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.

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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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