May 11 – Doctor Dru
Doctor Dru is one of the key proponents of the contemporary deep house movement that has swept across Europe and the rest of the world in recent years. He has a rich, multi-layered history, which permeates into his present output; DJing, working as a drummer, running his own label, composing for other acts and, of course, producing his own emotive, wistful signature tracks that have cemented his reputation as a purveyor of the finest in deep house music.
Doctor Dru’s tunes will provoke genuine “A-ha” and “Yeah” moments! Years of deep musical knowledge are reinterpreted into his electronic productions, fueled by his dedication to beats, rhythms and melodies, which began long before his first eighties records got their groove going on. Seeing any sort of sticks made him drum, hearing every genre of audio constantly inspired him to bring his ideas into musical life. While he was on tour with world famous artists performing his high-level drum skills, Dru`s scores of machines were fiddled with, investigated and pushed to their limits.
But what about putting soul and smoothness into machines? And when Bootsy Collins asks you to produce his single? Well, you produce like you’re in funk heaven of course. In 2011, after hours locked away in his studio, Dru conceived modern-day classics such as “Juicy Fruit” and “Anymore” in collaboration with the Adana Twins. In 2012 his hit “The Voice of Dru” established Doctor Dru as one of the contemporary house movement’s main players, arriving via Exploited’s ‘Black Jukebox 03’ compilation. Being a number one charted artist over the course of several months placed him on the right musical path and so his follow-up “2KnowU” EP also managed to nail it in the same year. Remixes on OFF, JEUDI Records and Stil vor Talent followed those two hits together with the success of recent releases including the “Proper Lane” EP as well as a timeless remix of Claptone’s huge hit “No Eyes”.
The big club and festival doors soon opened and traveling the globe has led to him representing at some of the world’s most lauded venues such as Warung (Brazil), ZigZag (Paris), Destino and Ushuaia (Ibiza), Watergate (Berlin), Revolver Club (Melbourne), Treehouse (Miami), Loveland Festival (Amsterdam) and a many more.
While being busy with touring and tune tinkering, Dru also cultivated his own label JEUDI Records, which was founded with his mates Davidé and Takeiteasy. Based on a tightly-knit family ethos Jeudi Records gives Doctor Dru a platform where he is able to truly express his love of music and to A&R new talent from around the globe. The label was established in 2010 and continues to be influential and forward-thinking in its approach.
So there you have it, Doctor Dru’s devout love of electronic music combined with his years of experience and unerring will to roll out the very best tunes full of substance and dancefloor appeal are the key elements that form the foundation of his career. The constant aim: simply to stimulate both body and mind through his love for synthesizers!
With more new music and a whole lot more touring to come, a steady tide of other hugely intense tracks has continued to flow out of Dru’s studio. A-ha and Yeah!
DJ Seven (Sean Evans) was born in SF, raised in Marin and has been a DJ for 25 years. He started on CDs which had only been around for a few years (then later switched to vinyl, followed by digital Serato DJing).
DJ Seven began his career playing parties and programming sets of 80s rock and nu wave: The Police, The Cure, U2 and New Order. Things shifted in college in San Diego with the onset of early hip hop: Beastie Boys, NWA, Too Short and RunDMC..followed by the Golden Age: A Tribe Callled Quest, EPMD, Nas, Biggie, Tupac, Dre, Snoop. The early 90s was a period of early hip hop, early rave and rock music.
DJ Seven discovered house, techno and breaks at the first raves in San Francisco. He started a rave promotion crew called Space Children in the mid 1990s. Out of this, he watched and took notes from top DJs in “the scene” (Wicked and Gathering DJs like Jeno, Garth and DJ Josh) and honed his skill blending vinyl. He got his first regular gigs playing weekly parties at Backflip in 1999 (playing drum n bass and trip hop).
This up and coming DJ began to take gigs throughout San Francisco during the early 2000s (dot-com period) and DJed at just about every big and mid-size club in SF including dot-com launch parties and club openings (1015, DV8, Mezzanine, Mighty, Sno-Drift, Cloud9). He took a Friday residency at WISH Bar with DJ Sol which lasted 10 years. His favorite gigs during this time period were: Miami Winter Music Conference, Burning Man and DJ travel trips to Denver, Los Angeles and Seattle. One of his top gigs was playing the opening set for Booka Shade to a full house at Mezzanine, then throwing an after-party for the Booka Shade guys at the legendary Tehama loft. Over the years, he has opened for top DJs like: Kruder & Dorfmeister, Booka Shade, Andy Smith (Portishead), Jeno, Garth, Mark Farina, Gene Farris, Kaskade, Fred Everything, M3, Solar, Galen, Greg Eversoul, DJ Sol, Mancub, and more…
As the DJ career gained steam in mid-2000s, DJ Seven started a promotion/production company, NK7, with a two business partners and threw parties at the larger clubs and underground venues around San Francisco (Gingerbread House, Kelly’s Mission Rock, Ruby Skye). The parties reach a peak of 1500 people culminating with a NYE party in 2007 in SF’s Bayview District feat. an all-star SF house/breaks DJ lineup (Jeno, M3, Sol, Laird) playing to a packed house.
DJ Seven was honored in the mid-2000s by Nitevibe.com Reader’s Poll as one of the Top 10 Dreamteam DJs two years in a row. Now, in his 40s, DJ Seven has slowed down a little and is older and wiser with regard to taking gigs. He still loves DJing and balances private parties/corporate events/mobile DJing with club/lounge/bar and underground afterhours bookings. He also makes chill or workout mixes for his yoga and pilates instructor friends. His current club 2014 DJ “residencies” are at: Chambers Eat + Drink.