Minimal Effort hit a major set back just weeks before its highly anticipated New Years Eve event, a venue change. The event was supposed to be held at the same location as their successful Halloween event, LA Center Studios, Minimal Effort was forced to move the venue to the Globe Theater in DTLA due to weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. In massive efforts to keep the original lineup announced, the promoters had no other choice. However, this last minute decision was met with tremendous logistical incidents such as overcrowding and long bathroom lines.
One major note to keep in mind was the fact that Minimal Effort upheld their lineup and all performers booked were able to play out amazing live and DJ sets until 4 in the morning. The main theater room greeted all incoming attendees with the incredible artistic minds of techno and house legends, Matthew Dear as Audion, Recondite, Francesca Lombardo, Stephan Bodzin, and Henry Saiz. Broken, deconstructed planetary beats and soundscapes dropped by the legendary Recondite wowed hundred of attendees into the new year, while funky beats played out by Henry Saiz and his live band closed out the main theater.
Down in the basement, San Diego’s Desert Hearts Crew dominated most of the night and clocked in well over 5 hours of nonstop house and techno music, solidifying their place and influence in the current scene. We spent our portion of the night counting down the last few seconds of 2016 with Simian Mobile Disco. Another last minute announcement involved Minimal Effort’s third room of music, which had now been sponsored by another Los Angeles event concept, Space Yacht. Although the smallest area of music, attendees packed themselves in to dance into the early AM with Kastle, Chrome Sparks, Amtrac, and Sacha Robotti. Despite their logistical errors, Minimal Effort’s made up their New Years event by bringing together their attendees with the sounds of the underground.
Review conducted by Johnny Wan
Photo 1-2 & 4-5 Jamie Rosenberg
Photo 3 Chris Soltis