Do you live in SoCal and appreciate bass-boomin’, shoulder-shruggin’ music? Have you been helplessly searching for a warehouse party in LA that’s not full of thirteen year-old ravers or forty year-old hairy-chested, sweaty, bald men? Are you looking for all night raging, fire performers, talented artists, and renegade festival stages? Well then, you should know about Take Back the Night Productions!
Once a month, these guys host a Take Back The Night party somewhere in Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased in advance for just $5—skip your daily Subway footlong and save the .45 in tax! These parties are such a refreshing break from Hollywood – every time I go I’m greeted with smiles and surrounded by people who are there to have fun. I’ve never left before the sunrise, and there always seems to be champagne!
Eight months ago I packed all of my things and moved from the east coast to Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California. The Boston and New York underground electronic music scenes had been a huge part of my life over the last few years, and while I wasn’t sure what to expect from LA, I assumed a more conscious, MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) – free collection of people who knew how to get down and rage hard. In Boston, I became used to a small scene where artists, performers, production crews, and fans are all friends, and the underground festivals and shows are tight-knit and like family. Anyone who’s spent any time in LA knows how difficult it is to find something like this in the most spread out city in the country… But it does exist!
Take Back The Night Productions has been operating for a little over a year, and in that time they have evolved into a full scale music production and event planning company, as well as an independent record label and booking agency. CEO Baker Wiles, along with CFO Ben Webber, strive to provide top quality entertainment services to their satisfied friends and fans. The company employs six DJ’s, three producers, a mixed media artist, and a fire dance/performance troupe. TBTN Productions has run stages and booked artists to perform at music festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle, Lucidity, Get Lost, Lunacy, and Boogaloo Mountain Jam.
Take Back The Night recently hosted divaDanielle, a personal west coast favorite of mine, whose style ranges from “house and electro to funky booty breaks with a dash of hip-hop and dubstep thrown in.” I don’t care who you are, if you’re listening to divaDanielle, your booty is shaking!
The artists on the label each contribute their own spicy flavor to satisfy an array of musical taste buds. BK Willy, the CEO of Take Back The Night Productions, provides the breaks, drum and bass, and ghetto funk beats as a resident DJ at TBTN, while Winnebago, a friend of Lost in Sound’s, plays smooth “bedroom bass,” nu-disco and house. His sunrise sets are not to be missed!
If you’re into glitch hop, trap, crunk, and other eclectic sounds, check out K-Mo, a DJ, producer and gentle soul whose sets are a blend of “funky electronic bliss.”
Get Bent, a duo consisting of solo DJ’s/producers B. Bossin and Stephen DeLalla, obviously know how to please the late-night crowd. Both times I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them they went on after 4am. What I love most about these guys is their unique ability to transform the entire atmosphere of the room. When they get on stage, the smoking section clears, the bar empties, and everyone takes their place on the dance floor. Ranging anywhere from disco to moombahton to drumstep and dubstep, Get Bent keeps it mooooovin’ for sure!
February 22nd the crew is teaming up with Strong and Tough Audio to present Joe Nice and more! You wont want to miss this so buy your tickets HERE and join the mailing list, to find out first about upcoming shows!!!!!!!
Photography by Taesam Do of Taesam Photography