Minimal Effort NYE Returns to The MacArthur with DJ Tennis, Justin Martin, Jimmy Edgar and More

We have been following the events with Minimal Effort closely, knowing full well what happened during their All Hallow’s Eve event on Halloween weekend. The simple truth of the matter is that the organizers were forced to shut doors due to “capacity and safety” issues although the event was not at capacity as approved and proven by city permits.

Naturally, this left a very sour taste in the mouth of attendees who couldn’t enjoy the night. The hallmark of a good brand can be seen in how they react to adversity and in their failure to deliver to their customers. Minimal Effort’s response in this regard has been impeccable, refunding all requests from ticket buyers that didn’t enter that night as well as providing them a free ticket to the upcoming 2017 New Year’s Eve edition. All this while doubling down on efforts to secure a venue that has a proven track record and that will provide the safe haven for all to enjoy the welcoming of 2018.


With this in mind, today Minimal Effort announced that it is makings its return to the historic haunts of The MacArthur, site of their successful 2015 edition and a venue that holds much respect and appreciation from Minimal Effort regulars. The event will continue its devotion to providing ahead of its time electronic music lineups to the underground elite of Los Angeles.

Minimal Effort’s lineups have always been a point of pride, and this time it’s no less, featuring Dirtybird favorites Justin Martin and J.Phlip, Life and Death co-founder DJ Tennis, Detroit’s Jimmy Edgar, grit-driven House specialist Ardalan, All Day I Dream favorite Oona Dahl, one of the world’s craftiest track-selectors in DJ Three and Minimal Effort staple Human Resources. But that’s not all, as Minimal Effort plans to announce a Special Guest on December 3rd.

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Q&A and Premiere: One Child Policy Discusses His Debut EP on VRV, His Asian-American Heritage and Favorite LA Food Spots

Out on Los Angeles based VRVOne Child Policy‘s debut introduces the electronic music world to a new and distinct sound. Featuring a yin and yang selection of tracks, Cultural Transmissions (order here) contains productions that are both club-ready and cerebral in nature, kinetic and moving while simultaneously exercising the mind into new dimensions.

One Child Policy (1CP) is a project born out of the LA’s colorful San Gabriel Valley Chinese area, a fusion of sorts that sees the amalgamation of electronica with a background of classical music, electrical engineering and sound design. The results are peculiar, in a most positive way, with distorted vocals, mind-bending synth leads, gritty yet warm percussions and an overall atmospheric aura that carries through all his tracks.

We had a chat with the man behind the project to talk about his roots, favorite Los Angeles food spots and the journey that took him here: the release of his debut on one of LA’s most recognized labels, from which we are premiering the track “Chase The Dragon.”

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Support Nightlife in Los Angeles: Sign Petition To Extend Last Call to 4am

As we reported a couple of months ago, California could soon be passing legislation allowing each individual municipality to decide when their legal alcohol last call is.

Currently, the entire State is operating under law that prohibit any alcohol sales past 2am, a law that has curbed the expansion of nightlife in big cities the likes of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Soon that could change, but the first step is for the power to be given to local municipalities to make that choice.

A petition, which you can SIGN HERE, has now been launched to rally support behind Senate Bill 384:

SB 384 would allow – but not require – local governments to allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol past 2 am and up to 4 am. Also known as the LOCAL Act (Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night), SB 384 is moving through the State Assembly and we need your help to get it across the finish line.

Authored by Senator Scott Wiener (SD11), SB 384 was passed by the California State Senate, and now must be voted on in the Assembly in late August or early September.

SB 384 simply allows cities to opt in: pure local control. This optional tool for local control over nightlife will increase tax revenue and tourism, revitalize business districts, and support nightlife culture in our cities.


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Vatos Locos Boss Hector Returns to Sound in Los Angeles on September 8th

Hector is an artist on and up and up, and it doesn’t look like he is stopping any time soon.

The Mexican born-and-raised producer and DJ has been enjoying a meteoric rise in the last few years, all spurred by a work ethic that has seen him buckle down in the studio, behind the decks and as the founder of the popular Vatos Locos crew.

Influenced by Detroit greats the likes of Carl Craig, Moodymann and his now-friend Stacey Pullen, Hector learned how to DJ at the tender age of 16, soon getting the opportunity of a lifetime while working at the iconic Phonica record shop in London. There he met Loco Dice and Anja Schneider, and secured a spot on their labels (Desolat and mobilee respectively), the perfect launching pad to a career that has seen not stop once since.

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Minimal Effort Announces Phase 1 Lineup and New Location for Halloween 2017 Edition

Los Angeles’ Minimal Effort returns this upcoming Halloween weekend with a brand new look, brand new location and solid Phase 1 announcement.

Taking place on October 28th at the ENOX Events Center on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles, Minimal Effort: All Hallow’s Eve will feature two stages — one outdoor and one indoor — playing homage to both the city’s warm temperatures and its thriving warehouse scene. The venue is in-and-of-itself an incredible find, able to comfortably host thousands of attendees in a hybrid space that encapsulate both the industrial vibe of Los Angeles and the characteristic outdoor partying that occurs in the city all year around.

