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DJ Mag Top100 Clubs
Exchange LA

Location: Los Angeles, USA

Capacity: 1,500

Exchange LA’s stunning historic decor showed itself off even more than usual during the pandemic. The venue was closed to the public, but it hosted numerous livestreams with marquee names on YouTube and Twitch for Insomniac TV. Always camera-ready, Exchange’s combination of classic architecture and modern elements lent themselves nicely to the streaming platforms, providing a gorgeous backdrop for the remote experience.

With mask policies, sanitation stations and deep-cleaning procedures in place, Exchange reopened in summer 2021 with a bang and a load of top DJs. Among these, Alesso, Deadmau5, Diplo, Kaskade, Tchami, and Claptone. The club doesn’t have residents, but it does have regular favourites, such as Green Velvet, 12th Planet, Dillon Francis, KSHMR, Chromeo, Oliver Heldens, and Andy C — whose pre-Thanksgiving pilgrimages are a particular highlight.

Hopefully, Exchange can remain open, as it would be a shame for the 25,000-square-foot, four-storey venue to be forced to shut its doors to the public again. As fabulous as the space is remotely, the impact of Exchange is unmatched in person. The LA Stock Exchange, from which the club gets its name and its location is retained in the bones of the building, the design of which draws from Near East and Native American styles. It houses a Funktion-One audio system with EVO6 speakers and a line array. Additionally, there are 70 moving lights, over 300 LED lighting fixtures, four RGB 6W lasers, a floor-to-ceiling LED video wall, and projection mapping.

Near-future plans for the Exchange brand include expansion to new locations.