AVALON Interview Series

07/25/14 Charity Strike

@CharityStrike

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

We’ve collectively been composing music since we were little kids but in terms of making tracks and producing, roughly 6 years ago. It’s been a fun ride for sure. 

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

Being LA natives, at least one of one of us is anyway, it’s a real honor to play at such a famous and quality venue. That in mind, we put extra time into making sure that the crowd gets exclusive VIP edits of everything we produce and support in our sets. We just want to tear the roof off the place and have everyone talk about how much fun they had the next day! 

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

We have 2 MASSIVE collabs in the works. One with a beautiful female vocal and a melodic progressive drop and the other is a drivier big room bounce tune that plays a lot with the harmonic minor scale. We also have a big official remix in the works as well as three strong Charity Strike solo originals. We’re so stoked for the future!

What inspires you to make music?

The emotional drive of indie alternative music and interpreting the world around us through our writing. The idea of people having a good time to our music is everything.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

We’re a little all over the place. We listen to so many different genres and kind of pull influences from all of them. 

Rock Influences: Kings Of Leon, Minus The Bear, Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers 

Metal/Hardcore Influences: August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying, Between The Buried and Me, Bury Your Dead, The Faceless, and Job For A Cowboy

Dance Music Influences: Aphex Twin, The Prodigy, Sander Van Doorn, Will Sparks, Oliver Heldens, Firebeatz, Henry Fong, Deorro, Zedd, More Fustang, Seven Lions, Botnek, and Wolfgang Gartner.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

We’re noticing that it’s getting harder and harder to break as an act, it’s definitely becoming a more saturated scene, which is why we believe it is so important to strive to bring something different and stand out. We’re just continuing to make music and play as hard as possible. At the end of the day it’s about good music and having fun. 

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Just the ability to sit back and hang out with friends and family. It’s also harder to work out and be healthy when you’re on the road. Things are always changing and it’s too tempting to eat good bad food.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Fans are going to hear a lot of our new stuff that we’ll be testing out, as well as a lot of really hard-hitting unreleased promo. Expect a lot of crazy edits and live mashups! We’re getting excited just thinking about it.

How would you describe your set in three words?

Maximal, Bouncy, Fun

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Quality over quantity. Our new motto LOL and “It only takes 4 sounds to make a hit” – Alesso

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

Getting booked by Control LA makes us feel accomplished in that we have support from one of the most prominent people in the industry. Super excited to be invited to play.

07/19/14 Sydney Blu

@SYDNEYBLU

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

When I was going to college, I used to go to a club called Atomic in Ottawa all the time and watch the DJ and wish I was him or her. Eventually I took it up myself. I taught myself to spin vinyl when I moved to Toronto and became a pretty big local in that city. Then I got signed and started touring in 2007.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

Well, it’s a big room so I feel like I can go hard. I think they also appreciate the more underground stuff which is what I’m also really into right now so I can mix that into my House music.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I am working to finish my artist album right now. I am also working on a BLU Party event to tour North America leading into 2015.

What inspires you to make music?

Other music sometimes. Sometimes an idea of a speech or a vocal…or even sometimes a DJ set. Or a concert of any kind of music, really. Art inspires me.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Artists like Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, Christan Smith (who is on my radio show this week), Roger Sanchez and Eric Morillo are all artists who paved the way for me.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It evolved so much. I feel like it’s gone full circle for me. I am playing the underground and House stuff again…and I fully evolved into a big room sound for a very short time…but I am back at my roots again playing what I should….music that represents me.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Yoga and routine.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

I’m playing a House and Tech-house set. So get ready to groove :)

How would you describe your set in three words?

Jacking energetic Tech-House 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Do everything from your heart. It’s the key to life.

07/19/14 tyDi

@tyDi

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

When I was 15 I first heard electronic music and immediately fell in love with it. I was playing drums at the time in a band but loved the idea that I could compose / produce electronic music completely on my own. It took away the element of needing 3 other motivated band members. Also something about the repetition swept me away. 

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

For me Avalon feels less like a ‘club’ and more like a concert type event, which is a great thing! I like club shows but something about Avalon gives me that inspiration to go all out eclectic and play as if I was in front of 40,000 people. My previous shows at Avalon have been incredible, the fans really bring it and I couldn’t be more excited to come back… Especially with all the new material that I’ve written! 

