Nick Williams likes his music like he likes his food. He knows what works: a little sweet, a little spicy, a pinch of salt, and marinated with emotion.Majorly influenced by the sounds of the west coast, Nick Williams always cooks up warm, smooth, tasty beats. As a recent transplant to Berlin via San Francisco, he is continuing to marry his love of all things tasty and groovy both on the dancefloor as well as in the kitchen.
His roots stem began in Seattle, where he began DJing. With a fair helping of all things house, dub, minimal, funk, techno, breakbeat, and jazz, Nick always knew just the right combination of key ingredients to whip up gourmet delicacies. After moving to San Francisco, he seasoned his abilities and started producing parties, undergrounds, and podcasts with his WERD. project. On the flipside, his passion for food and wine has taken him throughout the world as a sommelier, fine dining server, and into restaurant management. Beginning in early 2007, he co-created WERD., a collective of like-minded individuals that love dance music more than girls love chocolate with a side of Crème Brûlée. As the sounds of electronic dance music changed over the years, together the WERD. crew has built one of the most promising Sunday night parties in San Francisco at Monarch, now in their eighth year rocking out every week. You will be pleased to know that he has been concocting up his own flavors in the musical kitchen as well. One thing is for sure; once the technique has been perfected in the studio, watch out, he will be coming to a serve a main course near you. You will find that Nick's true calling is the creation of a total experience; substance, precision and presentation are part of the total package. Sit back, have an aperitif, and enjoy!
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. Later DJ M3 acquired The Triple Crown where the Green Gorilla crew DJ'd frequently for three years before moving to Monarch, a new SOMA neighborhood hotspot where the crew kept curating magical evenings out on the dance floor continuing to this day. 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.
Kimmy Le Funk
Kimmy Le Funk grew up in a dance studio, so from the get-go, music was very much a part of her life. The daughter of a dance teacher, she took classes for 20 years and had an early obsession with Prince at 4-years-old. Her love of funk and hip-hop, which came from dancing, evolved into DJing when she happened upon one of Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz albums as a teenager.
Mixing and mastery piqued her interest and Kimmy soon began collecting records. After moving to San Francisco she embarked on her DJ career when Joshua Iz booked her to play the Bionic party at the infamous 222 Hyde on her 23rd birthday. This Werd. crew member is a wicked selector with a playful taste for disco & house and no sign of slowing up anytime soon.
Rachel Torro is carving out a unique space in the San Francisco House music scene with an aesthetic that draws from her adventurous musical background. Her musical passion has been influenced by artists like Radiohead, Pink Floyd and LCD Soundsystem. She combines a mature breadth of taste with a youthful playfulness, colored by her post-adolescent history of Psychedelic Rock revelry.
She combines a mature breadth of taste with a youthful playfulness, colored by her post-adolescent history of Psychedelic Rock revelry. Her song selections weave a voice that is all her own, where Minimal, Deep and Tech House sensibilities build upon and support each other in a grounded but intricately textured experience. In addition to sharing the stage with staples like Pete Tong, NU, Hot Since 82, Mira and Lee Burridge, Rachel is the resident of some of San Francisco's most infamous underground arenas. In the Morning she raves her way into the day as a DJ and musical director for Morning Gloryville San Francisco, an early, pre-work conscious dance party. On weekends she can be found warming up the dance floor for some of the best lineups in the city at The Public Works and WERD Sundays at Monarch. And lastly, on the playa, atop the notorious 360-degree view, Panda Lounge Skybar, where the real magic happens...
Evan McDonnell prefers the Zoz approach to DJing. His sound is unbeholden to genre or tempo, with attention to detail while embracing formlessness. Zoz is known as a resident and promoter of the long running WERD. parties in San Francisco. With Renzo Gorrio, he creates discoid mutations hinting at a submerged funk under the moniker Soft and Crispy.
On his own, Zoz crafts shipwrecked sounds found over the dunes after beaching your sailboat on a faraway island. Always bringing unique concepts to a set, Zoz delivers equal parts depth and elevation.
Woo hails from Jamaica, so it’s no surprise he cut his teeth spinning reggae as a teenager. After a move to Miami he immersed himself in the Drum & Bass scene that soon opened his ears to the expansive realm of electronic dance music. Later, while in the Marines, he even had turntables setup in his barracks to keep the vibe and his chops up. When he arrived in San Francisco 10 years ago he began DJing House music and got involved with Dax Lee, helping him with the MML (Mobile Master List) website.
He throws his own monthly party every 3rd Wednesday at Wish. In addition, Woo also holds a residency at the Outpost parties and is an As You Like It family member. When he’s not slammin’ it on the turntables you can find him slinging records at Vinyl Dreams in the Lower Haight every Sunday.