“I like house music that is not overpowered by obvious vocals, where it's more the layers of sound that tell the story, making that story very open to interpretation."

- Ben Annand

LA-based "mover & shaker" Ben Annand epitomizes the openness and camaraderie of the electronic music scene. After being emotionally stirred by the West Coast raves of the 90s, Annand decided to follow the beat of the music and his heart and started his own charity-raising events. This eventually evolved into Tropical, a thematic dance party where all proceeds went towards altruistic organizations such as NextAid. Over the past 17 years, Annand staged Tropical events beginning in Los Angeles warehouses then evolving to boat parties, beach parties, campouts and festivals to reach the currently most-loved retreat format. Listen to his endless sets on Soundcloud.