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I’ve just wrapped up my brand new studio album ‘ReDefined’ – 20 songs… It’s taken my 3 years to write, record produce and finish the project. I am so excited for the release (which is very soon). A lot of my fans know my for my ‘Shooting Stars’ album that came out in 2011, I think this will be the new Shooting Stars… it’s my best work yet. 

What inspires you to make music?

The music itself, the way it makes me feel and the way it can alter a listeners emotions. Music acts like a drug almost, it can remind you of things you’d thought you’d forgotten and it can sweep you away to places that send chills down your spine. I like to write music that has that effect on both me and my fans. 

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Far too many people to name, a lot of the vocalists and bands that I collaborated with on my upcoming album are people who have heavily inspired me over the years. 

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

Well the production has gotten better as technology and software has evolved, but I think the musicality has gotten worse. Dance music has become very ‘dumbed down’, and I think this is because of all the new producers who have access to software that makes it easy to throw a beat together – but that doesn’t make it any easier to be a good songwriter. So we have this wave of ‘good quality’ production with no artistic integrity or intellectual songwriting. I’m not saying there isn’t brilliant forward thinking music out there, but in the mainstream it’s flooded by garbage. I’ve really tried to make my new album an example of pure songwriting crossed with EDM, it’s a very big hybrid of genres. 

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Company, touring is so lonely. I’m constantly on my own in hotels and on planes. That’s probably the worst part about it. 

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

The very best of me, I love to go all out at Avalon… I want people to walk away feeling like they’ve experienced something they won’t get again until they come to my next show. There’s no way in hell I will let that night be generic. 

How would you describe your set in three words?

Emotive, captivating, powerful. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Don’t follow the trends, find your own sound and be sure to learn about songwriting and music theory… not just how to make a song sound ‘fat’. 

07/18/14 Vato Gonzalez

@vatogonzalez

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

The first time I heard unconventional, non-radio dance music, I was about 13 years old and I literally started a one man mosh-pit. It was a song by The Prodigy and this encounter with such raw relentless energy set off a spark in me that led me to try and find ways to make my own music. After a while, I found some software (Fasttrack on an old DOS computer) and since then I never really stopped making music. I simply love to produce music. As people began to recognize my work, I wanted to play live. Easier said than done, because it took me about a year of working in a supermarket before I could afford the gear. It was deemed a foolish endeavor at the time, yet it turned out to be one of the best investments I’ve ever made. After some time performing at a local bar, I got into organizing events in my home town. I usually had either Afrojack or Hardwell in the lineup, as I’ve known them before they even made music and they were just getting started in the scene. These events quickly became the #1 sold out event in town and from that point on I started with my own label/platform called “Dirty House”. The mix tapes went viral online and within no-time, I had an agenda with 300 gigs every year and could finally say goodbye to my day job as a software engineer. 

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

It’s in Hollywood. I’ve never even been to the west coast, so for me it’s all new. So, from a set point of view, I’ll just come armed with a few thousand tracks and 15 years of DJ experience around the globe and see what the night will bring. No two events, regardless of the venue, are the same and each event is a new challenge to make the crowd go insane and forget about the world for a night!

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

As we speak, I’m finishing a new track to be released on Ministry of Sound with #1 charting UK rapper Wiley. For the UK, this will be the long awaited follow-up to my previous Top 10 chart hits ‘Badman Riddim’ and ‘Not a Saint’. Next to that, I recently signed a new EDM track to Steve Aoki’s label ‘Dim Mak’, called ‘Monkey Riddim’. This one is scheduled for July 22 release and already enjoys support by Blasterjaxx, Hardwell, W&W, Martin Garrix, Tommy Trash and more of the DJMAG Top 100 names.

What inspires you to make music?

