AVALON Interview Series

08/15/14 Whiiite

@WhiiiteOfficial

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

DJing my whole life and producing since 2009… Got into both as a creative outlet… Been into all kinds of art since I was very young and always felt music was one of the highest forms of expression.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

Home vs. away game… You always play different at home… 

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

Finalizing my new EP now along with the 2nd issue of my Comic Series from the Whiiite graphic novel. New sounds, new stories new characters… and, as always, working on new remixes. 

What inspires you to make music?

Energy…and I like when I hear songs created by myself or others that evoke visual images and emotions. I’m a very visual person and like when songs have an idea.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

So many to list… Producers: Great hip hop producers like Timbaland, Dr. Dre, J Dilla, DJ Premiere, The Neptunes… and electronic Trent Reznor, Justice, Wolfgang, The Prodigy, Nero.  On the DJ front here are some of my favorites: DJ AM, 2ManyDJs, DJ Shadow, DJ Z-TRIP, Mix Master Mike, Masters at Work, A-Trak, Aphex Twin, Steve Angello, DJ Clue.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It’s ever evolving… I think people who have been into it for a while may be a bit bitter about where it’s gone, but I like it. I like the fact that it’s everywhere. Means I can hear it more often and it makes producers/DJs more creative… Not all. :) But many… 

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

I’m sure most people answer this the same, but my bed and my fridge… I’m on a special diet so I love having my favorite foods at any time… That’s hard to find on the road…

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Energy…

How would you describe your set in three words?

1.) Club 2.) Hood 3.) Elbows 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

So much great advice I’ve gotten over the years… here’s a couple as I’m a philosophy nerd.

Find a few things that make you unique and stick with those. 

Important to know what you want your result to be instead of just making tunes.

Build a solid team around you.

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

There’s no better party in the world period… But hey, I’m biased…

08/13/14 HELENA

@DJHelena

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

If we are going back to the very beginning, I actually first started messing about on the decks at 14 years old. Since then I continued playing for fun at kick on’s and after party’s. My passion grew to the point that it over took everything else in my life. I was professionally DJ’ing full time as a career the last 5 years and I started producing about 4 years ago.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

Avalon is a real legendary venue in Los Angeles, it’s a proper music venue, which is rare in this day as so many clubs now focus on the VIP rather than the music. This is what makes me really turn on as a DJ playing to crowds that really appreciate what you do. When the two combine, you can really tear the roof off the club.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I just finished up my new track – “Raven” coming out on Ultra Records on Aug 22nd. I have also just wrapped up a remix for one of the big names in the scene. I have about 3 other tracks on the go at the moment that I am working on, which are sounding unreal. I feel I am progressing with every track. This next year is going to be very exciting.

What inspires you to make music?

It’s what I live, eat and breathe every day and always have done. I am doing what I truly love and that alone is enough inspiration to drive me.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Steve Angello, Thomas Gold, Eric Prydz, Nicky Romero, Alesso, Deniz Koyu through to W&W, Hardwell, Dannic, Sick Individuals, Ummet Ozcan and more. I take inspiration from different producers/DJs for different reasons.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

The attention span of the clubbers is a lot shorter than when I first started playing. These days a full 6 minutes plus track feels like a lifetime. I mix very fast these days. Dance music is forever evolving, there seems to be a million genres and sub genres these days. At the end of the day, good music is good music. I play what I like and what makes me want to dance.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

I miss routine, training, eating well and sleep. When your schedule is crazy and you are doing back to back shows it’s really hard to stay on track with your health. You miss the simple things, like your own bed for instance.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

When I perform my aim is to try to create an amazing atmosphere, to get people to forget their shit and dance like crazy. If I don’t have the club all united going crazy, I feel I have failed. I try to deliver great music in a way that brings people together. I project a lot of energy onto the crowd.

How would you describe your set in three words?

Upfront, energetic, big.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Focus on the music. Which sounds crazy, but you would be surprised how many artists are more concerned with fame or fortune then their actual craft. 

08/09/14 Sandro Silva

@djSandroSilva

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

I started producing music around the age of 14/15. I saw so many DJ’s from Holland doing well worldwide, so they those guys were a huge inspiration for me.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

At Avalon I always feel at home, and the crowd has the same thing. They make you feel comfortable as a DJ and they let you go wherever you want to go that night music-wise. It’s always a special night for me at Avalon!

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I have many projects I’m working on right now, but the newest is gonna be out on Armada end of August. Whole different sound again, and I hope people will like it!

What inspires you to make music?

Everything. It could be things I see when I’m on tour or special people I meet during my life.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

A lot of people and not only DJ’s. Guys like David Guetta and Tiesto but also people like Drake or Kanye West.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

Back in the day, you could see the boundaries. Now everything is starting to get closer and closer. It’s not weird anymore that trance is made on 128 or that hard style is combined with electro house. Crazy!

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

My family, home cooked meals and my studio!

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

A lot of new music of my own and my DJ friends and a different set than what they normally hear on an ‘EDM’ night.  

How would you describe your set in three words?

Powerful, energetic and groovy.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

The best advice I got was, to go on with the sound I felt comfortable with. It’s impossible to be something you are not going to be. Always try to be yourself with everything you do, so also music-wise. That’s the best advice I have to give.

08/08/14 TV Noise

@TVNoiseMusic

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

We started producing music together when we were 15/16. First it was just for fun, but then it started to become our job!

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

At Avalon we can experiment much more with music. The people there are just nuts and are open for new music, which makes Avalon one of our favorite clubs at the moment.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

We are working on an amazing collab with a really cool DJ. Can’t say a lot about it, but it is going to be BIG!

What inspires you to make music?

