NAME: Joe Rice
STYLES: Deepness: downtempo,
broken beat, house, electro...
Without A Sound, Pt. 2 Midtempo mix (2007) [MP3:192k]
Two Miles Before Dawn Downtemp mix done for James & Kati Kim's Doe store (2005) [MP3:256k]
Clocktalkin' Downtempo mix (2002) [MP3:192k]
Dogpatch Rock Middling Beats (2002) [MP3:128k]
Between Hours Classic downtempo mix (1998) [MP3: 160k]
Has played in Amsterdam, Wales, Tokyo, Barcelona, Hamburg, Berlin, Honolulu, Los Angeles,
Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Vancouver, Reno, etc.
Factory Friends and Family
MAD Sabotage Static Urb
Magazine The Gathering XLR8R Magazine
Memorial Day 1997 - 750 miles, 2 states, 3 gigs, and a Smokey & the Bandit-like
drive to make it from an SF massive via a hidden Oregon forest gathering to a
Portland club in a space of 18 hours. Ask Joe Rice why he'd engage in such a
rigorous pursuit and he's likely to answer "for the Pabst," but don't let that
fool you - he prefers single-malt scotch. Willing to make almost any sacrifice so
the music gets heard, Rice has been widely appreciated for his diverse and
eclectic musical taste in San Francisco's underground scene for over 5 years.
Primarily focused on finding the deepest shades of abstraction in downtempo,
house, and techno, he's as adept at spinning late night torch songs to a laidback
chill room crowd in Tokyo as he is mixing up deep house and techno for some early
morning groove therapy back home.
While living in Los Angeles, he founded the Dub night @ Louis XIV with Monty Luke
and Markem X before moving to San Francisco in 1994. Already stepping out of the
diluted scene of Los Angeles with a like-minded group of house-heads and
warehouse-breakers in Santa Barbara known as the Justice League Sound System, San
Francisco's varied musical landscape seemed like mecca. He'd already connected
with Friends & Family - a group with whom he found a common interest and great
lessons in selfless celebration for the community at large, a welcome change from
the less visceral motives then prevalent in Los Angeles. Within the year, Rice
was displaying his love for Detroit techno as a resident at the seminal techno
club Mad, which exposed SF to such groundbreaking artists as Carl Craig, Juan
Atkins, Mark Broom, Alan Oldham, Dave Clarke, Mixmaster Morris, and Alec Empire,
along with the best local talent.talent.
After Mad's two year run, Rice continued to DJ around the US and world,
while holding down a tech related day job - a common dichotomy in the SF
area. At the same time, he was nurturing a second love - for words. One time
editor of the Abstract section for Urb, he currently writes for other publications including XLR8R, keeping a close
ear on the wonder and innovation found in today's musical culture. When
he's not mixing metaphors or records [or ungodly screeches in his own
studio], he's likely mixing up words on a Scrabble board or one of his
legendary chocolate martinis.
Rice is currently affiliated with numerous events and organizations. On
a weekly basis, he appears playing downtempo, minimal techno, and other chill grooves at Minimal Monday at Hush Hush while remaining part of Static
(focusing on one-off events, having ended its run as a weekly), which
has been a prominent force in bringing worldwide underground talent to SF from
every scene from experimental to techno to drum & bass to SF for the
past two years. On the large event scene, Rice has long been a resident
at The Gathering,
one of the Bay Area's longest running and most spiritual massives and he
continues affiliations with the Justice League Sound System, Friends &
Family, RhythMethod and the Cloud Factory.