A producer is basically an individual that is able to transform emotion into sound. So, my inspiration usually comes from a combination of complete randomness and that awesome feeling of being in a club at peak-hour, with the sound being superb, the atmosphere being lovely and going completely insane at a new track you’ve never heard before. I put all my emotions into the productions, so elements can be euphoric, hopeful, aggressive, passionate or just borderline nuts. I’ve never seen music as different genres, just different vibes. From a technical point of view, my inspiration comes from listing to other music that fits the vibe I’m creating. I tend to listen to a lot of old house music from 1988-2000, which is the foundation of what we now know as EDM. Besides that, I listen to many different kinds of music varying from dancehall to soul train classics. 

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

The Prodigy has always been my #1 influence, reaching to their level is an unrealistic but admirable goal. Next to that, I’ve found that Diplo and his movement tend to release a lot of stuff with elements I like, as does Steve Aoki with his Dim Mak label. A-Trak has always been a valuable source of inspiration when it comes to staying true to your roots as a raver and not taking this whole EDM industry and the personification of an artist’s alter-ego all too serious.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

I started out on an old DOS computer in 8 bit mono, crate digging for new tunes, breaking my back whilst carrying around vinyl to a club and not being able to get any help in trying to figure out how it all works. Right now, I download the latest tracks at the click of mouse, carry around in-ears and an SD card in my back pocket and find new techniques and software in mere seconds online. Back in the days, I could play a single song for a year without people nagging it was ‘old’, but had no ways of customizing or bootlegging the tune to my needs. I was amongst the few who could produce when I started, yet now everybody can produce tenfold of the quality of what I made back then. This pushes me to improve myself every day. So, all melancholy set aside, I like the current age we’re living in and look forward to the future. They day you stop wanting to improve yourself is the day you start becoming obsolete.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

My cat, my bed, my studio, healthy food and the ability to freely determine what to do when you feel like doing it. Although traveling around the world is in a certain way the absolute freedom from the nine-to-five-cubicle-worker’s point of view, in another sense it’s a very tight regime with deadlines usually every 1-8 hours. I love to be on tour and am very grateful to be able to live my dream, but it’s not always fun and games. On tour there is always the next flight to be caught, the next interview being planned, the next set coming up. It can be quite stressful at times, so I spend quite some time making sure everything has been arranged properly in advance, so I can relax as soon as I’m on the road.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

A Dutch guy with too much energy, rocking the roof off, DJ’ing like a maniac, and who’s making sure you’ll be out of breath after the set. As I mentioned before, I just look at the vibe in the club, the energy of the people and without being bothered too much about specific genres, just do what I love doing best. Although the main course is EDM, don’t be surprised to find yourself bumping and grinding to some moombahton in between or dancing uncontrollably on a drum and bass track that you’d never have expected to come up. Every set is a custom job, so beyond expecting the unexpected, this is Dirty House!

How would you describe your set in three words?

Hyperactive Dutch Bastard.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

“You’ll never make it, stop making music!”; telling me I can’t do what I dream of doing, certainly results in me trying to prove myself right and others very wrong. Never let anybody tell you what you can or cannot do. The establishment of any given time is only the result of what has been socially accepted in your current social circle at your geographical location. History favors the bold, so be extremely driven to go where you want to go. Any man, or woman for that matter, on a mission is unstoppable if he or she has decided failure is not an option. Don’t expect things to work out from the start, be realistic and whatever you do; never give up.

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

The world! I’ve been playing in The Netherlands and European clubs for a while now, but I’m looking for the next challenge. The next step. Control at Avalon is part of that next step. So, without sounding really cheesy, I’m really looking forward to it and I’m going to give it my all to show you what Dirty House and Vato Gonzalez is all about!

07/12/14 Klangkarussell

@Klangkarussell

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

Adrian started to DJ when he was 15. He put on his own club nights when he was 16. Tobi started DJing with Klangkarussell.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

We finished our debut record, and we’re gonna release an EP here in America on July 29th. The album will come later in the year. We started our live show this spring and are looking to bring it to the US in September/October. We’re also gonna do another DJ run.

What inspires you to make music?

That’s hard to tell. Probably everything we’ve ever been through. We can’t name precise sources of inspiration.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Same here. We’ve been listening to music for such a long time that everything we liked came together to the sound that we enjoy making.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

The good food and the friends, of course.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

We can’t remember having received any advice that we listened to…but we would give this:

Do what you want and keep on going.

