From YG to Danzig: The seventy-eighth LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from Direct and VNSSA, hip-hop from YG and Doja Cat, metal from Lucifer and Danzig, punk/indie from Hepcat and the Ear Ringers, and so much more.
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Rocker Dolly Dagger told us about the contrast between living in Australia and Los Angeles: “I’ve met so many Australian and just foreign people that have moved here to pursue music,” she said. “But it’s lovely how in this day and age we’re so connected even across all of our ponds. So that’s quite nice – I still feel connected to home and my career can live in either place. Both cities really harbor a lovely environment for artists to find their feet and build a community. It’s surprising to me how people in L.A. talk about Australian things, venues they’ve played or heard of. Or radio stations. It feels like a real sibling thing almost. They’re two very musical cities, and so I’ve been very lucky to live in both of them.”
Producer Direct told us about the impact of the pandemic: “When I speak to other artists about this, they either tell me they just stayed focused and worked on music throughout lockdown, or they felt quite unproductive,” he said. “That being said, I’m personally very excited about the current state of electronic music. There is a lot of energy coming out of the pandemic. Crowds seem excited and eager to take in new music, and I think because of this, a new wave of up-and-coming artists are breaking into the live scene who were not present before the pandemic, myself included.”