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).
MTV named Nicky Romero an EDM artist to watch in 2012 and our eyes have been glued to the Dutch DJ ever since. So when he announced he’d be making his debut performance at Space Miami last Saturday, we jumped on the opportunity to check out the young star in action.
Brought into the electronic music world by mentor David Guetta, the 23-year-old Dutch superstar has already made an impressive name for himself as the next progressive-electro wonderboy. The rising star spent 2012 producing 14 hard-hitting and well-received singles, touring the nightlife metropolises of the world, and topping it off with a Miami New Year’s Eve weekend concert we’ll never forget.
You know, living in New York is one thing. But experiencing New Year's Eve in New York is another thing. You have the iconic ball drop in Times Square, along with parties going on in the most exclusive nightclubs and lounges and then you have...Webster Hall. Dubbed as "America's first nightclub," the multi-level venue has been home to parties for the past 127 years.
The superstructure is known for it's epic concerts featuring world renowned DJs, local talent and top artists. The New Year's Eve Ball 2013 will have a jam packed line up uncluding Tommy Trash behind the decks for after hours as celebrants party it up in 2013. In typical fashion on midnight it's only right to have a champagne toast, however, Webster has a little tradition of its own. Once the clock strikes midnight, a massive balloon drop infultrates the entire main room of Webster Hall! It's easily known as "the largest balloon drop in the free world." Over 100,000 balloons fall upon those in attendance and it's seriously one crazy scene! New York nightlife is just filled with surprises you may never even know about but now you know about this one so it's a must to experience it at least once! For more information and tickets visit here.
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.
Tiesto’s College Invasion Tour is about to get “trashed” out on the west coast. The legendary Dutch DJ/producer has announced that Australian house music sensation Tommy Trash will be added to his lineup of newly added west coast dates. If you’re an InTheBooth member, you can get a taste of musical freedom, as pre-sale tickets are available right now. Added dates include Oct. 13th in Chicago with Dada Life, Oct. 17th in Fresno, CA with Tommy Trash, Oct. 18th in San Jose, CA with Tommy Trash, and Oct. 19th in San Diego.
Tommy has received tremendous support from Tiesto over the past year, and has been exploding into the EDM scene at a rapid pace. In 2012 alone, aside from touring all across the globe at the most well-known clubs and the biggest festivals, he’s released a number of remixes and original tracks which have helped propel his career like “Future Folk," “Cascade," and his recent remix of Deadmau5’s “The Veldt."
Set to the backdrop of the picturesque New York City skyline, Governors Beach Club at Governors Island played host to Laidback Luke’s epic “Super You & Me” concert this past Saturday - inviting a slew of house-loving, crazy-clothed fans to invade the island for eight hours of non-stop madness.
Presented by Made Event (think Electric Zoo), “Super You & Me” offered the killer lineup of headliner Laidback Luke with openers Datsik, Tommy Trash, Oliver Twizt and PeaceTreaty. Luke and his trusty band of sidekicks tore the stage apart as fans kicked around the sandy ground and cheered loudly for the guys to save the day.
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
Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival has consistently been remarked as the premier Electronic Music festival in the country. With steady competition from Ultra Music Festival , and the multitude of other events that have developed in the past few years, claiming that title is quite a feat. Insomniac’s founder, Pasquale Rotella, has rose through the ranks of California promoters to a point of utmost success. He has absolutely earned his stripes, with the immense scale of his events and consequences this sometimes brings. The risk involved with such massive gatherings as these has made it necessary for Pasquale to impose a new standard for safety at these events, both at the gates and in the festival. In both appearance and functionality, EDC proved to be nothing less than the world-class event that was beckoned for.
It’s a bird!? It’s a plane!? It’s... Laidback Luke dressed as a mutant mosquito?
Laidback Luke is at it again with his Super You & Me concert series in which attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite super heroes and party like superstars. Super You & Me has traveled the globe, and on June 16 will land on Governors Beach Club for a show that’s truly out of this world.
And no Super You & Me edition would be complete without Laidback Luke’s fearless band of sidekicks providing a progressively eclectic selection of tunes - Datsik’s dropping dubstep riffs, Tommy Trash’s acid punch reworks, peaking and powerful house duo PeaceTracy and Mad Decent’s newest protege Oliver Twizt.
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: