Tag: Los Angeles

Minimal Effort Podcast By Steve Bug

Having grown up in Germany’s techno and acid-house heyday, Steve Bug’s love for a perfect groove is as apparent now as it was back then. His DJ skills and a keen, innovative ear led him not down the typical path of the early nineties trance and harder dance scene, but instead towards a fresher, hybrid sound–merging stripped deep house, tweaked out acid and more minimal forms of techno and electronic music. With annual label compilations, a variety of artist albums, and new concepts like the Forward to the Past series, Steve Bug continues to steadily develop his Poker Flat imprint, ... Read more

Minimal Effort Podcast By Human Resources

Providing an exclusive mixtape is Human Resources, the deep house duo based in Los Angeles. Well-known for their parties in the Middle East and California’s West Coast, Cyril Bitar and Ahmed Elwan connected shortly after moving to Los Angeles in early 2014. Upon then, they joined forces under the profile, Human Resources. HR is widely known for leading the forefront of LA’s biggest Halloween and NYE event series, Minimal Effort. In 2016, they plan to make their production debut and release their highly esteemed EP adhering to the guidelines set forth by their predecessors earning them respect without delay. Download Soundcloud ... Read more

Minimal Effort Announces Most Impressive Lineup To Date For Hallloween Event

For three years Minimal Effort shifted the paradigm of the modern rave for the North American underground. Now, with a full-scale festival laid before it, the Los Angeles based collective brings forth its most impressive lineup to date for its annual October 29 Halloween event. This year’s event sees the likes of Pete Tong, Dosem, Edu Imbernon, Jonas Rathsman, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur, Kidnap Kid, and Mark Farina, alongside the standout pairing of Tiga’s Live LA Debut and Satori: Live, with Steve Bug, Tensnake, Thugfucker, Waze & Odyssey, Coyu and Human Resources bringing the underground flavor (more artists to be ... Read more

David Lynch To Organize New Music Festival

World recognized artist, and one of the best filmmakers alive, David Lynch, is curating a new multi-disciplinary festival. Launching Festival of Disruption (nice name. We need more dissidence in festival culture but that’s an editorial for another day) in Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel, the event will happen 8-9 October and feature music, dance, panels, exhibits, film and virtual reality. Amongst the performers scheduled to appear will be Robert Plant, St. Vincent, Jon Hopkins, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Questlove, as well as a very special “Music of Twin Peaks” by frequent Lynch collaborator and renowned composer Angelo Badalamenti. Badalamenti will also ... Read more

Rave For Bernie Sanders With Los Angeles’ Dance Underground’s Best

The shit show that is the 2016 US Presidential election pretty much has one redeeming quality (nee: person), in the form of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Unfortunately, those Feeling the Bern may be left without much to happy happy for with a rigged system heavily leaning toward the double headed monster that is Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Still though, with its high delegate count, the state of California does provide something of a silver lining. With virtually all remaining electoral focus on the US most populated state, Bernie Sanders wide range of entertainment supporters are pulling out all the ... Read more

Lightning In A Bottle: The 5 Things I Learned Last Year

Last year I attended Lighting in a Bottle Festival in Bradley California for the very first time. I was a Coachella veteran and thought I knew everything about festivals and what they could offer. Truth: I could not have been more wrong. A random speaker series on the first day drew my attention it was titled “The Art of Letting Go”. It sparked something in me. I felt I had so much clutter in my life. After this talk I recognized the clutter was in the palm of my hand. That’s right. I’m talking about how much I learned from ... Read more

Dance Tonight: The All-In-One Event App for Electronic Music

Big news today as Dance Tonight, the all-in-one event app for electronic dance music has been launched across all major US and EU markets for both iOS and Android. The app is set to provide music fans, clubbers and festival goers with the most comprehensive dance music event guide in a single, easy to use interface with a focus on three main categories: Underground, Indie Electronic and EDM. The app tends to provide an easy solution for all possible situations: whether you are sorting last minute plans, plan a big night out with friends or just want to be up to ... Read more

The First Ever Televised Electronic Music Awards Are Coming To Fox

So, there’s now something called the “Electronic Music Awards & Foundation” Show, which will air on the FOX Network at the end of April. Specifically, the air date is 23 April, and the venture is a partnership between the Newscorp. subsidiary, TV4 Entertainment and electronic music veteran Paul Oakenfold, which, per its press release, looks to “celebrate the best in electronic music”. The event is marketed as the first electronic music awards show but perhaps it would be more truthful if they added televised in there (Club World Awards, IDMA, etc) The event’s vague description reads as “show will feature ... Read more

Enter The Colourful World Of The (Pre-EDM) USA Underground

Recently available in the UK, though being published in the US in 2014, ‘Dancefloor Thunderstorm: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave’, takes a look at the American underground dance scene, pre-EDM invasion. By looking at the rave movements in the 1990s and early 200s, the picture of a scene steeped in the underground, stuffed animals, candy bracelets, and UFO pants galore. DJs like Christopher Lawrence, Donald Glaude, and Richie Hawtin are seen (take it from me, as a child of the East Coast rave scene of the late 90s ALL these figures, including the likes of Josh Wink, ... Read more

Minimal Effort Halloween 2015 Interview: Cyril Bitar

A quarterly event notorious for matching leading talent with cutting-edge surroundings, Minimal Effort has emerged as a dominant brand in Los Angeles. By offering a haven for dance music connoisseurs with no boundaries, this event series produces extravagant soirees in a heterogeneous assembly of venues that are distinctive and extraordinary. A certain commonality exists between attendee that creates vehemence throughout, allowing for elation and jubilance. Minimal Effort is ardent and steadfast allowing for credence and assurance that each participant will be profoundly entertained—each and every time they return. Minimal Effort returns on Halloween, bringing a certain commonality between those in ... Read more

Los Angeles’ Minimal Effort Completes Its Diverse Halloween Lineup

The final names have been released for Minimal Effort’s Los Angeles Halloween Bash to be held in the city’s famed Belasco Theater. Adding to the already stacked lineup featuring (amongst others) Anja Schneider, Agoria, and Miss Kittin, and hosted by the likes of Mixmag, Jukely, Rollingtuff, and your’s truly, Minimal Effort now welcomes Far Away Records and a slew of new artists. See also: DHA To Host Stage At Mother Of All Halloween Parties in L.A. The Far Away Records stage includes names like Sage Caswell, Daniel T, Cooper Saver, MOON, Jen Ferrer, Jake Jenkins, Jonny Mons, Masha & Alison ... Read more