Only in major cities like NYC and LA do you hear about some cult acclaimed DJ playing a secret late-night set in a club somewhere. Countless have enviously imagined what it would be like to have been there. Myself and patrons at AV Nightclub in Hollywood got to witness one of these events as LA Riots took to the tables for a surprise set this past Wednesday.
Following the mixing styles of Travis Emmons and Hollywood resident DJ Sid Vicious, LA Riots commenced with a seriously classic house beat, comparable to the likes of Deep Dish or Benassi’s Hypnotica (then again he has been on the scene for quite some time). Building off two-step filtered bass lines, and trickling synth sequences, the set had notes of solid force but with a great ambient mood overlapping too. This rhythm kept on for most of the night. The progression of the transitions and mixing was seamless, and slightly contrary to his productions the set had a much deeper feel to it, as opposed to his own style of harder sample-ridden singles. He played straight into closing hours and finished with a pretty hard hitting slew of final tracks, playing to the role of a Hollywood DJ very well.
In any aspect, its great to see this guy perform. He’s worked with artists including MSTRKRFT and Crystal Method, and produced the “Johnny Cage Theme” for the Mortal Kombat Soundtrack. You really couldn’t ask for better unscheduled house music to sneak up and smack you around for a bit. Not to mention that AV was hosting a circus themed party that night.