Friday May 23rd proved fruitful for the grey-façade of the lounge/club 1015 Folsom, whose location is its name. The Re:Creation art and music event was held at the 2-story venue which houses two large rooms complete with bars, artwork, and hip essence that definitely expresses San Francisco’s eclectic style.
People of all types filled the dance floors, others bobbed their heads by the bar and others gripped the guardrails on the second floor staring down at the main dance hall. The dj’s spun remixes of popular music, mostly from the “trap” genre, itself best described as a marriage of heavy-bass dance music and rap.
The event was a collaboration of Euphonic Conceptions DJ Dials and the venue, 1015 Folsom. It was definitely geared towards the arts, both visually and auditory.
The two main dj’s/producers to perform were “Djemba Djemba” and “XXYYXX”. The headlining “XXYYXX”, 18-year old Marcel Everett, is an Orlando Floridian producer who’s deeply moody, lo-fi experimental music encapsulates a style that is underground and ambient. Of course once his set came on, at around 1am in the purple-hued, two story warehouse that makes up the main room, the atmosphere of the crowd was loud, electric and excited.
Live art paintings were being done around the smaller of the rooms, with plenty of lighting and promotion from the artists. These works were filled with themes of futurism mixed with organic fixtures, such as pyramids made of light and cities encased within a terrain resembling a tortoise back.
All-in-All the crowded dance floor was mesmerized by the sonic flurries and deep low vibrations of the 18 year old lo-fi pioneer who wore a shirt that read “RIP Limewire” and had the green lime logo of Limewire, an old, free music downloading service which died with copyright laws years ago.
Such a shirt makes a statement about the post-napster age of the music scene and profiting in this new market. In an age of streaming music services and instant downloads, these dj’s create and upload free content to an audience that will pay money to see them live. This definitely highlights a new wave of accessibility, and one that was thoroughly enjoyed.