REVIEW: Secret Project Makes a Promising Debut in DTLA


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Insomniac’s Factory 93 brought Los Angeles to its tech-house maker last weekend for Secret Project. Between an impressive line-up, luxe VIP experiences, and the backdrop of DTLA, the WOTN team had the opportunity to check out what the underground scene looks like on the West Coast.


Secret Project LA

Photo credit: Ivan Meneses

Secret Project LA’s impressive line-up included techno titans such as Marcel Dettmann and Dixon paired with house masters like Carl Cox and Bonobo. Although any of these artists could headline their own shows, these talented performers collectively gave their blessing to the maiden voyage of this event through light and sound.

Pioneering techno fiends came out in full force proving once again the vitality of LA’s underground music scene. Having personally averaged over 20,000 steps per day, believe me when I tell you we were grooving.

The mix of pure techno and true house music symbolizes the great meeting of the underground tribes in Los Angeles, a feat that only Insomniac could put together. The success of this event, music-wise and otherwise, is a good omen for what’s to come on the West Coast. While Detroit and New York City have long been meccas for the electronic underground in the United States, Secret Project proudly proclaims that LA can pull the same level of real-ness and hip-ness.


Secret Project LA

Photo credit: Ivan Meneses

Dynamic art exhibits and innovative local food vendors paired with shipping containers and trains running on tracks parallel to the main stages. This immersive experience conveyed the distinctly industrial ambiance and mirrored Chinatown’s grungy creativity.

Los Angeles’ infamous A Club Called Rhonda masterfully choreographed a chill yet distinctly premium VIP experience through its unmistakable command of décor and ambiance. The VIP viewing area for the mainstage back terrace of Apothéke, a NYC-based cooler-than-cool cocktail bar where they were slingin’ beautifully crafted cocktails made with absinthe.

Secret Project LA

Photo credit: Troy Acevedo


Secret Project LA

Photo credit: Ivan Meneses

All in all: Secret Project LA’s immersive, underground tenor created the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience by encompassing all the best a festival can offer: fantastic music, great atmosphere, and a wild audience.

Here at WeOwnTheNite, we eagerly look forward to seeing what the organizers have in store for next year.

P.S.: If you missed the event, listen to our playlist and deeply feel the FOMO until you have an opportunity to go to the next event.