Ground Level 004: Zernell

As You Like It · AYLI Ground Level 004: Zernell

Pronouns: He / Him

Zernell‘s been a bridge from Chicago to the Los Angeles’ underground the last decade. Connecting the true heads who crave the vinyl, soul, disco and boogie that is ever present in the Midwest. Born in Chicago and bred through the classic sounds of Ron Hardy and legendary club the Music Box, He’s taken those early influences to the West Coast, DJing since 14, bringing with him the thirst to share and educate.

You can find his fingerprints on Crate Diggers, a touring record fair that he launched in collaboration with Discogs.com. While he’s produced successful parties, Electric Circus, he’s best known as a DJ, a reputation amongst music lovers, playing alongside classic luminaries such Marcellus Pittman, Doc Martin, Junior Sanchez, and The Blessed Madonna. His party making DJ sets have led to appearances in London, The Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Germany.

Zernell is the man behind one of our favorite underground brands, Grimy Gear, an off shoot of his influential record label Grimy Edits. A playful logo, a bar of soap, with suds bubbling up, and font to match, Grimy apparel is perfect for any age and just edgy enough for the heads.

It’s been a few years since we last hosted Zernell in San Francisco. We’re excited to shine a light on Zernell in preparation for our upcoming Los Angeles Coast to Coast broadcast in collaboration with Fault Radio 9/27/2020. Dig in. Quality.

1. Tell us about who you are as a DJ. What kind of music do you play and what was your inspiration behind the mix?

House music – Disco   inspired by the homie Carlos and his RedLine Parties 

2. What local projects (events, crews, labels, and beyond) are you looking for? involved with?

Right now I’m just focusing on Grimy

3. What makes your local community special?

The people. They always show love & support 

4. With the Covid-19 virus impacting society, an activated social justice movement, and the economy in tatters, there’s so much uncertainty in the air. What do you hope to see happen going forward?

New leadership at the top. 

5. Would you mind sharing the tracklist for your mix?

Detroit Swindle – Time

Jon Pierce – Survivor 

KemeticJust pres. Terrance DownsHere For It (Deeper Tech Rub) 

The New Mastersounds – Taking Me Down (DJ Spinna Remix)

Hugo LX – Catching Thunder

Tai Davis – Acid Luv

Latin Soul Brothas – Future foundation

Every Cow has its Day 

Kimosabe – If We Were Children Again

James Curd- Let’s Get Get Get it

PJ – Unreleased 

Byron the Aquarius  – I want to go

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