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HOUSEPITALITY w/ TERRY MULLAN (+INTERVIEW), Benjamin Vallery, Buckner, Dereck Opperman & Guillame Galuz

Posted by admin - July 17, 2013 - Interviews

( ( ( ( (H O U S E P I T A L I T Y) ) ) ) ) presents an appearance by Chicago’s legendary house-focused “turntablist extraordinaire” with support from some of our fave body-rocking locals:

::TERRY MULLAN (Catalyst Recordings | Chicago/Phoenix)::
::BENJAMIN VALLERY (Slinky, Bodyrock DJs | San Francisco)::
::BUCKNER (Bubble, Vibe Is Alive | San Francisco)::

Groove Lounge:

::DEREK OPPERMAN (Lost In The Night | San Francisco)::
w/ special guest GUILLAUME GALUZ


Chicago is inarguably the capital of house music in America; it’s no accident that so many of our headliners originated or spent time there. Some move along to other states (like our residents Bai-ee and Tyrel), but those who move in reality, will never really leave Chicago, musically.

You can take the DJ out of Chicago, but you can’t take Chicago out of the DJ. This is a good thing. With that in mind, we’ve booked another classic Chicago ex-pat, whose exploits in house music, mixing, and groove are well-documented. He’s been DJing since 1983 (no biggie!), and has shared his unique, acid-inflected brand of house with the world ever since. Come learn something!

Back by popular demand, a growing legend in the west coast house scene, fresh of a headlining set at the Slinky campout, we’ve brought back a DJ who’s a friend, an ally, and a favorite of both our crowd, and our crew: Benjamin Vallery. Ben amazed us all last time he played for us, and has never ceased to impress, in every single gig we’ve seen him play. He will have our bodies rockin’, make no mistake.

Opening the night, another local house head and supporter whose set for us is overdue, making his debut: Buckner, aka Buckner Williams. He’s a solid, warehouse-influenced house DJ who’s played and thrown events all over the west coast and beyond. Originally from Florida, he came to SF to be involved the hottest hotbed of great electronic music, and he’s succeeded admirably. We admire Buckner’s DJ talents and his support of the arts… come early, please welcome Buckner!

Last but not least, we’re welcoming Derek Opperman back into the Groove Lounge. Last time he played with Avalon Emerson as “Lost In The Night,” (which is, incidentally, the name of his column in the SF Weekly where he covers dance and electronic music events with the competence of a professional, well-educated DJ (which he is). His support for the arts, especially good electronic dance music, is so valuable for our city, and we commend him and are proud to welcome him back. Let’s do this.



Originally hailing from (where else) Chicago, this week’s guest at Housepitality, Terry Mullan, is house music royalty. Terry grew up during the 1980s explosion of house music in Chicago, and, while coming from a hip hop background, got to feast on the music of the famed 102.7 WBMX radio station, finally finding true inspiration within the new sounds of the burgeoning acid house movement. In combining the sounds from disco and house, and the influence of Detroit techno, Terry found the sound that would guide his 30 year DJ career, his productions, and his eventual development into one of Chicago house music’s iconic figures.
Not simply content with being a globetrotting DJ, Terry has released music on labels Robsoul, Definitive, Control, Funk’d, Chicago Housing Commission, Aciiieeed, and others, and eventually created his own imprint, Catalyst Recordings, to release music for artists like  DJ Sneak, Ian Pooley, Halo Varga, Mazi, Angel Alanis & TJR.
Terry now lives far from his hometown, in sunny Phoenix, AZ, and continues to produce, gig, and run his Catalyst label. Given the long house history that Terry has lived and breathed, we wanted to see if we could pick his brain a little bit, and so we had our friend (and old school San Francisco techno heavyweight) David Javate conduct a brief interview. Read on to hear about Terry’s DJ philosophy after 30 years at his craft, his experience opening up for Daft Punk, a DJ horror story from Montreal, some of his top current music picks, and more. Thanks so much to Terry and David for taking the time to make this happen.
Don’t miss Terry’s Housepitality debut tonight, along with locals Buckner, Benjamin Vallery, Derek Opperman, and Guillaume Galuz.
David Javate: How would you describe your sound and your philosophy on DJing?
Terry Mullan:  I’m a deejay first and foremost because I am head over heels in love with music and the way it makes me feel. Taste is relative, but I grew up in the home of house and am a real-time extension of house and the impact it had on me. To me, a great DJ is determined by programming and then technical ability. You earn people’s trust on the dance floor with your programming and trust is a great thing. Long before I ever knew I could make money spinning I practiced at home religiously in a bedroom by myself. I’ve been mixing for 30 years and am very leery of anyone that jumps on the scene and thinks they are qualified to mix. It is a supreme honor to get to do what I do and I take it seriously. I suppose at the end of the day in my mind, I represent the true school of dj’s. Deejay’s that come from vinyl and understand it’s all about the journey and connecting with your dance floor through impeccable programming.
Javate: Tell us about one or two of your favorite gigs.
Mullan: My absolute favorite gig would be Transmusicales in Rennes France. I played before Daft Punk live right as they were super blowing up in 1996. Carl Cox, Motorbass, CJ Bolland, Sneak, and Roger Sanchez also played the year I played. There were around 50,000 people in the house room so it was my favorite gig in terms of scale. After that for number two I’d say any of Richie Hawtin’s parties in Detroit 95-98. I used to be one of the Plus 8 DJ’s and Richie did phenomenal smaller scale shows that were really crafted to be weird sensory experiments in super industrial Detroit. People absolutely lost their shit at these shows.
Javate: Give us 5 all time favorite house/techno/acid tracks. 
1.     Armando – Downfall
2.     Ten City – That’s the way love is
3.     Kraftwerk – It’s more fun to compute
4.     Romanthony – Trust
5.     Model 500 – No Ufo’s
Javate: What would be your dream dj lineup to play on or attend?
Mullan: Oh gee whiz! Umm… the short list:
Armando, Gino Soccio, Karen Finley, Future Sound Of London, Kraftwerk and Boards Of Canada live. As to DJ’s: Ron Hardy, Larry Levan, Richie Hawtin, Justin Martin, Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk, Cut Chemist, DJ Shadow and Jam Pony Express.
Javate: What’s the funniest/craziest/most embarrassing story from all your years DJing?
Mullan: How about embarrassing? Here goes… I was playing in Montreal doing a sunrise set at a rave and everything was going great until my stainless steel bracelet got snagged on the Ortofon arm of the  needle. I was reaching over the turntable to grab a record I put behind it and I accidentally jerked the needle off.  I looked up and everyone was staring at me, the sun was shining through the warehouse windows and I totally freaked.. I dropped the tone arm back down on the wrong track of the record I was playing.. Talk about vibe extermination.. I wanted to crawl in a hole and die.
Javate: How would you describe your sound?
Mullan: I would describe my sound as jacking acidy techy vibey house music!
Javate: What are your top 10 favorite tracks right now?
1.       Mr.Oizo – Unicat
2.       Greg Piddock – Blame Game (Hobo’s shamed mix)
3.       Arttu Feat Jerry The Cat – Get Up Off That Ass (Dexter Mix)
4.       Saab Cuartero –  Don’t You Know
5.       Full On Funk – Righteous People
6.       John Tejada – Somewhere
7.       Miguel Migs – Heartbeat – (deep salted dub)
8.       Martin Ikin – What You’ve Done
9.       Dinky –  Falling Angel (Pepe Braddock Detournament Mix)


