As You Like It (AYLI) and Public Works invites to celebrate 13-years of community rooted in a shared taste in quality music, late nights and artistic self-expression. The Bay Area’s vast contributions to dance music culture run deep underground—a family tree rooted in psychedelic rave, radical funk, and electronic invention, steeped in global influences. Beginning in 2010, AYLI extended this sparkling legacy with a decade of parties dedicated to quality, intimacy, and an intensely local glow.
Timelessness—reflected in AYLI’s beloved influences from Detroit and Chicago to NYC, Paris, London, Tokyo, and Berlin—as well as diversity, evidenced by each party’s distinctive lineup, are the crew’s watchwords, deployed across an ever-changing techno landscape. Outdoor picnics in Golden Gate Park, undergrounds in Oakland, ambitious all-night affairs that brought together some of the most excitingly varied lineups of DJs and performers in Bay Area memory—these were what grew AYLI’s stature as a party powerhouse.
Over the course of a very busy first 10 years, AYLI debuted dozens of international and domestic touring artists—Nicolas Jaar, Ben Klock, Maya Jane Coles, Peggy Gou, and Robert Hood, among them—while always giving an equal platform to the incredible local talent on offer, a sophisticated balance that showcased Bay Area excellence and nurtured budding artists’ careers. An As You Like It podcast, launched in 2011, connected that local ethos to the global community, featuring scores of dance music legends while broadening the Bay Area’s influence, and introducing core AYLI players to the world.
But the unity of close family in a fractious time was what grounded AYLI’s essential presence on the scene. Weathering increased anti-nightlife prejudice from the authorities, a crass tech invasion that out-priced and exiled many local artists, and the tragic loss of several members and associates in the Ghost Ship Fire, the AYLI crew and its devoted followers has continued to build a resilient underground movement together.
In the shadow of the current pandemic, AYLI reached out to the world via its collaboration with Fault Radio, As You Like It Coast-to-Coast, a virtual party series, AYLI Radio on Sutrofm.net, and the launch of the AYLI Ground Level podcast series, energizing and connecting the community further.
As You Like It (AYLI) is the result of a shared taste for quality electronic music, late-night experiences, and creative expression, rooted in the underground and branching out to new heights.