It’s March in Miami, and that can only mean one thing—the pool parties are hot, the people are even hotter, and the music is on fire. Welcome to the land of tropical paradise, where lavish piscinas play host to the biggest DJs on the planet as Miami Music Week and Miami pool party season collide for a symphonious Molotov cocktail you can’t help but gulp down.
So start perfecting your belly flop form, lather on the tanning oil, and bust out last year’s itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka-dot bikini because it’s time to bask in South Florida’s sunshine to the tunes of your favorite turntablists.
Put down your textbooks and pick up your glowsticks because Tiesto’s Club Life College Invasion Tour just earned some extra credit! The Dutch producer announced today that his openers will be electro-superstars Dada Life and Bingo Players.
Could Tiesto have picked better warm up acts? Swedish electro-house duo Dada Life’s champagne-popping, blowup banana tossing antics never fail to get the audience’s blood pumping. And we can't forget the Bingo Players, the Dutch dance-duo whose 2011 skyrocket to stardom stemmed from their massive hits “Cry Just A Little” and “Rattle.”
Benny Benassi, Italian DJ/producer of legend, penned what must be the most recognizable dance track of the past ten years. Don't believe me? Here:
See? Anyway, y'all probably knew that already. Since then, Benassi has been hard at work, delivering club anthems for more than a decade. Winning a Grammy for his remix of Public Enemy's "Bring The Noise," Benassi has enjoyed critical success as well as the utter and unflinching devotion of his fans. He is constantly touring the world, playing the biggest festivals and most popular clubs in cities from NY to Milan, Tokyo to Moscow.
This summer's biggest festival has finally announced dates, locations, lineup AND put tickets up for sale. Identity Festival is the self proclaimed largest traveling festival in the world, playing 15 cities in about a month this summer. While the lineup is slightly different for each city, there are a few mainstays including Eric Prydz, Wolfgang Gartner, Excision, Madeon, Porter Robinson, Nero (DJ set), Paul Van Dyk, Bingo Players, Showtek, Noisa, Arty, Doctor P and more! There's pretty much no excuse to miss this one, I mean, it'll be everywhere!
In every genre of music, there are artists who stand out and shine amongst the mainstream public. Like the “popular” kids in high school, these artists' names are known by everyone and enjoy industry royalty and limelight. Their name alone is enough to help their songs top the charts and their albums to sell out again and again, deeming them the flavor of the week, month, year…
And then there's the opposite end of the status spectrum. Here thrive the artists who dodge the spotlight by slipping under the radar, while still maintaining their street cred. It doesn’t mean they are any less talented. In fact, it’s not unusual for underground artists to hold equal or greater talent than their mainstream counterparts, and they hold ridiculous potential and independent fan bases of their own.
So behind every superstar DJ who’s tearing up the nightclubs and venerated by fans during ULTRA and Electric Zoo, stands thrice lesser known producers with material sure to tear up your speakers and contend to take over your Spotify Playlist…if given the chance.