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Los Angeles and the Electronic Music Scene

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It should be quite apparent by now that electronic music has officially made a comeback in LA in the past couple years, if not more recently than that. While supergroups such as Daft Punk and the Chemical Brothers have maintained a steady stronghold on the genre since their inception, it would be easy to argue that electronic music never left. However, being an electronic music fan in Los Angeles seems to be slightly different than anywhere else. Why is that? Is it because of LA's rich rock n' roll history, or is it simply because we live in such a decentralized metropolis? Let's discuss further...

To cite a primary argument in support of LA's burgeoning electronic scene, a few weeks back French DJ duo Justice played a show at the Henry Fonda Theatre which sold out months prior, resulting in the group adding another show the following day. The Justice cognoscenti in LA quickly flocked to the Viper Room later in the evening for an afterparty, where Justice migrated west to perform as a special guest. The house was packed.


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Earlier this year, another DJ duo from Toronto called MSTRKRFT played a "secret show" at the Roxy celebrating the release of an issue of BPM magazine. This LAistah put her name on the list the day the show was announced, and a few weeks later stood awestruck as the line crawled for several blocks down Sunset Blvd. At 6pm. The show was set to start around 12:30am.

Back in the day it seemed as if the only way a So Cal technophile could get his or her electro fix was to drive out to San Bernardino to catch Insomniac's Electronic Daisy Festival or Nocturnal Wonderland, and now both of these massive events featuring the biggest names in the genre are held at Exposition Park (just east of USC.) So what happened? Did electronic music become more mainstream in LA, or has nothing changed in the recent years? Are LA DJ's making the same impressions around the globe as, lets say, our Parisian counterparts? We'd like to get your take on it. So while we crank up the Simian Mobile Disco, tell us what you think.

Images courtesy of Insomniac's website.