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Terry Mullan

Terry Mullan, Chicago’s turntablist extraordinaire, turns out dance floors week after week throughout the US and abroad. Any true fan of House Music knows his name, and celebrates his amazing DJ sets. His credits include Coachella, Starscape, Bugged Out, The End, Footwork, and Ruby Skye amongst raves as far off as Japan, Australia and Germany. He has developed a faithful following to those who know through his signature style of funky quirky jacking techy acid house making up an entirely new genre all his own.

The eighties posed as the formative years of Terry’s career. Although his roots began in hip-hop, he found himself smack in the middle of the Chicago house explosion. House and Disco were styles of music that were entirely new to Terry, but the match was struck. Soon after gaining inspiration from Chicago air personalities like Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Fast Eddie, Armando, & Mike “Hitman” Wilson via 102.7 WBMX, Terry made house his home. Next, when acid house hit the US, the link was completed; Terry found the sound he was looking for. It was that added flavor he was waiting for, something new, twisted and forward. Now all the elements were coming together. And with the addition of the Detroit sound, this was it, three different languages, disco, house and techno. They could all translate the same message together or apart from one another. With his fluent style, these languages reflect his DJ’ing as well as the tracks he’s now composing, which is his way of furthering the evolution of dance music.

For the future, Terry is going beyond just knowing his machines. This sound is put to the test on his releases on Robsoul, Definitive, Control, Funk’d, Chicago Housing Commission, Aciiieeed, and on his own imprint, Catalyst Recordings. Through his label he has released projects for the likes of DJ Sneak, Ian Pooley, Halo Varga, Mazi, Angel Alanis & TJR, as well as for himself under the monikers, Acid OG’s, Speakerphreaker, Tone Broke, and as Serotonin project on Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva’s former imprint Definitive which featured Terry’s track “Sidewinder” on the Chemical Brothers “Brother’s Gonna’ Work It Out” Mix CD. Additionally, Terry gained notoriety for his records under the alias Speakerphreaker which includes the largely successful “Products Of Our Environment” EP, on Catalyst, which was featured on Pete Tong’s essential selection on BBC Radio 1 in the UK, & “La Nina/Nickel Bag Da Funk” EP on Smile Records, which was licensed to several top DJ mix compilations. Terry’s DJ’ing, label and tracks have earned him a reputation that extends worldwide. Never one to follow the masses, he borrowed from each genre to create what we all know to be Terry’s sound, putting a bad ass twist on an otherwise conservative house scene. This man is truly a living legend.



Benjamin Vallery



Buckner is a DJ, a producer, and event planner of over 15 years. His musical sound covers several flavors of house and techno, always with a twist of funk.

Currently living in San Francisco, California, Buckner was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Living there, he was exposed to good music by Kimball Collins and some of Sasha and John Digweed’s first US shows at Firestone in Orlando and Simon’s in Gainesville. From 1995-2002 Buckner lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and it was there that he started DJing, producing music and throwing events. In 1998 he formed Vibe is Alive, an event production company, which grew to be one of the top forces in the North Carolina scene by mixing headlining talent with strong local artist support. From 2002-2009, Buckner re-rooted himself in Orlando where he would hold several different DJ residencies, host solid events, and focus on his sound and music production. And finally in late 2009, Buckner relocated to San Francisco. The best city for electronic music in this country, arguably the world.

Always having the dance floor moving, regardless of the time of day, or nature of the venue, Buckner is a veteran of the scene.


Derek Opperman

Derek Opperman has had a relatively long and convoluted relationship with electronic dance music. Always a fan of soul and jazz, he was introduced to the sounds that would take over his life via an intense evening with Carl Craig in the vault at Tresor. Since then, his life has revolved around learning and sharing as much about the culture of dance music as possible–something he now does professionally as a teacher at San Francisco State University and as a freelance journalist. A long time record collector and vinyl advocate, he’s cultivated a style of DJing that benefits from deep crates, academic hindsight, and dedicated patronage. He writes the San Francisco nightlife column Lost in the Night.


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