My college roommate overdosed on E. She wasn’t at a rave. She was just a party girl at a nightclub, trying to numb the pain of a recent break up.

No one is saying drug abuse isn’t a scary problem that needs to be dealt with, but blaming the EDM scene for a few unfortunate kids, whose extent of drug education was probably nothing more than “just say no”, is grossly uniformed, and sloppy reporting. You’d think investigative journalists at The LA Times would be required to immerse themselves in a culture before writing an article about it.

Last weekend the 3 squares below released an article on the LA Times blog, essentially blaming Insomniac for deaths as a result of ecstasy overdose, and urging cities to rely less on income from raves in order to decrease the likelihood of drug related deaths. By this logic, we should also go back to prohibition, ban guns and outlaw cigarettes.

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This set off a firestorm of backlash from the EDM community.

Dusty LA times completely missed the point of the criticism, and tried to defend its position by siting more detailed death statistics as a result of drug overdose at EDM events, followed by a series of  emotional appeals to make an old idea seem relevant and newsworthy. As unfortunate as those deaths are, abstinence is the same obsolete solution that the conservatives have been using for decades to justify the war on sex, drugs, and now music. Has it helped?

“The War On Drugs Has Failed”, said a 19-member global commission in 2011.  A 2008 study by Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron estimated that legalizing drugs would save U.S. taxpayers $76.8 billion a year—the kind of revenue that could make rehab, and mental healthcare free and accessible. Kaskade said it best: “Clearly, if the US Government hasn’t come up with the magic bullet to quell the problem of drugs in this country, it is not reasonable to expect an event promoter to pull this kind of trick out of his hat either. “

Maybe it’s time to come up with better ideas, instead of scapegoating the new kid on the block to beat the same dead horse.

Technological advances in music production, Internet and social media have catapulted EDM into the mainstream, in the same way that the electric guitar, amplifier, microphone, and the 45-rpm record propelled rock and roll in the 50s.  The parallels are uncanny. There were haters then, and there are haters now.

Rong-Gong Lin II, Paul Pringle and Andrew Blankstein’s pathetic attempt at blaming drug deaths on EDM was shortsighted. Dance music isn’t growing because it provides a safe haven for drugs. It’s growing because provides escapism from a world that is increasingly harsher and more judgmental. EDM event organizers are making people happier by bringing fans from all over the world together, and providing a fun community that is full of love and acceptance. Something the LA Times should’ve looked into before pointing fingers at people who are doing more good for our society than harm.


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Last weekend a friend of mine randomly told me about the LA Art Show downtown, so I decided to be adventurous and check it out. It turned out to be a great decision, and well worth the $20 cost of admission!  Here are some of my favorites:   Related articles LA Art Show Premiere Party […]


I saw Jamie Jones for the first time at Sound in LA last weekend. His deep house tunes carried us through a very fun night, all the way to the end until the club closed at 4 AM (amazing considering everything closes at 2 AM here :/).

I looked him up, and discovered Hot Creations, which is the label (and party crew) helmed by Jones and Lee Foss. Hot Creations took 3 of the 7 spots on Pete Tong’s Essential New Tunes 2012, including ‘Benediction’, which made it into the UK Top 40.

If you’re anywhere near London on April 13 2013, a host of Hot Creations sanctioned artists will be at the legendary Brixton Academy, for a late night spectacular. Canadian pair Art Department have been confirmed for the date, and will be bringing their seasoned brand of tech house and electro. Hot Natured – the union of Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C and Ali Love – will be debuting their live show. Foss will DJ, as will Richy Ahmed, Infinity Ink and PBR Streetgang.

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Here’s a list of the full gang according to their Facebook page:

Jamie Jones
Lee Foss
Robert James
Danny Daze
PBR StreetGang
Alexis Raphael
Waifs & Strays
De Signer
Miguel Campbell
Henrique Oliveira
Russ Yallop
jesse perez
infinity ink
FB Julian


Goldroom aka Josh Legg’s nu disco tunes are everywhere right now. The first one I heard was Fifteen, but now he’s killing it with his remix of Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) and Solé Fixtape Vol. 7. Judge for yourself. This guy’s the real deal.

He’s from LA, and has worked with a bunch of my favorites such as Penguin Prison, Poolside, Gigamesh, Classixx, Oliver, Aeroplane, Mylo and The Magician.





As soon as I saw my news feed blowing up with tweets and posts about LCD Soundsystem’s SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS yesterday, I whipped out my phone, and texted my most reliable music roll dog: ”Dude I wanna go see the LCD doc! IT’S ONLY TONIGHT!! Gonna sell out. Not at a computer. Can you get tix at Arclight??” Low and behold he was on his way to the Arclight to see Spiderman, and snagged us two of the last seats available.

Talk about good timing.

I was lucky enough to see LCD Soundsystem live at the Hollywood bowl a couple summers ago. James Murphy and his self-proclaimed “weird thing” instantly became one of my favorite music acts, and their popularity only seemed to only be growing until they hit us with the break up news out of nowhere–Last show at Madison Square Garden in NYC on April 2, 2011. WTF??!!

I walked into the screening expecting a movie turned dance party like the Chemical Bros’, DON’T THINK, a few months back, but SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS was different.  We snuck in a couple of beers and a screwdriver filled water bottle, sat in the front row, and finally found out what the hell happened.

The epic performance and hearing LCD’s hits on whatever “6-track discrete magnetic sound” means aside, I have a lot of newfound respect for the man. When a successful rock star looks in the mirror, and sees the grey patch on his neck, his ability to leave fame in pursuit of love, family and real happiness is breathtakingly admirable.

James Murphy is a legend.



KCRW is putting on some great events in LA lately!

Thursdays – Poolside DJ sets at Hammer Museum’s outdoor courtyard, inspired by the idea of “Made in L.A.”, and representing the wide array of music created in our very own City of Angels.

Saturdays – A series of a three, free summer concerts to accompany the groundbreaking exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Last weekend Moby brought down the house, and this weekend is Portugal. The Man in live performance with KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox & Gary Calama.
**You can RSVP and get all the info you need here.

via Summer Nights 2012 – KCRW.

Support your public radio ya’ll!

Summer Nights 2012 - KCRW