Playing in clubs like Avalon! Playing in front of such a crowd makes us really want to make more music.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

We love musicians who are not afraid to be original!

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It has changed quite a lot. It’s more accessible to start producing which means there are a lot more producers out there. It’s good to have more people in the scene, but it also makes it harder to stand out!

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

We both have girlfriends who we miss a lot when we are on the road. But also…STUDIO COFFEE.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

A LOT OF AMAZING MUSIC!

How would you describe your set in three words?

Freaking crazy energetic

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Be original. Number one rule.

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

Control has the best ravers, organization and drinks. And the posters. We love the posters.

08/08/14 MAKJ

@MAKJ

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

DJing at 14, and producing at 20.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

Avalon has a completely different vibe than any club in LA, which makes it very special to me. I get to play the new/old songs people dream about playing in clubs.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

Coming out with a special FREE original tune with Deorro this Friday to celebrate my return to LA!

What inspires you to make music?

Everything, but always ideas start to spark when I have a sandwich, ice tea, and a big bag of jalapeno chips in front of me.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Tom Petty, The Bravery, Bloc Party, just to name a few. I really don’t get inspired by a lot of the generic house music now a days. Stick to my roots with Rock. 

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

100%, it has gone up and down and back around. In a good way. 

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

American food, clean sheets, my toilet. Haha

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

A mix of everything, the people who have seen me play will tell you the same thing. “MAK plays everything!”

How would you describe your set in three words?

Energetic, Eclectic, Effervescent. TRIPLE E’s

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Produce your own music. Be an artist, not a DJ. Play YOUR music!

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

JASO, CHRIS WHITE. That’s what it means. Really it’s a huge honor to play at this legendary club.

08/08/14 BYNON

@bynonofficial

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

Ministry of Sound “The Annual” 2004 CD 1

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

Avalon is one of my favorite spots to play in all of North America, not only because the club in incredible but because the people who come to the shows there know their music. It is a spot that I really get to test drive a lot of my new music. 

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

Originals, originals and more originals.  I have SOOOOOO much new music coming, including a collab with MAKJ, Cobra Effect, and another single with Project46. On top of that people will be very happy to learn that my new radio show will be coming out extremely soon. All I can say for now is, “Do you like eggs?”

What inspires you to make music?

Gossip Girl, Gold Spandex, and Spirit Fingers. (No, these are not bands.) 

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Helen Keller and Celine Dion

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Family. I’m incredibly lucky to have one of the most supportive families on this planet. They help me to remember to take time out of my crazy schedule to just relax and enjoy my time at home. And, of course, my Studio. I do a lot of production on the road but back home in my Montreal Studio is where almost everything gets finished! 

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

To be sweating their asses off, and incredibly entertained. I give my 100 and 10 percent every time I play a show whether it be for 10 or 10,000 people. These are the people that support and helped you get to where you are. You can never slack or get lazy when it comes to your performance. I’m very excited to be at Avalon as the place already has such an incredible energy.

How would you describe your set in three words?

I Must Dance (Valley Girl Voice)

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Best advice would be, Shoot for the stars because you will land on the moon. 

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

In all honesty, Avalon is an incredible venue staffed with some of the most talented and respected people in the industry. They know their shit and they will go to any lengths to make sure you feel comfortable and taken care of. They truly are a family within the Dance Community and I am so grateful and honored to be a part of it. 

08/01/14 Meaux Green

@themeauxgreen

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

Around 2008, I started out DJing with random records I bought from a vinyl shop. A friend of mine thought I would be good at producing and gave me a copy of Ableton. Now we’re here!

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

I always give my all and try to make each set unique with edits and new tracks. With that being said, I’ve been looking forward to playing at Avalon for a long time, so I’ll have a few Meaux tricks up my sleeves ;)

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

Currently working on all new original tracks, another remix collab with Party Favor for the Flosstradamus guys coming out soon on Ultra, another song for Mad Decent, and some more bootleg remixes of the free variety.

What inspires you to make music?

I’ve always been into creating, whether it was graffiti, graphic design, or playing live instruments. I always loved the really weird sounds in dance music so it was a natural progression for me. I would say now, that my fans are my biggest inspiration to keep going.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

I draw inspiration from whatever I can. I know every time I hear Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic,” I feel like I have to run to the studio. There are so many different layers of sounds flowing harmonically, it just really gets me going. As far as dance music I came in on the Daft Punk, Boys Noize, Justice train.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

Dance music has definitely become more accessible to the masses, new sounds and subgenres are always being created, so it’s constantly evolving. That being said, sounds and genres get played out faster, so old sounds get replaced with new fresher sounds and then things come back into style. It’s a vicious circle. 

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Besides my loved ones, I miss my private space and workflow. It’s tough to be as productive when you are in and out of airports so it’s crucial to make the best of your free time.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Lots of energy, hear some new tunes, but also some favorites in a way they might not have heard before. I’m a big fan of the element of surprise.

How would you describe your set in three words?

“Turn Down Por Qué?” That’s four words, sorry.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Don’t eat Chipotle before you perform and always bring a backup.

But really, the best advice I could give up-comers is find your own sound. I think it’s awesome to be inspired by others, but it’s also really important to be able to put your own finger prints on your work. Also, stay focused and never give up.

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

Its huge! It’s always been a goal of mine to play here one day and now I finally get to do it! Let’s go!

