Billed as a “ghetto ratchet ball” for twerkin’, flossin’ and blowin’ trees, “The Re:uP” embraces the tropes of the hot, urban underground in a fun, light, revelatory way. “It’s highly energetic,” JOcelyn says.
She detonates waves of bass with dabs of ethnic stylings using the DJ program Traktor, alongside two twerk dancers from the Trap City Twerk Squad, “just to kind of hype it up,” she says.
Twerkin’s emphasis on girls bouncing their butts isn’t necessarily about objectification. “I think there’s an exhibitionistic side to everyone,” she says. “In terms of the Internet and everything — sex sells and it’s all over the place. For women, it’s sort of like, ‘I’m kind of owning my sexuality and really being excited about it and just going for it.’ And it’s having that experience and loving it. … I’m all about finding your inner twerk. I think it’s good for you.
“I’m twerking behind the booth,” she says. “I’m encouraging people on the mic to twerk.”
Half Filipina and half white, JOcelyn was born in Kansas and grew up in Portland, Ore. She moved to the Bay in 1995 for school and started performing in 2002 as a downtempo DJ. Now she’s into production and has a Liquid Love Drops project at the Supper Club on Saturday, with an LP to follow.
The promoter behind “The Re:uP” brought her in as a headliner after seeing her play “Trap City,” one of The City’s biggest nights devoted to trap, a skittering, drawling, lo-fi, bass-centric electronic music genre fomented in the South and embraced by the likes of Miley Cyrus.
“I don’t want to get caught up in the name too much,” she says. “For me the name was cute — it traps your booty on the dance floor. I play all types of genres, really. The trap-twerk-808 sound is really popular and it’s something I’ve always liked.”
JOcelyn even has taught twerking classes. “Girls have grown up for a while shaking their booty and being excited about it. We all like sex. It’s not something to hide. We want to be celebrated. We don’t want to be victimized by it anymore. We love our bodies.”
IF YOU GO
headlining Trap City with Sex Cartel, Mixtress Shazzam, Sosay, Berlin Ravicorn, Non Sequiter, Anthem, Sean Blak, Mo Sean
Where: f8, 1192 Folsom St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Ticket: Free before 9:50 p.m.; $10 after
Contact: (415) 857-1192, www.feightsf.com
As You Like It: The longtime party hosts Martyn Live, Midland, Ghosts on Tape, Bells & Whistles, Kenneth Scott, Phillip Stone, Sassmouth and Rich Korach. Video by EVDM. 9 p.m., $20. Mighty, 119 Utah St., S.F., (415) 626-7001, www.mighty119.com
Chill Contreras: Midnight Cru’s “One Nation Under A Groove” exalts old-school hip-hop, funk, R&B, Miami bass, Latin and more in the Mission every second Friday. 9 p.m., $5-$10. Il Pirata, 2007 16th St., S.F., (415) 626-2626, www.ilpiratasf.com
SUNDAY Black Magic Disco: Montreal-raised, Los Angeles-based Clarian brings haunting, romantic house to South of Market, with Sergio Santos and Joel Conway. 9 p.m., $10. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F., (415) 284-9774, www.monarchsf.com