The Fonda Theatre

Recap: Matoma at The Fonda Theatre

Matoma Never Disappoints

Experience by: Kagan Richardson

Matoma never disappoints and neither does The Fonda. Last Friday, Norway-native Tom Lagergren, aka Matoma, embarked on his One in a Million Tour and made a stop at the legendary Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition to popular American metropolitan spots, such as New York City, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, Matoma will take the stage in Hungary and Norway, as well. Matoma has been killing it ever since he came onto the scene with his unique remixes, starting with Big Poppa by Notorious B.I.G. in 2014. He went on to release his Hakuna Matoma EP in 2015, along with countless singles and releases over the years. He was even featured on Jason Derulo’s Try Me with Jennifer Lopez in 2015.

This tour, however, was to promote his first full-length album, One in a Million, which is set to release on March 9. Matoma is rumored to have many features joining him on the album, and the first single is proof of that. Slow was released on November 17, the same day tickets for the tour went on sale, and features Noah Cyrus - little sister to Miley Cyrus. In an interview with Billboard, Matoma said he was looking to do something different and with Noah on Slow, it felt right. He heard her first single, Make Me Cry, and loved it so much that he knew he had to get her on a track. Noah is also set to release her debut album in 2018, and she recently released We Are F**ked with MØ.

Matoma hinted at some other awesome collaborations with his tour schedule as he brought many other great artists along with him. Two Friends, Elephante, Naations, Youngr, MAX, Robotaki, and BKAYE all joined on different legs of the tour. Youngr took the opening duties on Friday night with MAX joining Matoma on stage to play their new song together. The talent didn’t stop there as Noah Cyrus and Yashua made surprise appearances to showcase their collaborations.

Matoma himself absolutely killed it all the way through his hour and a half set. He masterfully mixed his originals and remixes while showcasing his vast musical taste by throwing in Yeah 3X by Chris Brown, Still D.R.E. by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the Candyland remix of Axwell & Ingrosso’s More Than You Know, and Rumors by The Kemist, just to name a few. He kept us guessing all night long.

It was my third time seeing Matoma and the first two times he only DJ’d. This time he brought along a Nord Stage 3 with his normal DJ setup. He fused live elements into his set especially when he had company on stage, showing that he is not just a DJ.

If Friday night is any indication, One in a Million is set to be one of the best albums so far this year. My only complaint of the night was that it ended at 1am, not 2am and we wanted more!

Until next time. Keep your antlers up.

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A Night Out With Nora En Pure & Lee Foss


On December 15, I had the honor of attending the Nora En Pure and Lee Foss show at the legendary Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. Personally, I Had only ever been to The Fonda to see rock bands, so I was very excited to see what a show with DJs would be like. The Fonda Theatre first opened in 1926 as the Carter DeHaven Music Box and has hosted many plays, movies, and musicians from The Rolling Stones to Justice. Over the years, it has seen periods of closure and many changes of ownership and name before settling on The Fonda Theatre by Goldenvoice in 2012. The name is in honor of stage and film actor, Henry Fonda. In 2015, LA Weekly named The Fonda the top music venue in Los Angeles, and Friday night's show proved that the title was well earned.

Right when I walked through the doors into the lobby on Friday, it was obvious that the venue was perfect for the music that was waiting for us just inside the inner doors. You feel like you've traveled back in time to a Roaring Twenties era theater with the combination of mood lighting and decor. The older style of the venue and the sounds of today with Nora En Pure and Lee Foss was truly a beautiful combination showing that opposites do attract.

We arrived in time to catch the last half of the opening DJ's set who built up the energy perfectly before handing the decks over to Lee Foss. Chicago native, Lee Foss dove into electronic music after befriending Jamie Jones in Ibiza in the early 2000s. Their friendship and later partnership with Richy Ahmed gave birth to their label, Hot Creations, as well as their band, Hot Natured, with Infinity Ink. Knowing how well respected Lee Foss is in the house music community and his work with his label, I was very excited to see him perform DJ set. He showed the crowd his musical taste by playing tracks such as Hiding by Icarus and Darius Syrossian remix of Claptone's The Music Got Me. He also showcased his original productions from his Electricity EP with MK and his own album, Alchemy. The place went off when he played Drifting, which is one of my personal favorite tunes by Lee Foss. After an hour and a half set of pure good times, Nora En Pure took over.

Nora En Pure first burst into the scene with Come With Me in 2013 and has consistently released quality tunes such as Saltwater and her remix of Jubel by Klingade. Her Conquer Yosemite EP was released earlier in 2017 and showcase her skills as a producer, as well as her love for piano. If you haven't had a listen yet, I highly recommend it. Nora En Pure's groovy house sounds paired perfectly with the vibes Lee Foss set, combined to be a night that not just house music lovers would enjoy, but lovers of music in general. She showcased many of her original productions, but I think the set reached a climax when she played True. The bassline is so groovy and showed the quality of The Fonda's sounds system which is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Friday night was my first time seeing Nora En Pure play, and I don't think it will be the last.

Overall, the show was expertly curated by Goldenvoice and was help in an amazing historic venue. Lee Foss and Nora En Pure proved why they are considered such masters of their craft during their respective sets. If you get a chance to check out a set from either of them, don't miss it. I will definitely be looking into more shows at The Fonda.

Until next time Ambassadors, keep those antlers up.