This past Thursday, I had the privilege of experiencing a Chris Lake show at Lure, a venue in the heart of Hollywood that boasts many elements that make up a unique nightclub experience. Walking toward Lure, I came to notice how inconspicuous the building was from the outside. While most nightclubs have giant marquees, Lure’s dark entrance is covered in foliage and vines, creating an experience that feels forbidden. Once I passed through the almost-hidden entrance, I found myself inside an impressive nightclub space.
The first element I noticed were the dozens of sizable, illuminated spheres hanging from the ceiling, reminiscent of Sensation White’s trademark element, filling Lure with bold colors. The 18,000 square foot venue was complemented with motion-sensitive LED screens and larger-than-life suede panels. The mainbar had a fifteen foot fire sculpture, and behind that was a secret garden with suspended plants and enormous chandeliers. The crowd was a good mix of Hollywood’s finest night owls, all dressed to impress.
TJR took the stage first. The Los Angeles native has seen incredible success this past year with Funky Vodka and Ode To Oi topping Beatport charts, with the former being transformed into a top 40 hit by Pitbull. TJR played a set that can be described as funky tech house, showcasing his acid house and techno roots.
Before he went on, Chris Lake mentioned to us that “I don’t restrict myself to one genre, I play for the crowd,” and that’s exactly what he did as he took the stage. Chris Lake, founder of the well-respected Rising Music label, dropped techno and tech house alongside well-known progressive house tracks. Memorable moments occurred when he showcased his mashup of Deadmau5’s The Reward Is Cheese along with his trademark song, Sundown, as scantily-clad women dangled from the ceiling. When he played Ummet Ozcan’s The Box, a dark, high-energy trance tune, the at-capacity crowd erupted into a raging frenzy. Chris Lake’s performance was magnificent, filled with energy and surprise, showcasing the talents of one of electronic music’s favorites.