As this year’s Miami Music Week came to a close there was only one event left standing where attendees could retreat to continue to escape the reality of Monday’s advent—Drumcode. Hosted at downtown Miami’s Space Nightclub, the showcase stretched well into the daytime hours on March 31 proving once again that the city’s thirst for music is interminable. Drumcode Records has become the international music industry’s go-to techno music hub, serving as a label outfit for some of the genre’s most illustrious and talented artists like Jesper Dahlback, Joseph Capriati, Steve Lawler, Nicole Moudaber, and more.
Thursday, March 27th
Project 46 at Dream Highbar
Reporting by Michael Poselski
Project 46 and Digital Lab set the perfect pool party vibe with an intimate performance at the Highbar, located on the rooftop of the Dream Hotel. Highbar resembled an oasis with daybeds and palm trees surrounding the sparkling swimming pool. Twenty-four stories high, the location offered a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Atlantic Ocean and the electric cityscape of South Beach. The nearby ocean generated a cool tropical breeze that made the warmth of the humidity a delight.
Patrons relaxed poolside and sipped their favorite drinks as Digital Lab took to the turntables. The proclaimed ‘sound scientist’ manifested the chill pool-party groove with tracks like Daft Punk’s “909 Revolution” and Mark Knight’s “Your Love.” As the party started to heat up, he turned up the energy and got the crowd moving with bangers like A-Trak’s remix of “Heads Will Roll” and Swedish House Mafia’s “Leave the World Behind.” Canadian powerhouse duo, Project 46, took over seamlessly and transitioned into an even happier and uplifting mood dropping progressive house tracks like Avicii’s “We Are Your Friends” and their very own collab with Kaskade, “Last Chance.” The party reached its climax as the sun finally tore through the dark clouds and the attendees reveled in the intoxicating bliss of the atmosphere. This party epitomized what Miami Music Week is all about, it was truly a special experience to see DJ Mag Top 100 rated artists play a tailored set in such a pleasant and intimate environment.
Above and Beyond at Mansion
Reporting by Jessica Ekman
No Miami Music Week is complete without seeing a performance from the beloved Above & Beyond. Last Tuesday, Tony and Paavo teamed up to perform their hearts out to a sold-out crowd at Mansion Nightclub in South Beach, Miami with support from Beckwith and Norin & Rad. Also in attendance were friends MK, Gareth Emery, Bossi of Cosmic Gate, and Kevin Wild. Thanks to Opium Group, the show was a success as those in attendance kicked their MMW off the right way.
Fueled by the energy of the crowd, Above & Beyond’s performance was absolutely beautiful. Including tracks like Moonbeam’s “Pick Me Up,” Mat Zo’s “Pyramid Scheme,” and their very own “Thing Called Love,” “Alchemy,” and “Walter White,” the set was on point for any Anjunabeats lover. At the end of the show, Tony and Paavo picked a lucky fan from the crowd who held a sign saying “Official Button Pusher” to press the button during “Sun & Moon.” The moment was quite magical for everyone in the room. With hopes that the audience took away one of their many messages, Tony and Paavo wrapped up the night with passion and fire.
Going to Winter Music Conference in Miami this year? No matter what event you're at or what artist you're seeing, you're going to want to make the most of your time. Well we have the best tips for you to have an amazing time you won't forget!
1. This one's pretty obvious, but we still might have to remind a few people - don't drink too much. Yes, you're in Miami and you want to have fun... but how are you going to enjoy yourself when you're sick from alcohol? Which is to say, would you rather be out with your friends having fun, or bonding with the toilet? Exactly.
As the crowned jewel of Miami's South Beach, Mansion Nightclub has earned a reputation for hosting some of the biggest names in electronic dance music year around. With Winter Music Conference officially underway, the late night hotspot has set the ball rolling for their leading stretch of events with none-other than British electro house mainstay, Feed Me.
Together with local talent Damaged Goods, Feed Me fostered the beginnings of one of Miami's most reputable times of the year with his enduring high-energy performance standards. Standing before a full house, he stepped into the booth just past 1:30am and began his set with the opening track off his debut album Calamari Tuesday, "Orion." The room was immediately animated by his presence, sending the crowd into a frenzy of excitement and radiating rapture.
It is only a few days before the parties start for Miami Music Week, and the excitement is almost too much to bear. And for a good reason too; MMW hosts a whole lot of pool parties, boat cruises, and exclusive shows featuring the best names in electronic dance music, ending in the three day musical masterpiece that is Ultra Music Festival. Of course, not everyone gets to attend all of these wonderful gathering, or any at all for that matter, which is why UMF Radio will be broadcasting live on SiriusXM radio all throughout Miami Music Week.
For the first time ever in the history of his Transitions radio show, John Digweed is going to broadcast the landmark 500th episode live from his annual Winter Music Conference Sunset Cruise on Thursday, March 27th, at 4pm. From just off the coast of downtown Miami, this extra special, celebratory sunset episode will span four hours of the very best in underground electronic music as chosen and mixed by John Digweed himself.
Each year in Miami, for one week only, the electronic dance music community is thrown into a state of near shock as new and exciting things are unveiled before their eyes. This exciting event is called Winter Music Conference. Everything from one-of-a-kind parties to exclusive new music is free game during Miami Music Week, and this year, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, and Steve Aoki are cashing in on the hype with the world premiere of their new super-group, 3 ARE LEGEND.
Skrillex is bringing the Mothership Tour back this summer, and thanks to the wonderfully innovative--albeit a little nutty-- people at Red Bull, this year's revamped tour will bring a fresh new vibe to this bass-crazy Alien Ride. With support from Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, What So Not, and Milo & Otis joining the tour's lineup, the music will be just as big as Skrillex's new stage production.