El Rey in Los Angeles was packed Saturday night and with good reason given the artist line-up! As you can see from the photos below, there was a spectacle of fashion at the show. That’s usually the case with events by The Do Lab though: lots of unique outfits that you don’t see every day. It was a fun night with great energy throughout.
On the music, we had never heard dubstep made in real-time before, but that’s one thing Eoto brought to the table, alongside other electronic genres. It wasn’t your stereotypical dubstep though. Not really as fast-paced and hyperactive as Skrillex songs tend to be. It’s difficult to describe the music of Eoto, so you might as well listen to their music below to get an idea.
Bluetech had more of an experimental sound, with lots of cool synths, beat programming and percussion samples. Experimental music that has influences including classical, jazz, symphony, hip hop, and the list goes on! The music, as usual, sounded great on a powerful sound system.
Artist Pumpkin had a wide range of music, with everything from abstract hip hop beats to folk sounding instrumentals with female vocalists. The best way to describe Pumpkin’s songs is a mash-up of genres, only the song instrumentals appear to be made from scratch as opposed to being heavily sample-based and mashing five different previously recorded songs into one three to five minute track.
You don’t really need to spend a lot of money on your clothes to impress people at events like these. Wearing something casual and homemade–assuming you know how to sew–would probably go over better than wearing some high fashion outfit by an expensive designer. The majority of the crowd’s attire at the show was flashy and flamboyant. The ambiance is typically affected by how people dress and you feel like you’re surrounded by artists and rock stars at most Do Lab events. At the same time, people aren’t very snobby or exclusive at their shows and everyone is pretty friendly, regardless of whether you’re new or old to the scene/subculture.
There was live painting by Radhika Hersey.
Radhika Hersey grew up in the artist counter culture of Los Angeles. Inspired by her dreams, relationships, spirituality, and travel abroad, she has explored many different aspects of the human psyche in her work. From the depths of the subconscious mind to the infinite and divine, her art speaks to the human experience. Upon graduating with a BFA at California College of the Arts she immersed herself completely in her art, studying with several master painters and showing in numerous galleries. In service to the artist community she has helped organized live painting for several events, including the Do Art Foundation and Lightning in a Paint Can. As assistant curator and events coordinator, Radhika helped run L.A.’s first visionary art gallery, Temple of Visions, bridging the gap between the international visionary art culture and L.A.’s local art scene. Her participation in 16 years of Burning Man projects has inspired her to share her experiences and knowledge by teaching art to children. She is currently a resident artist at The Hive Gallery in Downtown L.A.
Tony Koehl painted live as well.
Tony Koehl has showcased his art throughout Southern California, New York and Japan. Varying from classic art galleries to underground death metal shows, Tony Koehl’s art has been viewed and enjoyed by a large variety of people. Although Tony Koehl’s artistic palate caters to the darker content, his ability to create a diverse range of art has helped him gain a much larger fan base, to which he is truly grateful for.