I have nurtured a lifelong passion for music. From a very early age I experimented with recording music, and began learning about music production in earnest at the age of 13. I've since produced music for myself and others in genres spanning house, disco, electronica, and rock; check out my profile at soundcloud.com/heskanen to hear select examples of my work.
My DJ experimentation began while immersed in the club scene of Munich, Germany in 2006 and 2007 as the minimal techno scene was at its peak. Soon afterwards, I acquired turntables, started honing my mixing skills, and developed a DJ aesthetic that encompasses disco, Chicago- acid- tech- and deep- house, and techno.
I moved to San Francisco in November 2009 and immediately felt at home in the city’s alternative queer club scene. I joined the Solid crew (www.solid.dj) in January of 2011. Recently I joined forces with fellow GHT-ers Trevor Sigler, Mat dos Santos, and Brian Maier as Rocket Collective (www.rocketsf.com).
Since starting my DJ career in January 2011, I've played at venues including the Stud, Qbar, Rebel, Powerhouse, and 222 Hyde, and I've contributed podcasts to Honey Soundsystem and Electronic Music Bears.
I typically use Serato Scratch Live with control vinyl. It marries the convenience of digital storage with the satisfaction of manipulating the turntables. However I'm continuing to grow my vinyl collection.
In January, Rocket Collective launched our new event called ROCKET, which is a party every fourth Saturday at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco for queers who like underground dance music and radical creativity (as practiced at events like Burning Man, for instance). ROCKET is every fourth Saturday at Rickshaw Stop.
I'm part of a rotating crew of resident DJs at JOE, the Friday night party at Lookout.
I frequently play guest gigs around San Francisco.
I'm continuing to upload new songs and mixes to www.soundcloud.com/heskanen.