We speak with Jamal, a long time Bay Area Jungle/Drum & Bass DJ, producer and promoter, about Stamina Sundays in San Francisco, which has played host to some of the biggest names in Jungle/Drum & Bass!
Can you give us a brief history of the night?
The night began almost 4 years ago in July. (I can’t believe we’re hitting 200 shows in May!) Stamina came about when Rafael, club manager of F8, approached us about doing a Drum & Bass weekly. He knew about our history in San Francisco and our reputation as the “Drum & Bass” guys in the city. He’d heard about the wicked vibe our shows had and wanted to bring it to F8. We had been on a break from doing any shows and focused on producing music and gigs. While the idea of a weekly didn’t initially sound appealing, especially on a Sunday night, (who regularly goes out on a Sunday night?) Rafael offered some generous terms and we set some ground rules that helped make the decision easy:
No boundaries on what style or sound of Drum & Bass we can book, and it’s ALWAYS FREE!
The club has been incredibly supportive of our vision and continues to back us financially on the party so we can keep the night rolling.
Initially it was just Luke (aka “Lukeino” from Bachelors of Science) and I running the night, playing weekly with some guest artists and building the core slowly. We had our growing pains like any weekly, but with the support of the community and the artists, we were able to get something really special rolling.
Fast forward to now and we’ve got some of the best in stateside dnb talent as residents, as well as having the pleasure of booking the best and brightest in the scene.
What do you contribute the nights longevity to?
I think that the main contributing factors to the success and longevity of Stamina Sundays are the super talented residents, the support of the club (F8, specifically Rafael Fierro, the manager), the behind the scene contributors who work tirelessly to help promo, create web content, manage the website and help with the logistics… the artists that are interested in playing for us and of course the audience.. I say every week that “we can’t do this without them.” These factors have helped shape who we are today as a weekly and I can’t express how proud I am of our team and the people who support us every week. Oh, being FREE also helps, we’ve never charged a cover, nor will we ever. It’s been the mission form the outset of doing this weekly… its all about the music and spreading the vibe. Everything we do is in house and everybody involved brings something besides Drum & Bass to the table.
Who are your current resident djs?
The resident roster consists of a diverse cross section of some of the most talented stateside producers and DeeJays. Gridlok, Jamal, Submorphics, Bachelors of Science, Flaco, Method One and our youngest member and big behind the scenes contributor Adept.
In a world engulfed by “EDM” How has the scene in SF changed?
I think EDM has opened some doors for a younger generation of music enthusiasts,but I don’t feel that it has had a significant impact on the San Francisco Drum & Bass scene. We’ve kind of always done our own thing. We try not to pay attention to the hype machine.
What are your Top 5 Favorite memories or milestones?
Top 5 favorite…. too many amazing nights, artists and big moments to narrow down to just 5, but I can say that I’ve had a tremendous amount of great experiences over the years that have helped make and solidify some really great connections with artists, fans and the people that directly support the weekly.
Personally, my favorite milestone looking back was when we finally had all of the residents onboard. I felt something very special was happening and it still blows my mind that we somehow ended up with everyone in one city, with a shared vision and love for this music.
If you could pick any 3 djs past, present, or future for a dream line up who would they be?
Three? That’s it? That’s a tough decision! We’ve already had a tremendous amount of talent through in the short time we’ve been around so I’ll try and limit it to artists we haven’t had through yet. A dream night lineup would be Goldie, Marky and Andy C, think that would be absolutely mental on a Sunday for FREE!
Any advice for new promoters?
I never wanted or saw myself being a promoter, and to be honest, don’t really consider myself a promoter. My drive to do this night is motivated by my desire to continue to share the music I love, give fellow artists a platform to share their music and keep the scene growing… Guess my short answer is, do it because you LOVE IT!
For more information on Stamina Sundays
Stamina Sundays Official Website
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