The electronic music scene is full of talented artists that are constantly challenging what it means to create art. Whereas some weekly nightclubs might focus on booking DJs that can sell tickets or play top 40 hits, Exposé is more about the artists seeking a long term career. Let's face it there aren't many DJs getting famous now a days without their own original music being released. White Rabbit Group started Exposé to support the kids that are putting in work as producers, giving them a weekly club to perform and party at. This week I was lucky enough to see it for myself as I ventured out to Anaheim California for this week's curated night life event.
Right off the bat I could tell this was gonna be a classy experience. The venue was located at the Anaheim GardenWalk, a modern food and shopping plaza right off of Disney Way. Heat Ultra Lounge immediately sucked you in as the rumbling bass and color changing entrance made for a dazzling first impression. Right off the bat we heard Ghastly's latest track Every Night bumping as Affinity opened up with some future vibes. Next up Dirty Doses took over as they performed for the first time in California. This Arizona based duo has been completely murdering it recently with their aggressive take on future house. Their set was no different as they explored the grimey dubstep influenced realms of deepness. My favorite moment was when the boys dropped their track with Nightowls, which had just released a few hours prior to the event!
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Next up the man of the hour stepped aboard the decks to give us one of the funkiest club sets we've seen. Of course we're talking about Colorado native Jake Maloney, aka Jameston Thieves. This kid came on stage with some mean trap music that immediate got everyone's attention. He slowly brought us into some tracks from his Future Bound EP release with Dirty Doses taking on a ton of energetic transitions and surprises with every drop. My favorite part about his set was the amount of variety in the rhythms. Whereas most house music is four on the floor, Jake chose an interesting selection of abstract kick rhythms that created a much more groovy atmosphere while staying deep and mean.
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After both of these carefully selected and extremely talented openers it was finally time to catch Cory Enemy's set. The first time I saw the lineup I was immediately impressed by this headliner selection. Cory is one of the kids who you would spot in a squad pic with some of the biggest DJs at some of the biggest festivals. He has been in the Los Angeles EDM scene for quite some time having collaborated with artists such as Dillon Francis before he was the headliner that he is today. He has enough credentials and a good enough taste to become the next big thing in dance music, but before any of that happens it made sense that White Rabbit Group should give him a headlining slot for the night.
With the disco ball in motion and the fog machine drowning the crowd with its psychotic haze, Corey Enemy began his set. Similar to his style of production, Cory jumped all over the place within BPMs. We didn't get an intensely heavy set which was perfectly fine considering the mellow crowd on the dance floor. Rather than the type of raging we would see at the Yost, the audience here at Exposé was way more relaxed and social throughout the night. Instead of bangers, Cory played around with vibey club music that acted as the perfect soundtrack to end the night.
Overall It was an awesome first experience at White Rabbit Group's latest weekly club. They've already built a strong trust and following with Havoc Thursdays and its great seeing them sink their teeth into new opportunities with this night. Keep a lookout for more Exposé articles this year because we imagine their lineups only getting better as they continue to build their brand as one of Orange County's top EDM event companies.
Nadastrom Live @ Exposé
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