Although you might not be used to mentioning Berlin and LA in the same breath while talking about dance music, a new festival engineered by Your Mom's Agency, called From Berlin to LA, is making a very strong case for the kinship. Created in partnership with the event and project space Goethe-Institut LA, hi-fi audio company Raumfeld, and communications agency Bold LA, the festival argues in their press release that "in the past few years, the manpower and cultural flows between them have grown beyond expectations." Furthermore, they're using this festival as an opportunity to "showcase the growing bond between electronic musicians in Berlin and LA – a bond that goes beyond touring on both sides as musicians exchange scene and tech intel, and absorb each other's culture."
Taking place in February across a range of Los Angeles venues including the Ace Hotel, the Standard Hollywood, Bold Space DTLA, and the Goethe-Institut LA, the festival is set to be headlined by Berlin producer Robot Koch, Friends of Friends' Perera Elsewhere, Prime Numbers' Mor Elian, and more. The event isn't limiting itself to just music, though: there will also be workshops and panels featuring music tech company Native Instruments, world famous record store Amoeba, and online music marketplace and database Discogs.
Speaking to THUMP about the upcoming festival via email, Your Mom's Agency said, "This free two-day event will show music lovers that Berlin and LA are closer than you think." Best of all, it's totally free if you RSVP on Facebook, which you can do here. Check out the full schedule below, and read the whole press release here.
2pm: workshops at the Goethe-Institut with Native Instruments (intro to Stems), Carlos Oblivion (digital production with Native and sampling), Lucky Paul (synthesizer customization) and Anna Cavazos (digital vocal production/treatment) – workshops include short panel and Q&As.
7pm: Pre-show with Carlos Oblivion & Black Replica, plus 19th Moon, followed by Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt, by Walther Ruttmann 1927) projection with live improvisation by Lucky Paul & Friends at the Goethe-Institut auditorium.
10pm: after show with Robot Koch live PA, and DJ sets by Anna Cavazos, Katie Otro and Mor Elian at The Standard, Hollywood.
2pm: workshops at the Goethe-Institut with Perera Elsewhere (digital production for teens & young adults), Zernell & Son (crate-digging supported by Discogs & Amoeba, DJing with vinyl long demo/dance floor for kids & teens), Katie Otro (producing with Native for teens & adults in Spanish) – this is a family afternoon, children from 8 to 18 are welcome.
8pm: gathering at the Bold Space DTLA, across the Ace Hotel, with panel about visions of the Berlin scene from LA hosted by shesaid.so & XLR8R.
10pm: club night Yowsah! at the Ace Hotel DTLA hosted by Kim Anh with DJ sets by Perera Elsewhere, Masha and Dersu feat 19th Moon live vox.
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