As a staple of the San Francisco House music scene, DJ Kramer is known for his unique tech house sound and always keeping things fun on the dance floor. Spending his formative dance music years listening to the likes of Steve Lawler, Sasha & Digweed and Danny Tenaglia, Kramer’s career started in a time when DJs were selectors who could put together a meaningful set for the dance floor, not just producers with a hit song. His passion for DJing shows not only from the smile on his face behind the decks, but though the energy and emotion his music lends to the dance floor night after night.
In 1998, Kramer began his journey as a bedroom DJ in Los Angeles. After a move to San Francisco in 2000, Kramer was recognized for his sound by San Francisco legends Jondi and Spesh, playing regularly at their famous Wednesday weekly party, Qool Happy Hour. In 2003, Kramer’s talent was noticed by San Francisco promoters Martel & Nabiel and he was offered a regular gig at their legendary night Release at the club 1015 Folsom, where he honed his skills alongside seasoned DJs like Lawler, Deep Dish, Erick Morillo, DJ Dan, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk and more. His tenure with Release lasted though the final 4 years of the party’s 15 year run and propelled his career. Kramer now plays regularly across the US, as well as gigs in Europe, Canada, Mexico and South America.
Kramer is one of the co-founders of DISTRIKT, the legendary day party at the Burning Man festival. What started out as a few friends with a set of speakers and turntables in the desert, has grown into one of the most well known day parties in the world. As co-music director, Kramer has helped to create the House music sound and style that DISTRIKT has become known for. Hosting well over 5,000 people every day, the DISTRIKT dance floor has a sound and feeling like nothing else on earth. For almost a decade, Kramer has manned the decks at sunset for his annual Saturday DISTRIKT Closing Party set, which has become one of most well known at Burning Man.
On the production side, Kramer teamed up with music partner Scott G to form Methodrone in 2007. The Methodrone sound is wide ranging, everything from textured ambient soundscapes to energetic dance floor escapes. Refusing to be defined by any specific musical genre, Methodrone has built a catalog incorporating sounds, rhythms and influences from across the musical spectrum. Their music has been licensed for TV, video games and interactive projects and has been remixed for the dance floor dozens of times.