Rock and emo nights have been somewhat of a saviour for the alternative clubbers over the years. A sanctuary for those eager to escape the top 40 on a night out; to indulge in the old school anthems that we grew up with. Metalheads, scene kids and many more come together and to enjoy an alternative night out together.
“This music and the culture that surrounds it is really important and I truly hope it never fades.”
Whilst in the UK have club nights such as Uprawr and Facedown, we will now see the inclusion of LA’s touring alternative club ‘Emo Nite’. Babs Szabo, one of the founders enlightened us on the emo revival “For me, the emo scene never went away. I never stopped listening to emo and pop punk. I suppose if people see it that way, then that’s great. This music and the culture that surrounds it is really important and I truly hope it never fades.” To which she adds “I really hope that Emo Nite has had a part in keeping the scene alive and growing. I think it’s hard for me to see the impact it’s had because I’m so consumed in everything that goes into it.”
This kind of club nights relies on community, something that the alternative scene has had an abundance of. Everything has to start from somewhere, so where did it all begin for Emo Nite? “Emo Nite came about when T.J. Petracca (one of the other founders) and I met at a friend’s birthday and sang Dashboard Confessional “Hands Down” karaoke together. The next day we started talking about throwing an event at a bar where we only play emo and pop-punk music. We then teamed up with our third founder, Morgan Freed. He had a friend who worked at a local Echo Park bar, and they decided to let us host it there. About a month later, we threw the very first Emo Nite on a rainy Tuesday in Los Angeles. The rest is history.” Explains Szabo.
“ I was stood thinking, hoow did we pull this off? It was incredible.”
Many events have taken place over the years. The club has been touring for the past two years and without a doubt, some memories would have been made. What would be the one that stood out the most? “When Sonny Moore (Skrillex) reunited with From First To Last to play Emo Nite, it was one of the best moments of my life. I was stood thinking, hoow did we pull this off? It was incredible. Everyone in the room was going crazy. I also love seeing people make friends with one another, that’s the best part. There have been so many couples that have met at emo nite and even got engaged there, which is so rad.”
Despite having bands coming along to DJ at these events, these are not the primary focus of an Emo Nite. They emphasise the party rather than the DJ to create a better atmosphere within the club. “Emo Nite is not about us or guest DJs, it’s about everybody who attends. We invite people on stage with us, that’s the most important thing. Emo Nite isn’t about a DJ playing music on stage and the crowd just staring at them. It’s a celebration. Every single person who steps through the doors of Emo Nite is equal.”
WORDS: CHARLIE CONIBEAR