Joe Mousepad advances drum & bass’ cause 

Drum and bass music gets a new showcase today at the debut of Advance — a night of up-tempo, bass-heavy electronic music at downtown club Monarch. Brought to fans by a collection of Bay Area drum and bass DJs, Advance runs on the second Thursday of the month, backed by arguably the best soundsystem in The City.

“Be prepared to feel some bass,” says Joe Mousepad, Advance’s resident MC, Lower Haight producer and DJ. “Monarch’s Void sound system is amazing. We chose this venue because this is the way drum and bass is meant to be heard — loud and on a good sound system.”

Mousepad performs rapid-fire, pitch-shifted, sync-delayed and effected vocals as well as some beats during sets by DJs Adept, Joey Mojo, Professor Bang, Ricky Switch, Shadow Spirit, TCHPHNX and special guests. Several are members of the Bay Area artist collective Slayers Club as well as the hit Resonate night at Public Works.

“We all just kind of came together to push drum and bass a little bit more to the forefront,” Mousepad says.

The sub-genre of electronic music came out of the mid-1990s U.K. rave scene, when the breakbeat kids started playing faster and adding more bass. Drum and bass usually operates in the 160 to 180 beats per minute range, with massive amounts of bass and sub-bass. It’s a forerunner to dubstep that “never really got its full shine,” Mousepad says.

Today, dubstep has become the gateway for a new generation of drum and bass fans looking for something faster and more versatile. Mousepad became a drum and bass head when he moved to the Bay Area in 2008.

Growing up in Amherst, N.H., he was a rap kid who got his first set of turntables at 17 and started DJing rap parties and freestyling. He bounced around through five colleges before ending up at Academy of Art University in San Francisco and leaving behind the shackles of East Coast hip-hop.

“Out here it’s way more open,” he says. “Drum and bass has that energy that gets people moving.”

Since 2011, Mousepad has released two EP and two LPs. He played Big Bounce and Resonate in 2013 and self-releases new LP “Levels” on Bandcamp this Winter.

His stage name references a Futurama character. Real-life Joe doesn’t own a mousepad, he said, opting for the trackpad on his new 13-inch MacBook.



Featuring resident MC Joe Mousepad

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

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Tickets: Free before 10 p.m., $5 after

Contact: (415) 284-9774,



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