Benito busts open the trap 

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  • DJ Benito plays an eclectic set Thursday night at F8, part of Paradigm’s electronic music night.
San Francisco’s DJ Benito didn’t watch the stinkin’ Grammys on Sunday. He hears enough top-40 shlock while making salads at his day job at Little Star Pizza.

“I don’t really support most of that stuff. I really can’t do it,” the 31-year-old Lower Haight resident says. “I’d rather listen to really weird Mexican music than most popular music right now. When we listen to KPOO at work, it’s really good, but a lot of people don’t understand [that it’s an eclectic community radio station], and get really pissed off. “They don’t know what it is and go, ‘We need music. Where’s the music? What the f---?’”

Those folks need to be prepared or not come at all to Benito’s eclectic, experimental post-trap and post-dubstep set at F8 tonight. It’s part of the Paradigm electronic-music night with Bukkha, Porkshop and Sublo. Benito’s set is going to be bangin’.

Born Brian McNally, DJ Benito got his originality and synthesis growing up in Portland, Ore., where he was a die-hard hip-hop fan.

But it didn’t matter whether it was a rap, hip-hop or electronic show, Portland’s music scene was “really experimentally based.” In 2008, McNally dropped out of the University of Oregon to make music, and moved to San Francisco.

At first, he scoffed at how few local DJs produced and played their own beats. Meanwhile, his first live sets were awkward affairs where he attempted to build electronic songs from scratch with drum loops and synths — akin to publicly improvising poetry.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he says. “When you f--- up, you just have to go, ‘Sorry. I have to start all over now.’”

And Benito couldn’t DJ in the traditional sense by simply mixing one song into the next while keeping the party going. Today, he’s a mix of both, cueing up the experimental stuff in Ableton while cruising through selections at 150 beats per minute.

A podcast on Benito’s Brap Dem Recordings’ page dated Jan. 23 showcases that live sound — a sequencer-heavy set with crisp trap percussion, and a stuttering dubstep bass. In February, he releases a new LP on Brap Dem, which is guaranteed to push things forward.

“I’m more into taking things from all sorts of genres and making it my own.” he says.



Opening for Bukkha with Porkshop and Sublo

Where: F8, 1192 Folsom St., S.F.

When: 10 p.m. Thursday

Tickets: $5

Contact: (415) 857-1192,


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