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Phoenix, Arizona, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1997

Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Established on Jan, 1997
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"Q&A: SF Resident DJ & Music Producer MyKill Returns to Harlot"


Q&A: SF Resident DJ & Music Producer MyKill Returns to Harlot

Nov 21: Free Pet Headshots @ Golden Gate Park

It’s difficult to identify boundaries when listening to MyKill. With a broad appreciation for sound, MyKill’s style draws inspiration from a variety of genres, frequently bouncing between them. He will be bringing an intriguing live electronic show to Harlot on Friday, November 7. This will be his second Saturday show in a row, after opening for nu-disco act Oliver at Audio on Halloween night.

MyKill moved to California eight years ago from Arizona in search of new challenge and a bigger DJ scene. Living in SF makes it easy for him to play at lots of different venues and to share his style of dance music. Thanks to a unique approach and fierce determination, he continues to play local clubs and garner attention as a noteworthy, rising musician living in San Francisco.

His most recently dropped a disco-laced EP last month titled Run Away, and in addition to original content, he’s released many dance-friendly mixes and remixes.

To preview his upcoming show (find tickets here) in support of Romanian tropical house act BOEHM, we asked MyKill to share his story with us, as well as some of his favorites spots in the city and advice for aspiring DJs.

Did you grow up in San Francisco?

I’m actually originally from Phoenix, Arizona and moved here [to SF] with my then girlfriend, now wife, back in 2007. Although I’ve been visiting the city since I was a kid, I was always attracted to the area. I finally decided to pursue music full-time and chose to set out for SF. I was already pretty established in Phoenix so it took some time to make myself known again out here.

After many residencies and playing almost every major club in SF I’ve become a weekend staple. You can find me opening up for many awesome touring DJs and producers at clubs like Audio, Harlot, Temple and more. I’m also doing a lot of corporate gigs here and there, including my residency at the W Hotel, and the occasional festival like BFD or TBD Fest.

What moments had the biggest effect on you during your musical upbringing?

Well, I’d say music was a part of my life at an early age. Although my father isn’t a musician himself he always enjoyed music and used to mess around in bands playing keyboards. I remember sitting in on those sessions and really wanting to learn how to play myself. I bounced around in bands in my teens and played guitar and synths. [I was] never really formally trained – I just picked up things as I went along.

Growing up I was really fortunate to see a lot of amazing shows that influenced me to want to be a performer. At first it was more about the live aspect but after discovering raves in the mid 90’s I was hooked on DJ culture. I remember going to the record store after my first party and just buying random records as I wanted to just learn how to mix. I finally settled on a sound and ended up doing events in Phoenix for many years with a great group of people. Eventually, everyone moved on but it was those moments that really shaped me as a DJ and musician.

Who are you biggest electronic music influences?

There are just way too many artists for me to list them all, but I’m definitely influenced by many sounds like Funk and Disco and Chicago House music as well as Hip-Hop, Garage, RnB, and even Techno. I hear elements I enjoy in almost every style and try to incorporate them into my own sound.

I’m also a station curator at Slacker Radio and program several different Electronic music stations there (House, Indie Electronic, Daytime Dance, and more). So I use a lot of my knowledge of artists and genres to help showcase where we’ve been and where we’re going within various genres of dance music.

When did you realize creating music would be your professional career?

I think I’ve always wanted to be a performer in some aspect. I always feel most at home when I’m on stage and sharing music with people. It’s not even about the spotlight. It’s more about the connection you make with the room that means the most to me. I think all of us in life are searching for that one thing that makes us feel complete and gives us purpose.

So once I knew exactly what that was, I did everything in my power to pursue it – including quitting my day job almost ten years ago and starting over in SF to make that happen. Now that I’ve come to this point I continue to push myself to achieve new goals and keep expanding on that idea.

What organizations have you connected with to release music?

I’m currently releasing music on several labels, [with] 9G Records being one of them. I just recently put out 2 EP’s this year on 9G, the first reached the number 2 spot on Beatport’s Top 100 Indie/Nu-Disco Releases. My latest EP “Run Away” reached number 9 on the Top 100 Releases.

I also collaborate with a lot of my friends on tunes and have several ongoing projects including, MyKill & Walker. We have signed our original songs to Urban and Lazar Publishing out of LA and have already landed several TV deals this year. Our next big signing will be featured in the upcoming USA show “Colony” airing in 2016.

Where is your favorite place to create new tunes?

I typically write everything at home by myself. I have a great circle of friends that I bounce ideas off and usually annoy them by sending my demos over and over ’til I get them right. I work with some awesome people though such as Party Ben, Shane Fontane, DJ Kue, DJ Nth and of course, Walker (Keith Walker).

It’s great to be able to collaborate with others and get different perspectives on what you’re doing. Making music can be a very lonely endeavor, it’s hours and hours of staring at a computer screen trying to figure out your next move. I value their input and knowledge and try to learn more and more as I go along.

