[The Audiofiles] Countdown to 2016 with Insomniac’s Twelve.31

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Now that the slow crawl of the holidays has clamored back to a regular roar around Los Angeles, New Years Eve is approaching at lightning speed and I’ve had the itch to come out of my annual post-festival season hibernation and paint the town all sorts of technicolor. In a city equally basked by sunlight and spotlights, New Years Eve has become a choose your own adventure extravaganza, and Insomniac Events most certainly takes the lead in this respect with events in each and every corner of Southern California.

It’s hard to believe that almost a decade ago I was celebrating a decade of Electric Daisy Carnival, but in June 2006 that’s precisely where I was – diving headfirst down the rabbit hole at the good ol’ NOS Center in San Bernadino.  Twirling under an electric sky with strangers that manifested into friends, I felt myself unfolding into self like a flower that blooms, blooms and blooms again in what’s become a semi-permanent state of self-evolution.  Slowly but surely, I’ve drifted away from the large scale massives and events over the last few years and into the realm of boutique and transformational festivals; believe me when I say that my love for the former them hasn’t waned – it’s simply that I’ve been on a personal, perpetual hunt for something new, something different.  Maybe it’s some new age form of chasing the evolved dragon, but I’m on the prowl for that perfect ‘je ne sais quoi’ of the musical experience – a special combination of musicianship, creativity, production value and community that sits delightfully smack dab in the center of their Venn Diagram, and this year – it’s called Twelve.31.

Tomorrow night, Insomniac Events is pulling out all the underground stops at the legendary Hollywood Palladium as Minimal, Tech and Deep House legends grace the decks for one unforgettable evening of dancing and decadence in the city of angels.

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Start the night off right as the duo Divine Minds in Time grace the decks from 8 to 9pm.  Recently transplanted to Downtown Los Angeles from upstate New York, the pair have already made quite the name for themselves playing popular local events around the city such as Clinic Wednesday and Sounds Like.  Keep your eyes on them next year as they’ll be releasing their debut EP on their very own record imprint – Akashic Records.

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Then from 9 to 10:30, Washington DC transplant turned West Coast House phenom Jon Charnis takes the stage. Throughout the years, Charnis has produced under many different monikers but now that he’s found his true calling within the darker, deeper production – there’s no going back from this one; plus, since it’s his birthname he’s basically stuck with it – so why not rock it?!  If you’re a tried and true Angelino, you’ve probably seen him at All Day I Dream or Capsulem.

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Say one final goodbye to 2015 the Dirtybird way as Shiba San’s  French House flair and grooving tunes countdown the last drops of the year from 10:30 to Midnight.  After a year of what felt like chasing him around from Lightning in a Bottle to Focus, to Shambhala – I’m excited to finally see him in LA – and I know a whole hell of a lot of other people are too.

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Kick 2016 off in an official capacity with London production duo Dusky as they hit the stage from midnight til 1:30AM.  The pair recently released their latest work – a three track EP  titled ‘Lydia’ – on the label 17 Steps this past November

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From 1:30 to 3am, bear witness to the epic back-to-back set from Canadian DJs Tiga and Kenny Glasgow and prepare to lose yourself to dance.  Though Glasgow is best known for his influence in the sphere of dance music as half of the duo Art Department, this past spring the two split ways to further develop personal projects, including his latest ‘In Too Deep’

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End the night right with a proper dance party as Kidnap Kid closes out the bash from 4-5am.

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Who will we be seeing on the dance floor?!

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[The Audiofiles] Countdown to 2016 around Los Angeles with Insomniac Events

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Throughout my years in Los Angeles, I’ve watched as Insomniac Events raised the bar to raising your glass at New Years Eve. Whether it’s House legends Sasha and Digweed throwing down an awe inspiring back to back set, an epic nine hour Armin Van Buuren expose, or blasting off with bass heavy sets from NERO and Major Lazer – Insomniac is always perfectly poised with an expertly curated lineup, incredible production value and decorations to the nines. This year in LA will be no different – except for the sheer volume of events to choose your own adventure from!

If you’re down to go big and you’re privy to high octane energy, whimsical wobbles, and euphoric bassdrops – Insomniac’s Countdown NYE in San Bernadino has you covered with Sleepy Tom, What So Not, Alison Wonderland, Kaskade, TJR and more!

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If you’re not in the mood to trek it out to San Bernadino, or are looking for a more intimate club experience – you can take your pick of Insomniac influenced and Night Owl approved nightclubs, each with a uniquely stacked lineup.

Sound Nightclub
Bring on the Bass – that Night Bass! AC Slater hosts an extra special edition of NYE Night Bass at Sound with Jack Beats, BOT and friends

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Create Nightclub
Get ready to dance your way into 2016 as Create brings Oliver Heldens to Los Angeles!

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Avalon Nightclub
Gear up for a 3 Hour set from Morgan Page, not to mention Gabriel & Dresden and Randy Seidman!
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Exchange Nightclub
Techno? TechYES! Rave into 2016 as John Digweed headlines LA Loves Techno New Years Eve.
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But if you really want to know where my soul wants to roam for New Years, it’s deep into the underground as Insomniac pulls out all the stops at the Hollywood Palladium for Twelve.31

Prepare your ears for a four to the floor feast, a house fueled, 9 hour groove-a-thon featuring Dusky, Kidnap Kid, Jon Charnis, Tiga Vs Kenny Glasgow and my absolute personal festival favorite from this past year – Shiba San

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[The Audiofiles] Music Monday: Go One Deeper

I know Monday’s can hurt, but Music always helps!  My musical taste ebbs and flows like an irreverent tide – but lately I’ve been attracted to a deeper, darker side of ‘Deep House’; the kind of music you’d find at at DirtyBird BBQ, at an early morning yoga sesh at Lightning in a Bottle or in a dark warehouse at 3am with 300 of your newest, closest friends. Hailing from France, Shiba San is the latest in a slew of DirtyBird producers that just tickle my eardrums.  His heavy bass infused deep house is perfect; from the dancefloor to the car stereo and more, he intricately layers Hip Hop, House and a little bit of soul into a whole lot of fun.

And then the Robot Heart Community, known for their epic NYC parties and Burning Man Sound Camps, released a historic set from Above & Beyond that I get incredible FOMO over; yes, the rumors are true – my favorite trance triumverate put together a deep house ‘yoga set’ for Elena Brewer and the result is pure magic.