08/01/14 Tropkillaz

@Tropkillaz

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

Zegon: I’m old school. I started djing in the late 80’s and producing at the same time

Laudz: I’m new school. I started first producing, making beats in 2006, on FruityLoops and started djing in 2010.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

We’re South Americans and love L.A. and the whole West Coast style. It’s our Hip Hop School. It’s gonna be our debut in Los Angeles, and every time we see a Control Party Flyer, we say damn!!! We gotta play on that party. That is a dream line up. We have tracks with Party Favor and Meaux Green and Meaux Green and Party Favor have tracks together. It’s gonna be a family affair.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

We’re working on some next level Tropkillaz songs, new collaborations with MC’s. Some old school, some new, and some mainstream. We can’t still reveal them, but very soon y’all are gonna know it.

What inspires you to make music?

Our lifestyle. The streets of Sao Paulo and Curitiba. The Brazilian way of life. Movies. Skateboarding…

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

There are many, many to list… from Q-Bert to Timbaland, from Bambataa to Dr Dre, Hendrix, G-Funk, Old School and Underground Hip Hop

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

We both came from the Hip Hop School. The best thing that ever happened was when Hip Hop and Dance music started to blend and all genres and styles became a big mix. We have no barriers. We only trust one musical genre: Good Music.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Mostly the food, not taking flights, and watching soap operas.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

We gonna bring a bunch of new tunes, and of course, some classic shit. Playing with Meaux Green and Party Favor is hard cause we gonna have to take their tracks out of our sets. Every set we play at least 2 or 3 tracks of theirs. We’re gonna have a chance to show something new though.

How would you describe your set in three words?

Tropkillaz original style

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

The best advice we ever got is “Don’t try to follow anyone. Be yourself.” Our advice would be pretty much the same. Don’t look to the side, look ahead. Be ahead of the time.

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

That means we’re gonna be controlling the crowd. Get ready!

08/01/14 Party Favor

@partyfavormusic

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

I studied film in school and I’ve always loved the creative aspect of expressing yourself and finding ways to make things incredibly cool looking, sounding, feeling. I’ve always loved music of all sorts and so I think it was really a natural progression. I starting playing some shows locally and soon I was trying to create the sounds I couldn’t find anywhere else.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

For me Avalon is a truly iconic setting. Living in LA and seeing all of the very best of the best come through and play Avalon has landed it on my dream gig list. To play Avalon means I have to bring my A game and step it up like everyone has done before me – my Avalon set might be one of my favorites out of the year.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

Oh where to begin. Everything is picking up so quickly that I hardly can keep track of it all. So much I wish I could announce. Working a great deal with Mad Decent right now to wrap up singles, remixes, mixes and more. My track “Bap U” will be wrapping up summer and my Diplo & Friends mix launches this month. Aside from that … tours!!

What inspires you to make music?

My inspiration comes from everything around me. It seems cliché, but the fast pace of the city and the people in LA bring out so many different ideas and styles that I’ll see or hear something that will inspire some part of a track. Musically I’ll listen to reggae to heavy metal in any given week, so my influence is about as wide ranging as possible, haha.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

To expand on that I’d have to say everyone from Sublime to AC DC to Jack White and back. I love being surprised by genre, so I’m really inspired by people who bring energy out of pockets you wouldn’t expect. I can’t seem to get enough of some of these vocalists today like BANKS and Lorde too – wild stuff.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It seems to change all the time. When I first started making music I was inspired by what was around me, creating electro and mixing tons of house. Now, I’m in love with the energy and ridiculousness of twerk and trap music – some of the sounds, styles and techniques I get to play with in the 100 bpm range is way too much fun.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

All sorts of little things I start to miss like family and friends, or the gorgeous place I live in right now, but most of all, my bed. After a week away, all I want to do is sleep like a grizzly bear for the next month. I can’t seem to get used to traveling so much. I love hitting new cities and getting excited about shows but the lack of sleep is bizarre.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Oh wow, Avalon is going to be absolutely off the chain. To be honest I think I’ve been prepping for this since about EDC. I have a ton of brand new, completely unheard tracks, some edits I made to some of my more famous tracks to make them new again and a ton of my favorites. 110% for this one.

How would you describe your set in three words?

Blood, sweat, tears (of joy).

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

I think the advice I keep coming back to is to create original content. Like anything in business, it’s about finding ways to be original and break the mold. In music, it’s about building a brand that’s so unique and different that even when people try to copy it, it will never sound as good. For young producers this doesn’t mean finding a niche, but building one and guarding it with originality.

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

Control has built a reputation for insane parties. To get up there and play with my guys Tropkillaz and Meaux it means giving summer the very best night we possibly can. It’s an honor to play Control and to do it with close friends of mine is a dream. I can’t wait!!

07/26/14 Simon Patterson

@SIpatterson

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

I started working at various record labels when I was 17 such as Universal records and Ministry of Sound doing various A&R roles. Then I started producing and DJing came from that.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

I like to take risks at Avalon. The crowd there is cool and I can really go on a journey there. I love that place. Anything goes.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

Tons of stuff. New 140 track, two new vocals tracks and a remix for Neelix.

What inspires you to make music?

Everyday events. Normally hurt and pain, to be honest.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Astrix and John Askew really inspire me.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It’s got really big in the USA which has freshened things up for me. It’s always evolving. I am really loving it right now.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

My son mostly. It’s tough sometimes!

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Techno, and really edgy psy trance. 

How would you describe your set in three words?

Fresh, Sexy, Driving

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Be yourself and don’t read negativity! Get your own sound. So important!

07/25/14 Sultan + Ned Shepard

@sultanshepard

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

Sultan: I started in 2000. I was in a band playing guitar and one of my friends got a pair of turntables and we started messing around with it. Because I was a musician, it was natural to start producing. I released my first record in 2001 and things just took off from there.