What’s your favorite live music venue in SF and why?

Honestly, I’m very happy with all the venues I’m playing these days. My current favorite smaller room would have to be Audio. There is just something about that space that allows me to truly play what I want to play and have an audience that just goes with it.

As for bigger venues, I’m having a blast over at Temple, the remodel is insane and it feels like you’re DJ-ing on a giant spaceship. One of my favorite sets this year was opening for Felix Da Housecat there.

Where are we most likely to find you relaxing in SF during your free time?

I try to spend whatever free time I have with my wife. We tend to go a bit everywhere and explore all over the Bay and Northern California. It’s great to live so close to so many things, you really have it all at your fingertips out here. My favorite thing to do to relax though is just put my earbuds in and take a walk along the coast, as it’s only a half block from our house.

Who would be some of your dream collaborators?

I’d love to work with Josh (Goldroom) on a song, I have officially remixed several of his tunes. I am going to be heading down to LA at some point to work with Collaj and some other artists on music. Even if it’s not for my own project I want to help make great jams. [I’m] also planning on hitting up SXSW this year and hoping to meet some rad new people.

What advice would you give to an aspiring DJ?

Don’t do it! Haha, just kidding. It’s a different time though, I started twenty years ago when there was a great equalizer with a monetary commitment. I think it separated those who were serious and those who were not. You had to invest a lot of money into turntables and continually buying records. Now a days, anyone can get a program, download some songs and call themselves a DJ.

Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of great new artists coming up everyday and they definitely have the love for it. But that’s my point, just make sure you’re getting into it for the right reasons, the love of music and sharing it with people. Eventually, start making your own music and contribute to the whole thing. No one can predict if they’ll make it or not, myself included. Just enjoy the journey and you’ll be golden. - SF STATION

"The Holy Coast's Keith Walker Talks Digital Collaboration with DJ MyKill"

While the rest of us have been meandering around our social media apps watching cat videos, laughing at celebrity memes and sharing statuses, Phoenix musician and Holy Coast producer Keith Walker and former Phoenician DJ and producer MyKill -- aka Michael Clark -- have been a little more productive with their interwebs time.

Walker and MyKill have struck up a unique collaboration that uses the Internet to marry music and technology.

Walker and MyKill, who now resides in San Francisco, recently released some sweet sax and synth filled singles, including Monday's "Always Looking," collaborating entirely over the web using Facebook, Dropbox and Soundcloud.

"It was kind of like the Postal Service on their first record where they were both in separate countries and they sent everything through mail," Walker says. "Obviously things have evolved since then."

Up on the Sun: How did this partnership come about?

Keith Walker: I met MyKill a few years ago when he was in town visiting and we struck up a friendship because of our similar interests in different music and what not.

Our collaborations initially came about with The Holy Coast. He did a couple of remixes for the us that were very well-received and they've gone on to garner a lot of attention.

How long has this project been in the works?

Literally a couple of weeks ago, we started chatting online and talked about making a track or doing something.

So we eventually started exchanging some ideas. And that's really how it happened.

What was the process like?

He's in San Francisco, I'm in Phoenix. We used Dropbox and instant messaged to discuss what we were doing with the track.

Now we can do things online and in real time. It's a really weird way of working but it's also pretty amazing because I've never worked in this capacity before -- in terms of writing in real time with someone in a different state.

So it's really interesting to take something, work on it, pass it back, and hear what's been done.

He is very in tune with what is going on, what works and what doesn't, so that couples with me and my songwriting and playing. It's just a really good partnership.

How has it been different?

It's really amazing for something to fly out of thin air and kind of build momentum so quickly.

It's brilliant to see that happen because in this day and age, the power of the internet helps stuff go off really quick. So that in itself is pretty exciting.

Instead of being in a band, going into a recording studio for six months to knock out a few songs; don't get me wrong that's brilliant, but it's nice to do it another way. The material is there. It's fresh. It feels right and you bang it out and people get it and they want more. That is refreshing for me as a musician.

We have a bunch of new material now. We've got seven or eight tracks that we're thrashing out right now.

On the first track we used a saxophone, so there is a live element to each track that we're doing. So keeping a real organic feel is something that we're interested in doing, which could, perhaps, lend itself to a live scenario where we would and could do this live.

Either way it's fun and we're having a good time of it. - Phoenix New Times


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"MyKill is a 20+ year veteran DJ and producer born and raised in Phoenix, transplanted to SF in 2007 for a decade and now resides in the Valley of the Sun again.  He's remixed multiple bands, released his own tracks and had his music featured on various TV shows.  Having curated for Slacker Radio now LivexLive for over 5 years he's helped shape the sound of House and Dance music on streaming radio.  Often playing tracks way before the competition, his ear is always towards the underground and what the next big sound will be"  

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