About A Plus D
aka DJs Adrian A and Mysterious D
Known primarily as galvanizers of the international mashup scene, San Francisco-based DJ duo A Plus D – aka Adrian A & Mysterious D – have forged a hard-earned reputation as crowd-pleasing selectors who not only shamelessly bridge the gaps between genres, but between the alternative and the mainstream. As tireless torchbearers of the mashup art form, the charismatic duo spin a bootlegged blend of pop, electro, indie, hip-hop, rock, ’80s & ’90s retro, and whatever else moves a dance floor. No matter what it is though, they know how to bring the party.
This is most evident by the success of their club Bootie, the first mashup bootleg party in the United States and the biggest one in the world. Launched in San Francisco in 2003, Bootie was listed in Spin magazine as one of the country’s “101 Best Nights Out,” and has been voted “Best Dance Club” or “Best Club Theme Night” for seven years. Their homebase party, also affectionately called “Mom and Dad’s house” by the local mashup community, continues to be the hub of all things mashup. (Read more about the history of Bootie here.)
Also voted “Best DJs” in the SF Weekly “Best of SF” Readers Poll. In 2005, A plus D started a now burgeoning sister club in Los Angeles, and have since launched regular Bootie parties in New York City, Seattle, Munich, Berlin, Boston, London, Rio, Hong Kong, and many more – not to mention various one-offs around the globe from Brazil to Beijing – further solidifying the team’s renown as pioneers of the ever-growing mashup movement.
When they’re not huddled over a hot PowerBook playing with Ableton Live, or digital crate-digging for the latest and greatest bastard pop creations from around the world, they can be found at various parties mixing an eclectic blend of pop, indie dance rock, electro, rock, hip-hop and whatever else moves a dance floor.
As mashup artists, they have seen their underground creations reach wide appeal. Their highly-acclaimed, annual Best of Bootie CDs have become bona fide viral internet sensations every year. In 2006, their Kanye West vs. Beethoven disco mashup, “Beethoven’s Fifth Gold Digger,” became a worldwide underground club staple, along with receiving 2.5 million views on YouTube. Their classic Le Tigre vs. Missy Elliott bootleg, “Decepta-Freak-On,” was not only hosted on Le Tigre’s own web site, but was named one of the Top 11 Essential Mash-ups in Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn’s book, The Pocket DJ. Their mashups have also received tons of airplay on influential radio stations, from LA’s KCRW and New York’s WFMU, to Eddy Temple-Morris (The Remix) and James Hyman (Rinse Mix) on the U.K.’s XFM. Thanks to this global mass appeal, their carefully curated bootleg mixes have now grown to over 10,000 gigabytes worth of yearly downloads.
“Vinyl-only DJs may sniff at this pair’s hard drives, but Adrian & the Mysterious D certainly know how to rock the party … committedly unpretentious and ready to rock, they deliver the perfect remedy for the occasionally snooty, often staid dance scene.” – SF Weekly