Deejay Theory makes his move at Monarch 

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  • San Francisco Deejay Theory’s underground sounds are becoming more and more popular.
San Francisco’s tropical-bass expert Deejay Theory arrives at his Bayshore studio early Tuesday morning and gets down to work while most selectas are still asleep.

“I live in the studio,” says Theory, aka DJ and producer Jake Krauth, who co-hosts deep-house party Night Moves at Monarch on Friday with J Boogie, Papa Lu and headliner John Tejada.

Acts such as best-selling house artist Disclosure and tropical-bass juggernauts Major Lazer have made Theory’s underground sounds more popular than ever.

And as a renter in the Mission near Dolores Park, he feels the pressure to produce something equally earth-shattering.

“I’m trying to put out some big records [this year],” he says. “People are getting more in tune with tropical sounds now.”

Theory and J Boogie have joined forces to perform as the deep-house, disco and boogie duo Brother in Arms. The duo has 12 inches and official remixes on Soundcloud, and it plays its second date together as Brother in Arms at Night Moves on Friday before heading to South By Southwest in March.

The two share studio space, and go back-to-back on turntables Friday, opening for Tejada.

“It’s a fun slot to play because we get people juiced before our headliner,” he says. “Then we go after-hours from 2 o’clock on. You never know what could happen.”

The regular Night Moves party celebrates its two-year anniversary Friday. Theory also is a partner in Tormenta Tropical at Elbo Room, an every-second-Saturday party that just celebrated its six-year anniversary.

Tormenta is surging amid the era of Diplo’s Major Lazer, which has brought underground Caribbean music to crowds of 100,000 at places such as Coachella and Ultra. Recently on a top-10 list of DJs to listen to if you like Major Lazer, Theory says, “It’s pretty much all buddies of mine and myself, and I think it’s good. People are hanging on to every note that [Major Lazer] is playing and they’re playing soca, dance hall and remixes ... stuff people have never heard.”

The New England native moved from Boston to The City in 2008 for the laid-back yet rich underground culture. As tech-fueled rents go nuclear, he wonders where he’ll end up raising a family.

“So many of my peers in the Bay are moving to L.A.,” he says. “We have the quality of life. They have the industry.”


Deejay Theory

Opening for John Tejada, Shiny Objects, with J Boogie and Papa Lu of Night Moves

Where: Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Tickets: $15 to $20

Contact: (415) 284-9774,



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