“I believe in compulsory dance music,” says Opulent Temple resident Dex Stakker. “I used to be more of a genre nazi, and a breakbeat purist, but when you really dive into the electronic music scene, at at one point in time, there is a glut of some style that was delivering quality music five minutes ago, and burst of steam in some area that was boring as hell last week. In looking back over your life, I think there are plenty of songs, regardless of genre, that you’ve danced to that make you shake your head in shame, wondering why. But songs that MADE you dance, generally still do, regardless of how cheeseball they might seem now. That’s compulsory dance music.”
“In stocking a playlist for a night, I put this to qualifier to the test, especially for filler material. There’s enough out there, that there should be nothing but killer filler in a set. I like when mainstays like Sasha or Deep Dish pull that “other crate” of records out around 3AM after the yo-yo’s have partied themselves out. They’ll pull out progressive house and and trance-y tracks that at first glance seem to be boring. Then slowly but surely you’ll notice it: a sample, a rhythmic bit, some arrangement trick, something that makes that song NOT a waste of time.”
“There’s nothing more painful to me than a look of boredom in the eyes of a dance floor. Keeping them interested, dancing and challenged without selling my soul, well, that’s the fun of it.”
Dex spins his characteristic mish-mosh of electrotechfunkybreaks (there are five styles in there if you draw out the diagram) at the Opulent Temple, and this last year burst onto the San Francisco scene in grand fashion for a roookie, sharing stages and bills with such luminaries as Meat Katie, Dylan Rhymes, Drumattic Twins, Carbon Community, Elite Force, and Myagi.