Heads up party people! Los Angeles’ old Galaxy Theatre just got renovated and renamed The Observatory, and it’s a damn sick place to party. On Saturday, January 21st, Into The AM invited Robert DeLong and Dillon Francis to give the venue a test run. I was impressed right off the bat with the clear sound quality; the wooden floors made for an excellent rumbling massage for my feet.
I wasn’t familiar with opener Robert DeLong, but the intensity of his experimental performance was quite surprising. It was an impressive solo act that fused pre-recorded music with live drumming, singing, and keyboard jamming. Afterwards, main act Dillon Francis came on and played for over two hours. Dillon was all over the EDM spectrum, starting with catchy drum’n’bass like Hot Right Now by DJ Fresh before spinning some of his dirty moombahton hits like I.D.G.A.F.O.S. and his remix of She Blows by Time Takers.
Later in the set, Dillon tore up the place with hard electro bombs like Zedd’s Slam the Door and new tracks from his upcoming EP on OWSLA, set to release on February 14. The absolute climax of his set had to be when he made everyone bounce with hard dubstep tracks like Breakn’ A Sweat by Skrillex and The Doors and his thunderous remix of Who Is Ready to Jump by Chuckie. Overall, the event had great turnout and there was plenty of room to move around; I really look forward to more shows at The Observatory. Going forward, I hope they pimp it out even more with some fog machines for the dancefloor and more lights and lasers.