If you were in the LA area this past Halloween weekend then you had the opportunity to pick between a plethora of quality electronic music events. Deciding on which party to attend was quite a difficult one but once I found out that one of the five musical areas at Insomniac's Escape Hallow's Eve would be curated by none other than Richie Hawtin's Enter Experience, I no longer had to deal with this first-world dilemma.
Richie Hawtin's Enter experience just wrapped it's 3rd very successful season at Space in Ibiza just last month and it was arguably one of the best nights on the island. Every Thursday night from July 3rd until October 2nd, approximately 7,000 clubbers from all over the world descended upon this weekly techno paradise for a bedazzling audio-visual experience. However, the Summer season in Ibiza is officially over and Richie Hawtin is now taking this experience of his across the world. Next stop, Enter.LA at Insomniac's Escape Hallow's Eve in San Bernardino, California.
Over this Enter.LA Halloween weekend, there were a total of 16 performances that by far exceeded everyone's expectations but there were five that really stuck out among the crowd.
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Detroit native Jon Gaiser has been contributing to Richie Hawtin's Minus imprint for about 10 years now and he has been an ENTER resident since the beginning so he is no stranger to the concept and mystique that is expected of an ENTER performance. He was given one hour to demonstrate this right before Richie Hawtin's closing set of the first evening and he nearly tore the roof off with his his live performance of all original material taken from of his third upcoming studio album, "False Light", due out on November 10th.
4. The Martinez Brothers
The Martinez Brothers have quickly built a high-quality house music resume of club gigs across the world by smashing the underground before they were even adults. The young duo from the Bronx took over the controls from house veteran, MK and stepped it up a couple of notches by slamming out a solid 90 minute set of peak-time underground tech-house bangers like Roman Flugel's "More & More & More" & even Green Velvet & Patrick Topping's latest smash "Voicemail".
3. Hot Since 82
Daley Padley aka Hot Since 82 is in the middle of his Knee Deep In Sound North American Tour and he was nice enough to make Enter.LA one of his stops on his tour. He had the tough task of following up The Martinez Brothers' set but he had no problem doing so as he laid down some more underground stompers such as Traumer's "Hoodlum" & Maceo Plex's "Enter.Space" which was quite fitting for the occasion.
2. Tale Of Us
The Italian duo known as Tale Of Us played what was probably the most melodic set all weekend and it garnered the most positive crowd reaction aside from the Enter maestro. They skillfully swayed from track to track with tunes like Shall Ocin's "Orbis", their remix of Plastikman's "Expand", and what was probably the peak of their set "Kerberos" by Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy.
1. Richie Hawtin
The top set of music for the two nights of Enter at Insomniac's Escape All Hallow's Eve was Richie Hawtin's first evening set. The ENTER curator & innovator closed out the first night of his ENTER stage with a solid two hour set of mind-bending electronic music. He carefully hypnotized the crowd by rolling through some tough avant garde techno that he masterfully manipulated with the slightest of ease as only he knows how to on an ever-consistent basis.