10 Artists That Dominated Miami Music Week
2015's Miami Music Week will forever be instilled into the back of our minds. While we count the days until 2016's MMW, EDM.com has chosen to recognize 10 artists that went the extra mile during Miami's flagship music event. Whether it's because they played several sets over a few days or played one great set that lit up the crowd, these 10 artists personified the spirit of MMW and why we keep coming back. Read who our writers Cody Smith and Emily Hall picked as the 10 best artists during MMW:
1. Eric Prydz
Every MMW, progressive house maestro Eric Prydz plays a selective mix of shows during the week. This year, Prydz kept it slim with a set at the A State of Trance stage at Ultra Music Festival and a headlining gig at Club Space. Anyone who attended these two shows can attest to the wonder of Prydz' set, as he continues to innovate his sounds by dropping heaps of brand new IDs and mixing flawlessly over the course of several hours. His Club Space show, a four-hour set accompanied by Jeremy Olander, Claude VonStroke, Joris Voorn, and more, was a true highlight of the week.
A producer who went from relative unknown to mid-tier heavyweight over the course of 2014, Snails has dazzled a many with his blend of bass music with "vomitstep." His refusal to commit to genres was felt during MMW, as the producer played everything from an OWSLA pool party to being slotted as a special guest at the UMF Radio stage at Ultra on Saturday. Snails kept it classy yet humble in his time off the decks, as could be seen walking amongst crowds, hugging and thanking guests for their appreciation of his music. Snails is a class act for sure.
3. Anna Lunoe
Anna Lunoe represented a number of record labels that released her tracks over the past few years. From spinning at the Fool's Gold party to providing opening support for TEED at his Nice Age record label party, Lunoe spent her days in Miami proving that she was in the industry for the long haul. Lunoe's ability to adapt to her audience remains a critical component to her success, and her skill at weaving in every imaginable EDM subgenre made her a particularly special treat for MMW.
4. Will Sparks
The melbourne bounce producer Will Sparks played a number of packed-out MMW parties over the course of the week, from his own headlining celebration of his Let's Bounce podcast radio show to opening for Alesso at a pool party at the SLS Hotel. His crazy schedule included five shows in the span of three days, a feat not bested by many of his fellow MMW DJs. He played a number of new IDs as well, presumably a good chunk of upcoming bounce material that he will release this year.
Datsik took some time out of his busy Ninja Nation tour to play a few shows in Miami, and his most notable gig came in the form of a headlining set at the SMOG vs. Firepower party on Thursday night. Given that Firepower Records is Datsik's creation, it would make sense that his set would be the heaviest performance of the night. With fellow shows from artists such as Andy C, UZ, Craze, Brillz and more, it's a testament to Datsik's artistry that he would emerge as a highlight from thisy year's MMW extravaganza.
6. Amine Edge & DANCE
The g-house movement completely took over MMW, as the ringleaders themselves performed at 10 shows over the duration of five days. Although Amine Edge & DANCE was not listed on the UMF lineup, they still represented the g-house genre loud and clear, taking the stage at venues ranging from Nikki Beach to Grand Central to E11even Nightclub. With events like Sweat It Out! Miami and I’m A House Gangster, Amine Edge & DANCE killed MMW with deep bass and the addictive tunes of g-house.
7. Seth Troxler
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Seth Troxler helped ignite the sounds of house and techno throughout MMW, which served UMF’s central theme revolving around exploring new sounds of the electronic genre quite well. Alongside a performance under the Megastructure with Carl Cox & Friends, Troxler ruled MMW in a series of club shows as well. Seth Troxler Presents Fuck Jams at Do Not Sit on the Furniture showcased the his powerful catalogue of new and old classics in South Beach. He also performed at DJ Mag Poolside Sessions with Amine Edge & DANCE, and even took his music to the Night Boat with Dubfire on the Biscayne Lady.
JAUZ's rapid rise to fame in the EDM realm allowed his several appearances throughout MMW to deserve some serious recognition. JAUZ performed at HARD Miami Rump Shaker at Grand Central to RVDIOVCTIVE Pool Party at the Congress Hotel to the Buygore Pool Party at the National Hotel. His futuristic wobble sounds dominated MMW, and his music popped up in sets across South Beach. His remix of Riff Raff’s “Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz” made Grand Central go absolutely insane at Rump Shaker, and his track “Feel The Volume” was heard in clubs all throughout throughout the week.
Mija is one of the industry’s leading ladies, and with momentous support from EDM kingpin Skrillex, Mija is dominating her genre in several aspects. Particularly, her MMW experience proved to be extremely successful without a spot on the UMF lineup. Her club performances at the Funk Me, Funk You Rooftop Pool Party at Fifty as well as RVDIOVCTIVE Miami Pool Party at the Congress Hotel displayed the talent she brings to the scene. She also made several appearances at HARD Miami, Beatgasm, the OWSLA Jukely event, and more.
10. Claude Vonstroke
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The leader of the Dirtybird crew most certainly dominated MMW as a whole, most notably as a result of his freshly assembled superduo Get Real. Get Real, comprised of Vonstroke and techno-enthusiast Green Velvet, obliterated the Resistance Stage at UMF with their debut festival performance. Vonstroke pre-gamed the entire week before stepping out on stage with Green Velvet at several club shows including the A-Sided Launch Party at STEAM, the PRYDA show at Space Miami, Get Lost, and more. Vonstroke even topped off the week appropriately with the Dirty MMW Closing Party.