Dom Dolla & Sonny Fodera are some of tech house’s biggest stars, & for good reason. Their music is amazing. The two Australian based DJ/ Producers recently joined forces to tour together, and during their stop in Los Angeles, I managed to witness it all for myself. They kicked off the second leg of their US tour in San Francisco, California, at The Midway. They then followed that up this past Saturday, February 15th, with a stop at The Shrine, in Los Angeles, California. This is where I saw them.
If you looked at recent trends, you could say that tech house is easily one of the more popular genres at the moment. Leading the way are artists such as Dom Dolla & Sonny Fodera. For proof of this, look no further than their recent tour, as they sold out numerous stops, to include The Shrine.
Saturday nights lineup consisted of an opening b2b set from LA natives, Bones & Lee Wells. This was followed up by fellow Aussie, Cassian, Dom Dolla, and then Sonny Fodera, in that order. To finish off the night, those in attendance were graced with a special b2b set from Dom & Sonny. It was amazing.
Bones & Lee Wells
Bones & Lee Wells started the party off right, setting the mood for the night to come with a delightful curation of house music. With the doors opening at 9, they played b2b until 10 PM. Their opening set consisted of groovy, jackin’ house, which easily caught the attention of all in attendance. With Lee Wells being a resident at the storied Sound Nightclub, it only makes sense that he knows how to warm up a crowd. For a taste of the two together, be check out their House Heads set, here.
After Bones & Lee Wells ended, Cassian then took to the stage, further prepared the growing crowd for the fun in store. Cassian also played for an hour, serenading the crowd with his deeper take on house music, and hypnotizing us all with his mixing prowess. Both Dom & Sonny feature a style that is a bit more energetic than Cassian, so this set was the perfect buildup for the madness to come. For a taste of what Cassian has to offer, be sure to check out this ‘RÜFÜS DU SOL Triple J Mix Up Takeover’ set, here.
Next up were the big dogs, and kicking things off was none other than Dom Dolla. For an hour, he played one of the best sets I’ve seen in a while. He played all of his hits, to include tracks like ‘Take It’ and ‘San Frandisco‘, as well as numerous unreleased ID’s. The most memorable moment was him ending his set with the classic Eurythmics track ‘Sweet Dreams‘, which he mashed up, and mixed into ‘Take It’. It goes without saying, but from 11 PM to 12 AM, the dancefloor belonged to Dom.
The next in command of the dancefloor was the Solotoko label head, Sonny Fodera. Sonny picked right up where Dolla left off, and the crowd was loving it. He literally, didn’t miss a beat. If you’re a fan of Sonny, you would have loved this set, as he rinsed most of the tracks off of his recent album, Rise. He also played tracks like ‘The Moment’, as well as my personal favorite, ‘Scratch My Back’, to the joy of myself, as well as that of the crowd.
Dom Dolla x Sonny Fodera
Once Sonny’s hour was up, Dom Dolla rejoined him on the stage, for their very special night ending b2b set. They played from 1 AM until 2 AM, hypnotizing the Los Angeles crowd with their tantalizing beats, and ecstasy inducing drops. The two played a very dynamic set, in which they contrasted each other’s styles very well. Over the course of an hour, they played remixes of each others tracks, as well as fan favorites from other esteemed artists, such as Chris Lake‘s ‘Turn Off The Lights’.
If you were in attendance, you would know how awe-inspiring this set was. If you weren’t, well I hope you can catch one soon. This tour just goes to show the power of house music, and in all honesty, I don’t see it slowing down any time soon. I think this is a good thing. If you’re into house, tech house, or either of these artists, I highly recommend checking them out when they hit a city near you.
Dom Dolla and Sonny Fodera recently added three more stops to their US tour, to include Chicago, Brooklyn, and Boston. If you’re located in any of these cities, it might be worth checking. For more information and tickets, be sure to stop by their collaborative website, here. See you soon.
Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Dom Dolla from this past HARD Summer, here.