Magnetic's Dallas Dispatch: Dallas and Music!
Welcome to Texas and more specifically, Dallas! I am 24 years old now and have been around this beautiful, awesome, bad a** scene since I was about 6 years old! Being around family members who have been involved in the music industry certainly helped get me into the EDM scene years before it was even known to most of the United States.
My favorite venues in Dallas are very eclectic. By far at the top of my list, would have to be The Lizard Lounge. In the industry of nightclubs and the short lived tenure that usually surrounds them, The Lizard Lounge is one of the longest lasting, if not in fact the longest lasting nightclub in existence. It has been around for nearly 25 years. That venue has so much history behind the dance music scene that it helped scalp in Dallas. Over the past couple decades it has catered to a who's who of dance music artists, including by not limited to Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, Markus Schulz, Calvin Harris & Paul Oakenfold just to name a few of the plethora of talent.
Another one of Dallas' best venues, is It'll Do. Owned and operated by long time night life and dance music veteran, Brooke Humphries, it is the antithesis of everything that todays bougie, bottle service catering nightclubs, are not. The venue does not offer any bottle service, nor booths even to sit in. If one gets tired from all the dancing on the flashback to disco era, multi color lit up dance floor, there are bleachers on either side of the dance floor to relax and enjoy a drink from the casual, unpretentious bar. It'll Do specializes in shows catering to the other side of dance music scene. Bringing in talent ranging from Disclosure & Sasha, to Eric Prydz, Kaskade's Redux Tour, Gorgon City, Maceo Plex & Mark Farina.
Now if one is looking for an upscale venue, where one goes to see and be seen, Dallas offers something for that partygoer as well. If I'm in the mood for a lavish night out, one of the venues I frequent is Sisu Supperclub. Run by the managing partner, Wade Randolph, who undoubtedly is another veteran and icon, Sisu gives you the ambiance that transports you to South Beach. Not only is the night club a great scene, but it doubles as a day club as well, during the warmer months, which Dallas has plenty of. The talent that has graced Sisu includes Mat Zo, Super8 & Tab, The Crystal Method, Paul van Dyk, Myon & Shane54, Chris Lake, Cedric Gervais, Dada Life, Destructo & Adrian Lux.
Dallas' EDM culture is very diverse catering to all facets of dance music, and very underrated. Almost any night of the week, there will be a dance show going on, ranging from trance, progressive & electro, to catering to the bass driven dubstep, trap & drum n bass. As aforementioned, depending on ones personal taste, you have a wide selection of choices when it comes to what kind of venue, crowd and music one is looking for. And as with every other thriving metroplex across the US, the Dallas scene is blossoming. With new venues coming to fruition, new festivals being scheduled, and amazing talent garnering international attention, it all puts Dallas and Texas on the map as a respectable scene.