basketball in high school and college. He moved to San Francisco in 1998 and finished with a master’s degree in business from San Francisco State University.

When basketball didn’t become a professional career, he started spinning. Since a Welsh DJ named Sasha had already seized his given name, Tall Sasha was born.

In July, his first original production, “Stargate,” hit No. 31 on the Beatport Progressive House Chart. Progressive house banger “Revolution” followed and made its way to No. 22 within a week. His remake of a U2 classic, “With or Without You,” gets the blood moving, though U2 purists will howl.

In addition to a day job at Oracle, the producer teaches aspiring DJs through his DJ4Life school and runs the DJ4Life Recording label.

The South of Market resident doesn’t know if he’ll ever leave San Francisco.

“I just love The City. I think it’s so versatile. There’s a great music scene, it’s a very international city, there’s always something to do. It just has a nice friendly vibe.”

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