The Grammy Awards--being the ultimate accolade for musicians--has seen a change in the tides over the past few years. With more and more electronic artists being nominated for awards, and winning them, there's no surprise that when the Grammy Cavalcade rides into town, the world's leading DJs come along with it, and that means you can expect some pretty special after parties. This past weekend in Hollywood was no different.
Los Angeles has always been a sleeping giant when it came to dance music. With other cities trying to claim the clubland crown, "La La Land" was bubbling away with many of it's clubs making the adequate changes to suit the current "EDM Boom" seen across the nation. One such club is Sound in Hollywood.
With one of the best sound systems in the city, Sound has consistently lead the pack for the more "educated" dance music enthusiast. Maintaining a music policy that hasn't followed the masses seen elsewhere in the Hollywood mile, Sound delivers fresh line ups each and every week with a mixture of some of the scene's hottest new talent as well as some of it's legends. You only have to look at Pete Tong's new Friday night residency to know that they not only mean business, they show long term ambition.
When you speak of DJ heavyweights, there are only a handful of names that can REALLY put their name to such a tag. Sure, you can say you have you pioneers like the aforementioned Tong or people such as Oakenfold, Tenaglia, Sanchez, but in today's dance music environment, a heavyweight means that in terms of popularity, they will sell out stadiums in hours and world tours in days. When you narrow it down to something like that, then you are left with only a few names and Armin van Buuren is one of the scenes main players.
The Armin van Buuren Grammy After Party was made up of exclusive VIP invites and a carefully selected number of fans, which gave an even balance to the room where, for a very rare moment in the club's history, the decks played host to one of the scene's biggest trance DJs. Not that it made any difference. The club's set up was perfect for both Armin and his sound and as soon and the Dutch superstar arrived into the DJ booth, there was a surge to the front of the dancefloor and the full capacity club was thrown into "A State Of Trance" for one night and one night only.
With so many other DJs playing across the city, mainly to private audiences, it was great to see someone like Armin not only play so intimately, but also to some of his most dedicated fans. His driving trance set included the usual hands--and cellphones--in the air breakdowns and sing-a-long fan favorites and on this Grammy night, Sound, and Hollywood, was treated to something special. To see Armin play to a small room was one for those "were you there" moments, and we're very happy we were. Bravo Sound.