Andrew Rayel

Andrew Rayel at Omnia in San Diego, CA

With the icy cold winds of winter settling into the rest of the nation, we’re just barely starting to feel the nippiness here in southern California. With temperatures in the 50s and 60s (we get it, it’s not that cold in comparison, but this is cold for us!), out goes the miniskirts and tank tops and in comes the jackets and outerwear. I don’t know about you guys, but once that temperature drops, my bed starts to look like a warm toasty marshmallow.

Usually Halloween closes out the season with events such as Hard Day of the Dead and Escape. And even then, October in much of the rest of the country is considered winter. And unfortunately some events, such as Something Wicked, did succumb to early extreme weather conditions. However, with the surge and newfound popularization of electronic music, when colder temperatures would’ve normally closed out festival season, has actually opened the doors for new festivals. Starting with the first ever all trance festival put out by Insomniac, called Dreamstate. Featuring a sick line up boasting names to include Paul van Dyk, Aly and Fila, Paul Oakenfeld, and John O’Callaghan, this event is catered for the hardcore trance heads. With tickets selling out in less than a couple of hours, Insomniac was quick to put out a second Dreamstate in SF in early January. It seems that the EDM culture is definitely bursting at the seams. Just in southern California alone, clubs like Omnia, Sutra, Exchange, and Create are holding DJ/producers every night from Thurs-Sun on a weekly basis. You couldn’t get away from it even if you tried. I saw what originally started as Markus Schulz at Omnia San Diego, which turned into a New World Punx show with a surprise guest appearance by Ferry Corsten and then saw Andrew Rayel two days later. I remember only a few years back when I could only hope to see one big name maybe once a month! Heat Ultra Lounge, previously a non EDM affiliated club located right outside of Disneyland, was just recently sponsored by Insomniac and are now featuring the likes of Dash Berlin and Audien in early December. Thanksgiving weekend in Los Angeles alone is featuring huge appearances by Arty at Exchange, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano at Create, and Rusko at the Palladium.

So with the cold winter weather finally making its way to southern California, what would have sent DJs/producers to the other side of the world of warmer weather is no longer the case. And of course, let’s not forget all the New Year festivities just around the corner. I think someone needs to start making warmer rave clothing… So tell us, what will you be doing this winter?