Grand Opening

Frisco's Finest

Garth, Mike Giannini, Rasta Cue Tip, Kaotic

Fri Apr 29, 2005
Zebra Lounge
House Music, Music


Garth is a name that carries weight far beyond the west coast he calls home. Growing up with a passion for punk, funk and soul music in England and America, he was first of the notorious Wicked crew to move from London and set up camp in San Francisco. Inspired by the Bay Area way of life he instigated the crew’s legendary full moon parties and co-founded Wicked in 1991.From those heady beginnings, Wicked has been credited widely as the catalyst that helped put San Francisco on the global dance map.

Acquiring a custom-designed Turbosound rig from the UK in 1994, Wicked established itself as a night of dance second to none promoting a series of Guest Sessions, that over the years has featured House luminaries such as Tony Humphries, Little Louis Vega, Chez Damier, Doc Martin, Harvey, DJ Pierre, Roger Sanchez, Francois K, Stacey Pullen, Robert Owens, K Alexi & Joe Claussel.

In addition to throwing the Wicked jams and touring annually with the Wicked Sound System in a customized 1947 Greyhound bus, Garth is an accomplished soloist whose uncompromising style has kept him in demand across the U.S. at renowned clubs in SF and NYC and all stops between. He held a much coveted ten year residency at Come Unity, one of SF's first and foremost house nights and regularly plays established festivals Reggae on the River, Burning Man and Earthdance, as well as working his magic in every corner of the globe. Garth has been billed alongside such greats as James Brown, Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters, Maceo Parker, P Funk, The Wailers, Bo Diddley, The Roots, Coolio, De La Soul, Jane's Addiction, Stereo MCs and far too many DJs to mention!

Drawn to the recording studio, he scored global critical acclaim with his breakout anthem 'Twenty Minutes of Disco Glory' a record that went on to sell 25,000 copies over several releases. In 1997 Grayhound licensed 'Open Sesame' a song he produced to Gus Van Sant's film 'Speedway Junky'. And in 1999 'Twenty Minutes of Disco Glory' was featured in SF rave flick, 'Groove'.

A graduate of Urb Magazine's Next 100 in 1998, Garth's Grayhound has released a string of acclaimed singles, and earned a reputation worldwide as one of the west coast's most forward thinking and reliable labels. He does a fair amount of remixing, completing an eclectic bag of projects including Tribe Called Quest, Perry Farrell, Faithless, Yabby You & Robbie Shakespeare and many others. He has mixed and compiled albums on respected labels Om, NRK and Grayhound and has consistently been voted as one of America’s top 50 DJs by BPM & Lotus magazines.

Based in the heart of beat culture San Francisco, Garth juggles roles as DJ, producer, remixer and director of his own label, Grayhound Recordings. He maintains a busy worldwide tour schedule and continues to represent Wicked which retains its relevance as America's infamous longstanding DJ crew.

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  1. Zebra Lounge
    447 Broadway, San Francisco, CA