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Brian Cox, known around the San Francisco bay area as DJ Nugz, Nuggets, Nugzie, B Nugz, Nugalicious, Nougatino, Dr. Nugz, or Judge Nuggalito began his career in music by making “pause button” mix tapes at the age of 10, and getting on a set of Technics 1200 MK2 turntables a few years later. While living in Boulder, CO in the late 90s, Nugz gained two distinct achievements. He acquired residencies at Soma in Boulder (voted as one of the top ten clubs in America by BPM and several other dance music publications), and the number one club in Colorado at the time, Vinyl (formerly 1082 Broadway in Denver). Nugz consistently played with profound success at both of these clubs until they closed, along with numerous others in the Denver/Boulder area while still at a very early point in his career.
Brian moved to SF in 2004 and when he isn’t traveling to places like Korea, Argentina, Berlin, the Miami Winter Music Conference, New York, or Burning Man he can be heard performing in prominent SF nightspots such as Mighty, Ruby Skye, Mezzanine, Yoshi’s, and the legendary 1015 Folsom. He made his mark creating late night soirees at a special little space know as “123”, with his production company Footprint Sound. These are regarded by true nightlife professionals as some of the best parties in SF. He continues to produce weekly and monthly events all around the bay, and during these nights and early mornings he shares the booth with the likes of Donald Glaude, Modeselektor, BT, Martin Buttrich, Lee Coombs, Elite Force, Deekline, The Scumfrog, Audiofly, and Sander Kleinenberg to name a few.
He is able to blend drastically different beats from all sorts of genres, tell a story, and create a sound/vibe that are truly his own. A risk taker who “owns it”, works in heavy, moving, melodic basslines, unexpected builds and drops, sometimes dirty sometimes bouncy, seamless transitions from the “four on the floor” beat of house to “on the one” slowed down breaks and back again. His sets range from 74 – 140 BPM, incorporating custom re-edits and remixes. He tends to pitch down the hardest breaks by four or five bpm to flow with house cut around 128. The more bangin’ selections under cover of darkness revolve around House/Techno and UK Nu Skool Break Beat sounds, that range from deep, melodic, sexy, to dark, dirty, nasty, funky, grindy, techy, electro. In day light hours, you might find him spinning trip hop, down tempo, mid tempo and classic hip hop, along with sexy deep house and funk all over the bay area at places like bars, lounges, back yards, yachts, pools, rooftops, basements, lofts/warehouses, Bay to Breakers, campouts, sidewalks, Decompression, or Golden Gate Park. He is currently the sound engineer and resident DJ for both Project One (on a Turbosound rig), and the Dusty Rhino burning man mobile art piece.