Last weekend our friends at Minimal Effort once again put Los Angeles back on the map as an international landmark for underground dance music. Set at the Enox events center, an industrial warehouse complex on the outskirts of downtown, Minimal effort used the space to create an underground dance heaven.

Minimal Effort brought Claptone’s world-renowned stage production “The Masquerade” stacked with top talent such as MK, Amanie Edge & Dance, and Brodinski to name a few. These artists brought the life to the party, playing anything from disco-house to nasty break-beats. The Masquerade stage production was minimal but effective, equipped with a massive disco ball and the ever-so-mesmerizing Claptone mask right above the DJ booth.

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Last year we had the opportunity to to interview Claptone just after his Coachella 2016 debut, and we couldn’t have been more excited to see him headline Minimal Effort last Saturday. You can check out our interview with Claptone here.

The Masquerade served as a highlight for many attendees, however the outdoor “Dead Garden” stage really brought the spooky, Halloween vibes to life. This open-air industrial space, fully equipped with bone-shattering funktion-one sound, enabled a new dimension to warehouse parties. Raves in the warehouse district are almost always illegal, so they must be held in spaces that attract limited attention and sound pollution, resulting in sweaty, claustrophobic areas. However, with Minimal Effort’s permit from the county, they were able to host an enchanting ambiance under the night sky. Highlights from the Dead Garden included LA’s very own Eagles & Butterflies, Damian Lazarus, and “All Day I Dream” label boss Lee Burridge. These artists and many more brought the eclectic sounds off deep and dark techno and tech-house.

Almost every weekend you can find a space similar to the one chosen by Minimal Effort in the LA warehouse district. However, what separates Minimal Effort from small, underground promoters is the production and value of the event. At Minimal Effort, there were a great deal of security, police, and medical services making sure everyone was safely having fun. In my opinion, these people were not out to bust anyone, rather a reassurance that if anyone needed help, they would have someone to turn to. Amenities like these are certainly taken for granted, especially in comparison to the many ‘illegal’ parties thrown in the warehouse district, where the security would hardly bat an eye for your safety.

For the past three years, Minimal Effort has continued to reel in top talent for their infamous New Years Party. Set in an undisclosed location near downtown, Minimal Effort NYE will rock the city of LA into the new year with artists like Justin Martin and DJ Tennis, to name a few.

Unfortunately, trying to throw a “warehouse” party of this caliber came with many repercussions. By 11:00 PM, the county sheriff ordered the doors to close on hundreds of ticket-holding attendee’s because they deemed the event at capacity. In a statement from Minimal Effort’s Facebook page, they claim the event was not at capacity and they had no choice but to close the gates, or shut the entire event down. Refunds have been made to everyone who was negatively affected by this and will also receive a free ticket to Minimal Effort’s New Year’s Eve event.

Should Minimal Effort be the one to blame for the unfortunate circumstances? Absolutely not. They went through the measures necessary to make this event both legal and run smoothly. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Police Department thought otherwise, ruining one of the most vibrant weekends of the year for many and severely hurting the Minimal Effort brand.

We cannot praise Minimal Effort enough for pushing in a direction to further legitimize the infamous, and now fleeting LA warehouse scene. The events that happened this Saturday are unfortunate, but should serve as a reminder as to why this scene hosts ‘illegal’ events in the first place.  When going to an event like this, one hopes to escape the routines and binds of everyday life and seek clairvoyance from the calculated freedom that a proper dance floor seems to grant. There’s something about losing yourself in a dark, industrial warehouse to the heart-piercing sounds of house and techno that makes me feel alive. This is where the underground lives and breathes. This is where it is most alive. Instead of legitimizing an underground experience for your attendee’s with bottle service and VIP areas, it may be time to take the route many promoters in the underground scene have forced to do and let the event be handled in your own hands rather than the hands city officials.

Minimal Effort is the most professionally recognized underground dance music production company in the city of Los Angeles. They are legitimizing a space that no other promoter has intended to do. These hiccups should serve as major learning experiences and we are more than confident they will bounce back this coming New Years and show the city of LA how vibrant the underground scene really is.