Forget ’American Idol’: S’Frisco Had a ’Top DJ’ Contest
What do Russ Rich, Byron Bonsall, and Brian Maier have in common? They are all residents of San Francisco, they are all DJs, and as of this week were named to the first, second and third place positions in San Francisco’s Next Top DJ contest.
An event conceived with Past Curfew (producers of Play T-Dances in San Francisco) and Folsom Street Events (producers of Up Your Alley Street Fair and Folsom Street Fair), several DJs entered the contest by completing submissions for judging by a panel. Following the judging panel, the top five DJ submissions were loaded up online and the second round of judging was cast out to the social media streams to secure top votes.
The prize, a chance to play at the Up Your Alley Street Fair Dance Area on Sunday, July 31, with the winner getting the prime time spot and a chance to headline a future Play T-Dance party.
The contest online voting ended on Friday, July 8, and the tallies showed that DJ Russ Rich was the winner, followed by DJ Byron Bonsall and DJ Brian Maier.
Russ Rich has had recent fame and success at a number of parties in the San Francisco scene, including recent gigs at Industry, Fresh SF, and Bearracuda. Making his rounds on the scene, Russ has started to make his ascent into bigger and more prominent time slots, delivering a range of music from high-energy T-dance vocals and anthems, to darker tribal beats.