Jesse Tittsworth is a pig lover. Actually, any kind of meat is fine with the DJ, musician and co-owner of U Street Music Hall. Tittsworth loves to experiment with weird chow — and freaky Baltimore “booty music” and the homegrown dance genre of moombahton, both of which can be heard on his new “Two Strokes Raw” EP with producer Alvin Risk. Tittsworth celebrates the release and U Street Music Hall’s new menu on May 21.
The first line in your bio says “food adventurist,” not “DJ.” Describe the “Pigment” event you held this month at Ba Bay restaurant on Capitol Hill.
We tattooed a [deceased] local, farm-raised pig, then sold tickets to a five-course tasting event dedicated to the various parts of the pig. Proceeds will go to Red Cross Japan.
U Hall turned a year old in March. How did you design the club?
Having spent a lot of time on the road, I was frustrated coming back to the city I was from and not being happy with my options for places to play. So, what are things that I liked when I played in Sao Paulo or Tokyo? What made that set in Sydney so fun? What do I feel is lacking in D.C.? We wanted to present a no-frills, top-notch, world-class dance club.
“Two Strokes Raw” is the first music you’ve released since 2008’s “12 Steps.” Why did you take such a long break?
I took about a year to focus on U Hall. The club seemed like it might be a good retirement thing. I didn’t expect to put my career on pause. Being able to write music on the U Hall system did things to me sonically and progressed me musically. To write music and mix down in that environment really gives you an idea of what works and what doesn’t.
» U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW; Sat., 10 p.m., $10; 202-588-1880. (U St.-Cardozo)