Ned: Someone put a pair of headphones on my ears playing Underworld’s “Born Slippy” when I was 14 in 1996. I’d never heard anything like that and just wanted to make music that sounded like that. About two years later I heard Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha and Digweed and then I knew I had to DJ.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

LA in general is just a great crowd. There’s tons of energy and a lot of knowledge of the music, so that’s great. Avalon is just an iconic venue that’s stood the test of time. We’ve played many times and always have fun and we’re excited to play the new Avalon, which we’re sure will be even more incredible.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

We just released our newest single on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings called “Keep Moving.” It’s a collaboration with UK indie band The Boxer Rebellion and we’re ready happy with it because it reflects musically exactly where we are at the moment. We’ve been working with Dillon Francis too and we have something really cool in the works with him that will come out soon. We’ve also got a song with Tegan and Sara that is very special to us that will come out very soon.

What inspires you to make music?

Traveling, listening to other music on Spotify, and life in general!

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Coldplay, The Chemical Brothers, Naked and Famous, M83, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Guns n’ Roses, Brian Eno, Underworld and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It’s so different from when we started. It used to be something that catered to a very small niche of likeminded people. The main difference is that before you would go see a DJ to hear new music you’ve never heard before. Now, people come to shows more like a concert- to have a full 360 experience and hear their favorite music. It really appeals to a much larger group now and that’s nice. We love the enthusiasm of the younger generation who are getting into it now. They may not know older records or even what came before, but when they come to the shows they have a blast and give us lots of love so that’s all that matters really. 

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Our friends, our studio and our back yards.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Good music and lots of smiles.

How would you describe your set in three words?

Energetic, fresh and fun.

07/25/14 Moska

@MoskaHouse

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

When I was 13 years old I was watching some videos of a famous festival called ‘Sensation White.’ In that moment, I fell in love with electronic music. A couple months later, I discovered a software to produce music (FL Studio) and in that moment, it all started.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

LA is a really good place to play all my music. The crowds always have a good energy so I can test new music there :)…. and the place is amazing! It’s like a theater. I love it!

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I’m working in a lot of music right now. You can expect some big remixes for big DJs and some big singles in labels like WALL Recordings and Mixmash Records.

What inspires you to make music?

Everything inspires me to be honest. I always try to think of a crowd screaming and dancing when I’m making music! That works for me. :)

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

A lot of DJs influence my music, but I have to say that Laidback Luke has been a big influence in my career! I always look for Axwell and Tiesto! For me, they are genius!

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

A lot! Now, the DJ is really important in the festivals! And now, all the kids love electronic music. I love that!

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

My family and the food of Colombia. :/ And my bed too! 

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

A lotttt of new music, remixes, new tracks and mash ups! I’m ready to bring the madness!

How would you describe your set in three words?

Drums Fat Party

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

If you like music, produce it. And don’t think about the money. If you have passion for this, you will be big.

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

I don’t know! I’m really curious to play there! I can’t wait!

07/25/14 Charity Strike

@CharityStrike

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

We’ve collectively been composing music since we were little kids but in terms of making tracks and producing, roughly 6 years ago. It’s been a fun ride for sure. 

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

Being LA natives, at least one of one of us is anyway, it’s a real honor to play at such a famous and quality venue. That in mind, we put extra time into making sure that the crowd gets exclusive VIP edits of everything we produce and support in our sets. We just want to tear the roof off the place and have everyone talk about how much fun they had the next day! 

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

We have 2 MASSIVE collabs in the works. One with a beautiful female vocal and a melodic progressive drop and the other is a drivier big room bounce tune that plays a lot with the harmonic minor scale. We also have a big official remix in the works as well as three strong Charity Strike solo originals. We’re so stoked for the future!

What inspires you to make music?

The emotional drive of indie alternative music and interpreting the world around us through our writing. The idea of people having a good time to our music is everything.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

We’re a little all over the place. We listen to so many different genres and kind of pull influences from all of them. 

Rock Influences: Kings Of Leon, Minus The Bear, Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers 

Metal/Hardcore Influences: August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying, Between The Buried and Me, Bury Your Dead, The Faceless, and Job For A Cowboy

Dance Music Influences: Aphex Twin, The Prodigy, Sander Van Doorn, Will Sparks, Oliver Heldens, Firebeatz, Henry Fong, Deorro, Zedd, More Fustang, Seven Lions, Botnek, and Wolfgang Gartner.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

We’re noticing that it’s getting harder and harder to break as an act, it’s definitely becoming a more saturated scene, which is why we believe it is so important to strive to bring something different and stand out. We’re just continuing to make music and play as hard as possible. At the end of the day it’s about good music and having fun. 

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Just the ability to sit back and hang out with friends and family. It’s also harder to work out and be healthy when you’re on the road. Things are always changing and it’s too tempting to eat good bad food.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Fans are going to hear a lot of our new stuff that we’ll be testing out, as well as a lot of really hard-hitting unreleased promo. Expect a lot of crazy edits and live mashups! We’re getting excited just thinking about it.

How would you describe your set in three words?

Maximal, Bouncy, Fun

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Quality over quantity. Our new motto LOL and “It only takes 4 sounds to make a hit” – Alesso

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

Getting booked by Control LA makes us feel accomplished in that we have support from one of the most prominent people in the industry. Super excited to be invited to play.

07/19/14 Sydney Blu

@SYDNEYBLU

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

When I was going to college, I used to go to a club called Atomic in Ottawa all the time and watch the DJ and wish I was him or her. Eventually I took it up myself. I taught myself to spin vinyl when I moved to Toronto and became a pretty big local in that city. Then I got signed and started touring in 2007.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

Well, it’s a big room so I feel like I can go hard. I think they also appreciate the more underground stuff which is what I’m also really into right now so I can mix that into my House music.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I am working to finish my artist album right now. I am also working on a BLU Party event to tour North America leading into 2015.

What inspires you to make music?

