Author: Carolyne DeBlois

Carolyne is an actress and writer living, writing, and dancing in Los Angeles, California. She studied theater at the University of Southern California where she fell in love with electronic music via her friend’s attic dance parties. When not covering events for DHA she is found writing poetry in her apartment above the city or collaborating on various film and artistic endeavors. She is currently working on a short poetry film, which will incorporate her love of house music, to be released sometime this summer. To keep up follow her blog at www.carolynedeblois.com or find her on instagram @carolyne_deblois

CRSSD FEST: A(nother) Step Forward In The US Dance Music Scene

This past weekend Southern California house and techno aficionados came together at the Waterfront park in San Diego to prance, dance, and drink craft beer at the bi-annual CRSSD Festival. I hadn’t been back myself since my trip in March of 2016 for their spring addition and honestly, not much had changed in the year and half I was away. The festival may be in its seventh instalment, but it’s not changing or growing too fast to fit the crowds. Instead, the festival remains the same small size with three stages: The Palms stage, focusing on house artists; The City ... Read more

Eclipse Festival: A Moment Of Totality

Two weeks ago I was on my way out the door of my Studio Apartment in the heart of Los Angeles struggling with my two large suitcases and my carryon. Somehow, I had managed to cram all of my festival gear into a package suitable to check on a plane. I put my burgundy festival hat on my head and I embarked on my journey to Oregon for the internationally organized Eclipse Gathering. It was a longer journey than I had expected, in all honesty the most magical venues are always the hardest to reach. I flew into Portland, Oregon ... Read more

Dirtybird Campout Announces Booty Bouncing 2017 Lineup

Is there anything better than camping with friends? Yes, when your friends also include world class DJs and producers like Claude Von Stroke, J Phlip, Christian Martin, and more from sunny California’s Dirtybird crew. The epic lineup for their annual campout was released today including those mentioned above and other Dirtybird staples like Shiba Shan, whose set last year had every booty bouncing on the dance floor. This year they have moved the event from Orange County to a more central location at the San Antonio Campgrounds in Bradley, CA which many festival friends will recognize as the same venue ... Read more

Genius Loci: Exploring Authenticity Beyond the Festival

I have attended a lot of music festivals in the past six years, especially since I have begun covering them professionally. Every festival is different and has a lot to offer the attendee; however, a few festivals always will stand alone. One of these is Burning Man: not so much a music festival as a life festival, this bright collective celebration of consciousness. Another, which I discovered this past weekend in Punta Cabras, Baja Mexico, two hours down a windy dirt road on a campground by the ocean was Genius Loci festival. Unlike the larger festivals I have attended this ... Read more

Festival Bucket List: Genius Loci

As music festivals continue to grow in popularity the new trend has become destination festivals. It perfectly combines a love of travel with a love of music and festival culture. Although it may seem another new festival pops up every week, one festival on a tiny peninsula on the west coast of Mexico caught our eye: Genius Loci. This intimate surf, yoga, and music festival sits right alongside the beach allowing festival goers to wake up to the sound of waves. It serves as an off the grid camping festival and serves those who long to explore and travel; but, ... Read more

Lightning In A Bottle: Where Experience & Environment Headline

One of my favorite things about Lightning in a Bottle is going for a walk. We walk so often daily it becomes mundane: to our cars, to grab a coffee, across the street. We forget that each walk is a tiny adventure. In the Neverland that is LIB we connect viscerally as we move through each other. We form a constant river of consciousness: flowing over bridges, brushing hands in gentle high fives, respectfully shifting through the crowd to rejoin your friends. Here we do not just numbly pass from one task to the next, so glued to our screen ... Read more

Desert Hearts Is Dress Up For Adults Set To The Pulse Of House Music Heart

Most people in California are currently prepping for the “beginning” of festival season next week at what most consider the mecca of Californian festival culture, Coachella. However, for those of us who have become part of the intimate Desert Hearts community we know festival season is already well underway. Last weekend this blossoming community of desert dancers and fashionistas came together to celebrate living through music, art, and fashion. Unlike massive festivals like Coachella, Desert Hearts feels more like a family reunion. The venue is surrounded by trees and in the shady corners friends come together under a bright pink ... Read more

Desert Hearts Announces Lineup Featuring 72 Hours Of Transcendental House and Techno

