Friday, April 17, 2009


With each of these DJ Q&As we do, it's becoming increasingly obvious: Sweater Funk has become a hot night (and in that steamy basement venue, we mean that phrase in more ways than one) for San Francisco funk. When the rest of the city goes to bed early for the big week ahead, DJs and dancers alike take it down to Chinadown to sweat out the best in boogie disco every Sunday. Helping lead the charge is DJ Guillermo, a dude who DJs pretty much everything but mash-ups. He's got crates of everything from hip-hop to Latin groove to old school disco. And from the sound of things, he can also make a mean breakfast scramble.

Name: Jacob Pena aka DJ Guillermo

Club night(s):
Sweater Funk - 80's funk, boogie disco, soulful steppers (every sunday night @ Li Po, free 9pm- 1:30am). The Magnificent 7 - Funk, hip hop, disco, house, dancehall, rock and anything else we feel like throwing into the mix (@ various clubs around the city). Colombia! - Classic cumbia, salsa & Afro Latin (@ various venues around the city). Mercy, Mercy Baby - Soul, boogaloo, Brazilian & rocksteady (every 2nd Weds. @ Casanova - free 9pm-2am). Good Friends and Evil Companions - Could be power pop, post punk, samba soul, hip-hop or whatever else I'm in the mood for that night, but it's always a good time! (every 1st sat. & 3rd thurs @ Dalva, free, 10pm-2am). Behind The Groove - Sweater Funk & Hear The Sounds crew play boogie, electro funk & more @ Koko every 4th Saturday - free 9pm-2am.

Style(s) of music you spin:
Depends on the night. Any thing from old Colombian cumbias, new underground hip-hop, boogie disco, 70's & early 80's pop/post punk, dirty soul, funk, Brazilian, salsa, house, dub, dancehall....choose one of my nights, you're bound to find something you'll like.
So what's your story, in 100 words or less? Decided to DJ in Long Beach, CA. in 1998, when I started my own Latin night. I later became a resident at a local soul club called Get On The Good Foot, then moved to San Francisco in 2005. Since then I've been paying my dues while trying to push a grittier & more authentic Latin sound and a funky boogie disco sound. Thank god I fell in with some of the coolest DJ's in the city! Not just in the crews I play with, but with the caliber of folks we have rolling through our nights to hear the tunes. I'm constantly trying to keep the heads interested and the dancefloor happy.


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