Top Parties from Miami Music Week 2014
Miami Music Week is one of the craziest, non-stop parties I have ever experienced. It would be impossible for one person to attend all of the events they wanted to, so I did my best to cover as many as I could from Monday to Thursday before attending Ultra over the weekend.
This is my list of the top 5 Miami Music Week Events, but keep in mind that I’m only one person and I obviously missed some other great events.
5) Mau5trap v Pryda – Pop Up Arena at Ice Palace
Two of the biggest titans in dance music, deadmau5 and Eric Prydz, shared the stage for nearly three hours of epic back-to-back tracks. Only at MMW will something as special as this take place. The venue was mostly what keeps this event lower on my list, because the space was shared by another party on the other side of the wall, and it didn’t leave much space for relaxing outside between sets. Also, for a venue that carried themselves like a club, fans were forced to walk around the side of the venue to use port-a-potties.
4) Bromance & Friends – Grand Central
Bromance Records started off Miami Music Week right with this event at Grand Central. The tech and deep house beats dished out by Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, The Hacker, and others on the bill were the perfect complement to everything else that was at Miami Music Week. Many of the other parties featured big room house, dubstep, and trap rather than the French sounds provided by Brodinski and friends.
3) HARD Miami – Grand Central
HARD Miami was one of my favorite experiences of the week. The lineup on Wednesday was incredible, featuring Zeds Dead, Boys Noize, RL Grime, What So Not, and Tchami, among others. I’m going to expand on this in a separate feature, but Tchami (pronounced chah-me) was one of the hottest names of Miami Music Week and the Winter Music Conference. I was able to see him twice, and both times I was completely blown away. If you aren’t already familiar, be sure to check out his stuff.
The rest of the performances at HARD were just as spectacular. Zeds Dead brought the heavy bass, and What So Not delivered a set full of new music, throwbacks, and everything in between. Gary Richards and the HARD team always seem to pull together the best lineups for all of their events.
2) Above & Beyond – Mansion
This was my first experience at Mansion, one of the top clubs in the world. After the incredible performance from Above & Beyond, I’m not sure I could ever go back because nothing would ever compare. Mansion is as spectacular as its name, as it has an incredible atmosphere and even more amazing lights and sound. Above & Beyond played for two hours and dropped many of their classics, including “Sun & Moon," “Alchemy," “Walter White,” and even “Satellite” from their Oceanlab project. They also weaved in tracks from other Anjunabeats favorites like Mat Zo, Arty, Ilan Bluestone, and Jerome Isma-ae.
To top it all off, Norin & Rad joined them in the booth during their set. It was nonstop smiles and good music all the way around for the entire Anjunabeats family.
Above & Beyond at Mansion - Photo by Doug Van Sant (www.Dougvansant.com)
1) Good Times Miami – Wynwood District
This event was truly a special one from Skrillex’s label, OWSLA. The stacked lineup featured back-to-backs for the entire two-day event. The head honcho himself, Skrillex, played with What So Not and Chance the Rapper, Zeds Dead played with Kill The Noise, Sub Focus and Chase & Status played a surprise set, and there were many more amazing acts.
The event took place in a block party style format in the Wynwood District of Miami, which is the arts district. The sets began at 5pm each day and went until 11pm at night, giving us just enough time to get ready before going back out for the night parties. Leave it to Skrillex to throw one of the rowdiest parties during Miami Music Week, which made me exhausted before Ultra even began!