Nob-twiddling, this is not.
Tireless San Francisco electronic-music DJ and promoter DJ Dials opens up for the U.K.’s Bondax today at 1015 Folsom.
The 29-year-old veteran DJ is one of the top bookers of sophisticated, taste-making electronic music in the Bay.
He’ll spin contemporary and classic house using turntables and the performance program Serrato, with opening help from Lights Down Low promotion crew members Sleazemore, Richie Panic, Joaquin Bartra and Commodore 69.
Dials and Lights Down Low teamed up to bring Bondax to San Francisco because, Dials says, “It’s a very similar sound that we share. When this kind of music comes to town you want to bring in the people that will love it.”
Bondax, he says, offers “two incredibly amazing new producers that are giving me everything I want in terms of beautiful textures, great melodies, playing a various amount of speeds, and they're good DJs. They’re the new wave of electronic music producers who aren’t afraid to take risks, who are studying older music and making newer sounds.”
Born in Spokane, Wash., Dials (aka Noah Bennett) has been in the DJ game for half his life. His first vinyl purchase was Daft Punk’s “Homework,” but hip-hop helped him connect with kids his age. Dials produced illegal raves in high school, and he produced shows to help pay for college.
In town for 10 years, Dials spins weekly and has booked shows at the Independent, Mezzanine, 1015 Folsom — “everywhere,” he says. “I like venues where people are expecting to hear good music, not just hook up with drunk, lonely people.”
Dials opened for Little Dragon before a crowd of 5,000 at “Symbiosis” this year, and brought Black Moth Super Rainbow to town.
“It’s not easy partying all the time,” he admits. “I had a lot of emotional breakdowns with people and business, but overall I think it was a big year for my creative growth.”
Dials has a single on Gilles Peterson's “Brownswood Electr*c” LP, but he’s working on a solo EP for 2012 and of course, tons more shows.
“It's about building the music you love, spreading it and connecting to people,” he says. “For 2013, I'm really excited about what some new kids are doing. I think the Bay has a better music scene than anywhere else in America.”