Little more than a year ago we spotted Jimmy B during his after hours gig at Sisyphos Berlin. The San Francisco-based DJ/promoter had the crowd under his thumb for over four hours with his immaculate set where he spun one obscure record after the other, coalescing dimensions and eras of dance music into a whole. So naturally he’s a very welcome addition as the latest artist featured in the mixtape series.
Jimmy B grew up in the 80s in Northern California in the middle of the cultural melting pot of the San Francisco Bay Area. Ethnically mixed himself, with Dutch- German and Irish from his mom’s side and his dad’s Pacific Islander descent, Jimmy’s truly a blend of the Bay Area culture and its ethos. Being in the Bay Area during his teen years allowed Jimmy to submerge himself in various musical styles, eventually exploring the tail end of the massive rave boom taking place on the West Coast during the 90s.
As the years went by, the massive rave culture diminished, politics and new laws pushed things underground into warehouses, lofts, and intimate outdoor gatherings. This is when Jimmy and his friends really became intrigued and manifested their first parties. They spent much of their time organizing events catering to vibe-driven underground House music. Between throwing warehouse parties in their small college town of Santa Cruz, he and his friends would travel up to San Francisco and frequent the Green Gorilla Lounge, Sunset Sound System, DHP, and Slide undergrounds. They would also hit up The Velvet Shop on Thursdays in San Jose. These formative years and events led to Jimmy’s first gigs in San Francisco.
During college, while attending Green Gorilla Lounge and Velvet Shop parties, Jimmy befriended DJ M3 (Sleight Of Hands) and Anthony Mansfield (Hector Works) who took the SF newbie under their wings, getting him involved as a resident DJ with the San Francisco underground staple, the Green Gorilla Lounge. Nights of quality House music and morning grooves evolved in loft and warehouse parties.
Jimmy remains a strong supporter of the Bay Area underground. His DJ sets and events continue to hit the ears of hungry underground House fans, while he pushes upcoming local and emerging international talent. He tours several times a year, spreading the good word of west coast underground House, all while throwing his own VOX parties and contributing efforts to Green Gorilla Lounge and their Burning Man travels with the Disco Knights.
As a resident DJ at Monarch for the long-standing WERD weekly, Jimmy showcases his vibe-laced sound alongside co-residents DJ Kimmy Le Funk, Zoz, Nick Williams, Rachel Torro, and Woo. It’s no secret that Jimmy B has his finger on the pulse of San Francisco underground dance music, as a staple within the city’s legendary scene and it’s future.
Bass Clef – Fluorescent City Shining City
William Kouam Djoko – Rays
Remi Mazet – For Your Love
Youandewan – Alright Son
Zoo Look – The Sound of Someone
Marc Cotterell – Them Things We Do
Tigerskin & Till Von Sein – Sirene
Time Reveals – Let My Body (Permanent Vacation Remix)
Nick Chacona – The Fear (Anthony Mansfield Remix)
Sierra Sam – One More
Vin Sol & Matrixxman – Lotus Position
Johnny Dangerous – Emerald City (Doc Martin Sublevel Edit)
Jad The Ladyboy – The Swazi Techno Funk Truck
The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – Hes Alright (Mark E Remix)
Burnin Tears – Your Fantasy