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DJ Ace Tatsu relocated to San Francisco in 1996, from Brooklyn, NY, where he was born and raised. New to the city, he started exploring San Francisco’s famous nightlife, discovering new restaurants, lounges and dance clubs on a regular basis. Having traveled a good portion of the world early on in his ventures , provided Ace with a grander view of what life had to offer, but there was something magnetically appealing about San Francisco that kept him in this city. A place so rich in culture and diversity. Soul and creativity oozing from every corner. Intertwined and amplified so richly by its inhabitants through music. In recollection, the first time the sound captivated him, Ace was listening to “Mushroom Jazz” by Mark Farina. It was a sound that was soulful, deep and took you away on to a magical place. From that point on, music was no longer a sound, but a destination. It was the rich , organic feeling that radiated from this music that eventually translated into a passion, leaving Ace wanting to learn more about the process of melding these audible treats together, and creating that same state of bliss for others.
As San Francisco’s DJ culture erupted, Ace gained extensive exposure to other mixing styles ranging from Hip Hop and Mash ups to Breaks, Progressive house and Trance and experimenting with all. A huge influence in his early stage of music, an old friend DJ/Producer Jorge Torres lent a helping hand by rendering four crates of his own House records collection. These records were proven to be a catalyst early on in his musical venture, loaded with masterpieces from record labels such as Nervous New York and Strictly Rhythm.