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Review: Beyond Wonderland 2015

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Insomniac’s annual Spring festival, Beyond Wonderland, has come a long way over the years. Taking place at the San Manuel Amphitheater on March 20th, Beyond Wonderland boasted an immense lineup and an extravagant production one would expect from Insomniac. Read more

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Event Review: Minimal Effort – Andhim, UNER, Matador, Butch

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Minimal Effort kicked off its 2015 season in orderly fashion last Saturday at the Legendary Park Plaza featuring a rare combination of House & Techno. Leading the outdoor stage was German duo Andhim and Spanish groove master, UNER, while the indoor stage showcased Austria native, BUTCH, and M-NUS artist Matador who displayed a remarkable live set. This was a night truly made for music lovers in Los Angeles as all came together for an unforgettable good time.

What has made Minimal Effort a staple isn’t just the line-up they book, but rather the unique and diverse crowd they attract and the vibe it brings to each series. It was a nice treat to see some old familiar faces, industry colleagues, along with meeting new people throughout the night. Something rare when we go out these days or maybe we’re just going to the wrong events

The Legendary Park Plaza was a great location providing two stages, which allowed the party to have two separate sounds, and the venue layout allowed for a great flow through both rooms. Drinks were served quickly from the friendly bar staff and bathrooms were plentiful once they opened up the ones inside.

OUTDOOR STAGE: The atmosphere coupled with the cool weather really made this stage standout as music flowed impeccably from Dadon to Human Resources to UNER and Andhim. The standout of the night that had everyone raving was UNER’s remarkable set that had the entire party erupting with beats after beats. This does not take away the mind-blowing closing set by Andhim as the duo took us right through until the end. The horizontal stage set up made things a bit cramped in the back for people trying to pass through; you really had to be in the meat of the dance floor or the outskirts to really get your groove on. We would suggest next time to make the outdoor stage vertical next time as it’ll create a longer space for more people to dance while minimizing the sound bleed in the indoor room.

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INDOOR STAGE: If Techno is your answer then this was the room to be. The indoor stage provided a moodier side of Minimal Effort with its pitch black setting giving it the mysterious underground warehouse vibe that is notorious here in LA. We caught the tail end of DAVI’s set which perfectly set the tone for the much anticipated showing of BUTCH, who delivered a stellar set that balanced between hypnotic and driving techno leaving the dance floor in awe. Matador finished the night off with a grand live set further exemplifying his unlimited arsenal to destroy the dance floor and close out the night.

This was one of those parties that people were in shock and awe when the lights came on in the end as those remaining simply craved more. If that’s not a sign of something special we’re not sure what is.

One criticism from event-goers was that the sound could have been louder indoors as the bass didn’t really quite kick as hard as desired. Minimal Effort returns on Saturday May 23rd with Audiofly hosting their Flying Circus series with Nina Kraviz plus more to be announced. We know we’re not the only one to say that “we can’t wait for the next Minimal Effort”. See you soon….

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Conversations with: Carlo Lio & Nathan Barato at Sound Nightclub

It’s always a treat when Carlo Lio and Nathan Barato make a stop in LA. This past weekend was no exception as these two tech house heavy weights from Toronto brought some serious vibes to Sound Nightclub. From humble beginnings in the Toronto scene at establishments like Comfort Zone, both Carlo Lio and Nathan Barato have transcended into major players on the international circuit.

Right before their set at Sound we had the opportunity to catch up with the guys about their history in Toronto, WMC, and Carlo’s recent trip to Japan. Take a look at the conversation below! Read more

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Livio & Roby: The Interview

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Like always, Livio & Roby delivered some serious selections to the dance floor when they were here in Los Angeles. Cutting edge house and techno combined with a fantastic vibe, the night was one we’ll remember for quite some time. Prior to them laying down Romanian heat on the dance floor, we had the opportunity to catch up with the duo. Take a look below for our interview with Livio & Roby.

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Luciano – Live At Cadenza Meets Planet E (Bpm 2015)

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Throughout a week of events, some are bound to stand out more than others. Cadenza meets Planet E at Mamitas had a heavy lineup with Mark Fanciulli, Moodymann, Stacey Pullen, Carl Craig, and Luciano. The fusion of styles commonly associated with Cadenza was a perfect compliment to that of Planet E, and the house and techno grooves found in this set are serious dance floor material.

The atmosphere at this showcase seems to have been in great spirits judging from the selection of tunes from Luciano. The mix feels incredibly balanced as he weaves through deep tribal rhythms and open air house grooves, and the final moments of his set propel the dance floor into an absolute frenzy. Quality work from the Cadenza master mind capturing the essence of The BPM Festival. This mix is a great example of the quality music experienced in Playa del Carmen that week. Enjoy Luciano live at Cadenza Meets Planet E.

Joris Voorn B2B Nic Fanciulli at BPM 2015

Who are the strongest artists in the tech house field? Individually, Joris Voorn and Nic Fanciulli rank high on the list of prominent tech house artists, but when they join forces the result is rather fantastic. The two recently teamed up at BPM for the La Familia party, and put down an impressive set that lasted well into the morning.

