Words by Ali Jafari
Being from southern California, San Francisco is not generally what comes to mind when I think of a proper city club night. Some would say that’s a good thing! Up until recently, the only consistent club with underground techno and house DJs in the city was at the coveted Public Works space, tucked away in its own secluded alley. As the music scene in the bay continues to blossom, as do new and renovated venues. Seeing as how most people like to have their options, this makes it a particularly great time to be a music fan in the bay.
Among the new venues bursting into the scene in the city, two of them are not only clubs but neighbors: the hipster-laden Audio alongside the Euro-influenced and underground Halcyon.
Magnetic x Halcyon Pres: Riva Starr & Mat.Joe
Halcyon is an experience, and frankly, one you have to be ready for. When you open the doors you find yourself instantly inside the Millennium Falcon inspired venue. The space is small, simple but roomy; especially with the high ceilings and the long bar to the left.
When we got in and instantly caught a groove, we assumed Mat.Joe had taken to their decks on time. But nay, the city’s very own Make It Funky crew were making their presence known and setting the vibe properly for the venues the first guest. The number of times that I found myself lost in a groove to Mat.Joe, I couldn’t tell you. They have such a smooth way of combining hip-hop samples and vocals with deep, house cuts that had us heavy-hearted when their set came to an end. It seemed as though every part of the night culminated to when Riva Starr took to the decks. The lights. The music. The crowd. It was like the final boss for the crowd to dance through, and Riva Starr used his experience to keep us all on pace. On top of that, the vibe was so rocking that he played for a total of 4 hours.
After three trips to Halcyon, it’s clear to me that they are trying to create a unique vibe. They don’t want to be one of those venues that you have to check who’s playing before going; they want to be a destination. Don’t forget to prepare for lift off when you catch sight of their spaceship lights. If you want to get a Euro-club feel with world-class DJs in an intimate club atmosphere, look no further, as Halcyon is taking shape in an exciting way.