New Desert Based Festival Community On The Rise In LA Techno Scene
This Saturday March 25th, at a TBA warehouse in downtown Los Angeles Techno, once again takes the stage as, Thunderbird, the festival series from dusty Joshua Tree, makes it LA debut.
Thunderbird creators, Leah Ludwig and Brooks Wilkinson have partnered up with DJ Nicolaas Black, (Closer / Wulfpack), for this intimate companion series to Thunderbird’s bi-annual desert festival. Leah and Brooks’ desire is to bring the seductive and transcendent spirit of their desert techno party into the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
“Last year we threw three desert parties in Joshua Tree at a ranch property called Thunderbird. I decided that this year in addition to the desert events I wanted to curate a proper techno series in Los Angeles with our desert community. I feel that true driving dark techno is underrepresented in the Los Angeles scene and I want to change that.” – Leah Ludwig
Yes, Los Angeles does have a growing and thriving techno scene. There are so many events every week thrown by amazing venues like Insomniac’s Factory 93, Lot 613, Sound Nightclub, Framework, and FNGRS CRSSD; however, these events don’t have the same element of freedom or community a desert festival offers. A large part of the beauty of underground music is that we do form a tight knit intimate community, and this event highlights those aspects we love most about a “proper” techno party.
• A line-up of up and coming talent
• An intimate venue unknown except to those who RSVP
• A state of the art Funktion-One Soundsystem
• Good vibes rooted in a community of festival culture
Saturday’s (3/25) lineup features up and coming DJ’s currently making waves in the techno scene in Los Angeles and around the world. Headliner, Brennen Grey is a local to both LA and Berlin. Brennen made his festival debut last year at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada where he opened at the Drumcode Stage. He will be delivering his haunting minimal basslines into the wee hours of the morning at a TBA LA warehouse. Britton, a local SoCal favorite as a resident with Noise Revolt and Minimal Sessions, will deliver a seductively sinister vinyl only set—continuing the trend of traditionally proper techno. The event even features a new techno group, The Jackson, debuting their new EP who integrate live elements into their groovy punk rock inspired sets.
If you happen to be in Los Angeles this Saturday this is certainly the warehouse party to be at if you want to be initiated into the next up and coming desert festival community. This will be the second year they hold a 2 part series of festivals on a ranch fit for glamping in Joshua Tree California. Looking at how other festivals, like Desert Hearts, came up from such humble beginnings Thunderbird is certainly an event series to watch.