What is a preservationist to do when someone drops off a plastic grocery bag full of 30-year-old cassettes created by some of San Francisco's most influential DJs? Digitize them
, of course.
That's exactly what Jim Hopkins at the SF Disco Preservation Society is doing. The bag is a treasure trove of the tastes and beats of the 1980s and 1990s, played at some of the city's coolest venues, many of which no longer exist. Via SFist:
The art of the club mix — equal parts curation, imagination, and rhythmic skill — is something that's evolved over the decades in different ways in different cities, with DJs finding influences both locally and internationally. But before the explosion of file-sharing in the early 2000s and the widespread accessibility of digitized music a few years later, DJ sets were things you only ever experienced live in the nightclubs themselves, unless your friend was a DJ and copied a cassette for you — or unless that DJ was famous enough to have a record label and a few CDs.
Hopkins wants people who went to SF nightclubs like Pleasuredome, the I-Beam, and the EndUp back in the day to be able to hear some of these multi-hour mixes that they may only have the haziest memories of, and he wants to introduce a new generation of DJs and nightlife mavens to the talents of their forebears.
Here's a terrific late-80s techno trance mix:
DJ Michael Dianella - Late 80s Techno
If the gay scene is more to your liking, this will take you back to when Whitney was as inescapable as Beyonce is now:
DJ Mark Watkins at Castro Station, 1987 (warning: unironic RickRoll at 59:00
• Longtime SF DJ Builds Online Archive Of '80s And '90s Club Mixes From Long-Gone Nightclubs
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