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Michael Krouse interview - How I Got Here series Part III with Dave Paul

Posted by Billyjam, March 15, 2012 11:15am | Post a Comment
























Michael Krouse shares his journey to becoming owner/operator of the Madrone Art Bar in SF

This is part three in the ongoing guest Amoeblog series with Dave Paul called How I Got Here that has already featured an interview with Robbie Kowal of SunsetSF promotions company and Dave Paul himself. The series profiles various folks in the entertainment industry from doormen, DJ’s and promoters to venue owners etc. This third interview is with Michael Krouse who runs the Madrone Art Bar on Divisidaro Ave in San Francisco - a place described by the SF Chronicle as looking like "it were interior-decorated by Jeff Koons and Banksy."  Paul knows him because he's been throwing his successful dance parties at Madrone for years and hence knew all the right questions to ask his subject. Additionally Krouse, who is a really interesting guy with a great history from growing up in Sin City in the 70's and 80's to becoming an artist to someone who totally emerged himself in SF night culture to get a feel for what makes the city by the Bay so unique, offers up some great insights into his life's journey thus far. A really good read!

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"How I Got Here" series Part II with Dave Paul of Bomb Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, February 28, 2012 09:47am | Post a Comment
Last month kicked off the new guest Amoeblog series with Dave Paul called How I Got Here with the first profile piece; an interview with Robbie Kowal of SunsetSF promotions company.  Upcoming in this this eight part 2012 guest series, which profiles various folks in the entertainment industry from doormen, DJ’s and promoters to venue owners, managers, and booking agents, will be such folks as DJ Z-Trip, Ren Salgado of True Skool (San Francisco), Traci P of R.A.W. Entertainment in Las Vegas, Mike Maietta of CEG Presents in New York, and Dave Paul himself who is profiled in this second part of the series. San Francisco born and raised Paul, who is a regular to the Amoeblog having been interviewed or quoted here several times in the past - usually about music, talks here specifically about his appoach to the industry from starting out as a DJ to running both the Bomb Hip-Hop Magazine and record label of the same name to,, more recently, club DJ & promoter producing his Prince and Michael Jackson themed dance parties in SF and around the country for the past nine years.


Amoeblog: When did you begin DJing and was there any particular Bay Area DJ(s) that inspired you?

Dave Paul: I started DJing in 1984. There were a couple of DJ crews that inspired me liked Ultimate Creations and Nitelife Sensations. Also there were master mixers like Michael Erickson and Cameron Paul on KSOL radio. And of course Bobby G from Soul Disco records. He was a real mentor to the hip-hop community during that era.

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Back From NYC DJ'ing Successful "Prince Michael Experience" Party, San Francisco's Dave Paul Spins at "That 80's Show" at Madrone in SF Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, February 17, 2012 10:05am | Post a Comment

Fresh back from a sell-out night at the cavernous Brooklyn Bowl last weekend in NYC with his ever-popular traveling Prince Michael Experience party, San Francisco's Dave Paul is back on his home-ground tonight when, along with his longtime party DJ partner Jeff Harris, will pack the dancefloor at the Madrone Art Bar on Divisidaro with their other long running, retro dance party That 80's Show. Last Friday night in New York, I attended Paul's wildly fun Prince/Michael Jackson themed party which packed in about a 1000 happy party people at the Brooklyn Bowl where folks were lined round the block in the rain waiting to get in (some were turned away) - most impressive considering that was only the second time he had taken this party to New York City, and on a weekend night! I took some photos including one above of Paul deep in the mix as a dancing Michael Jackson impersonator (one of a few of the night) worked the crowd. Last night I caught up with both Paul and Harris to ask them about their popular dance parties and to list their top five or top ten dancefloor favorites for tonight's That 80's Show party - a refreshing mix that runs the gamut of disco, new wave, rock, club, and r'n'b.

Dave Paul's Crowd Favorite That 80's Show Dancefloor Bangers

1) Run DMC "It's Tricky" (1986)

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"How I Got Here" with Robbie Kowal of SunsetSF - Part I in new Dave Paul Guest Amoeblogger Series

Posted by Billyjam, January 18, 2012 10:34am | Post a Comment
Welcome to the first installment in a new guest Amoeblog series by Dave Paul called How I Got Here featuring an interview with Robbie Kowal of SunsetSF promotions company. This seven part guest series, which will run about once a week, will profile various folks in the entertainment industry "from doormen, DJ’s and promoters to venue owners, managers, and booking agents" and will, said Paul, "In their own words find out how they got where they are, and where they are going." Paul noted that upcoming How I Got Here profiles will include DJ Z-Trip (Los Angeles), Traci P of R.A.W. Entertainment (Las Vegas), Anthony Sanchez of Runaway Productions (Portland), Mike Maietta of CEG Presents (New York) Gabe Gurrola of Kons Photography + Design (Portland), and Michael Krouse of Madrone Art Bar (San Francisco).

Dave Paul, who has been profiled & interviewed himself here on the Amoeblog, began his music career back in 1984 when he started out as a mobile DJ. This wise career move would lead to Dave getting on the radio as college spinning hip-hop in its formative years. In 1991 Paul launched the long defunct but still revered Bomb Hip-Hop Magazine and in 1996 he morphed the magazine into Bomb Hip-Hop Records label which got named  "one of the fifteen independent labels that matter" by Rolling Stone magazine. As a club DJ Dave Paul has played in clubs throughout the US, and Europe. As a club promotor he's been producing his Prince and Michael Jackson themed parties for close to a decade now.  You can contact Dave Paul at - bombhiphop@gmail.com
Guest Amoeblogger Dave Paul: You’re originally from Boston and lived in New Orleans for five years. How did you end up in San Francisco?

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2011 SF Funk Fest Celebrates 10 Years with 12 Shows Including Morris Day & The Time

Posted by Billyjam, November 8, 2011 09:40am | Post a Comment

Morris Day & The Time "Jungle Love" (1984)

Now in its tenth year the annual SF Funk Fest (SFFF) is already underway from November 4th - 26th with Dam Funk & Master Blazter having played over the weekend at this three-week, various-venue festival. This year has an excellent line-up that includes Morris Day & The Time along with DJ Dave Paul opening at the Mezzanine Friday November 11th, The California Honeydrops at The Brick & Mortar Music Hall in SF on Saturday, Afrolicious feat Nappy Riddem plus Motion Potion at the Elbo Room in SF on Thursday November 17th, the Budos Band with Afrolicious at Mezzanine on Sat, November 19, DJ Platurn's 45 Sessions on Nov 18th at Disco Volente in Oakland (the only non SF show), the S.O.S. Band at Yoshi's SF on Friday, November 25.  For a complete listing on all 2011 SFFF shows for the month of November visit the Sunset Promotions website.

Based on the academic work of UC Berkeley and KPFA’s “funky professor” Dr Rickey Vincent and author of the landmark book Funk: The Music, the People and the Rhythym of the One (read Rickey Vincent's Amoeblog interview) the SFFF was founded by Robbie Kowal and John Miles of Sunset Promotions back in late 2001. The first SFFF that year featured Mandrill and a reunion of many of the original members of Sly & the Family Stone (listed as SF Funk All Stars) and over the years performers have included George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Rebirth Brass Band, DJ QBert, Z-Trip and many others. The festival has also featured a cool retro Funk on Film series that included such films as Wattstax. For full details on all shows click  2011 SFFF and  for general information here.
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