DJ NanosauR in a red hoodie standing in a park.
NanosauR, the DJ, at Dolores. Photo by Ezra Wallach.

Michael Nano Solorzano, also known as NanosauR, paused the application of mascara to his eyelashes to stand up and show off two tattoo-covered arms. 

His favorite? ‘’Don’t cry at my funeral,’” he said, pointing to the words tracking across the inside of his wrists. “It is there so that when people see me in my coffin, they know to be happy. Be happy I’m dead.”

Nano Solorzano’s morbidity sparks laughter from not only him but his brother and friend sitting with him on a bench in the middle of Dolores Park. His brother’s birthday was three days earlier, but they were still celebrating, via a 12-pack of Twisted Teas, with other park-goers sitting nearby. 

“I come here every day,” NanosauR said, “and I’ve been living in the Mission for a couple of years now. It has always been my goal. The Mission is where the culture is, the Chicano culture, and I fucking love it.”

Before coming to the Mission, Nano Solorzano lived in the East Bay, where he began producing and writing music in high school; his stage name is NanosauR. Despite achieving popularity, most notably in his collaborations with Dev, the most well-known of which is the early 2010s pop hit “Like a G6.” Nano Solorzano still prefers to make music in his bedroom. He now records at “Different Fur,” a studio on 19th Street, a studio.

“I’m not even trying to name-drop,” he says, as he rattles off a slew of other streaming artists he has worked with, such as Antwon, Lil B and Chippy Nonstop. “I’m just telling you what it is.” 

“I do music because I love it,” NanosauR says. “I love making things for other people.”

When Nano Solorzano is not in front of the mic or behind the turntable, he can be found skipping to destinations, or riding around town on his decked-out BMX bike. 

“I’ve been smashing through the city since 2011, back in the Macaframa days,” he says, referring to a group known for sporting fixie bikes.  “Now me and all the homies ride up to the velodrome in Golden Gate Park. That’s how I like to spend my time — just riding bikes, making music, and hanging out. If you’re a good person, I’ll hang out with you too.”

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