 

Voorn and Fanciulli compliment each others style perfectly, which resulted in a perfect fusion for their extended back-to-back. Throughout the almost five hour journey they had everything from gritty tech house, uplifting classic house cuts, vocal jams, and even included a throwback to Supermode’s Tell Me Why as the morning sun warmed the dance floor. The set is nothing short of excellent, so if you missed it you can catch the audio/video stream below. A perfect mix to get through half the work day.

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Last Track at Trouw, Amsterdam

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As we all turned a page to a new chapter in our lives, the iconic club Trouw in Amsterdam ended its legendary story. There’s no doubt that they ended in grand fashion though; taking the club to a new level with a stacked lineup during a 35-hour marathon party. This week we dedicate Throwback Thursday to the last track that echoed through Trouw: Talking Heads – This Must Be the Place (Patrice Baumel Club Edit)

To my surprise, and probably to the elation of the dancefloor, this Talking Heads track could not have been a more appropriate song to sum up the legacy that Trouw had established over the years. Although we aren’t 100% sure what DJ dropped the final track, it is certain that everyone inside Trouw was experiencing a vibe unmatched in any club around the world that night…or should I say morning?

Patrice Baumel’s edit is a very simple edit keeping the track relatively untouched. Anyone familiar with This Must Be the Place will notice a few simple changes like a slightly faster tempo and clap pattern to make this a DJ friendly tool. The lyrics and arrangement of all the instruments make this a classic, and a perfect choice to leave a full dance floor with warm spirits and fond memories.

 

Last Track at Trouw, Amsterdam

Trouw

As we all turned a page to a new chapter in our lives, the iconic club Trouw in Amsterdam ended its legendary story. There’s no doubt that they ended in grand fashion though; taking the club to a new level with a stacked lineup during a 35-hour marathon party. This week we dedicate Throwback Thursday to the last track that echoed through Trouw: Talking Heads – This Must Be the Place (Patrice Baumel Club Edit)

To my surprise, and probably to the elation of the dancefloor, this Talking Heads track could not have been a more appropriate song to sum up the legacy that Trouw had established over the years. Although we aren’t 100% sure what DJ dropped the final track, it is certain that everyone inside Trouw was experiencing a vibe unmatched in any club around the world that night…or should I say morning?

Patrice Baumel’s edit is a very simple edit keeping the track relatively untouched. Anyone familiar with This Must Be the Place will notice a few simple changes like a slightly faster tempo and clap pattern to make this a DJ friendly tool. The lyrics and arrangement of all the instruments make this a classic, and a perfect choice to leave a full dance floor with warm spirits and fond memories.

 

Guti & Martin Buttrich Live @ Mixmag Lab LA

Mixmag LAThis past weekend Los Angeles was graced with some incredible music courtesy of Guti and Martin Buttrich. Prior to playing at Sound Nightclub for Buttrich’s 20 Year Celebration Tour, the two put down an incredible set for Mixmag’s Lab LA stream series. Armed with a TR-8, Allen & Heath mixers, and what appears to be a double-barreled tequila dispenser, Guti and Buttrich flowed seamlessly between house and deep tech grooves to warm up the evening.

Every Friday Mixmag hosts incredible artists to take over the decks and deliver quality music for the weekly web broadcast. This week the vibe was intimate, and the music selection couldn’t portray that more accurately. If you missed them at Sound or missed the live stream, you can see Guti and Buttrich’s full back-to-back set from LAB: LA below. Listening to these two amazing artists go back-to-back is the perfect way to start the last month of 2014. Enjoy!

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Behind The Scenes At Brooklyn’s Dirtybird BBQ

claude apron verticalClaude VonStroke’s career as a DJ/Producer has been monumental, rivaled only by his accomplishments creating and running dirtybird Records. In just 11 years, what started as a small get-together of friends in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has turned into the behemoth that is the dirtybird BBQ. This summer, they packed up the grill and brought their legendary BBQ on tour across North America, hosting events in cities such as Detroit, New York, and Toronto, as well as linking up along the way with larger events and festivals, culminating in a full-fledged dirtybird stage at Hard’s Day Of The Dead. The BBQ featured the usual dirtybird suspects, including Claude himself, Justin Martin, Christian Martin, Justin Jay, and many more. Although he is running one of dance music’s most influential labels, Claude comes from humble beginnings, and his dirtybird BBQ have time and again reinforced this DIY aesthetic, creating a welcoming and inviting place driven by a love for music and a deep desire to push the limits. Back in 2003, there was a huge void in San Francisco’s dance music scene; DJ’s had gravitated toward jazzy and soulful house music, and labels weren’t too keen on darker and edgier sounds. Claude and his friends, inspired by techno, hip-hop, and bass music, brought an entirely new sound to San Francisco, and, later on, the world. He is often seen as a primary tastemaker within the dance music community, fostering talent of all ages and creating a platform for a generation of artists to break into the scene. As Grillson neatly puts it: “The thing blew up, everyone got famous, and here I am on tour.” The parties were a huge hit, drawing an enormous turnout in each city. Luckily, they have documented the adventures on video, and have released a behind-the-scenes glimpse into this incredibly unique event.

 

Check out the video below, and click here for more info