Lucid Dreaming are one of Perth’s most prominent multi talents in the EDM scene, promoting gigs, hosting epic after parties and pushing their record label Lucid Dreaming Records. Surviving four years in the club scene is a feat that is only shared by a small number of promoters and is a testament to the hard work and passion displayed by the team at LD. Teknoscape reporter Kyle Woodward wanted to see what all the fuss was about and ventured to The Velvet Lounge this week to help celebrate their birthday.
Having seen a lot of Lucid Dreaming’s parties come and go over the years, I’ve never really committed to more than a few. I’ve found as my taste in music has shifted more towards the tech and deep house realm over the past 6 months I’ve been more and more attracted to the style and artists LD have been promoting. I thought their 4th Birthday party at The Velvet Lounge would be the perfect platform for me to experience what they had to offer with my new, refined palate in music.
Arriving into The Velvet Lounge I was surprised that it was mostly empty, with a few people dotted around the couches and a couple bopping to the deep house tunes being played by Cam Duff, his tunes were bassy and extremely smooth and enjoyable. After grabbing a drink we settled onto a couch to sit back and relax for a while. Aarin Fraser joined Cam after a while and the two dropped perfectly delectable, succinct tracks which coupled with good mixing made them the highlight for my night.
James Francis continued the festivities, only going deeper and getting the crowd (which thankfully had filled out a bit by now) up and moving. In thinking how I was going to describe the scene at the time, ‘ketamine tech house’ which has been thrown around more and more to describe this type of music kept popping into mind and we got up and shuffled around, with the repetitive melodies and driving bass lines lulling me into an almost trance-like state. It was most enjoyable. I also noticed at this point that the crowd wasn’t really what you would expect from a normal club night, it seemed as though everyone knew each other and really did have a ‘house party’ feeling which was in the event description. We almost felt as if we were intruding on a friend-of-a-friend’s birthday party, which didn’t really detract from the whole night but was an unusual experience.
By the time Lee M Kelsall stepped up to the decks the dance floor had a decent sized following. The music changed quite dramatically to a much more housey set, while occasionally stepping one foot into the deeper spectrum of house. The crowd was definitely having a good time and there was plenty of encouragement from them, apparent from the cheering at every drop. I thought Lee’s mixing was good and there was definitely a happy vibe felt around the place although I was hoping to go a lot deeper, being left wanting more from the last acts! One thing that stood out to me was the visualisations on screen, they were awesome! Great style and imagery, I couldn’t keep my eyes off them.
Overall I thought it was an interesting experience, and am eager to get a bit more of a taste of what Lucid Dreaming are about. I think it will take a while to get used to the ‘house party’ vibe of things, but would probably make their night’s even more enjoyable once you get into it. If you haven’t hit up a LD party yet, you can do so at their upcoming boat party Day Turns to Night on the 31st of March or see M.A.N.D.Y. and Stacey Pullen on the 5th of April at Shape.