Raising the volume of the
Bay Area’s nightlife since
the early 90’s, M3 has
himself to be an influential character in the development
of the SF/SJ house music scene.
Born and raised in San Jose, M3 began his music career in 1990 promoting some of the original Bay Area’s massives such as “Get Down, Get Down, Get Down”, “The Gathering”, and “Deep Space”. Initially influenced by music ranging from Rick James, Screaming Jay Hawkins, and Led Zepplin, M3 began his d.j. career with a smooth down-tempo sound. Since then, his sound has evolved to include a spectrum of thumpin’ house beats which he is distinctively known. His dj name, M3, initially stood for Marijuana Motivates the Mind, but has since transformed to Makes Me Move. M3's funky fresh style will, without a doubt, have you moving by the end of the night.
Today, M3 keeps himself busy with event promotions, music production, and performing. M3 is spreading the good word of house from San Francisco to San Jose, and beyond. Playing clubs in Moscow, Spain, Prague, Paris , Nottingham, New York, and Hawaii, M3 is funking it up all over the world. Closer to home, M3 focuses his time on four residencies throughout the Bay Area which include San Jose’s The Velvet Shop, SF’s Green Gorilla Lounge, 2nd Sundays, and Le Boom. Pairing up with the Sunset Crew, M3 also co-hosts the “not to miss” Fully Loaded party every other month.
M3 has performed alongside an astounding array artists including Marshall Jefferson, Tony Humphries, DIY Sound Systems, Derrick Carter, Cajmere, Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, Doc Martin, Jeno, Garth, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Rick James. M3 can be found tearing it up in the local San Francisco scene, djing in clubs, bars, and undergrounds all over the city.
Between playing and promoting, M3 has also established his own record label, Green Gorilla Lounge.
GGL #001 The Rhythm Foundation EP 1998
#002 The Wig EP 1999
#003 Horchata “Tater Tot” 2000
#004 On the Loose EP 2001
#005 Get on Up and Dance 2002
GUR005 Stevie Gets Nixed/Politics 2002
#006 Where's Your Beauty At? 2003
#007 Uneaq " Things Are Getting Better" 2004
#008 Tragic Queen" 2005
CDS Black Rock Beats (1999)
Flow the Funk (2000)
Plug it in (2002)
Lite it up (2003)
What Goes Around Remixes of "YOU DONT SEE ME" (subliminal & back to basics)
Contact Andrew @ Blue Collar Entertainment:
visit Green Gorilla Lounge website
MJ Gamez (Gah-mez)
From downtown San
Jose, California, he began
his musical career in the late 1990’s. He landed his first residency with Global Sessions Music created by Bobby Cruz and Sergio Aragones.
His anticipated sets at the Red Room and weekly
FOXY event at The Cardiff Lounge quickly caught the attention of the house community of the Bay Area. Quickly gaining recognition for his unique sound and ability to move a crowd in the late hours of the evening allowed MJ to land past residencies with Karma (Created by MJ and Mike Slim), Sofa Lounge, Team Bluefield, NLE, Club SPY, and special guest DJ appearances at 1015 Folsom San Francisco, DNA Lounge, Kelly's Mission Rock (2nd Sunday), Sno-Drift, Paradise , and inmeasurable number of underground events in San Francisco.
To date, MJ Gamez holds residencies with the 14 year running The Velvet Shop created by M3 (Green Gorilla Lounge/ tweekin.com), Mark Johns (slidenspin.com), Loren Torresola, and Rick Preston, Karma Radio (karmasj.com), Therapy (SJ with Mark Johns), BumptyHump (Santana Row) and Xanh (Mountain View). MJ Gamez is the founder of the San Francisco based Sound Palette - Sounds of the City which has held in SF at numerous venues, Karma held in SJ, Therapy in SJ, and also currently running The Velvet Shop.
Karma is a platform for upcoming artists, great local talent, and national artists to spread great house music to the South Bay.
Therapy is event that goest back to one of the oldest venues in the South Bay (Waves, now called Splash) to shake the woodwork with classic performances by legends, locals, and new comers.
Sound Palette - Sounds of the City is the San Francisco chapter of MJ's abitlity to bring together various stlyes of music and talent under one great collaboration.
When asked how MJ Gamez began his musical career, he smiled big and said, “What’s so beautiful about the electronic music revolution is that everyone can distinctly remember when that revolution began for themselves. For some it began in a room as small as my garage where the music naturally flowed to the soul. For others it began in a huge warehouse where the music hung damp and heavy in the air and dripped down the backs of the crowd. My revolution was brought to life in the mid 90’s by Derrick Carter and Diz with their special guest appearances in San Francisco.”
In addition to his current residencies and numerous projects MJ Gamez actively promotes electronic music of all forms by composing articles, literary pieces, and artwork for AM+PM Magazine (After Midnight/Post Meridiem) and the past In The Scene Magazine and The Wave Magazine. AM+PM Magazine is a New York style mini-magazine focusing on fashion, cuisine, music and the electronic scene of the Bay Area. In The Scene Magazine was entirely focused on the internal and external workings of the electronic music industry. Some featured articles include:
Watering the Dormant Roots of Electronic Music in San Jose, Volume 1
Electronic Music Steps Out of the Shadows, Volume 2
Dig Deep to Hear What the Scene has to Say, Volume 3
Changing Tides for a New Season, Volume 4
Super Club vs. The Lounge Scene, Volume 5
TOP SECRET:new venue opening in South Bay, Volume 6
FAHRENHEIT Ultra Lounge - After Noon. After Work. After Hours, Volume 7
The Wave Magazine:
Housing Authority, Volume 5, Issue 17
When people need to get out and dance, they are satisfying a hunger deep within to release. It’s precisely that hunger that drives people to find a particular type of music that is unique, original, and yet speaks with the commonality we all share within. This is the music MJ Gamez brings to the industry and is called Home Grown Music. It’s a sound that is organic, full, and native. This music gets deep inside, feels comfortable, and brings you to that familiar place. MJ Gamez has slowly developed this sound out of the influences Inland Nights, Chris Lum, Diz, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, DJ Heather, Rick Preston, JT Donaldson, Spettro, and the Lawnchair Generals.
Keep a close eye on this up and coming DJ from the west coast. His unrelenting drive, passion for music, and love for the arts allows him to develop new and different styles of DJing, bringing a refreshing vibe to Northern California. His unique blend of house music is defining an international sound that awakens the ear and causes audiences to thump with harmony. As MJ Gamez’s musical career progresses, his influences continue to evolve and transform as he constantly drives to expose the public to different and beautiful music. With warm sentiment MJ ended the interview with “I ultimately want people to have that experience that causes their own musical revolution to begin.”
- Global Sessions Music
Mixed CDs (Available Upon Request):
Where It All Began
My Sanctuary – Relax and Stay Awhile
MJ Gamez contact info:
Matthew J. Gamez
56 Cleaves Ave
San Jose, CA 95126