The Australian Invasion of Miami Music Week 2015
Miami Music Week provided an incredible array of talent from across the world this year, delivering seven jam-packed days of parties, showcases, and everything else a music lover could want. Seemingly every genre found a place under the Miami sun, yet amidst the myriad of events and crews traveling throughout the city during that time, it was apparent more than anything that MMW 2015 was the year of the Australian invasion.
It's been quite clear for the last few years that the Australian dance music scene is flourishing. Since the snowball-like growth of Melbourne Bounce, the country has churned out some of the scene's biggest and fastest rising stars. Mega-acts such as Tommy Trash, Dirty South, NERVO, and Hook N Sling have consistently served as house ambassadors of the land down under, but the next generation of Australian talent is pushing its sound right into the heart of the American scene. It was practically impossible to avoid seeing or hearing an Aussie throwdown while in Miami this year, as Will Sparks, Joel Fletcher, J-Trick, SCNDL, Stafford Brothers, Uberjak'd, New World Sound, Reece Low and JDG, all took breaks from their U.S tours to attend.
If you weren't there to catch it, the Australian presence in Miami was massive. Melbourne-based agency Lucky Ent. and Spin Artist Agency threw one hell of a crazy party at Mokai for Will Sparks' 'Let's Bounce' showcase, and further peddalled themselves around the city to play sets at a slew of other events. Australia's #1 DJ (2014 Inthemix Awards) Will Sparks played a huge 10 shows in six days, just a fraction of his regular 250 shows a year. The Melbourne Bounce pioneer was also asked to perform at parties hosted by Alesso, Deorro, Helena, Uberjak'd, SCNDL, and Tommie Sunshine, along with sets at the No Sugar Added Festival and the Clevelander Beatgasm event, making him one of the most sought-after talents of the week.
In addition to Will, Aussie talents Uberjak'd were seen performing at a number of Miami's biggest events, most notably at the Steve Aoki & Friends event as well as the Mixmash Pool Party. Fellow ruckus-causers SCNDL had a massive presence throughout the week too, and the notorious J-Trick was found at nearly every show throughout the week, no matter the location or genre.
While Melbourne Bounce was just one wing of the Australian army of sounds found in Miami, the sounds of artists like Flume, Chet Faker, MaRLo, Tigerlily, Alison Wonderland, Golden Features, Zac Waters, Peking Duk, Mashd N Kutcher, Timmy Trumpet and What So Not could also be found in the rotation of top tier performances the entire time.
If there's one thing we can take away from our time in Miami, it's that there are huge things to come from the land down under, and the Aussies are showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Check out some of the pics from MMW below.