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Doing It In Public

June 4th, 2008 by


“Wow, you should take a rest, sunshine.”

“No way, not ’til Public‘s dead.”

I’m sitting in the back seat of Sophia, aka Piece’s car, with Nick Marsh, better known as Public- the mirror-masked artist that is stealing the hearts of dance-happy youngsters at “Blow Up” here in San Francisco. He has also become the center of attention for big name shows like “Villains” in L.A.  He’s been on the coveted Blow Up lineup roster a handful of times as well as parties like Emily Betty’s No More Conversations. He’s also on the roster for EB’s new party Young Bloodz, starting Friday, June 2nd, at Milk on Haight St.  Public puts on an energetic, frenzied performance and apparently it gets pretty hot under that mask (and everywhere else!)

I first met Public in mid-March of 2008 at Robot Rock, a party hosted by well known San Francisco DJs and party boys Jeffrey Paradise and Richie Panic, who also run the infamous Blow Up and Frisco Disco.  I downloaded Public’s addictive mixtape earlier that week and I was pretty surprised to discover that he’s actually a bit of a rookie to the scene.  The first mixtape covers everything from a mashup, Daft Dubs (Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock” with Rich Boy’s “Throw Some D’s”) to a manipulated revisit of the Cardigans’ “Lovefool”.

Nick gave me a little insight on how he got started with Public after his previous alt-electro project, Marsh, flickered out:

“Public officially began early 2007. Once Marsh was through, I started experimenting more with electronic music, and blindly stumbled into what Public has become.”

Well, for someone who’s stumbling blindly, Public seems to be doing pretty damn well for himself.


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