Monday Social: America’s Longest Running Party Moves to a New Home

By | January 15, 2016
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Freddy Be playing Monday Social

Freddy Be playing Monday Social

Back when I was living in Chicago, I often caught wind of people talking about a “Monday Social” (MNS) party in LA. I heard music fans talk about it and I heard it from industry colleagues. In fact the day before I flew to California I heard the owner of one of the city’s most influential underground techno and house clubs talk very highly of it. After all, it should have come as no surprise considering the party’s near two-decade run at the forefront of dance music in Los Angeles and the entire United States.

I have since had the pleasure of not only visiting Monday Social at Sound Nightclub, but to sit down with the party’s founder and leader ahead its anticipated move to a new home at Project Club LA. Known to everyone has Freddy Be, he started Monday Social in 1996 and has been running it ever since, seeing the night grow to become what is arguably the longest-running party in North America. On a Monday night that is certainly quite the feat!

How many venues have hosted Monday Social? Have these changes had a good or negative effect on the night in the past?

Over the course of 19 years, MNS has hosted its weekly parties at 5 different Hollywood locations – Project LA makes this our sixth venue. We started back in 1996 at Louis XIV, then moved to Las Palmas in 2001, Nacional in 2005, Playhouse in 2009 and finally Sound Nightclub in Hollywood in 2013. As you can see all of these were longstanding residencies –  historically, changing venues has always been a positive thing for MNS because it allows us to reinvent the party, the vibe and surroundings that keep things fresh! Change has always been one of the underlying qualities that people love about MNS so it’s important that we keep things interesting for people!

What is the aim of Monday Social? In a city with so many sounds, parties, promoters, etc what is it about Monday Social that makes it the stand out party that it is?

Ultimately, our goal is simple, to deliver great music and first rate events! Over the years, Monday Social has always had an edge on the music scene here in Southern California, serving as a platform for developing and incubating relatively unknown artists, international DJ’s and cutting edge music. My philosophy as a curator is always to “keep things fresh and interesting” for people by pushing the musical boundaries and booking artists that not only excite me, as a DJ, but excite the fans within the underground community that have a true passion and integrity for quality music. MNS has always attracted like-minded people within the dance scene and a majority of those coming to our events on Monday nights come for one thing, and one thing only… and that’s the music!

andhim playing Monday Social

andhim playing Monday Social

Obviously there’s a reason why Monday Social has stood the test of time and the fact of the matter is we have out-lived almost every venue we’ve ever hosted our events at so I think the party sort of speaks for itself. One thing that I’ll always remember is something Hernan Cattaneo expressed to me once when expressing his continued support,“Anyone can throw an event on a Friday or Saturday, that’s easy.. but to be able to pull off a Monday that’s been going for almost 20 years is truly something special!”. Things like that go a long way so I think the integrity of the night and the relationships we have with artist and DJ’s goes a long way!

Why is Monday Social leaving Sound at this specific moment? 
 

Even in the ever-changing flow of life there are moments in which we all come to a point of completion, where we can be grateful for the time had and accepting of the the fact that life is always full of endings and new beginnings. In the case of Sound, I give thanks to everyone at the club as the chapter closes, knowing that another one is opening and presents itself with many new possibilities.

Why have you made Project LA your next destination and how is the sound system and vibe there? 

We decided to go with Project for many reasons.. First of all, we wanted to be back on Hollywood Blvd again, at a relatively new venue that didn’t have any competing house music nights that would potentially conflict with our programming. The vibe at Project is perfect really and in a way very reminisent to Cielo in New York which is a cool 400-person square room with a sunken dance floor that’s set up with a 4-corner Funktion One sound system!

Monday Social's new home: Project Club LA

Monday Social’s new home: Project Club LA

In the past, Monday Social has always been known for its distinct air of non-exclusivity paired with world-renowned DJs, a dedicated dance crowd, and cutting edge curation played on a state-of-the-art sound system. The thing that people always liked about our events is that it combined the sociability and hassle-free vibes of the bar scene with the musical and technical standards associated with clubs which is the vibe we’ve been wanting to go back to for a long time.

With the change in venue, will there be a change in the booking of specific sub genres? What are we to expect in terms of line-ups?

Ultimately, the line-up’s and bookings for Monday Social are just a reflection of my personal tastes as a DJ and longterm passion for house music. MNS is an open platform for quality underground dance music and not limited to any specific sub genres. As the ever evolving architechture of dance music moves forward, so will our bookings. It’s really just about being forward thinking and one step ahead of the curve.

Lot’s of really cool stuff on the horizon and definitely excited about our opening month at Project which includes featured guests: &ME, Shall Ocin, Santéb2b Sidney Charles and the return of our very good friend Henry Saiz! Best way to keep up on what’s coming up is to connect with us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter.

One last question: Monday Social has had an eye for discovering great talent in the past. Can you talk about some of those artists whom you had debut or brought to the city before their careers really took off?

As I mentioned, I really try to bring fresh names to Los Angeles and often artists that have never played in the city before and whose carrier is still taking off. In the past iconic it included acts such as Deep Dish, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Groove Armada, Steve Lawler, Green Velvet, Lee Foss and Damian Lazarus and in more recent years the likes of Hot Since 82, Nic Fanciulli, Joris Voorn, , andhim, Coyu, Technasia, Pleasurekraft, Audiofly, Olivier Giacomotto, Amine Edge & DANCE, Lee Burridge and many many more.

MK: Surprise Guest at the last Monday Social

MK: Surprise Guest at the last Monday Social

The party’s success was more than evident this past Monday. While Freddy was in Playa del Carmen organizing and executing his Monday Social BPM Festival party to a packed crowd featuring the likes of Betoko, Sydney Blues and Darin Epsilon, Sound Nightclub bid farewell to the night with a special night featuring Doorly and surprise guests MK, Justin Jay and Low Steppa. The vibe was electric and the dance floor packed with revelers.

The new chapter of Monday Social begins this coming Monday January 18th with Keinemusik Record’s &Me alongside local talent Anton Tumas. It will be exciting to catch the transition in action and join in welcoming the party in its new home. Don’t forget your DownBeats ear plugs either, those Funkion Ones get pretty loud!

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EVENT DETAILS & DOOR POLICY
Project Club LA
6356 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
HOURS: Mon, Jan 18th, 10pm – 3am • 21+ w/ ID
LIMITED $10 TICKETS valid all night
RSVP for FREE admission before 10:30pm by texting the word MNS to 545454 or RSVP online

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