Other music sometimes. Sometimes an idea of a speech or a vocal…or even sometimes a DJ set. Or a concert of any kind of music, really. Art inspires me.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Artists like Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, Christan Smith (who is on my radio show this week), Roger Sanchez and Eric Morillo are all artists who paved the way for me.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It evolved so much. I feel like it’s gone full circle for me. I am playing the underground and House stuff again…and I fully evolved into a big room sound for a very short time…but I am back at my roots again playing what I should….music that represents me.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Yoga and routine.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

I’m playing a House and Tech-house set. So get ready to groove :)

How would you describe your set in three words?

Jacking energetic Tech-House 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Do everything from your heart. It’s the key to life.

07/19/14 tyDi

@tyDi

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

When I was 15 I first heard electronic music and immediately fell in love with it. I was playing drums at the time in a band but loved the idea that I could compose / produce electronic music completely on my own. It took away the element of needing 3 other motivated band members. Also something about the repetition swept me away. 

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

For me Avalon feels less like a ‘club’ and more like a concert type event, which is a great thing! I like club shows but something about Avalon gives me that inspiration to go all out eclectic and play as if I was in front of 40,000 people. My previous shows at Avalon have been incredible, the fans really bring it and I couldn’t be more excited to come back… Especially with all the new material that I’ve written! 

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I’ve just wrapped up my brand new studio album ‘ReDefined’ – 20 songs… It’s taken my 3 years to write, record produce and finish the project. I am so excited for the release (which is very soon). A lot of my fans know my for my ‘Shooting Stars’ album that came out in 2011, I think this will be the new Shooting Stars… it’s my best work yet. 

What inspires you to make music?

The music itself, the way it makes me feel and the way it can alter a listeners emotions. Music acts like a drug almost, it can remind you of things you’d thought you’d forgotten and it can sweep you away to places that send chills down your spine. I like to write music that has that effect on both me and my fans. 

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Far too many people to name, a lot of the vocalists and bands that I collaborated with on my upcoming album are people who have heavily inspired me over the years. 

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

Well the production has gotten better as technology and software has evolved, but I think the musicality has gotten worse. Dance music has become very ‘dumbed down’, and I think this is because of all the new producers who have access to software that makes it easy to throw a beat together – but that doesn’t make it any easier to be a good songwriter. So we have this wave of ‘good quality’ production with no artistic integrity or intellectual songwriting. I’m not saying there isn’t brilliant forward thinking music out there, but in the mainstream it’s flooded by garbage. I’ve really tried to make my new album an example of pure songwriting crossed with EDM, it’s a very big hybrid of genres. 

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Company, touring is so lonely. I’m constantly on my own in hotels and on planes. That’s probably the worst part about it. 

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

The very best of me, I love to go all out at Avalon… I want people to walk away feeling like they’ve experienced something they won’t get again until they come to my next show. There’s no way in hell I will let that night be generic. 

How would you describe your set in three words?

Emotive, captivating, powerful. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Don’t follow the trends, find your own sound and be sure to learn about songwriting and music theory… not just how to make a song sound ‘fat’. 

07/18/14 Vato Gonzalez

@vatogonzalez

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

The first time I heard unconventional, non-radio dance music, I was about 13 years old and I literally started a one man mosh-pit. It was a song by The Prodigy and this encounter with such raw relentless energy set off a spark in me that led me to try and find ways to make my own music. After a while, I found some software (Fasttrack on an old DOS computer) and since then I never really stopped making music. I simply love to produce music. As people began to recognize my work, I wanted to play live. Easier said than done, because it took me about a year of working in a supermarket before I could afford the gear. It was deemed a foolish endeavor at the time, yet it turned out to be one of the best investments I’ve ever made. After some time performing at a local bar, I got into organizing events in my home town. I usually had either Afrojack or Hardwell in the lineup, as I’ve known them before they even made music and they were just getting started in the scene. These events quickly became the #1 sold out event in town and from that point on I started with my own label/platform called “Dirty House”. The mix tapes went viral online and within no-time, I had an agenda with 300 gigs every year and could finally say goodbye to my day job as a software engineer. 

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

It’s in Hollywood. I’ve never even been to the west coast, so for me it’s all new. So, from a set point of view, I’ll just come armed with a few thousand tracks and 15 years of DJ experience around the globe and see what the night will bring. No two events, regardless of the venue, are the same and each event is a new challenge to make the crowd go insane and forget about the world for a night!

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

As we speak, I’m finishing a new track to be released on Ministry of Sound with #1 charting UK rapper Wiley. For the UK, this will be the long awaited follow-up to my previous Top 10 chart hits ‘Badman Riddim’ and ‘Not a Saint’. Next to that, I recently signed a new EDM track to Steve Aoki’s label ‘Dim Mak’, called ‘Monkey Riddim’. This one is scheduled for July 22 release and already enjoys support by Blasterjaxx, Hardwell, W&W, Martin Garrix, Tommy Trash and more of the DJMAG Top 100 names.

What inspires you to make music?

A producer is basically an individual that is able to transform emotion into sound. So, my inspiration usually comes from a combination of complete randomness and that awesome feeling of being in a club at peak-hour, with the sound being superb, the atmosphere being lovely and going completely insane at a new track you’ve never heard before. I put all my emotions into the productions, so elements can be euphoric, hopeful, aggressive, passionate or just borderline nuts. I’ve never seen music as different genres, just different vibes. From a technical point of view, my inspiration comes from listing to other music that fits the vibe I’m creating. I tend to listen to a lot of old house music from 1988-2000, which is the foundation of what we now know as EDM. Besides that, I listen to many different kinds of music varying from dancehall to soul train classics. 

