Giraffage returns home 

click to enlarge San Jose-based Giraffage closes a series of European and North American shows at the Rickshaw Stop today.
  • San Jose-based Giraffage closes a series of European and North American shows at the Rickshaw Stop today.

Globe-trotting laptop DJ Giraffage wants to do one thing after his homecoming show tonight at the Rickshaw Stop.

"I want to make music," he says. "I'm going to order a bunch of gear and have it be at my house when I finally get back to San Jose so I can just start working on new s***. That's the best feeling, man. Getting things in the mail."

With today's gig, the poppy, experimental electronic artist closes the longest tour of his life, which included a 45-stop sweep of Europe, then 10 North American dates.

It's been a dream come true for the new producer, 24, but not without some drawbacks.

"A lot of times people were singing along to weird vocal samples, which was crazy to me," Giraffage says. "I broke out in hives because I got no sleep, which kind of sucked. ... I don't imagine doing another long tour like that ever. That was way too long.

"I'm more of a homebody, definitely. I don't really like going to clubs that much," he adds. "I prefer to just kick back with friends or stay at home and work on music."

Giraffage's self-released LP "Comfort" and mixtape for AlphaPup records called "Needs" both reveal an omnivorous musical appetite, with loads of chopped-up, pitch-shifted vocal samples scattered over old-school drum beats and wisps of synthesizer melody.

Born Charlie Yin, the breaking artist grew up in San Jose with an older brother who exposed him to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony while he was in kindergarten.

At age 10, he begged his parents — professionals who emigrated from Taiwan — for a drum set. Giraffage taught himself drums and guitar, shredded in a metal-core band in high school and credits his dance-music career to a "s****" guitar tablature program called TabIt he learned his junior year.

After he finished a degree in political economics at UC Berkeley, his parents were not thrilled to hear about his laptop DJ career plans.

"They were very sketched out," he says. "They still don't understand how I could play shows without, like, me playing guitar or singing or anything like that."

For tonight's show, Giraffage will play an Ableton-based set on MacBook, possibly with a live drummer. Look for him at Treasure Island Music Festival in October, and for another recording early next year.


Where: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St.. S.F.

When: 9:30 p.m. today

Tickets: $13

Contact: (415) 861-2011,



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PROXY: The act from Russia and Jacques Lu Cont (aka Thin White Duke, Paper Faces, Les Rhythm Digitales, Zoot Woman and Stuart Prince) co-headline the night from Mezzanine and Eye Heart SF. 9 p.m., $17. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F., (415) 625-8880,

Rob Garza: Afrolicious with live percussion opens for Thievery Corporation's Garza, one part of the Washington, D.C., downtempo duo. 9:30 p.m., $12. Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F., (415) 779-6757,

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