Dark, brooding and solidly talented, Jessica Rose Phillippe is the self-taught techno and house music engineer. If she was a song, she’d sound a lil somethin’ like Outkast’s ‘So Fresh, So Clean’.
Signed to prodigious USA house imprint Dirtybird, J.Phlip divides her time equally between Berlin and San Fran. A fan of the state with the golden gate bridge, steady sunshine and vibrant, electronic nightlife, she is the go-to girl for exploring the underbelly of this city’s lesser known speakeasies and illegal raves. Living only by the night, playing top parties and creating bare brilliant new tunes all day, everyday, Jessica lives and breathes beats. i-D online caught up with the pint-sized brunette to get her insider guide to San Fran, from dusk till dawn.
From Jessica/ J.Phlip…
Despite the fact that much of my life has been lived during the nigh-time from dusk till dawn, rather than dawn till dusk, I have spent many a nice day out and about in the fine city of San Francisco. I am now living half the year in Berlin, but San Francisco is the city that holds the biggest part of my heart. And it is the city in which I am more familiar when the sun is out, even though it may be hiding behind the fog. If I have a day off, you can guarantee I will be running around town with my best friend Anu, she knows all the good spots anyway for food, shopping and fun!
I’m going to begin at the morning after the night before. It’s most likely that we have spent a great night out dancing at the new club spot, Monarch, an intimate club in a dark basement with a perfectly tuned Void sound system. This is the type of club I like to call home. It’s a sad fact that the club is going to close way too early in San Francisco, or die out because of the 2am liquor law, so after Monarch we head to a little underground club in the Mission called the Speakeasy because our adrenaline is much too high to go home yet. At the Speakeasy we can wind things down with the live jazz music and the funny mixed crowd of after-partiers who have all gathered together after their night out. You aren’t going to find out about this spot on the Internet, so ask around a bit and I’m sure somebody will let you know.
In the morning it is a must to hit up the one and only Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. We have to stock up on those organic California fruits and veggies, they are the best! You can even get a bloody mary at the Market Bar depending on how rough you feel from the night before. After that, we might head down to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park to check out the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition!
Now that’s already a lot of action for us considering the long night before, but it’s no problem, we can make a pit stop at Dolores Park to lay out a blanket and watch all the hipsters or take a nap or see our friends again and recap stories of last night’s fun at Zeitgeist where they serve the best bloody mary in the world!
On our way back home to Potrero Hill, we could certainly stop in Mira Mira, our favourite clothing boutique in the city, carrying independent designers from around the world. We don’t want to be looking like everyone else now do we?! Right near our house in San Francisco is the Skate Park in Potrero Hill, so then we will walk by to catch a glimpse of some cute skater boys for a second, as if we haven’t seen enough already!
Maybe then we will stop at home and clean up, put on our new finds, and head out for a bite just before the sun goes down over the twin peaks. Beretta is our go-to joint, where I can enjoy my favourite Anejo Sour. Everything on the menu is yummy, lots of little bites to share, and the cocktails are incredible. More recently we have added Locanda as one of our favorite spots. We love the bartenders and there is always something to try on the menu that I have never even heard of. Mmmmmm Delicious!
Text: Milly McMahon