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

The Prodigy has always been my #1 influence, reaching to their level is an unrealistic but admirable goal. Next to that, I’ve found that Diplo and his movement tend to release a lot of stuff with elements I like, as does Steve Aoki with his Dim Mak label. A-Trak has always been a valuable source of inspiration when it comes to staying true to your roots as a raver and not taking this whole EDM industry and the personification of an artist’s alter-ego all too serious.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

I started out on an old DOS computer in 8 bit mono, crate digging for new tunes, breaking my back whilst carrying around vinyl to a club and not being able to get any help in trying to figure out how it all works. Right now, I download the latest tracks at the click of mouse, carry around in-ears and an SD card in my back pocket and find new techniques and software in mere seconds online. Back in the days, I could play a single song for a year without people nagging it was ‘old’, but had no ways of customizing or bootlegging the tune to my needs. I was amongst the few who could produce when I started, yet now everybody can produce tenfold of the quality of what I made back then. This pushes me to improve myself every day. So, all melancholy set aside, I like the current age we’re living in and look forward to the future. They day you stop wanting to improve yourself is the day you start becoming obsolete.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

My cat, my bed, my studio, healthy food and the ability to freely determine what to do when you feel like doing it. Although traveling around the world is in a certain way the absolute freedom from the nine-to-five-cubicle-worker’s point of view, in another sense it’s a very tight regime with deadlines usually every 1-8 hours. I love to be on tour and am very grateful to be able to live my dream, but it’s not always fun and games. On tour there is always the next flight to be caught, the next interview being planned, the next set coming up. It can be quite stressful at times, so I spend quite some time making sure everything has been arranged properly in advance, so I can relax as soon as I’m on the road.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

A Dutch guy with too much energy, rocking the roof off, DJ’ing like a maniac, and who’s making sure you’ll be out of breath after the set. As I mentioned before, I just look at the vibe in the club, the energy of the people and without being bothered too much about specific genres, just do what I love doing best. Although the main course is EDM, don’t be surprised to find yourself bumping and grinding to some moombahton in between or dancing uncontrollably on a drum and bass track that you’d never have expected to come up. Every set is a custom job, so beyond expecting the unexpected, this is Dirty House!

How would you describe your set in three words?

Hyperactive Dutch Bastard.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

“You’ll never make it, stop making music!”; telling me I can’t do what I dream of doing, certainly results in me trying to prove myself right and others very wrong. Never let anybody tell you what you can or cannot do. The establishment of any given time is only the result of what has been socially accepted in your current social circle at your geographical location. History favors the bold, so be extremely driven to go where you want to go. Any man, or woman for that matter, on a mission is unstoppable if he or she has decided failure is not an option. Don’t expect things to work out from the start, be realistic and whatever you do; never give up.

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

The world! I’ve been playing in The Netherlands and European clubs for a while now, but I’m looking for the next challenge. The next step. Control at Avalon is part of that next step. So, without sounding really cheesy, I’m really looking forward to it and I’m going to give it my all to show you what Dirty House and Vato Gonzalez is all about!

07/12/14 Klangkarussell

@Klangkarussell

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

Adrian started to DJ when he was 15. He put on his own club nights when he was 16. Tobi started DJing with Klangkarussell.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

We finished our debut record, and we’re gonna release an EP here in America on July 29th. The album will come later in the year. We started our live show this spring and are looking to bring it to the US in September/October. We’re also gonna do another DJ run.

What inspires you to make music?

That’s hard to tell. Probably everything we’ve ever been through. We can’t name precise sources of inspiration.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Same here. We’ve been listening to music for such a long time that everything we liked came together to the sound that we enjoy making.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

The good food and the friends, of course.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

We can’t remember having received any advice that we listened to…but we would give this:

Do what you want and keep on going.

07/12/14 Henry Krinkle

@HenryKrinkle_

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

I started learning to produce music at around 16. I had been playing bass in some bands with friends and wanted to make my own songs. I got into DJing at around 18 as a fun way to play out some of my own music. Dedication to my music has led me to where I am today.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I have new original material almost ready to go. Once I get through the business side of things I can share it and hopefully people will appreciate it. I also have a new project I’m working on with a close friend but that’s all I’ll say.

What inspires you to make music?

Any kind of sound and the desire to tell stories. 

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Tool, Mogwai, Sigur Ros, GY!BE, Paul Baribeau, The Decemberists, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Mount Kimbie and, most importantly,  my friends. There are more, of course, but those are a few that color my sound.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

My bed and an open schedule. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

The best advice is don’t quit if it’s something you really love. I don’t think it matters what you are doing but if you can’t imagine yourself in 20 years doing whatever it is you are pursuing, then you should find out what that thing is. I found out music was for me a long time ago and stuck to it not because I felt like I should but because I didn’t feel like I had a real choice.

I also think it’s important to have a clear personal definition of success. I’ve always felt successful when I’m making music because it’s engrossing and satisfying to help create something out of nothing. I’ve always loved DJing because I like helping soundtrack a good night and watching people have fun.

Creativity comes and goes on its own time. Don’t stress about it.

My last piece of advice is to stop worshipping celebrity. Focus on art. I know sometimes the celebrity itself is an art project but it needs to be remembered as such and not idolized.

07/11/14 Sebjak

@sebjak

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

I started DJing when I was 16 for fun but then it got more serious when I was 18 and I got my first resident job in Stockholm. I then got into producing with some friends when I was 20. I started off with trance and then I heard Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso’s early tracks, which really got me into producing house.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

I’ve played Avalon a few times and every time I get the chance to play there, straight away I’m like ‘hell yes!’ The last time I was there was in March and it was such a good night. The whole crowd has this massive energy and the venue is just so cool. There aren’t many places that can beat its sound and light system on the west coast in my opinion. The whole night is run so smoothly. If a night isn’t run well then it makes a huge difference.

