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 one of the first DJs to play house music in SF, she defined the sound of gay neighborhood the Castro, DJing for guerilla street parties and drawing loyal crowds with longtime residencies at 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.
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 and many more. Her sets attracted all-night dancers, wild club kids, and celebrities a like
Alongside being a founding member of SF's underground dance movement, Stefanie helped create Female Trouble, San Francisco's first weekly dance party dedicated to alternative and college radio music. Female Trouble became the prototype for several clubs that came after it, and brought more new sounds to local dance floors.
With a welcoming sound and deep knowledge of dance music history, Stefanie's sets span classic funk to contemporary techno, 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 a resident at the LookOut's packed Sunday tea dance in the Castro.
"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."