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Last Night, A DJ Saved My Life

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life is a weekly profile to give readers a further glimpse into the lives of Bay Area DJs. With so much local talent, itís hard to ignore the wide array of DJs and their eclectic styles. See what they sound like without headphones on, and as always, support your local DJ.

San Francisco resident and world-renowned DJ/producer J-Boogie has continued to challenge the boundaries of the music world across genres, styles, languages and borders throughout his 15-year career. This truly unique artist speaks to his listeners through a diverse musical language that he has created, integrating various techniques and musical genres including dub, soul, hipĖhop, reggae, funk, Latin, afro-beat, bhangra, dancehall, disco, electro and house. J-boogie has and continues to lift music to its full potential through his distinct approach and one of a kind style.

For his new and highly anticipated sophomore album, Soul Vibrations, J-boogie has put together a new Dubtronic Science band featuring a horn section, Latin percussionists as well as an impressive line up of artists including The Rebirth, Rich Medina, Lyrics Born, Ohmega Watts, Zion I, Crown City Rockers, Jennifer Johns, Deuce Eclipse, Tony Moses and more. Check out his soulful tunes at http://www.myspace.com/dubtronicscience.

SF Station (SFS): Why do you love being a DJ in the Bay Area?

J-Boogie: Well, since Iíve been here for so long, having my friends and family around is most important to me. I have tons of homies to hang out with in a cool community, and there are also so many different DJs here as well. But having good friends and peers around is definitely what I like the most about the area.

SFS: What are some of your favorite venues and why?

J-Boogie: Mighty, Mezzanine, Independent, Dub Mission, and Poleng Lounge just to name a few. They all have a very good sound system, which is essential to being able to get your music to the ears.

SFS: Whatís important about being a good DJ?

J-Boogie: To be a good DJ you must be able to gauge what you can do, and also experiment to see how far you can push peopleís limits. You want people to be able to be able to listen to new music, yet at the same time not turn off their musical tastes. Itís also nice to be able to share with people what I like to listen to.

SFS: Since you have collaborated with many artists, which has been your favorite and do you have any dream collaborators?

J-Boogie: Jazz Mafia, The Mamaz, Lyrics Born, all good artists, and especially because they are the local folks. My dream collaborators would have to feature Sade. MCs-wise would have to be Common, Rakim. And it would be great to work with some jazz cats in the 90s like the Soulquarians, featuring ?uestlove.

SFS: Who is currently spinning through your personal playlist these days?

J-Boogie: Too many. The Roots, Dynamics, Thievery Corporation, my musical tastes are all over the place. J*Davey and Dwele have come out with really excellent material lately.

Saturday, October 18th, 2008
Release parties for Mark Farinaís Mushroom Jazz 6 and J-Boogieís Dubtronic Science Soul Vibrations @ Mighty
10pm - close