DJ Stefanie Phillips is a crucial pioneer of the San Francisco dance music scene, bringing her irresistible energy and fierce passion to the city's best clubs for more than three decades.
As house music started to make its way west and into the clubs , Stefanie incorporated it into her sets , she helped define the sound of not only the gay neighborhood the Castro, but San Francisco as she held longtime residencies at such legendary spots The Detour and the Cafe, which were followed by residencies at two of the city's most famous clubs, 1015 Folsom and the EndUp along with a long list other notable clubs and spaces.
Launching her DJ career in 1986 at South of Market club Baybrick Inn, Stefanie was soon spinning at iconic venues like the Trocadero, the I-Beam, DNA Lounge, The Stud, Sound Factory, Townsend, and The Fillmore. Her sets attracted all-night dancers, wild club kids, and celebrities a like.
While being a founding member of SF’s underground dance movement, during a time of political unrest in SF..Stefanie helped create the weekly club Female Trouble, where she went against the grain spinning rock, alternative and innovative new music instead of the traditional “ dance” music that was being played in the clubs. Her dance floor was always packed and it would be the forerunner to many of the other alternative clubs that would follow in Female Trouble’s footsteps.
With a welcoming sound and deep knowledge of dance music history, Stefanie's sets span classic funk to progressive house, and are individually crafted for dance floors of every kind. Her decades of experience can take crowds on a true journey through the classics, past and present, or place her right alongside current crowd-pleasers like Purple Disco Machine. Currently, she's holds a long time residency at the LookOut's packed Sunday tea dance in the Castro and a member of the Housetechnicians DJ Collective.
"I'm passionate about life, and try to bring that passion to my sets," Stefanie says. "I like to keep it fresh, so I never 'plan' my sets—other than having a vision ultimately of what vibe I would like to achieve. I let the crowd be my guide."