Joey Alaniz’s love of music started at a very young age. His parents would play all types of music throughout the house growing up. His fathers record collection was eclectic and vast. When he was old enough to get a job, he would spend all of his money on music. Anything from Hip-hop to punk would be on rotation at the Alaniz house. His older brother was a mobile dj. At the age of 14, Joey would buy records and sneak into his brothers studio when he was gone and practice for hours. Back then it was all hip hop but when those A. sides couldn’t be played anymore, he discovered the B. side dance tracks and was instantly hooked.
In 1996 he began playing at raves for promoters Bagok Tribe and 6 In Da Morning. When he turned 21 the next thing to do was play the nightclubs. By the time he was 28 he had played most of the major clubs in SF like The End Up, 1015 Folsom, Ruby Skye and Club Townsend. In 2008 he began a 3 year residency at the legendary nightclub, The End Up for the party, Sunday Mass. In 2012 he started his own party named Common Ground at Monarch SF. From there the party has moved to Public Works, Audio, Mighty and Halcyon. During his DJ career he has had the opportunity to play with or open up for some of the biggest names in underground dance music such as Mark Farina, Eats Everything, Steve Bug, Mano Le Tough, Huxley, Metro Area, Inland Knights, Dj Sneak, King Britt, Kenny Dope, Hardkiss Music, Jimpster, Shur-I-Kan, Jazzanova, Detroit Swindle, Eddie C, Doc Martin, Kevin Saunderson, Wolf + Lamb, Dj Tennis, Ian Pooley, Fred Everything, Marques Wyatt, John Tejada and many more.
His DJ sets are a little hard to describe. Since he loves all types of dance music, he’s constantly changing and evolving his sound but always maintaining a level of deep, funkiness that spans back to the days when he first got into dance music from hip-hop. His original music production has been coming along with resent releases with more to come in future. Stay tuned!
Currently Joey holds down a residency at SF’s newest powerhouse nightclub, Halcyon and continues to do his Common Ground party. In 2016 he was asked to join the DJ collective, Disco Knights, a sound camp at Burning Man that has been running for the last 8 years. You can check Joey out almost any weekend playing at a nightclub or after hours where he’s been lighting up dance floors with his funky jams that you don’t want to miss. His music is infectious and always on point. Please follow him on Soundcloud.com/joeyalaniz to hear his latest music projects and see his DJ schedule.