Syd Gris

Syd Gris

Musical Styles: When going for prime time intensity, a full range of tech funk house-techno & breakbeat. When keeping it groovy, bassy deep house and playful nu-disco.

Chief facilitator of beat induced peak experience

He's been called a Renaissance man of the West Coast scene, and with good reason. A community based licensed clinical psychologist, one of SF's biggest event producers, a social activist and blogger, a transpersonal psychology researcher, Board Member and key producer of the San Francisco LovEvolution event (formerly known as LoveFest & Love Parade), and the founder and organizer of arguably Burning Man's biggest sound camp production ever -Opulent Temple. And of course ... a DJ.

Syd has been organizing events since 2001 when he started throwing both underground parties and benefit events for different charities with Spundae. The following year he started his own production company Opel Productions, intended to be parties with purpose showcasing a range of forward thinking underground dance music with a dash of social activism thrown in the party message. In 2003, he finished his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, founded Opulent Temple with Rich Martin, and Joined the Board for San Francisco's Love event, where he heads up the Promotions and Marketing Team, and Floats & Entertainment Team.

In his current 'day job', he works out of a community clinic with foster kids in the Bayview Hunter Point area in San Francisco.

On the DJ tip, Syd is one of the West Coast's top talents, consistently being voted in the Top 10 San Francisco Dream Team poll, and playing the biggest events in California party land. Playing a versatile range of electro house and breaks, to progressive and tech-trance, he's been personally tapped to open and close for the varied likes of Tiesto, Moby, Stanton Warriors, Paul Oakenfold, Underworld, Armin Van Burren, Adam Freeland, Meat Katie, Markus Schultz, Ferry Corsten, and the list goes on. Syd knows what to do in any situation to bring the universal vibe of dance music. His sets are known for walking the fine line between the gritty and the pretty, and he has a range seldom scene in the West Coast scene.