By Pat Sherman / Photos by Jeff “Turbo” Corrigan
A longtime devotee of all things house-be it deep, funky, dirty or acid-Miss DJ Frankie M says she is stoked to see a resurgence of the genre in clubs and popular music.
” Lady Gaga, Usher, the Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna-a lot of those artists are doing more up-tempo, almost house-y stuff that makes it really easy to work into my sets,” says Frankie (born Francisca Miranda), who spins at Eden in Hillcrest; Firehouse in Pacific Beach; Vin De Syrah, Searsucker and the W Hotel downtown; and a host of other clubs.
“For a while, I tried to do that whole, ‘I’m only going to play house,’ thing, but obviously to stay in the game and continue working, I had to change that mindset a little,” she says. “I always try to educate people when I’m playing. I’ll give them what they want and then I’ll try and throw in some house stuff that they’re not familiar with-kind of blend it in. They just know that they’re grooving to it.”
At times when someone requests a straight-up house track over the latest pop song, Frankie says she feels vindicated.
“It’s definitely been happening more and more lately,” she says.
Frankie says, at times, her housework can be a real chore. Finding the education is ongoing-she keeps current by monitoring electronic music-centric websites like beatport.com and stompy.com.
“It can definitely be stressful,” she says. “It takes a long time to learn the music, and a long time to learn how to mix and to read the crowd.”
Miss DJ Frankie M
Home town: Al buquerque, N.M.
Current neigh borhood: Downtown San Diego
Beats: house, electro, trip hop, dubstep
Spin-spirations: Afrojack, Erick Morill o, Riva Starr, Mark Farina, Sw edish House Mafia
Hangouts: P.B. Sh ore Cl ub, Firehouse
Eats: Lincoln Room
Former occupation: record store owner