In 2005, Crosstown Rebels head honcho, Damian Lazarus, and his crew of artists took over a small studio space in Downtown Miami called Studio A, which was located right next to the massive Space nightclub, for their first-ever Get Lost party. The event was an informal, after hours gathering put together by Lazarus to serve as a platform for artists to play whatever they wanted.
Lazarus’ Get Lost series ran for years in Miami at the Electric Pickle, a dingy, after-hours club that fostered some of the best memories for Lazarus and Crosstown Rebels. The event saw so much success in Miami that, in 2013, Insomniac commissioned the UK-based producer to helm the creation of his very own “Get Lost” stage at festivals around the world, from their flagship festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, to smaller satellite festivals, like Beyond Wonderland and Nocturnal Wonderland. These stages serve as a channel for Lazarus to bring his iconic Crosstown Rebels family and their unique sounds into the heart of the thriving electronic dance music scene, while the yearly Get Lost event in Miami set the foundation for the event's growth.
Year after year, the event grew larger and larger to the now that Crosstown Rebels is celebrating their tenth anniversary of the Get Lost series. From a small after-hours get-together, Get Lost grew to a twenty-four hour-long event, which starts at dawn and continues long into the night until the dawn of the next morning. The event features a lineup comprised of over 40 artists, curated by Damian Lazarus himself. Typically, artists who are booked to play Get Lost thrive in the underground arena, as Lazarus and his label Crosstown Rebels look to bring the underground into the spotlight.
A closer look into Lazarus, the Crosstown Rebels boss, helps shed light on the impact Get Lost has on dance music from its ten years of existence. Lazarus is known to rebel against the over-played and the obsolete, instead focusing on the new and the energetic, leaving no stone unturned as he looks for the next Crosstown Rebels talent. Artists who are signed to Crosstown Rebels have a distinct advantage compared to labels - Lazarus, as the label’s creative director, does not sign one-off tracks for his label. Rather, the worldwide tastemaker takes new CR artists under his wing, connecting them with other musicians, showing them new sounds, offering advice, and nurturing their career.
One look at the Crosstown Rebels roster tells the story. Few, if any, indie labels have seen the success that Lazarus and Crosstown Rebels have seen. Many underground artists that have seen massive commercial success, like Maceo Plex, TEED, Craig Richards, and Art Department, were born from Crosstown Rebels. Maceo Plex was only a side project of Eric Estronel, who preferred to focus on his alias, Maetrik, until the release of Life Index on Crosstown Rebels in 2011. Since then, Maceo Plex, arguably, has one of the most successful three-year spans of any underground artist, playing festivals around the world, like Ultra in Miami and marathon sets in Ibiza.
UK-based producer, Skream, joined the Crosstown Rebels family in 2015. In anticipation of a sonic shift from dubstep, he moved into the house and techno arenas that Lazarus has conquered. The world-renowned producer has set his sights on releasing his first studio album in five years on the iconic Crosstown Rebels imprint, and his track “Still Lemonade” showcases his budding interest in the physical, evocative side of dance music.
Now in 2015, Damian Lazarus is once again back in Miami, and although the venue has changed, the artists are bigger and the party is still going. Crosstown Rebels has made a name for itself as one of the premiere indie labels in dance music, and Get Lost is one of the hottest events to attend during Miami Music Week. Replacing Studio A is a venue that has remained unannounced, but if history is any indication, Lazarus will not hold back, as he and his iconic dance music imprint gear up for the celebration of a lifetime.
Only final release tickets are still available for the tenth anniversary of Get Lost, so snag your tickets now!
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