Real Bad

DJ Selection Process

Spin Us Right Round 

REAL BAD’s tradition of introducing world class DJs to the San Francisco dance scene has spotlighted great artists from around the world such as Susan Morabito, Pete Savas, Lydia Prim, Tim Jones, and  Sean Mac. At 9-hours, it is an amazing opportunity for DJs to display their ability to create a complete musical journey for the over 2,000 men and women celebrating the end of Folsom Street Fair weekend. 


The DJ Selection Committee is comprised of REAL BAD Working Group members and is managed by the DJ Chair. The Chair is the DJs primary contact through the process who invites the prospective DJs to submit, receives the submissions and distributes them to the judges.

DJs must meet the following criteria to be considered for REAL BAD:


The REAL BAD DJ is an invite-only position that involves a two-part selection process as follows:

Step 1 – Eligible DJs who have expressed interest or have been recommended by a REAL BAD host are sent an invitation to submit by the Chair.

Step 2 – The DJ Selection Committee reviews the submissions and selects up to four for the DJs to submit a second round of music.

Step 3 – Music in the second round is distributed to the judges blindly, without any names associated with them, so they are considered purely on the music.

The DJ from the second round who submits the music judged best for REAL BAD is invited to play the party and is announced at the annual Margarita Kick-Off Party in July. DJs who are not selected are provided feedback upon request, and are eligible to submit again the following year if they continue to meet the criteria.

The DJ selection process for REAL BAD XXVI is underway, but the recommendation process has now ended.

If you are interested in submitting for REAL BAD XXVI in 2014, please contact us prior to December 31, 2013.