"I fell in love with dub and wanted to create a club night that featured it heavily, and that's how Dub Mission was born," DJ Sep says.
DJ Sep, whose birth name is Sep Ghadishah, is the founder of Dub Mission, a Sunday mainstay at Elbo Room. She says she fell in love with Dub while DJing at KUSF and later decided to start this dub dance night. She has continued to work in radio, as the host of "Off the Beaten Path" on KPFA.
At Dub Mission, DJ Sep spins dub, dubstep, roots reggae and dancehall with fellow dub-pro DJs - Vinnie Esparza, J-Boogie, Maneesh the Twister and Ludichris - who each spin once a month. The beat-heavy music has kept this night going for almost 15 years. (Dub Mission celebrates its anniversary in September.) This weekend's lineup showcases J-Boogie and Vinnie Esparza; on Feb. 20, special guest Eddie Turbo stops by to celebrate his 10-inch release "Murder on Golden Hill," showcasing fresh cumbia, dub, dubstep and dancehall tunes.
What records will you spinning this weekend?
I always spin a mix of dub, dubstep, roots reggae, dancehall and various hybrids of the form, and try to create a positively heavy sound that's (hopefully) soulful and danceable at the same time.
How has living in the Bay Area affected your musical interests?
I've already appreciated the Bay Area's broadmindedness, so I try to have the same approach toward my audience - never catering to the lowest common denominator and always looking for that combination of known and unknown songs that move them, inside and out.
When you're not DJing, where in the Bay Area can you be found?
I have two young kids, so usually the night ends either very late at Dub Mission or very early at home.
What is your favorite music moment in film?
The music of Nino Rota (in any scene) comes to mind because I really prefer film music that's understated and discovered almost accidentally. Unless it's a concert film or documentary about music, please, turn it down. I'm probably in the minority here.
Check it out: www.dubmissionsf.com.
Next gig: 9 p.m. Sunday $6. With Vinnie Esparza and J-Boogie. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F. (415) 552-7788. www.elbo.com.
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