It was house music heaven.
When Jamie Jones and The Martinez Bros. are in town you can expect no less. However the three maestros of the four-on-floor had never been in L.A. in the same capacity as their recent evening at the Palladium. For seven straight hours Jamie and the Bros. displayed their unmatched selector skills, emitting an energy that engulfed the infamous Hollywood venue.
The pleasure of this night of dancing went much farther than the mastery happening behind the decks, though. This event represented a turning point for Insomniac and Factory 93. Since the introduction of Factory 93, Insomniac has struggled to find a way to pay homage to raving’s underground roots while appeasing the city of Los Angeles.
Frequenters of L.A.’s electronic music scene know that underground events are not exactly welcomed by city officials. Factory 93 originally set up shop in a large warehouse space in L.A.’s arts district where notorious house and techno DJ’s like Eric Prydz, Nicole Moudaber and Adam Beyer would play long into the night. Unfortunately, even with the support of Insomniac that warehouse was closed after less than 10 events. Minimal Effort, one of the pillars of L.A.’s house and techno scene was shut down mid-event on Halloween 2017 despite being under capacity and not extending hours past 2 a.m..
Luckily, Insomniac did not give up in the face of adversity, and the Palladium might just be the middle-ground everyone needs. If someone wants the pure, unadulterated underground experience complete with music blaring until sunrise there are more than enough options in Los Angeles. Insomniac’s goal is to provide a similar experience while appeasing the city and bringing in the type of talent that the aforementioned promoters simply can’t afford. With the Palladium they are able to do exactly that. Sure they have to close at 4 a.m., but having a chance to see Jamie Jones go back-to-back with the Martinez Brothers for seven hours is more than enough to suffice.
Check out the photos from the epic night below!
All photos credit to Troy Acevedo