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I’ve been working on my album with Ultra for quite a while now. I want to include as many live instruments and singers as possible to give it a more up tempo indie vibe. It’s taking me a long time to perfect it, like I’ll be happy with the track then listen to it a week later and change something else. I’ve also got a track with UK’s Kryder that I played for the first time ever last weekend in New York. I’m really excited to bring that out.

What inspires you to make music?

Hearing other great music! When I listen to another producer’s music and I like it, the first thing I want to do is get in the studio and make something too!

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Definitely my fellow Swedes like the Size guys. Also producers like Riva Starr, Nic Fanciulli and Gui Boratto are really cool guys to listen to. Daft Punk have also been an influence for me. I watched ‘Around The World’ on MTV for ages and thinking how great their creativity was.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

Just like with any genre of music, dance music is constantly changing, teenagers are listening to a wider variety of music, which is really cool. It makes producing so much more fun as you have a lot more stuff to play around with.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

The people. All my family and friends are from Stockholm and so that’s what I miss the most. Also, in Stockholm everything’s so close to where I am, I never need to take a taxi so it’s very different going to places like LA where everything is far away and spread out but I love the difference. The thing I miss the least though would be the weather!

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

They should expect the unexpected ha! I don’t want to give too much away. I’ll be playing some stuff not many people have heard before and also some classics that’ll get everyone going!

How would you describe your set in three words?

DRUMS…ENERGETIC…FRESH

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

My best advice is the classic work hard and don’t give up. When some people start up I don’t think they realize how much time producing takes and even if it’s just changing small parts of the track, it’ll make a huge difference to the end production. Also, I’d say to always listen to your tracks through iPod headphones, car speakers and just different environments. Some people forget that tracks can be played outside of a club!  

What does it mean for you to play Control at Avalon?

It’s so cool. I’ll be with Mike Hawkins and VINAI so it’ll be a really good night! Mike’s a good friend and we’ve worked together in the past so it’s always fun being on the same bill as him.

07/11/14 Mike Hawkins

@djMikeHawkins

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

My dad bought me a simple sampler-program back when I was 13 which I just couldn’t get my hands off. I started doing small mashups of what I liked back then, like mixing Eminem with Linkin Park, haha. I just kept going and eventually a friend of mine introduced me to the more rocky types of Electronic Music (as I came from Rock music) and I was sold. Naturally I started working on my own tracks – but it took a long time for me to feel like they were good enough. 

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

I have a huge new collab on the way with Jay Hardway that will be out in early August on Spinnin Records. Besides that I’m naturally promoting my single, “Revolt”, right now of which we’re donating 100% of my proceeds to UNICEF. I really want to start getting into more charitable work. I think it shows a lot about an artist’s intentions somehow – and while we can all have a good time Friday and Saturday night, there are other important things in this world that need to be put some light to, and I feel like that if you have a reach of any kind, it’s your responsibility to help do that.Then, of course, I just came back from Korea and now the whole North American tour – 16 dates in some of the country’s biggest markets like LA, NY, Washington D.C., San Francisco, which I’m really excited about.

What inspires you to make music?

People, cultures and traveling. At first I was very afraid to stray from the norm in what I did – but I feel like I found a great middle ground in my music, not any longer worrying so much about what I do, but being able to include all the inputs and feelings I get from cultures across the world in my music. I feel like the true strength of my productions is that they work so well live. I think it’s possible for fans and audiences to “feel” the energy (if you will) you put into making something, beyond just how the track “drops”.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

So many people that I’ve lost count. Moby, Chemical Brothers, System of A Down, Linkin Park, Infected Mushroom. Those are all some huge influencers. Then of course everyone I “came up with” a bit. I grew up musically around people like Sebjak (who I’m also playing with at Control) and Martin Garrix – and I feel like I’ve been able to absorb the best of everything from everyone. I have huge respect for everything musical my peers do, there’s so much to learn from everyone.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It’s gone from underground acid raves, to sunshine music and “happy beats”, to “how hard can you smash the floor”. But I feel like it’s all kinda opening up now. The new fans are starting to understand where electronic music “came from”, so to speak, and it’s a great feeling because it really opens up what you can play live.

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

I miss my girlfriend and my studio. But that’s it. I never miss my physical home, if you will – that’s just a bunch of walls and furniture.

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Energy and variation! I like keeping a natural flow in my stuff. I hate just loading up my set lists with top10 bangers and then mixing them together. If the energy level stays high all the time, it also stays the same, and there’s no real adventure in a set with a static energy level. A good live set has to take you on a journey through all types of styles, tempos, energies and ambiences while still staying impactful (which is, of course, the hard part).

How would you describe your set in three words?

Forceful, Vibrant and Different.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

To be respectful and full of love towards everyone you meet. It sounds cliché but it’s really the secret to anything in life.

What does it mean to you to play Control at Avalon?

Avalon’s one of the most historical clubs in the United States, so it’s a big honor. I’m happy to finally be able to give a bit of myself here!

07/11/14 VINAI

@VINAIofficial

When/how did you get into DJing/producing?

Well, we started only 3 years ago just for passion and love for the music.

What makes your sets at Avalon different from the other venues you have played?

We will play a fully intensive, non-stop set. A lot of people and friends say to us that Avalon LA is really crazy; we really can’t wait to smash it!

What projects are you working on right now and what should the readers be on the lookout for?

We are working on few new projects. First of all, our upcoming remix for the one and only R3hab, “Unstoppable,” will be released by Sony Music on July 15. Talking about collabs and original mixes, we’ve got a new one with R3hab and another one with MAKJ. Those are both really really cool! And, of course, our brand new original mix!

