A DJ’s DJ: Passing of Pioneering SF Mix DJ Cameron Paul Mourned By Generations of Bay Area DJs That He Paved The Way For

Posted by Billyjam, March 28, 2018 04:32pm | Post a Comment
Cameron Paul

Pioneering San Francisco mix master Cameron Paul was a DJ’s DJ and a Bay Area legend. Hence why news of his passing Tuesday night from cancer (reportedly aged 60) has resulted in mass mourning on social media by anyone into beat music who came up in the Bay in the 80's, especially the generations of Bay Area DJs he paved the way for. The San Francisco born and raised DJ, who began DJing in 1977 at age 20 with his first gig at a club on Broadway, was ubiquitous in the 1980's Bay Area with his trailblazing quick mixes heard by spellbound radio listeners on KSOL in the early 80's and on KMEL in the late 80's.

Widely considered "the best DJ in San Francisco" Paul routinely packed the dance floors of San Francisco clubs like Studio West (where aspiring DJs would not dance but be perched at a high vantage point to study his every move) and City Nights in San Francisco's South of Market where his supercharged live weekend sets were simulcast on the radio.

Cameron Paul's popularity was by no means limited to the Bay in the 80's. All over the world he simultaneously built a following among DJs and record collectors with his legendary remixes such as his Gold Record winning remix of Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" and his numerous remixes released on his MIXX-IT label such as "In The Mixx 86." Some of that record is heard below along with "Sexy Dancer" and "This is A Test" - that were released on Tandem Records. Most of his records are hard to find because they were limited pressing, promo-only for DJs featuring remixes of popular club tracks. Many were also official commercial releases: remixes and original tracks. One of my most treasured records by Cameron Paul is his 1987 12" via Oak Lawn Records: "C.C.C.P. American Soviets (The Cameron Paul Remix)." In the 80's and well into the 90's the ever prolific Cameron Paul released a string of DJ tailored beats and breaks records like his "Ultimate DJ Weapon" volume pictured above.

Among the numerous Bay Area DJs directly influenced by Cameron Paul who took to social media to mourn his passing have included Billy Vidal (currently on Q102) who back in the Studio West days "was taken under the wing of San Francisco DJ Godfather Cameron Paul to learn how to become a Club DJ." Upon hearing the sad news yesterday Vidal wrote, "I am truly blessed to have had Cameron as my mentor and friend. His life will always be a celebration of music as he touched so many through song."

Longtime Bay Area DJ/record collector (and former Amoeblog contributor) Jeff Harris thanked the late
great DJ for being an inspiration. "First hearing you on KSOL back in 1983 is what in part motivated me to become a DJ myself two years later." On YouTube where  Tears of Technology responded to the DJ's passing with a one hour "Tribute to Cameron Paul of Mixx It Records (Mix Set)" [scroll down to hear] comments from saddened fans included DJ Slip: “RIP The Godfather Of The Mixx” and Carlos DeLaFuente; “His music was and is so treasured by us young SF adults in the 80s,” and John Packham; “Spent many a night in SF clubs listening to him mix the jams.”

On Facebook veteran San Francisco
hip-hop artist J-Def wrote, “Thank you Cameron for everything you have done for us DJ's, dancers and music lovers! You were a huge part of all of our growing years and you'll never be forgotten. You were one of my first DJ and beatmaking idols and I appreciate you for inspiring me! I'm sad but very happy that you aren't in pain anymore. Rest Easy, Rock On and Mixx-It King Cameron Paul! "

Cameron Paul "In The Mix '86" 12" (MIXX-IT)

Cameron Paul "This Is A Test" (1985)

Cameron Paul Tells All About Success At DJing and Mixing

Salt-N-Pepa "Push It (Cameron Paul Remix)"

Tribute to Cameron Paul of Mixx It Records (Mix Set)

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