Minimal Effort has set a high standard in the Los Angeles music scene with their recent Halloween series event. Context is everything for a Halloween event, and when it comes to this evil day, we figured there was no place we’d rather be than the city of Dark Angels.

Los Angeles has a long history of embracing the Halloween tradition like no other place on earth. It is no wonder that back in 2001 when legendary DJ John Digweed was proclaimed as the best DJ in the world by DJ Mag, he dedicated his now classic GU 019 album to the legendary Halloween scene in Los Angeles. This time around, Minimal Effort choose the magnificent Belasco Theater, a relic of the 1920’s, in Downtown Los Angeles to transport every attending souls to another dimension. Constructed in 1904, the Belasco Theater’s cast stone decorations displayed an exquisite fusion of Churrigueresque, Spanish Renaissance, Moorish, and Gothic architecture. After laying dormant for more than 20 years, the Belasco theater made its grand debut in 2011 and is now one of the city’s premier multi-purpose event and entertainment complex.

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This past Halloween night, 2000 tortured souls entered the Belasco for a demonic gathering. The event consisted of 3 stages: hosted by Jukely & Mixmag, Deep House Amsterdam, Rollingtuff and Mobilee records. The event lineup catered to the deep house and dark techno connoisseurs. Once you entered the Belasco, you would soon find yourself in the midst of zombies, witches, dark kitties, vampires, and even the pope, naturally possessed by evil spirits.

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As we entered the Belasco, we could hear John Wander dropping Deep House and Minimal Techno beats. He was the perfect way to get the crowd’s heart pumping for the rest of the night. Upon entry you could not help but walk around and check out the magnificent venue and the wicked souls dancing around.

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As we entered the Mobilee Basement, we could feel the underground vibe right away. Selector Re.you was already making the crowd sweat with his throbbing Tech House beats. After grabbing some refreshing beverages and taking a brief restroom break, we headed upstairs to check out the Ballroom. This was by far my favorite portion of the venue. Complete with vintage decorations, it really made you feel special. Meanwhile, The Adana Twins were blasting some higher pitched tunes that got the crowd screaming. We could feel that the best was about to come and thus wandered back to the main stage, where Miss Kittin was already spinning.

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Anybody that has been following the electronic music scene long enough recognizes her vocals. We danced and sang to a couple more of her tunes. “Rumors on the Dance Floor” by Miss Kittin and Guy Gerber was another tune that really got everyone excited. Unfortunately, the sound quality in the main stage was just not there. I am not an audio engineer, but I know it’s hard to get the acoustics right in these types of venues.

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We then headed back to the Ballroom as the wickedness from hell came out to posses everybody in the room to the beat of the Canadian-duo Blond:ish. Blasting dirty Techno tunes from the beginning, Blond:ish kept everyone grooving non-stop… you could feel electricity in the air. In my opinion they took the night. These ladies keep amazing the crowd every time they come to Los Angeles. It was only an hour and thirty minutes into their set when security personnel told them to turn off the music. It was a little upsetting, but we were sent back to the Basement where the party kept going for another 30 minutes. Anja Schneider was in control of the decks, blasting her signature hypnotic techno. The room was completely full of monsters and infamous characters sweating and dancing to some of the best techno the world has to offer. It was an epic closing that left us clamouring for more and looking forward to the next Minimal Effort event!. Overall the event was well organized, the lines were fast, getting a drink was a breeze and the music/people made this one hell of a party! We definitely want more.

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Words: Marco Cortes

Photos: J Rosenberg