Robin Simmons

Robin is an aspiring DJ, graphic designer and proud participant in San Francisco's fabulous queer nightlife community. He cut his teeth as a DJ in a blossoming 2001-2004 dance music scene in Santa Cruz at the tender age of 12 years old. At UC Berkeley, he taught the Intro to DJing class and was fortunate enough to play and participate in a variety of incredible and free-spirited events through the University's co-op system. In 2011, after taking a hiatus to work in marketing, Robin began throwing private parties in his own space in downtown San Francisco. His little loft party, Odyssey, was once an underground staple, but has moved into the safer and more commercial spaces.

Musically, Robin takes inspiration first and foremost from Larry Levan & the Paradise Garage. Dance music should shake you, move you, and release you back into your life fresh at the end of the night. Music should be without boundaries; bigger and more beautiful than any one category or format, and your DJ should be using their "voice" to deliver the most powerful and compelling message of humanity possible, telling a story of emotion and life with the music, bringing everyone with them on the journey.

Political, controversial, seemingly crazy, hedonistic, loving, but always passionate -- Robin hopes that, at the end of the day, he has left a message, and not a mess.

Dishing out booty-shaking beats has been a calling for DJ GUY RUBEN since he was a kid as he took hold of the family’s stereo system. Fueled by everything from Madonna, Donna Summer, Depeche Mode, to Radiohead, the young music aficionado collected many 12-inch records and pieced together mixtapes by recording songs directly off the radio. As he matured, so did his passion, perspective, and opinion on what sounds get people to move. After being inspired by seeing late ‘90s and early ‘00s legendary house music DJs play and some motivation from friends, Guy Ruben hit the dance floor hard in 2007, and has been entrancing partygoers with his unrelenting beats ever since. Now, he’s a tour de force in the SF club scene, and has earned residencies at 440, Powerhouse, and Lookout. He’s lent his seductive and edgy sound to countless parties around the Bay Area, recently in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto.

Influenced by the likes of Todd Terry, Danny Tenaglia, Riva Starr, DJ Dan, Bad Boy Bill, Treasure Fingers, Donald Glaude, DJ Dimitri from Paris, Hannah Holland, Calvin Harris, Nita Aviance, Armand Van Helden, Eli Escobar, Carl Cox, Basement Jaxx, Freemasons, LA Riots, and Cajmere. DJ Guy Ruben evokes all their spirits and interweaves DJ sets with his signature red telephone headphone. Specializing in electronic and house, Guy Ruben’s tastes cross all genres. He’s been known to seamlessly infuse his sets with tech, nu disco, ‘80s and ‘90s dance tracks, indie dance, world beats, acid house, Italo disco and R&B funk. Whether it's a party, a club, or a raucous bar environment, he constantly reads the crowds to give them a beat that's fresh.

DAVID HARNESS

David Harness is one of the most popular DJ/producers in the San Francisco Bay Area club scene. He has been described as ‘a man who lives, breathes and emanates everything that is beautiful about deep house music and classic garage.’ David is considered a ‘rising star’ within the dance community. As a military brat, David Harness traveled the world extensively during his childhood. ‘Regardless of which country I was in, I always heard American music, namely R&B. This little bit of familiarity really helped me feel secure in a lot of different places.’ With influences varying from Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Quincy Jones, the Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, Parliament Funkadelic, the Isley Brothers and First Choice, it is easy to see why funk and soul have always been strong elements in his sound. In 1990, David began DJ’ing at the After Dark in his hometown of Monterey, California. As his popularity grew past the boundaries of Monterey, he was invited to establish a residency at Tilt and the Sound Factory in San Francisco. In 1994, David opened and DJ’ed at the hip and popular club Lift at Club Dv8 in San Francisco. His success as a club DJ led to a DJ spot on commercial radio. In 1994, David joined the popular radio show Your Mama’s House on the San Francisco Bay Area’s number one radio station KMEL FM. Your Mama’s House was the only ‘true’ house mix show on any major radio station in Northern California. As part of the Your Mama’s House crew, David played a key role in exposing the masses to House Music in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1995 David kicked off a seven year residency at San Francisco ‘s legendary Club Universe — San Francisco’s hottest Saturday night party. At Club Universe, David had the opportunity to play with many New York’s legendary DJs like Frankie Knuckles, Tony Humphries, Little Louie Vega, Tedd Patterson, Dave Morales, Danny Teneglia, London’s Ricky Morrison, Los Angeles’ Marques Wyatt, San Francisco’s Miguel Migs, Mark Farina and Kaskade — just to name a few. His growing popularity accelerated David’s natural progression into production. In 1996, David was selected to spearhead the studio production for a national marketing campaign for the McDonald’s Deluxe Burger. Also in 1996, David begin his ongoing residency at The End Up Sunday T-Dance — San Francisco’s longest running dance party. In 1998, he released a CD for Universe Sounds and Twisted America, ‘Welcome to the Universe’. This innovative CD, recorded live from Club Universe, reflects San Francisco’s unique ‘sound’ and introduced the world to David Harness. Recognizing his talent, Twisted America quickly signed him to produce his first single, ‘Get It Together’, for a Twisted America compilation entitled ‘A Little Bit of the Old, A Lot of the New’. David also started his ongoing residency at Fag Fridays in San Francisco in 1998 where he is still rockin’ the floor. In 1999, David started Taboo in San Francisco’s Mission District. Taboo started out of David’s love of House music and his desire to provide a showcase for Bay Area talent as well as internationally known DJs. This ongoing party attracts a loyal crowd of househeads from around the San Francisco Bay Area and the globe to the weekly blending of spirit and soul. In September 2000, David launched DHJ Productions and has established himself as a respected producer and remixer. To date, David has worked on projects featuring artists such as Mary J. Blige, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Simply Red, Alicia Keys, Floetry, Donnie McClurkin, India Arie, *NSYNC and Donnell Jones. A collaborative effort with DJ/producers Chris Lum of Abitare Music, Jay J of Moulton Studios, and Charles Spencer of LoveSlap has resulted in several independent releases. David has appeared in articles and interviews in Billboard Magazine, Paper Magazine, Surface, XLR8R, Streetsounds, Sweater, HX, Next, URB, DJ Mag and the SF Bay Guardian. David Harness’ passion, talent and creativity has definitely created a new page in the history of house music.

Matrixxman (So Wavey/Spectral)

Do you long for the future? MATRiXXMAN might just provide an ephemeral glimpse. Purportedly trapped in a realm of unending 3D avatars roaming lost amongst dystopian digital wastelands. MATRiXXMAN, a man known IRL as Charles McCloud Duff of 5kinAndBone5, has since spliced off into his own identity in which he pledges to provide brutally futuristic interpretations of classic WBMX era Chicago house and Detroit techno. In no less than a year MATRiXXMAN has received critical acclaim from both mainstream and tastemaker publications such as Fact Magazine, Vice, The Fader, XLR8R, Spin, Rolling Stone, Mixmag and more. Armed with releases on labels including Unknown To The Unknown, Grizzly, Soo Wavey and forthcoming on Fifth Wall -- it is clear he is on the warpath and well on his way to liberating us all from the so called "matrixx".

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