Known for its colossal roster of quality talent, the Circle Talent Agency kicked off Miami Music Week with a splash at their poolside showcase! Touting a star-studded lineup featuring Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, and Datsik, the showcase invited dubstep lovers to bask in the sun while watching their favorite artists flex their bass-heavy muscles. And although anchored by the agency’s superstar turntablists, it was rising stars Lucky Date and Carnage who truly stole the show(case).
You could hear the bass from down the street. As night fell over the Hudson River, a mass of costume-clad fans appeared along the Westside highway, walking against traffic and towards the emanating pounding beats. For anyone in the area, it was clear that their destination was Pier 94, the monstrous venue transformed for the weekend into the Pier of Fear. Premiering for the first night of a doubleheader Halloweekend as Manhattan's very own bass mecca, the pier set the bar high with an impressive lineup featuring Knife Party, Tommy Trash and Kill the Noise, and supporting acts Destructo, Baauer, and Style of Eye to set stage for the madness of the weekend to come.
Where: D’Jais, 1803 Ocean Avenue, Belmar
Where: Teplitzky’s, 111 South Chelsea Avenue, Atlantic City
Where: Chandelier Room, 225 River Street, Hoboken
Where: Bar Anticipation, 703 16th Ave, Belmar
Where: C5 at The Chelsea Hotel, 111 South Chelsea Avenue, Atlantic City
Where: Dusk, 2100 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City
Where: The Deck at Golden Nugget, Huron and Brigantine Blvd, Atlantic City
Following PeaceTreaty’s set was Tommy Trash. The Australian madman brought his usual head-banging rockstar lifestyle to the stage with champagne showers and an energy-level that puts pixie-stick swallowing children to shame. Dropping everything from his own “In n Out” and “Antidote (remix)” to Deadmau5’s “The Veldt” and Ducksauce’s “Big Bad Wolf,” the producer played hard and partied even harder.
Ten miles of darkness and 2000 cars separated us from the festival we had only dreamt about. As we stared forward, excited and anxious, there was a faint flicker towards the sky and then the familiar explosion of fireworks in the distance. A roar ripped through the desert from the cars around us. Indian chiefs and their topless girlfriends yelled and cheered out their windows, as packs of neon spattered fur boots ran by on foot. This was the scene I had heard so much about. The one that would save dance music events
Laidback Luke is also calling all superartists to submit their most unique superhero costume designs for a contest in conjunction with legendary cartoonists Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane. Laidback Luke will sport the winning costume design at his concert, and invite the contest winner to see the costume in its full glory. For contest details, click here.
Miami is quickly becoming the go-to destination for EDM lovers here in the states. After an incredible week-long ULTRA festival in March, the pace has not slowed one bit. Wolfgang Gartner, American EDM's prodigal son, will be DJing this Friday along with Pierce Fulton at Amnesia Miami.
Gartner may well be the biggest name in EDM at the moment, at least on this side of the pond, and has been for some time. Following a slew of #1 tracks on Beatport, a grammy nomination, and an exciting 2011 album Weekend in America, Gartner has cornered and taken over the world of dance music. Listen to his collaboration with Tiesto off the freshly released mix album, Club Life Vol. 2 Miami: