A blog about how to find underground clubs in various cities and towns.
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For the last couple years I’ve been traveling to different cities and getting in touch with locals, DJs, promoters, and other friends to learn more about cities’ underground club scenes. I’m writing this blog to share my findings with you.
My name is Zara, and I’m a DJ/producer from Seattle. I’ve been DJing for over 10 years, and I play a wide range of genres including house, techno, tech house, psytrance, progressive trance, dubstep and drum & bass.
I love electronic music festivals because they bring together all kinds of people from different backgrounds and musical tastes who share a common love for loud music and dancing all night! Since discovering EDM (electronic dance music) festivals when I was 12 years old back in 2006 through going to local events like Decibel Festival here in Seattle every year since then has been an incredible journey that has taken me all over the world including countries like Japan where I lived for two years before returning home recently after graduating university abroad.”
We all know how this works. We go to a bar with our friends, we drink, we dance, we meet people. But the modern city is so large that the old ways of finding a party simply don’t work anymore. The best clubs are no longer in the most obvious places.
How to find the best underground club in your city:
1) Pick up a copy of the local alternative weekly (this will be easy if you are in a college town) and look for advertisements for clubs that play electronic dance music, especially ones that mention underground sounds like house, techno and trance.
2) Open your cell phone and dial 411. When the operator asks what city you’re in, say “local listings.” Then say “electronic music” or “dance club.”
3) Go to the library and use their copy of The Underground Guide to Electronic Music, by David Janssen & Dina LaPolt (Fireside/Simon & Schuster), which lists all the best electronic music clubs in all the major cities in North America, as well as many smaller cities.
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Katie’s a fan of underground electronic music. She travels around a lot: she’s been to fifty countries and all fifty states, and she keeps a blog about the best places to hear live music in every city she goes to.
The most interesting thing about her blog is that she doesn’t use it to publicize places that are already well known. Instead she writes about the small places that are not on the tourist circuit or even on the regular locals’ circuit. Sometimes they are just someone’s living room with a PA set up; sometimes they’re warehouses where people go once a month or so when they hear about it by word of mouth; sometimes they’re small bars with bands that play only original material. They’re generally not advertised anywhere except maybe locally and then only as “live music.”
Katie finds out about these places by talking to people at other gigs, by putting up flyers at record stores, and by asking taxi drivers. She goes first thing when she gets into town and then spends the rest of her trip going back for more gigs. She takes lots of photographs, puts them on her
The most common question I get from people regarding my blog is “how do I find underground clubs in my city?”
The first thing to know about underground clubs is that they are underground. This means that the best way to find them is to go underground. Underground clubs are always located in a subway station. Go to the subway station nearest you and look for a sign that says “underground electronic music” or something like that.
If you cannot find a sign, ask someone who works at the subway station if they know of any underground electronic music going on. If someone knows of a club but it’s not publicly advertised, there’s probably a reason for it, so be careful before you go there. You might want to bring a friend with you, just in case.
When you’re in a new city and you want to go dancing, the first thing you might do is check out Facebook events or Resident Advisor listings. While this is definitely a good place to start, it’s also easy to miss out on the best parties. The best underground clubs in your area probably aren’t even listed on Facebook.
This is because many of the most exclusive parties don’t have the budget (or desire) to buy big ads on social media or music sites. Instead, they rely on their reputation and word-of-mouth. In other words, they’re like the speakeasies of the dance music world: if you’re not “in the know,” then you won’t know about these parties at all.
So how do you find out about these secret events? Here’s what I recommend:
1.Find a local record store with a dance floor.You can look for dance record stores on Discogs or look up “record store” on Yelp. Many record stores have listening booths, so people sometimes come to browse through records and listen before they buy. If there’s a dance floor, chances are that some DJs are spinning records there as well. See if they’ll let you spin some records too; don’t worry if you
I’m not a clubgoer myself, but I’ve heard from people who are that the experience is a lot more fun if you go with some friends. If you don’t know anyone who goes to clubs regularly, though, it can be hard to get that first introduction.
The best way to find a good club is by word of mouth. The best way to find out about clubs in your area is by asking friends who live there. You can also use the web: try searching for “[city] clubs” or “underground music [city].” But try not to use Yelp: as with many other topics, it’s hard to trust what you read there.
If you’re going alone, I recommend showing up early, around 9 or 10pm. That way you’ll be able to find a table and chat with your server without having to shout over the crowd. And since so many people start their nights at midnight or later, if you need to leave early (e.g., to catch the last train back home), it won’t be such a big deal.
A club is an underground venue that hosts music performances, typically electronic music. The term underground refers to the fact that such venues are not typically open to the public or advertised by means of mass media. Many clubs have a heavy focus on visuals and some even feature live painters, graffiti (or “tagging”) artists and other types of performance artists.
The underground electronic music scene is vast and ranges from small house parties in private residences to massive warehouse events featuring multiple DJs, live acts and often, food trucks. Some clubs are members-only while others are open to the general public. Some clubs are age restricted while others welcome all ages with parental consent.
While there are many different subgenres of electronic music, most clubs tend to play one or more of the following: techno, house, drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep, trance and ambient (sometimes called “chillout”).