What inspires you to make music?

Sometimes the best inspiration comes, for example, from one particular synth. There are no rules about inspiration.

Who have you been influenced by over the years?

Mmmm, probably the continuing evolution of this EDM scene, not an artist in particular.

How has dance music changed and evolved since you started DJing/producing?

It’s continually changing, and this is happening so fast! Starting from the sounds to the main structure of the track. Also, it’s all happening so fast due the continuing evolution of hardware and software and we love that!

What do you miss the most about home when you are on the road?

Our family, our friends, our dog (eheh) and, of course, our studio. Producing on the road with a laptop is not the best way for making pro-stuff .:)

What should the club goers expect from your show at Avalon?

Good question! People must know that in our show we do all of our best so they have to expect a crazy and energetic set full of new, unreleased music and a LOT of VINAI stuff. :)

How would you describe your set in three words?

Make It Bounce

What is the best advice you’ve ever received, and what advice would you extend to artists trying to come up in the genre?

Probably the best advice is that, in this game, you must do what you like and be yourself, ALWAYS! For all of the upcoming guys, we think that the best thing to know is that “Rome was not built in 1 day” so take your time and do things step by step.

Press

07/25/14 USA TODAY 10BEST: L.A.’s Hottest Dance Clubs: Perfect Places To Jiggy, Dougie, and Krunk The Night Away

06/11/14 HOLLYSCOOP TV: Inside AVALON Hollywood’s Makeover

05/27/14 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT: Renovated & Ready to Rock! Inside Iconic Concert Venues

05/17/14 LOS ANGELES TIMES: John Lyons Readies AVALON Hollywood for Whatever’s Next in Dance Music

05/15/14 CITY NEVER SLEEPS: Los Angeles: AVALON

05/09/14 BILLBOARD: L.A.’s the AVALON Nightclub Revamps with ‘Superclub’ Production

05/08/14 LA WEEKLY: AVALON: A Sonic Overhaul and a Look Back

05/01/14 IN THE MIX: Take a Look at AVALON Hollywood’s Slick New Renovation

02/26/14 BILLBOARD: Moby to Play Global Green USA’s Pre-Oscar Party

01/28/14 FOX 11 KTTV: EDM Legend Paul Oakenfold Has Been Around Longer Than Daft Punk

01/24/14 BILLBOARD: Will.i.am Pre-GRAMMY Charity Event Raises $2.4M

12/31/13 LOS ANGELES TIMES: Where to get your EDM groove on for New Year’s in Los Angeles

12/15/13 PROP 8 FILMS: NOH8 Campaign’s 4th Anniversary Party

12/03/13 LA WEEKLY: The Best Mustaches in Los Angeles Gather for Movember Gala

11/20/13 DJ MAG: AVALON’s Friday Night Party Gives Away Recordings of Shows

11/17/13 VARIETY: Power of Comedy Benefit

11/01/13 OC WEEKLY: Top Five EDM Shows in November

10/28/13 LA WEEKLY: Erick Morillo @ AVALON

09/20/13 WIREIMAGE: Wounded Warrior Project Style And Beauty Charity Event

08/18/13 THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion Honored at Geekie Awards

07/31/13 USA TODAY: VH-1 Do Something Awards

07/11/13 USA TODAY: How an Econ Major Became the Best College DJ in the U.S.

06/08/13 WIREIMAGE: Juvenile Arthritis Association Hosts The Sweet Suite

05/30/13 LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL: The Alliance for Children’s Rights 4th Annual Right to Laugh Comedy Night

05/15/13 IN THE MIX: 25 Clubs To Discover Before You Die

04/26/13 LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE: Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, Samuel L. Jackson At Hilarity For Charity

04/08/13 BUZZFEED: The Love Revolution Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion Show at AVALON

04/04/13 DO ANDROIDS DANCE?: The 10 Best Clubs in the U.S. Right Now

02/20/13 EXAMINER: Celebrity Photos at 2013 Global Green Pre-Oscar Party

02/05/13 THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Grammys 2013: Where to Party With Jay-Z, Carly Rae Jepsen and Cee Lo Green

01/25/13 FOX 11 KTTV: Bust A Move! The Choreographers Carnival Has Come To Town

12/19/12 X17 VIDEO: The Voice Wrap Party

12/08/12 LOS ANGELES TIMES: Inside Gaming Awards

11/17/12 VARIETY: Power of Comedy Benefit

08/24/12 RESIDENT ADVISOR: Clubbing in Los Angeles

06/29/12 LA WEEKLY: Cedric Gervais, Sharam @ AVALAND

05/04/12 MIXMAG: In LA with Claude VonStroke + Justin Martin

04/11/12 LOGOTV: The NewNowNext Awards

02/11/12 LA WEEKLY: Lina in L.A. – Paul van Dyk

02/08/12 BIZBASH: Belvedere Event Benefiting (RED).

01/28/12 ROLLING STONE: Skrillex Takes Control in L.A.

10/07/11 LA WEEKLY: Best of L.A. 2011

08/01/11 DJ MAG: Hollywood Babylon

11/17/10 INTERNATIONAL DJ: AVALON-And-On-And-On

10/01/10 LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE: All Ages Hollywood

09/12/10 LOS ANGELES TIMES: How I Made It: John Lyons – Nightclubs’ Sound Advisor

08/07/10 INTERNATIONAL DJ: CONTROL / AVALAND

06/05/09 LOS ANGELES TIMES: Stepping into Indie Dance Era

06/12/08 BIZBASH: The Recording Academy Likes Avalon Hollywood

01/24/08 LOS ANGELES TIMES: Brazil’s Sunny Gui Boratto Plays House at AVALON