Low End Theory 5-Year Anniversary w/ surprise guests Nosaj Thing and Mix Master Mike
All photography by Oliver Walker
Last month, the mood was ecstatic at the weekly Low End Theory beat night in a way unlike many other nights held at the prestigious event. 5 years after the birth of not only a club event but a distinct movement in current music, Low End Theory was celebrating its birthday under the falling sky of Southern California in a beautiful time of year to be here. All the residents were in house: Gaslamp Killer, Daddy Kev, Nocando, Nobody and D-Styles. The evenings smooth transitions of residents and guests were a strong indication of the bond the Low End family has created over the last 5 years of constantly holding it down in the LA area. Within these five years, residencies have expanded into Japan, New York and now San Francisco.
Low End Theory’s 5th year of existence was a landmark statement to the community of LA and experimental electronic music at large. Nocando, D-Styles, and Daddy Kev got things started with Nocando reminding the audience that Low End was one of the very few all-ages venues, which the crowd cheered by raising either hands holding cans of pabst or empty ones emblazoned with X’s. Nosaj Thing took to the stage with a rare turntable performance playing a sort of tribute mix to Low End residents and frequent performers, ending with Birthday Music by Gaslamp Killer.
The climax of the evening was with no doubt the surprise guest appearance of Mix Master Mike (fucking unreal) gracing the Low End stage. The level of energy was high upon Mike’s visual contact with the audience. At various parts of the night the age of the building was shown by the feeling of the floor shaking to the beat. Though Mike’s computer was still present, it was awesome to see the level of turntabalism that Mike aka The Serial Wax Killer continues. Mix Master Mike is and will always be one of the king’s of the decks. Experience a really raw audience capture of what Mix Master Mike brought that evening here. DJ Nobody got onto the stage to take over shortly after Mike’s set, after which Daddy Kev, D-Styles and Nocando took turns to close out the night. 5 years in the making and Japan, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco are deeply embedded with the presence of Low End Theory and the circles of those who create with them. What’s next?
- Oliver Walker and Erik Otis