After the chaos of Nocturnal Wonderland (I don't wanna talk about
it), it was hard for me to muster up energy, or a photographer,
to go to another party. Nocturnal Wonderland took the urge to
party out of everyone. It did the same to me, but I knew that
the Coolwhip and the rest of the Sugarbeats Crew were throwing
one hell of a party at Club Blue in Hollywood, complete with
a DJ Line Up good enough for a Massive. Even more importantly,
the good vibe found at Sugarbeats events is legendary, and was
to exceed expectations this Labor Day Weekend party. So, I grabbed
my camera, picked up Mattie in Longbeach, and headed up to Hollywood
for a Solo Mission.
The Vibe: Sugarbeats parties are known for having a very good
vibe, and this event was no exception. As I entered, there was
a lovely girl in a Sugarbeats shirt welcoming me to the event
with a table full of candy. Most everything these
days is about money, especially in the party scene, but take
one look at the DJs that were booked for this event. Now compare
that to the capacity of the venue, which was only 500 people.
Assuming that Club Blue was going to be filled to capacity there
was not a lot of room to make money, since the talent at this
party was expensive (but worth it). I will go out on a limb here
and say that the primary motivation of the Sugarbeats Crew to
throw a party is for everyone to have a good time. Imagine that?
With that in mind, it is easy to see why the vibe at this party
was so good.
The Venue: Club Blue had a beautiful bar, the nicest bathrooms
anywhere, plenty of room to dance, and fitting decorations
in both rooms. The darkness of the House/Trance Room was cut
by green lasers, and the Jungle/Hip-Hop Room, mostly orange and
brown, was softened by a cute spaceman transparency projected
onto one corner. Outside, you could get away from the intensity
all together to enjoy the cool night air, and the company of
In the Front Room, around midnight. The "Trancey Vibe"
of Paul E's set, was later replaced by House from Dan, which
was replaced by Trance from Micro, which was replaced by House
The DJ's and the Sound: The first DJ that I heard in the front
room was Eddied Fowlkes, who was keeping everyone happy with
his own House set, until DJ Dan, headliner of How Sweet Is, took
to the tables. Dan got swept up in the energy and vibe of this
party and could not help but to give us his absolute best. Usually
when you hear Dan it is with three thousand other people,
a different experience wholly than being in a room with three
hundred people. At Sugarbeats, Dan had a feel for the
smaller crowd, and his finger was firmly on the pulse of the
party. In an intimate environment like this, he can monitor how
you feel, and give you what you want. It is hard to separate
how good Dan's set was objectively since I was having such a
great time, so I won't be objective about it. I will just say
that this was my favorite DJ Dan experience ever. Micro, from
Moonshine, was up next, and changed up the pace with some East
Coast Style Trance. His set made you dance hard, then slowed
you down, then brought you back with builds that were timely,
not annoying. After this it was time for more House from Onionz,
who gave us another great set. In the back room, there was excellent
Jungle from SDF-1 and Deacon, and Hip Hop from Rectangle and
5 Star to name a few. Being an established Club, the sound throughout
the venue was excellent, with no problems at all.
Sugarbeats crew member in background gets noticed by guys,
but pays attention to Dancer in forground, as fog is released
into Club Blue- not yet filled to capacity.
Suagebeats was an excellent argument for having only two rooms
of music at a party, and the next time you are considering going
to a massive with nine rooms, keep in mind that you are not going
to hear more, you are just going to miss more.**
Sugarbeats Labor day weekend event was perfect, and it shares
that distinction with only EDC and Super Raver.
I have a feeling that the next Sugarbeats party will be added
to that list, as well.
**except for Nocturnal Wonderland
where you could hear three at a time, but that seemed to be a
SDF-1 keeps us guessing with Jungle tracks you have not
heard before, dancers explain the music in nonvirtual reality.
Sugarbeats longtime mascot, The Licker