07/12/14 Henry Krinkle

@HenryKrinkle_

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

I started learning to produce music at around 16. I had been playing bass in some bands with friends and wanted to make my own songs. I got into DJing at around 18 as a fun way to play out some of my own music. Dedication to my music has led me to where I am today.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I have new original material almost ready to go. Once I get through the business side of things I can share it and hopefully people will appreciate it. I also have a new project I’m working on with a close friend but that’s all I’ll say.

What inspires you to make music?

Any kind of sound and the desire to tell stories. 

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Tool, Mogwai, Sigur Ros, GY!BE, Paul Baribeau, The Decemberists, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Mount Kimbie and, most importantly,  my friends. There are more, of course, but those are a few that color my sound.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

My bed and an open schedule. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

The best advice is don’t quit if it’s something you really love. I don’t think it matters what you are doing but if you can’t imagine yourself in 20 years doing whatever it is you are pursuing, then you should find out what that thing is. I found out music was for me a long time ago and stuck to it not because I felt like I should but because I didn’t feel like I had a real choice.

I also think it’s important to have a clear personal definition of success. I’ve always felt successful when I’m making music because it’s engrossing and satisfying to help create something out of nothing. I’ve always loved DJing because I like helping soundtrack a good night and watching people have fun.

Creativity comes and goes on its own time. Don’t stress about it.

My last piece of advice is to stop worshipping celebrity. Focus on art. I know sometimes the celebrity itself is an art project but it needs to be remembered as such and not idolized.

07/11/14 Sebjak

@sebjak

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

I started DJing when I was 16 for fun but then it got more serious when I was 18 and I got my first resident job in Stockholm. I then got into producing with some friends when I was 20. I started off with trance and then I heard Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso’s early tracks, which really got me into producing house.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

I’ve played Avalon a few times and every time I get the chance to play there, straight away I’m like ‘hell yes!’ The last time I was there was in March and it was such a good night. The whole crowd has this massive energy and the venue is just so cool. There aren’t many places that can beat its sound and light system on the west coast in my opinion. The whole night is run so smoothly. If a night isn’t run well then it makes a huge difference.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I’ve been working on my album with Ultra for quite a while now. I want to include as many live instruments and singers as possible to give it a more up tempo indie vibe. It’s taking me a long time to perfect it, like I’ll be happy with the track then listen to it a week later and change something else. I’ve also got a track with UK’s Kryder that I played for the first time ever last weekend in New York. I’m really excited to bring that out.

What inspires you to make music?

Hearing other great music! When I listen to another producer’s music and I like it, the first thing I want to do is get in the studio and make something too!

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Definitely my fellow Swedes like the Size guys. Also producers like Riva Starr, Nic Fanciulli and Gui Boratto are really cool guys to listen to. Daft Punk have also been an influence for me. I watched ‘Around The World’ on MTV for ages and thinking how great their creativity was.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

Just like with any genre of music, dance music is constantly changing, teenagers are listening to a wider variety of music, which is really cool. It makes producing so much more fun as you have a lot more stuff to play around with.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

The people. All my family and friends are from Stockholm and so that’s what I miss the most. Also, in Stockholm everything’s so close to where I am, I never need to take a taxi so it’s very different going to places like LA where everything is far away and spread out but I love the difference. The thing I miss the least though would be the weather!

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

They should expect the unexpected ha! I don’t want to give too much away. I’ll be playing some stuff not many people have heard before and also some classics that’ll get everyone going!

How would you describe your set in three words?

DRUMS…ENERGETIC…FRESH

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

My best advice is the classic work hard and don’t give up. When some people start up I don’t think they realize how much time producing takes and even if it’s just changing small parts of the track, it’ll make a huge difference to the end production. Also, I’d say to always listen to your tracks through iPod headphones, car speakers and just different environments. Some people forget that tracks can be played outside of a club!  

What does it mean for you to play Control at Avalon?

It’s so cool. I’ll be with Mike Hawkins and VINAI so it’ll be a really good night! Mike’s a good friend and we’ve worked together in the past so it’s always fun being on the same bill as him.

