Last Thursday, Sound Nightclub teamed up with Next Wave Records, Url2Irl, InDeep, and Prep School Recordings for a wild event that showcased the future of electronic music. The sold-out show brought a large portion of the Los Angeles music industry and fans together, joining forces and supporting rising producers like Hotel Garuda, Dr. Fresch, SNBRN, and Matt DiMona.
We watched as floor-rattling house beats encompassed the audience at LA's most intimate major nightclub, keeping the good vibes flowing with each stellar performance. Most importantly though, we were once again struck with one undeniable feeling that has been a reoccurring theme throughout 2015: LA's dance scene clearly has next.
No place in the world is more responsible for the business side of the electronic industry right now, quickly becoming the main stomping grounds for producers, DJ's, managers, bloggers, record labels, PR agencies, ticket companies, promoters and everything in between. This hot bed of like-minded individuals intermingle and constantly inspire one another. They come out to show support on a nightly basis, making contacts while pushing the boundaries of what the music industry is supposed to be like. This energy and sense of family was palatable through Sound Nightclub on Thursday, packing the venue to capacity and giving Hollywood a taste of dance music's future.
Starting off the night was The Interns and Rambo V, setting the standard early as audience members began to flood in. Next up was Matt DiMona, bringing his sultry mixture of R&B vocals and addicting house to the table. Following this was yet another upbeat B2B set from SNBRN and Dr. Fresch, becoming sort of a tradition in LA's underground scene. Last on the bill was Hotel Garuda, dropping a vibe-worthy set that included head-bobbing tracks from Bixel Boys, Lido, and Point Point, along with their own remixes of Banks, Lana Del Rey, and Corona.
Those that stayed late got even more than they bargained for when Ghastly and Mija stormed the decks together from around 2-2:30, showcasing even more of LA's brimming talent before fellow Icon Collective graduates Ghastly and Fawks played a short set together to close things out. Everyone was on their A-game, and even Australian artists like Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk, and Tigerlily came to support.
Los Angeles is doing big things right now, and we wouldn't be surprised to see another event like this popping up again in the near future. This is the next wave, but it's only just the beginning. Stay tuned for a crazy 2015.
All photographs by The Black Swan