J Boogie breaks sound barriers in the Bay Area

Courtesy PhotoPopular Bay Area DJ J Boogie adds nu-disco and moombahsoul sounds to “Night Moves” at The Monarch.

Courtesy PhotoPopular Bay Area DJ J Boogie adds nu-disco and moombahsoul sounds to “Night Moves” at The Monarch.

Bay Area DJ icon J Boogie continues to dissemble the boundaries of dance music this week with “Night Moves” — unifying the scenes of San Francisco house, modern funk, nu-disco and moombahsoul at the Monarch on Saturday.

The “Night Moves” party is a deliberate blend, J Boogie explains.

“We’re trying to tap into the house-music scene and catch the younger kids who are into nu-disco and moombahsoul. It’s some of the new folks and some of the old folks all dancing together,” he says.

The party’s previous bookings have included Hot Toddy, Poolside, B. Bravo and Jimmy Edgar. Saturday’s headliner, Moon Boots, will pump out an underground disco and R&B boogie-infused set, with Deejay Theory and J Boogie supporting.

“We’re just trying to start a new vibe where we can have some fun,” he says.

The Monarch’s famed VOID sound system provides some key assistance, the DJ says.

“I believe it’s one of a kind in San Francisco and very high-end. It looks like the sound system for the Death Star.”

Born Justin Boland in Portland, Ore., J Boogie has been killing it for 20 years as a Bay Area DJ and record producer at The City’s OM Records. Boland ran the award-winning KUSF radio program “Beatsauce” and plays in his live outfit, Dubtronic Science, blending horns, MCs, Latin percussion and turntablism.

The resident at El Rio’s humble, long-running Dub Mission party is no stranger to monster stages, either. He’s played Coachella, Bonnaroo, Burning Man and the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

On a mobile phone at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, J Boogie says his fall 2012 schedule has been absolutely packed.

“I’ve been on the road a lot, really grinding on shows and performing, working on getting out there,” he says. “As an artist in our area, in order to succeed on a higher level you have to hit the road.”

J Boogie is looking forward to hunkering down this winter to work on new project called Brother in Arms with studio partner Deejay Theory. The two will produce tracks for “beach parties and discotheques,” he says. He’s also planning another solo album.

“Next year will be the 10-year anniversary of when my first record came out. I’m going to bring it all full circle and create that vibe.”

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