July 6 2011 04:25 PM

Our semi-regular look at the local DJ and electronic scene

johnnytran
Johnny Tran

Artist: DJ Johnny Tran

Origins: Tran balances his DJ appearances with his role in the San Diego art scene. He co-owns North Park's Thumbprint Gallery, which features contemporary urban art, and, along with his partner, Paul Ecdao, he curates urban art shows at Bar Basic, Industry Showroom and other venues around town. He's also one of the founding members of The Dope Show, an artist collective that puts on art shows and live-painting events around town.

Sound: A classical pianist and jazz musician who attended UCSD, Tran got his DJ start experimenting with underground hiphop. His current style, he says, is fluid and situational. To explain it, he points to a martial-arts approach. “I drew from Bruce Lee's philosophy, jeet kune do. That is basically what I base my entire life on, including my music. It's a martial-arts philosophy. They claim there is no way like your way. No style like your style.”

Stats: Tran recently scored a steady gig at Candela's, spinning every Thursday night while incorporating art with the music. He's also spun at the Adams Avenue Art Walk, Bar Basic and POP Thursdays at the Museum of Photographic Arts. And though Tran recently contemplated hanging up his headphones, he was ultimately drawn back in.

“I thought of giving it up because I had so much going on,” he recalls with a chuckle. “But right when I said, ‘OK, maybe I'm over it,' I started getting booked a lot. So I guess I'm not allowed to give up. I thought about getting out, but they sucked me back in.”

Next up: Tran will be spinning at the next Sight & Sound event on Aug. 20 at Queen Bee's Cultural Center in North Park

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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