1015 Folsom’s longtime owner Ira Sandler knew he could approach his club’s monthlong 30th-anniversary celebration in one of two ways.
“You could do a retrospective and pay homage to the greats that have played there before,” he says. “Or you could be forward-thinking and say, ‘1015 is about being progressive.’ So rather than trading on hits that are definite slam dunks, we’ll continue to press forward by doing something new and exciting.”
Melbourne-based mixmaster Dom Dolla, appearing at the legendary South-of-Market venue along with fellow Aussie Sonny Fodera on Thursday as part of the October-long lineup, fits the bill.
In the spring, he was dubbed “One to watch” by Billboard Dance, following successes of his Beatport chart-topping tech-house track “Take it,” collaborative single “Be Randy,” with Torren Foot, and back-to-back ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) No. 1 singles “Define” and “You.”
While the 27-year-old DJ-producer has never appeared at 1015 before, he says he has long taken inspiration from many of the Bay Area artists, who built their initial followings at the iconic nightspot in decades past.
Searching the Internet for records to play at his earliest DJ gigs in Melbourne, he kept returning to those influences — in particular, the music of Dirtybird Records’ label founder Claude VonStroke and artist Justin Martin. Shades of these seminal sounds would eventually find their way onto Dolla’s material.
“Be Randy,” which samples Brandy’s 1994 hit “Baby” and “Love Like This” (which borrows from Faith Evans’ 1998 single of the same name) could have easily been mixed into a ‘90s or early aughts house set at 1015’s Release, Spundae and Nikita parties.
“The reason why I feel that I’m touring America again is that the records I’m writing are influenced by guys who are originally from the West Coast and San Francisco, in particular,” says Dolla, whose birth name is Dominic Matheson.
The DJ-producer is equally enamored with The City’s “left-leaning,” “open-minded” and “forward-thinking” dance crowd — so much so that he immortalized them in his latest track, the bass-, beat- and siren-driven banger, “San Frandisco.”
“I really wanted to write a track that was dedicated to this open-minded and super-excited audience,” Dolla says, “because I feel like they really understand the music that I play and it really seems to be connecting with them.”
Over the past 30 years, 1015 Folsom has played host to an array of emerging DJs and music artists like Dolla. Many, including MC Hammer, Too Short, Massive Attack, Erykah Badu, Tiësto, Bassnectar, RL Grime, SBTRKT and Anderson .Paak have gone on to achieve major commercial success.
1015 Folsom’s focus on what’s new and exciting in music is, according to owner Sandler, one of the primary reasons that the club has enjoyed such tremendous longevity.
“1015 was always about becoming a destination to hear music that you couldn’t hear anywhere else,” says Sandler. “You have to be a culture setter in nightlife as opposed to a follower because if you’re a step behind, you’re left behind.”
IF YOU GO
Sonny Fodera, Dom Dolla
Where: 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.
When: 10 p.m. Thursday
Tickets: $18 to $25