Desert Hearts announced the line-up today for their intimate spring festival at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation (Orange County, California) March 31st- April 3. We knew it was going to be an amazing collection of house and techno artists, but honestly had no idea it would be this packed with so many artists to play 72 hours of music for an intimate crowd. The lineup features way more than just the traditional Desert Hearts crew, made up of Mikey Lion, Porkchop, Lee Reynolds, and Marbs — this year the festival features a versatile mix of house and techno acts: like the ... Read more

In Uncertain Times, Insomniac’s Factory 93 Is A Safe Haven For Our Community

The start to 2017 has been a rocky one. It has been filled with doubt and uncertainty. In our own community the year began with a shocking and tragic shooting at the Blue Parrot in Mexico during the final moments of The BPM Festival. That coupled with mounting tensions in the US and abroad throughout the inauguration of President Trump have many people feeling wary and afraid. Still, the dance music community finds its way to come together and celebrate life, opportunity for change, acceptance, and transcendence through music. This Saturday was a day I will never forget as a ... Read more

Interview: Nicole Moudaber

Since the very beginning of her career in music as a club promoter in London, Nicole Moudaber has been a force to be reckoned with in the underground dance music community. Her ambition and tenacity has allowed her to grow from a club promoter to one of the most recognizable voices in house and techno music. Now she reaches fans: playing festivals and clubs around the world; hosting her weekly radio show In The MOOD Radio, which recently won Best Online Music Show Overall at the Online Radio Awards; and, running her own record label MOOD Records. On January 21st ... Read more

Party Report: Minimal Effort NYE

2016 is finally over, and for us techno and house music fans in LA what better way to ring in 2017 than in a dark club, surrounded by music lovers, dancing to a lineup curated by the crew at Minimal Effort. Once again this lineup represented a collection of the best house and techno artists available featuring MainStage acts like: Francesca Lombardo, Stephan Bodzin, Henry Saiz (live), and Recondite (live). Plus two stages curated by local parties: the upstairs stage was run by Space Yacht, a weekly party featuring the bouncy g-house sounds typical to Los Angeles, including Londonbridge and ... Read more

Interview: Justin Jay

Justin Jay has had a quick rise to underground fame since being discovered by Claude Von Stroke a few years ago and descending the ladder into the world of underground music. His style incorporates a new, entirely West Coast, sound into the rhythmic beats normally associated with the Dirtybird label. His music allows a connection between the more serious underground tones and funkier feel good tracks which illuminate the dance floor in smiles. I think my favorite moment concerning Justin Jay’s music was actually during a recent Uber ride I had. I took control of the aux chord and said, ... Read more

Los Angeles DJs Stand Up For Standing Rock

This week marks the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving. It has roots in sharing food and gratitude with family and loved ones; but, in many ways has become merely another opportunity to consume. We eat too much turkey. We drink too much beer. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a big party night for many where binging on alcohol begins since everyone knows there is a four day weekend ahead during which to recover. Los Angeles offers a wide array of events including Club Rhonda’s Rhondavous party featuring Seth Troxler or an event put on by the infamous Do Not Sit ... Read more

Review: Halloween in LA with Circoloco & Minimal Effort

No matter what city you live in Halloweekend is always one of the biggest party weekends of the year. Los Angeles is a popular destination for partygoers throughout the US and also abroad not only for it’s West Hollywood parties; but, also for music. However, Halloweekend in Los Angeles has been known as a particular musical highlight of the year here.  This year the most anticipated in town were the Circoloco party at the Union, a dark warehouse venue, on Friday night and Minimal Effort Halloween at the LA Center Studios, a new venue for the year old underground event in ... Read more

Dirtybird Campout 2016: Becoming A Dirtybird

This past weekend, a small group of Dirtybird superfans gathered in Orange County for a weekend of summer camp filled fun led by none other than tech house music legend Claude Von Stroke. For years Claude and the crew have been throwing epic barbecue parties in their backyard of San Francisco Bay in Northern California slowly growing into other cities like Brooklyn, and culminating in its three day long event in Southern California. Festival goers get dirty camping, sweaty in epic kickball and ultimate frisbee competitions, lose their minds to fantastic house and techno, and make friends that will last ... Read more