07/11/14 Mike Hawkins

@djMikeHawkins

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

My dad bought me a simple sampler-program back when I was 13 which I just couldn’t get my hands off. I started doing small mashups of what I liked back then, like mixing Eminem with Linkin Park, haha. I just kept going and eventually a friend of mine introduced me to the more rocky types of Electronic Music (as I came from Rock music) and I was sold. Naturally I started working on my own tracks – but it took a long time for me to feel like they were good enough. 

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I have a huge new collab on the way with Jay Hardway that will be out in early August on Spinnin Records. Besides that I’m naturally promoting my single, “Revolt”, right now of which we’re donating 100% of my proceeds to UNICEF. I really want to start getting into more charitable work. I think it shows a lot about an artist’s intentions somehow – and while we can all have a good time Friday and Saturday night, there are other important things in this world that need to be put some light to, and I feel like that if you have a reach of any kind, it’s your responsibility to help do that.Then, of course, I just came back from Korea and now the whole North American tour – 16 dates in some of the country’s biggest markets like LA, NY, Washington D.C., San Francisco, which I’m really excited about.

What inspires you to make music?

People, cultures and traveling. At first I was very afraid to stray from the norm in what I did – but I feel like I found a great middle ground in my music, not any longer worrying so much about what I do, but being able to include all the inputs and feelings I get from cultures across the world in my music. I feel like the true strength of my productions is that they work so well live. I think it’s possible for fans and audiences to “feel” the energy (if you will) you put into making something, beyond just how the track “drops”.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

So many people that I’ve lost count. Moby, Chemical Brothers, System of A Down, Linkin Park, Infected Mushroom. Those are all some huge influencers. Then of course everyone I “came up with” a bit. I grew up musically around people like Sebjak (who I’m also playing with at Control) and Martin Garrix – and I feel like I’ve been able to absorb the best of everything from everyone. I have huge respect for everything musical my peers do, there’s so much to learn from everyone.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It’s gone from underground acid raves, to sunshine music and “happy beats”, to “how hard can you smash the floor”. But I feel like it’s all kinda opening up now. The new fans are starting to understand where electronic music “came from”, so to speak, and it’s a great feeling because it really opens up what you can play live.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

I miss my girlfriend and my studio. But that’s it. I never miss my physical home, if you will – that’s just a bunch of walls and furniture.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Energy and variation! I like keeping a natural flow in my stuff. I hate just loading up my set lists with top10 bangers and then mixing them together. If the energy level stays high all the time, it also stays the same, and there’s no real adventure in a set with a static energy level. A good live set has to take you on a journey through all types of styles, tempos, energies and ambiences while still staying impactful (which is, of course, the hard part).

How would you describe your set in three words?

Forceful, Vibrant and Different.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

To be respectful and full of love towards everyone you meet. It sounds cliché but it’s really the secret to anything in life.

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

Avalon’s one of the most historical clubs in the United States, so it’s a big honor. I’m happy to finally be able to give a bit of myself here!

07/11/14 VINAI

@VINAIofficial

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

Well, we started only 3 years ago just for passion and love for the music.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

We will play a fully intensive, non-stop set. A lot of people and friends say to us that Avalon LA is really crazy; we really can’t wait to smash it!

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

We are working on few new projects. First of all, our upcoming remix for the one and only R3hab, “Unstoppable,” will be released by Sony Music on July 15. Talking about collabs and original mixes, we’ve got a new one with R3hab and another one with MAKJ. Those are both really really cool! And, of course, our brand new original mix!

What inspires you to make music?

Sometimes the best inspiration comes, for example, from one particular synth. There are no rules about inspiration.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Mmmm, probably the continuing evolution of this EDM scene, not an artist in particular.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It’s continually changing, and this is happening so fast! Starting from the sounds to the main structure of the track. Also, it’s all happening so fast due the continuing evolution of hardware and software and we love that!

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Our family, our friends, our dog (eheh) and, of course, our studio. Producing on the road with a laptop is not the best way for making pro-stuff .:)

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Good question! People must know that in our show we do all of our best so they have to expect a crazy and energetic set full of new, unreleased music and a LOT of VINAI stuff. :)

How would you describe your set in three words?

