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The Exchange in LA is quickly becoming one of the most popular nightclubs in Southern California. With an extremely dedicated fanbase and a willingness to deliver the worlds best performers, they have established themselves as one of the go-to venues in a city overflowing with club scenes and wild nightlife. Friday night marked the night of Awakening, the Exchange’s premiere event that brings the worlds best trance DJs to L.A on a weekly basis. This week, Awakening featured one of the most influential and legendary acts in EDM, Gabriel & Dresden, special guest and trance extraordinaire Andy Moor, and an opening set by Los Angeles’ own Davi.
Once the clock struck 10 PM, doors opened and the crowd made its way to the dance floor to see “LA’s best kept secret,” Davi. The 20-year-old Davi layed down one of the most proper opening tech house sets I’ve ever seen. Openers take notice, it truly is an art to set the mood and get things going as an opening DJ (for those who don’t agree, check out this article). As it crept closer to midnight, Davi eased his way into some soothing trance while a heavy mist of fog took over the dancefloor. The time had come for the #50 DJ in the world to take the decks.
Personally, it was my first time seeing Andy Moor. I had envisioned myself enjoying his performance, but not being totally blown away. I couldn’t have been more wrong. From the moment Moor stepped on the decks, I was hooked. With every beat and every transition I found myself looking at what makes this man one of the worlds best. From ambient trance to uplifting anthems like Gareth Emery’s Tokyo, his track selection mirrored the crowd’s exact desires. The highlight of Moor’s set was certainly when he dropped Tom Fall’s latest remix of Armin van Buuren’s J’ai Envie De Toi. The crowd erupted as Armin’s beautiful trance melody met a riveting bassline that sounded absolutely insane blasting out of the venue’s Funktion One sound system. Moor did an astounding job of incorporating elements from both trance and house while sticking true to the integrity that makes each genre so unique.
Following Moor’s exceptional performance, the stage was set for the night’s headlining act–San Francisco natives and professional party starters Gabriel & Dresden. Once G&D took the stage at 1 AM, the crowd welcomed them with a steady cheer as they immediately stole the show. I mean, anytime you open your set with Sandro Silva & Quintino’s Epic, the crowd is in for one wild night. They followed that up with favorites like Eric Prydz’ Allein, Dada Life’s Kick Out The Epic Motherf*cker, Deadmau5′ Professional Griefers and Michael Woods’ Full Access. The vibe they let off was truly amazing as they mashed up popular rock vocals like The Killers’ Mr. Brightside, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and Kings Of Leon’s Use Somebody with the biggest songs in electronic dance music. For those looking to hear some of G&D own productions, they had you covered there too. They debuted a rework of Play It Back featuring the beautiful vocals of Betsie Larkin, and pulled out a few older productions like Tracking Treasure Down and their mashup of Axwell & Kings Of Leon, One Look Is On Fire (available for free download here). Their ability to switch between electro house, house and trance while maintaining control of the crowd showed exactly why they are one of the best tandems in the world.
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