DJ Shadow shines a spotlight on Healdsburg’s Bleep Bloop 

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  • Young DJ artist Bleep Bloop counts mixing legend DJ Shadow among his fans.
Bleep Bloop, a 22-year-old Healdsburg native, opens for the iconic DJ Shadow on Saturday at the Independent. The young producer’s venue debut is all thanks to the enigmatic Shadow, who has taken on Bleep Bloop as a kind of protege.

“It’s going to be killer. I could not be more pumped,” says Bleep Bloop, born Aaron Triggs. “I’ve never personally been to the Independent. I’m 22, so there’s only been a year where I can go out. I know that it’s a legendary spot and to be playing it at all is definitely an honor.”

In 2011, Triggs was making hyphy beats just as a similar genre, trap, gained momentum. He released a 38-track trap compilation under the label 710 Records. He met Shadow, aka Josh Davis, six months ago at a West Coast bass party after Davis spun a remix of one of his songs. Triggs introduced himself and the two started working together and sending music back and forth. Shadow came to one of Triggs’ shows and asked him to open.

“For him to reach out was just really an honor,” he says.

Triggs DJs hip-hop, experimental music, electronica and rare jazz Saturday, while adding live sampling, finger drumming and live melodies.

“I’m probably going to push the limits further than I normally would for a club set,” Triggs says.

He releases a new LP, featuring Davis, on Sound Plexus this Spring.

“At best, I wouldn’t have even thought to dream this is happening. It’s surreal,” he says.


Bleep Bloop

opening for DJ Shadow

Where: Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $35. Sold out.

Contact: (415) 771-1421,



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