As my first time experiencing Los Angeles, I had to include checking out Low End Theory. It takes place every Wednesday night at the Airliner in Lincoln Heights, and is legendarily known as the main live hub that kick started the careers of Flying Lotus, Teebs, Tokimonsta, Samiyam, Daedelus and many other talented hip-hop, experimental electronic music producers of today from LA.
My friend and I got to the venue a little late, which we immediately regretted after seeing a lineup that ran around the block. We waited more than half an hour to get in as they let in people slowly throughout the night due to filling up so quickly. The amazing thing was that the lineup kept growing that even when we got in, it was still around the block. Happily, the cover was only $10, which is the standard/maximum cover charge for all their nights, including when Thom Yorke of Radiohead performed his DJ set here.
Once we got in, Great Dane was performing. Personally not being familiar with his music, I was pleasantly surprised to hear some fresh, kick back, minimal beats including a remix of Britney Spears’ Toxic. Apparently it was his first show there and he definitely delivered. Next was Low End Theory founder and resident DJ, Daddy Kev along with resident emcee, Nocando. They both kept the party bumpin’ with all kinds of hip hop and electronic music, most memorably playing “poppin’ my collar,” which got the whole club swaggin’ out. Nocando freestyled on Daddy Kev’s mix effortlessly, and manned the audience like it was second nature.
When Nosaj Thing hit the stage, everyone rubbed bodies, pushed forward and paid undivided attention. The music was so infectious, that I caught myself dancing without even noticing. The response he was getting was incredible, the energy was high and the bass was soul deep, what more could you ask for?
During all the performances there were visuals behind the DJ’s playing colorful, random clips, or slideshows accompanied by a flying representation of the frequency spectrum. The PA system, and room sounded tight, crisp and clear. In terms of the venue itself, it reminded me of dingy dives in Vancouver that I’d go to, so it was very homey and inviting; even the neighborhood was slightly sketchy. This night was perhaps over capacitated with the main floor filled to the brim and fuming with sweaty people dancing. The atmosphere, vibe, and the positivity of everyone that was there was beautiful, and I’d definitely revisit in a heartbeat and experience it again! From the doorman, security to the bartenders, they were all very nice and friendly. Being a fan of the LA beat-music scene, and finally seeing it in person was a satisfying experience in a very authentic way; much like witnessing Johann Strauss II in Vienna, or early 80’s Metallica in the Bay Area thrash scene. Most importantly, it was great to see local, experimental and underground music being accepted on such a popular level.
- BAG -
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