Local Heroes : Nikola Baytala, DJ M3

Nikola Baytala

DJ Nikola Baytala has become a crucial component of the minimal-techno collective known as Kontrol. But don't typecast him as a one-dimensional droid with a M-nus Records logo tattoo. He's been exploring the upper echelons of the techno/house continuum since the early '90s (including the last 10 years at The Top, a weekly event hosted by S.W.A.T., aka Special Weapons and Tactics), gaining a reputation as a DJ's DJ, with acclaim coming from house-music legends like Derrick Carter and Doc Martin. Moreover, Baytala's list of musical influences and loves is vast, eclectic, and impeccable. The following roll call just scratches the surface: dub/reggae (Lee "Scratch" Perry), jazz (Pharoah Sanders), world (Ravi Shankar, Mulatu Astatke), funk (Cymande), soul (Bill Withers), hiphop (Gang Starr), Krautrock (Can), electro (Egyptian Lover, Kraftwerk), disco (DJ Harvey), Latin (Tito Puente), soundtrack/new age (Vangelis), rock (Steely Dan), post-punk (ESG, Liquid Liquid), and post-rock (Outhud). As for his bread and butter, Baytala similarly displays excellent judgment, with a heavy preference for quality-pushers like Jeff Mills, Gas, Monolake, Robert Hood, Theo Parrish, and Mr. Fingers. When you see a DJ possess such wide-ranging, outstanding taste, it instills confidence that he/she will rarely, if ever, veer into wackness. Baytala clearly has put many hours of study into his craft, and it's paid off with smooth mixes and world-class track selection. Besides his formidable technical skills and profound knowledge, Baytala reportedly exudes a lot of personality and passion behind the decks, which must have served him well while opening for acts like Jane's Addiction. Everything I've heard by Baytala suggests that his sets avoid the supposed pitfalls of minimal dance music. They're kinetic, dynamic, and, of course, cheese-free. I can't believe I've only just recently found out about this mensch.

DJ M3 aka Manny is a major influence in SF’s music scene. Launching the Green Gorilla Lounge DJ crew and record label in the 90s, which organized and played many of SF’s most notable underground events. Manny was soul proprietor of Lower Haight’s vinyl music boutique ‘Black Pancakes’, which led to the opening of the The Triple Crown nightclub and now his most recent collaborative project Monarch. M3 continues to rock San Francisco and looks forward to upcoming music release in early 2014, with Sleight of Hands on Smoke N' Mirrors.

Trey Courtney

Joey Alaniz

Kimmy Le Funk

Kimmy aka Kimmy Le Funk is San Francisco's Kimmy Needham. A music lover, fun, cool chic and vinyl junky. Kimmy learned how to DJ from San Francisco's finest House and Disco / Funk DJs. Within no time Kimmy caught the vinyl bug and began digging for records daily in her neighborhood , Haight St San Francisco. Sure enough the energetic funk-tress began picking up gigs throughout SF and within a relative short amount of time has become one of SF favorite vinyl selectors. Her style ranges from classic funk, disco, house music, psycadelic and cosmic.

$5 before 11p, $10 after

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Complementary Svedka Vodka bar from 9:30-10:30pm. $5 door before 11p, $10 after.

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Local Heroes : Nikola Baytala, DJ M3 with Trey Courtney, Joey Alaniz, Kimmy Le Funk

Friday, July 26 · Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM at Monarch

Tickets Available at the Door