Exchange sits in the historic core of downtown Los Angeles, in what was formerly the Los Angeles Stock Exchange building. Brokers vacated in 1986 when the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange shut down, and the space remained empty until 2008, when a two-year renovation began to turn it into Exchange nightclub. It currently spans 25,000 square feet over four floors, with care towards preserving as much as the original interior as possible. While the architecture might harken back to a different time, the tech and music within are future-forward.
Exchange sports a Funktion One system with new EVO6 speaker cabinets, over 300 LED lighting fixtures, four lasers, and a massive floor-to-ceiling video wall. They’ve also been live-streaming about half of all their events as of late, using a dynamic 8-HD camera setup that feeds both into Facebook and app Grooveo (we recommend tuning in on Facebook, where you can experience the events in 360-degree video live). They book a spectrum of acts, including this year’s BoNA winner for Best Producer, 12th Planet, who will share the evening with Blaise James and Chris Lake on July 6th for a stop on our Best of North America tour. There’s a sound and night for every taste — if we could we’d buy stock in this West Coast haunt any day.
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Lot 613 (LA)
WORDS: YAEL TAMAR