Arriving at Avalon Hollywood fairly early, I was surprised to see the multitude of people who showed up hours before the Headliner, The M Machine, was set to take the stage. Upon my arrival, Astronomar, the Trap producer who now calls Los Angeles his home, had couples on the dance floor getting down and dirty. His set started off featuring heavy Trap beats and slowly progressed into a lighter Moombahton feel. As I got closer to the DJ, I noticed that The Avalon had shortened their stage for The M Machine’s performance, leaving more room for the dance floor, which was definitely a necessity for the sold out performance.
After Astronomar finished his set, it seemed that the club had reached maximum capacity. The M Machine took stage; ripping a loud, thunderous bass line that reached a crescendo as their massive M logo came to life on The Avalon’s several giant LED panels. Raver couples, adorned in kandi, danced with their sweethearts to The M Machine’s Dubstep warbling. Although I had never seen The M Machine prior to this night, I was pleasantly surprised to see their logo incorporated with their trippy-ass visuals, putting the audience in a mesmerizing trance. Their set began with a heavy Dubstep vibe, playing their hits like Black and Shadows in a Rose Garden. The tempo gently slowed and chilled down and, after about an hour, the music stopped and the crowd was almost certain the set was over. However, after a mere five minutes or so, The M Machine returned to the stage, this time picking up the tempo and playing hard hitting Electro-House hits, a remix of Promise Me a Rose Garden, and their new single Superflat.
As The M Machine’s set came to its second close, they made a shout out to the next performer, a house DJ from Montreal known as Botnek. Although it was past 2 am and the bar was already closed, the audience wasn’t yet ready to leave. Botnek put everyone under a spell with his delicious Electro House beats, dropping Gecko by Oliver Heldens and throwing in a tasty remix of Tiny Dancer. When the night finally reached its end and all of the couples were rushing home to…go to bed, I made a promise with myself that I would see The M Machine again soon.