Low End expounds theory of hip-hop

Katie Madden
Staff Writer

At the Airliner Club in Los Angeles, the event every Wednesday is Low End Theory and the theme is fun through experimentation with genres and pushing the limits of music.

A diverse group of guests, ranging from camera clutching hipsters to ball-cap clad bros eagerly lined up to see what Low End Theory had to offer on Wednesday.

The event has become a Southern California hotspot for promoting new and seasoned hip-hop, electronic artists and DJs.

Besides the resident DJs that are present each week, Low End Theory hosted four other groups, including Mr. Whipple, Most Custom, Free the Robots and Peanut Butter Wolf.

To truly get a sense of the vibe surrounding Low End Theory, it is essential to look at the artists themselves.

Chris Alfaro, mastermind of Free the Robots, explained his journey and how he viewed his own work.

“I started off as a DJ when I was 14. After I was DJing and playing for a band, you know, paying dues, I liked so many different kinds of music and I just wanted to find a way to put them together,” Alfaro said. “It’s musical A.D.D.; it’s so all over the place.”

Alfaro has played at Low End Theory several times and has a unique relationship with the venue.

“Low End is the night where you can really test the audience,” Alfaro said. “They’re more receptive and it’s the most open minded crowd.”

Most Custom, a group comprised of Cory Haynes and Tyler Sammons were excited to stop by Low End Theory on their West Coast “Too Trippy Tour” to play some never-before-heard remixes.

Low End Theory is the place to be for artists to get their work out into the open and their names known.

“It’s a place where everyone who makes beats can come,” Haynes said. “Anybody who’s anybody plays here.”

The duo, who has only been working together for six months, wanted to prove their distinctive take on music mixing.

“We try to be beneficial and really make an impact on the songs,” Sammons said. “We want to do them justice.”

Most Custom also uses Low End Theory as stomping grounds where they can further extend their motto, “Stop taking your life so seriously.”

“It’s not about genres, it’s about talent. People need to take a step back,” Haynes said. “It’s not about money. It’s all of us together. We’re professionally unserious.”

That kind of attitude is what draws people into Low End Theory.

Irvine resident Brooke Leinen came along with her friend and shared why she enjoys coming to this event.

“I’m not even a hip hop fan, but you can’t deny, it’s good. It’s about appreciating the music here,” Leinen said.

“Low End is the sickest venue. It’s an experience to be here.”

As the night went on, the crowd in the narrow venue grew greater in number and livelier in nature.

During each new set, it became noticeable that not only was the audience responding to the music, but the artists were responding to the crowd in a way that created an intimate and interactive mood.

This brought everyone closer with the music and the DJs one step closer towards achieving their connection with the fans that have helped to bring them to where they are now.

Free the Robot’s upcoming EPs, “Free the Robots, Volume 2” comes out in September and “Volume 3” will be released in October.

Most Custom’s first EP, currently untitled, is set to be out before the end of the year.

Low End Theory’s next even will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 19.

For more information visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/lowendtheory.

Katie Madden can be reached at kaitlin.madden@laverne.edu.

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