The day-into-night party will feature a yet-to-be announced branded stage, as well as a selection of powerful track-selectors hand-picked for the occasion. Diversity is the name of the game here, with house, tech house, deep house, g-house and more to be showcased. At the top of Phase 1 we find house legend MK (Marc Kinchen), joined by Crosstown Rebels head-honcho Damian Lazarus and UK house duo Dusky. Next up on the lineup is the eclectic Brodinski, who will bring his signature Atlanta-meet-Paris house sound to LA for the occasion, Do Not Sit On The Furniture founder BEHROUZ, G-House French duo Amine Edge & DANCE and LA’s very own Human Resources.  Phase 2 will be announced on September 25th.

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In The Loop Boss Lupe Fuentes Delivers Guest Mix Ahead of Electric Boogie LA on July 20th

On Thursday, July 20th, Lupe Fuentes and her In The Loop label take over Los Globos in Los Angeles for Electric Boogie, a house and tech house party featuring Los Angeles and out-of-city talent!

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California Cities One Step Closer to Extending Last Call Hours to 4AM

Earlier this year we reported on California Senator Scott Wiener’s campaign to allow the State’s municipalities to make their own choices on whether to extend alcohol last call hours to 4AM.

His Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act campaign made headlines in a state that could begin raking in a lot more money through taxes if the proposed bill becomes law, especially thanks to nightlife hubs in large cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

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The Lincoln Speakeasy: A First Anniversary Milestone

It’s been one year since The Lincoln Speakeasy first opened its doors in the West Los Angeles area. Despite being a relative newcomer compared to the other nightclubs in Los Angeles, it didn’t take long for it to make quite the impact in the LA nightlife scene. In such a short period, the club has made a name for itself thanks to its exceptional service, exclusive access, and, most especially, showcasing some of LA’s finest local and international underground artists, musicians,  and DJs. Names such as Matthew Dekay, Francesca Lombardo, Hoj, Powel, Marques Wyatt, Lars Behrenroth, Lonely Boy and MightyKat  have performed in the club and treated guests to some unforgettable party nights.

Despite being relatively young, the Lincoln Speakeasy, or TLS for short, was built on years of experience and tradition set in place by its owner, Jamesen Re. In fact, Jamesen himself has made history in his home country of Australia for having started what would become the longest running club night in Australia dance history. That party was Sunny Side Up, a brand and party series he began 20 years ago. Fast forward to today and comparisons are being made now between Sunny Side Up and the TLS here in Los Angeles.

While there are plans now underway to bring TLS to other locations in the U.S. and beyond, for now all energies are focused on the preparations for TLS’ 1 year anniversary party happening on Friday, March 24th. We recently caught up with TLS founder Jamesen Re to provide more details on the event, the first year of TLS, as well as his 20-year history of throwing parties down under and beyond.

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California Nightlife Could Be Changing Soon If Last Call Law Is Approved


The State of California is considering a law that may eventually allow alcohol last call to be pushed to 4am, a change that could revolutionize the whole spectrum of nightlife in the entire state if approved.

Nightclubs throughout California, and especially so in larger cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, are currently suffering from a state-wide law that mandates that all venues must stop selling alcohol at 2am. This essentially means that by 1:45am most bars are closing out all open tabs and rightly refusing to serve anymore, causing party-goers to rush around nightclubs ahead of cut-off time to get their last drink in. The current state of affairs is also directly responsible for the programming of set times, with headliners often playing sets near 12-1am in order to hit peak-time with the crowd still in attendance and drinking alcohol. Why? Often-times the crowd simply thins out past 2am for obvious reasons.

The Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act, which was proposed on February 14, proposes that the decision on last call should be the responsibility of each municipality, possibly allowing major nightlife hubs such as San Francisco or Los Angeles to continue serving until 4am.

“California currently has a one-size-fits-all 2 am end to alcohol service, regardless of circumstances,” State Senator Scott Wiener stated on a Facebook post. “Nightlife matters a lot, culturally and economically, and it’s time to allow local communities more flexibility.”

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Win 2 Tickets to Inception Saturdays at Exchange LA ft. Green Velvet & Dosem


On Saturday, February 18th Exchange LA will be hosting a selection of techno and house artists as part of its Inception Saturdays series hosted by Insomniac.

The event will see Chicago techno and house legend Green Velvet headline the night. Supporting performances will be provided courtesy of Suara’s Dosem and Los Angeles-based Human Resources. The Gallery will be hosted by 6AM and will showcase music by Paul Cowling (Melt), Jorge Bejarano B2B Rahmos (Patria Undrgrnd), Frazier|Smith (Understated) and Eric J B2B Jonny Maven (6AM)

Tickets and RSVP for discounted entry before 11pm are available here. We are giving you the chance of winning 2 GA tickets to the show. To enter, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. The winner will be selected and announced at 8pm on Wednesday, February 15th!

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