Joonbug's Miami Music Week Recap
As producers return to their studios and music fans start planning for Ultra 2014, we look back on Miami Music Week's best moments.

Miami’s dance music world is finally returning to normalcy after the being taken hostage this March by the world’s best DJs who hosted a month of non-stop musical mayhem. In case you missed the fun, or are dying to relive your favorite memories, Joonbug has you covered with our Miami Music Week highlights.

March 16: Circle Talent Agency Pool Party at The Shelborne 

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).

California-bred Lucky Date got our blood pumping with an slew of dirty dubstep beats from Knife Party’s “Rage Valley” album, followed by an onslaught of floor-filling hits like Zedd’s “Shave It” and Dada Life’s “Feed the Dada.” Carnage only amplified our rushing adrenaline when he took the stage, unveiling a never-before-played track that rattled with angry bass lines and left us all begging for a track ID. These freshmen performers certainly set the tone for an impressive day of performances, and made their names known among Miami's adoring dance music fans.

March 20: Cr2 Records “Miami 2013” Compilation Release Party at The Clevelander Rooftop

The Clevelander’s art-deco rooftop played host to a brilliant meeting of the minds as R3hab, MYNC and Nari & Milani congregated over jumbo daiquiris and spoke on their latest collaborative project—Cr2 Records‘s “Miami 2013” Compilation. 

Released in February on iconic label, Cr2 Records, the three-disc album features separate DJ mixes by each of the producers and serves as the perfect pregame music for any soiree. The trio took us behind the scenes of the compilation’s creation, welcoming us into the unseen challenges of producing across time zones and curating the perfect mix. Read our full event recap here.

March 20: Knife Party’s Haunted House at Mansion Nightclub 

As the night sky swept over Miami Beach, the freaks came out to play for Knife Party’s “Haunted House” show at Mansion Nightclub. Joined by opening talent Tommy Trash, Kill The Noise, Candyland, Jordy Dazz, and Walden. Knife Party hosted a chilling and thrilling night of dubstep horror. 

While costumed miscreants adorning blood-ridden costumes danced atop the speakers, Kill The Noise unleashed a swarm of electro-favorites such as Diplo’s “Express Yourself” and Zedd’s “Clarity.” An innovative mashup of Skrillex’s “Right on Time” with the theme song to Fresh Prince of Bel Air was met with roars of applause, setting a booming and rapturous tone for things to come. 

Conquering the decks with Skrillex’s hit “Promises,” Tommy Trash launched into his boldly unapologetic set as smoke cannons exploded and confetti fell from the towering ceilings. The Australian producer then slapped us with his remix of Steve Aoki’s “Ladi Dadi,” followed by the type of punchy, progressive set that we’ve come to expect from this electro-master.

All hell broke loose when Knife Party finally took the stage around 3 a.m. Opening with their still unreleased banger “Power Glove,” Gareth Emery and Rob Swire left no survivors as they slaughtered us with gloriously unidentifiable material which we can only hope to be the stuffings of an upcoming album.

With the audience seizuring in delight, the Australian duo continued showcasing their beloved tunes like “Centipede” and “Fire Hive,” capping off the night with pulverizing favorites “Destroy Them With Lazers” and “Sleaze.”After teasing us with their unreleased gems, Gareth began spraying the crowd with champagne as a VIPversion of “Internet Friends” blasted through the speakers, inviting everyone to belt out our favorite track intro lyrics—“You blocked me on Facebook, and now you’re going to get fucked up!”

Knife Party’s Haunted House surely brought out the sinner in all of us, and left us in excruciating anticipation for the duo’s next EP release.