Cool, we’re gathering speed now. Hope more folks chime in. Here’s what’s on in my world. I haven’t gone to a festival since 2016 cus I save my money for European Clubs now, so couldn’t tell you much about that scene. I get to Seattle, SF or Los Angeles about 4-5 times a year and usually have a night out in each. I’ll get to those cities later.
I spent 17 days in London / Amdam this Jan. Loved E1 and De School. Proper fucking clubs, great sound, good space for conversations, and good crowds that got loose as the night progressed.
I swung by Fabric, Pickle Factory, Corsica, and Mick’s Garage as well, enjoyed all those spaces. Was my first time in both cities and at all these venues. Definitely got the younger crowd at Fabric, the posh cliques at Corsica, and in general saw the RA Pick effect make a night somewhat blah and annoying in terms of posers (like, literally, they all take photos instead of dancing now ) and cool chasers. But that’s what you get as a techno tourist in 2020 with little to no network in each town.
Ok, having got my gripes out of the way, I had an amazing time dancing to Young Marco at Pickle, Roi Perez at Mick’s and Stingray at Fabric. Based on what I heard (really small sample size bear in mind), here’s a few predictions.
People want a bit more cheery sounds. We’re burning out of the 2016 oh fuck fascist dystopia freak out phase and we want to feel hopeful, if only off a pill for 3 hours. People also are ready to recycle some nostalgic sounds they burned out on 5-7 years ago. So, Japanese Space Disco and UK Dubstep is coming back around. Also Rave music, which we’ve seen through the Trance / Acid / Deconstructed Everything lens.
My best time of the trip was melting to some Gabber / Hardcore in De School. I really hope it doesn’t become over rinsed like Electro, but some great sounds could come out of a resurgence of it. But I’m really sick of deconstructed club music I can’t groove to. Stop playing cerebral music in the club. I want to move.
As far as my lens of LA, I’m not connected to the warehouse scene lately so I always go to the desert or the drum n bass monthlies. Scenes strong but halfstep is getting boring. Nobody’s innovating it, I think they’re either gonna go back to Dirtybird/Dubstep or call some folks out of retirement or both, which has been happening. I want to see more Jungle in LA, really hope I do, but the scenes not rough. Not raw. Not like London.
SF dosent have a local scene for me anymore, everyone moved to LA or the Pacific Northwest. I hope I find good things at Grey Matter, but we’ll see how techbro and vanilla it is.
Now if you’re in SF and do shows I’m not trying to bash your gigs, just speaking my experience. Tell me what you’ve seen. I’m very interested in things in Portland too, it’s just such a cliquey town I rarely meet folks open to having a chat at a night out. Lived there for 5 years btw.
Kremwerks in Seattle is the shit. Go there. Berlin guy owns it and when it’s on, it’s on.
Production, labels and digging I’ll save for once a few other (probably more qualified than I ) people add their two cents…