Dial Up, San Francisco’s favorite LGBT house party, turns 1 this Saturday March 17th. Not only are they celebrating a year of hosting, they celebrate their new residency at 222 Hyde on St. Patty’s Day! From Public Works to 222 Hyde, resident DJ Doc Sleep talks about the fun crowd, the change in scenery, and just what makes Dial Up so very special.
Be sure to dance on over to 222 to hear amazing local house DJs and to get your eyes full of fabulous costumes. And remember, everyone is welcome!
How did the concept of Dial Up come to be?
We wanted throw a party centered around great house music and weirdo’s who like to dance. The concept for the actual name, “Dial Up,” came from the different modes of communication we initially used to promote the party. We may change the name and concept as the party continues to evolve. Maybe we should just call it “Coo Coo Bananas.”
Who are some important people who helped it get off the ground?
We think everyone is important! We’ve had so many people help spread the word by dancing for us, recording voicemails on the Dial Up hotline, host, perform, DJ, write about us, talk about us, and just attend the party looking amazing. We couldn’t ask for a better community. Thank you!
What type of DJs do you ask to play for Dial Up?
We try to be unique with our booking, as does everyone, but, we’ve been trying to find the hidden gems lately. People you haven’t heard in a while or who you don’t find on the regular queer circuit. I’m also really proud of how many female DJ’s we’ve booked over the past year. We’ve had as many women as men, and, that will definitely continue. We’ve got some great DJ’s coming up in the next few months – Mandy Graves and Jools Palmer – who throw the awesome Bassment Party every Thursday at the Monster in NYC. You can also expect more resident nights from us, live PA’s, special performances and lots and lots of QUEENS. And, bears.
How is it going to change now that it will be moving from Public Works to 222 Hyde?
I think we’re all drawn to 222, and, so many friends have told us it’s their favorite house bar in the city. We like the neighborhood, and that it’s in a basement, ie, a dance cave! We think it fits our party perfectly. Plus, moving to a Saturday night is really exciting, and, we’re all very anxious to have a go on that sound system.
What is your favorite part about Dial Up?
I’d have to say meeting all the different people who come out to the party every month. I think we’ve all met amazing friends through this party, from the adorable young queer house heads to the fabulous queens and all the people who love the music and dance all night. We’re just happy to be part of it all, and, to offer our little contribution to the SF nightlife scene.
How has your musical taste evolved?
I feel like I learn 100 new things about music a day, so, what I played a year ago is hopefully a bit different than what I’m playing now!