Honey Soundsystem continues to churn out groovy lovable music mixes each Sunday at the Paradise Lounge, and at multiple other venues. The collective of DJs came together through a shared love for similar sounds and influences. “We all met through the gay club scene here in San Francisco,” said Ken Woodard (DJ Ken Vulsion) wrote in a succinct email.
Honey was originally supposed to be the name of a new bear party at then- Daddies (now 440) in the Castro district. “When that idea got canned, we kept the name and decided to become something more mobile, i.e. a sound system,” said Woodard. “Honey soon became about staking our butch-fem heel in the post-rave post-top40-pop dance music scene by throwing events that created a community not around false promises but around heart. We run a weekly Sunday nights in the most sexually abrasive and peculiar district in town.”
Honey’s Sundays represent the classic, the futuristic and anything in between. Their Sunday night gig, the Paradise Lounge, has a rich history, being the first bar to have a leather shop/sex shop in the actual venue (then called Febes).
Honey is Ken Vulsion, Pee Play, Robot Hustle, Jason Kendig, Josh Cheon (who also shot the photos in thie feature), and Derek Bobus. Aside from all being dedicated “discaires,” Woodard noted how each artist has fallen into their own perspective roles of producing music, making art, starting record labels, and throwing events.
In April Honey Soundsystem released an un-mixed compilation of original tracks by a network of “likeminded” dance music producers from around the world. The disc will be available through our website and will be dirt cheap. But, Woodard stated, “because we are geeks, it will be limited to 500 copies.”
Later this year, the Honeys will be playing in Los Angeles, New York and a few cities in Europe. In between, they’ll continue with their residenct Sunday nights at the Paradise Lounge.
- by Jim Provenzano
A list by Ken Vulsion of Honey Soundsystem
1. Gay Marvine, “Lost In Music” Honey Soundsystem
2. Martin Buttrich “You Got That Vibe” Desolat
3. Jori Hulkkonen “I Am Dead” (Hercules & Love Affair remix) Sugarcane
4. Phortune “Can You Feel the Bass” Hotmix 5
5. Toby Tobias “Macasu” (MCDE Loft Party Mix) Late Night Audio
6. Zwischenfall “Heute” Dark Entries
7. Tres Gueros “Underneath (I’m out of it)” (B-Team remix) Odds & Ends Music
8. The Force “It’s OK” Jes Say
9. DJ Duke / Pleasuredome “12 Minutes To Do It” Power Music
10. Omar Khorshid “Guitar El Chark” Sublime Frequencies
1501 Folsom St.
San Francisco 94103
Phone: (415) 252-5017
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