Floor-filling electronic dance music has a tried-and-tested formula, those catchy tunes over big beats, but what happens when star DJs want to change it up a bit? At Sound in Los Angeles, they prefer playing their favourite underground tracks. “Afrojack usually plays his big-room, big-festival sound, but he comes into our club and he’ll play a darker, more underground set,” says Kobi Danan, managing partner at Sound.
The vibe here is different from the blingy velvet-rope attitude at most clubs in Hollywood. “It used to be about standing around looking for the next celebrity, but what’s cool now is dance music,” says Sound CEO Rob Vinokur. What’s also cool is the interior, which matches Caravaggio-inspired fabrics with wood panels from Frank Sinatra’s mansion, so there’s always one celebrity in the house.
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