A lot has changed since San Francisco based promoters/DJs/remixers Adrian and Mysterious D (aka A Plus D) began their mashup party Bootie SF a decade ago as an intimate low-key monthly midweek gathering at the (now closed SoMa disctrict bike messenger-turned-lesbian bar) Cherry Bar in SF - a place for friends and fellow fans (plus those curious) of the then burgeoning mashup scene/culture to get together and dance to the latest mashups (melds of two or more songs together - often from disparate genres - and born out of the hip-hop production style of sampling and mixing). For starters most people didn't know what a "mashup" was. Another thing different back then was that people still bought a lot more CDs than they do nowadays (it was more troublesome to download mp3 files then too) - and hence were most appreciative of the free mashup mix CDs that A Plus D generously handed out at every party back then, and still do to this day.
Another major difference between now and then was that back in 2003 and for two more years there was no YouTube - a place synonymous with remixers, from young aspiring bedroom producers to established major club DJs, showcasing their latest mashup productions. "You've got a whole new generation of kids coming up who aren't even aware that there was a time when "mashing up" songs or videos was looked at as something unique or weird. It's simply another way to consume music, and a way to put your own stamp on pop culture," A Plus D told the Amoeblog this week taking a break in their busy week from prepping for tonight's (August 17th, 2013) big 10 year anniversary show at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, coordinating with the numerous Bootie satellite clubs in cities all around the world, updating their heavily trafficked website, plus getting ready for Bootie's upcoming annual trip out to Burning Man (it was at Burning Man in 2004 where the inseparable pair got married).