Make It Bounce

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Probably the best advice is that, in this game, you must do what you like and be yourself, ALWAYS! For all of the upcoming guys, we think that the best thing to know is that “Rome was not built in 1 day” so take your time and do things step by step.

Press

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05/15/14 CITY NEVER SLEEPS: Los Angeles: AVALON

05/09/14 BILLBOARD: L.A.’s the AVALON Nightclub Revamps with ‘Superclub’ Production

05/08/14 LA WEEKLY: AVALON: A Sonic Overhaul and a Look Back

05/01/14 IN THE MIX: Take a Look at AVALON Hollywood’s Slick New Renovation

02/26/14 BILLBOARD: Moby to Play Global Green USA’s Pre-Oscar Party

01/28/14 FOX 11 KTTV: EDM Legend Paul Oakenfold Has Been Around Longer Than Daft Punk

01/24/14 BILLBOARD: Will.i.am Pre-GRAMMY Charity Event Raises $2.4M

12/31/13 LOS ANGELES TIMES: Where to get your EDM groove on for New Year’s in Los Angeles

12/15/13 PROP 8 FILMS: NOH8 Campaign’s 4th Anniversary Party

12/03/13 LA WEEKLY: The Best Mustaches in Los Angeles Gather for Movember Gala

11/20/13 DJ MAG: AVALON’s Friday Night Party Gives Away Recordings of Shows

11/17/13 VARIETY: Power of Comedy Benefit

11/01/13 OC WEEKLY: Top Five EDM Shows in November

10/28/13 LA WEEKLY: Erick Morillo @ AVALON

09/20/13 WIREIMAGE: Wounded Warrior Project Style And Beauty Charity Event

08/18/13 THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion Honored at Geekie Awards

07/31/13 USA TODAY: VH-1 Do Something Awards

07/11/13 USA TODAY: How an Econ Major Became the Best College DJ in the U.S.

06/08/13 WIREIMAGE: Juvenile Arthritis Association Hosts The Sweet Suite

05/30/13 LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL: The Alliance for Children’s Rights 4th Annual Right to Laugh Comedy Night

05/15/13 IN THE MIX: 25 Clubs To Discover Before You Die

04/26/13 LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE: Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, Samuel L. Jackson At Hilarity For Charity

04/08/13 BUZZFEED: The Love Revolution Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion Show at AVALON

04/04/13 DO ANDROIDS DANCE?: The 10 Best Clubs in the U.S. Right Now

02/20/13 EXAMINER: Celebrity Photos at 2013 Global Green Pre-Oscar Party

02/05/13 THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Grammys 2013: Where to Party With Jay-Z, Carly Rae Jepsen and Cee Lo Green

01/25/13 FOX 11 KTTV: Bust A Move! The Choreographers Carnival Has Come To Town

12/19/12 X17 VIDEO: The Voice Wrap Party

12/08/12 LOS ANGELES TIMES: Inside Gaming Awards

11/17/12 VARIETY: Power of Comedy Benefit

08/24/12 RESIDENT ADVISOR: Clubbing in Los Angeles

06/29/12 LA WEEKLY: Cedric Gervais, Sharam @ AVALAND

05/04/12 MIXMAG: In LA with Claude VonStroke + Justin Martin

04/11/12 LOGOTV: The NewNowNext Awards

02/11/12 LA WEEKLY: Lina in L.A. – Paul van Dyk

02/08/12 BIZBASH: Belvedere Event Benefiting (RED).

01/28/12 ROLLING STONE: Skrillex Takes Control in L.A.

10/07/11 LA WEEKLY: Best of L.A. 2011

08/01/11 DJ MAG: Hollywood Babylon

11/17/10 INTERNATIONAL DJ: AVALON-And-On-And-On

10/01/10 LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE: All Ages Hollywood

09/12/10 LOS ANGELES TIMES: How I Made It: John Lyons – Nightclubs’ Sound Advisor

08/07/10 INTERNATIONAL DJ: CONTROL / AVALAND

06/05/09 LOS ANGELES TIMES: Stepping into Indie Dance Era

06/12/08 BIZBASH: The Recording Academy Likes Avalon Hollywood

01/24/08 LOS ANGELES TIMES: Brazil’s Sunny Gui Boratto Plays House at AVALON