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Music Monday: Listen to Adriatique’s Essential Mix Debut

 

In this week’s appointment with Music Monday we listen back to Adriatique’s Essential Mix debut from this past Friday.

The two Adrians paired up for their first Essential Mix on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show, delivering two hours of forward-thinking music that incorporates their signature melodic and dark house, paired with modern cuts and hypnotic, entrancing elements.

Recorded in a club in Basel for optimal sound, the mix is peppered with enthralling instrumentation, captivating soundscapes and the addictive hypnotic vocals that have made the Diynamic duo one of the most respected acts in today’s underground dance music circuit. The recording includes music from Peter Kruder, Mano le Tough and Larry Heard, as well as new music from Adriatique themselves.

Listen to the mix via BBC Radio 1 or via SoundCloud below:

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Listen to This Playlist Containing Every Essential Mix of 2016

 

Despite its ups and downs, 2016 was a phenomenal year for dance music, and in particular for the quality of Essential Mixes released on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show.

Midland’s two-hour Essential Mix was crowned as Essential Mix of the Year, an honor that in the past was bestowed to artists such as Ben Klock (2015), Caribous (2014), Eric Prydz (2013 and 2012) and Nicolas Jaar (2011). The rest of the bunch were up there too though, including spectacular renditions from the likes of Âme b2b Dixon, The Chemical Brothers, Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin and Rødhåd just to name a few. There is absolutely no doubt that house, techno and the more underground side of dance music commanded the vast majority of Essential Mixes this year, with EDM and its off-shoots receiving less than 10 airplays throughout the year.

We have compiled a special playlist of all Essential Mixes released in 2016 for your enjoyment. As three of them were not available on SoundCloud we included their separate embedded players below also. Enjoy!
 


 
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Minimal Effort’s Location Change Came With A Couple of Hiccups But Plenty of Potential For NYE and the Future

Photo by Christopher Soltis

Photo by Christopher Soltis

Trial and error is necessary and just like with anything in life, it’s the little failures peppered amongst great successes that build something truly special. Any of the thousands of dance music fans in Los Angeles and beyond who are familiar with Underrated Presents and their Minimal Effort brand know just how big of a leap they took this past Saturday when they expanded their Halloween production from within an indoor venue facility to a hybrid indoor/outdoor festival featuring three stages, 10 hours of music and 24 different artists.

The move didn’t come without a few hiccups, of course, but when all was said and done, Los Angeles welcomed its first festival-scale electronic music production in years, and the first to solely focus on the more underground sounds of house and techno. It wasn’t since HARD and Insomniac left the city that crowds in LA hadn’t been able to enjoy an event of this kind with promises of more in the pipeline. In fact, flyers posted throughout the Los Angeles Center Studios, Minimal Effort’s new home, already announced an exciting first phase lineup for the upcoming NYE event that will take place at the same location and with a similar structure.

 

The choice of location couldn’t have been more ideal, a multipurpose facility in the former Unocal Center building next to the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles that provided ample space for two outdoor stages, an indoor room, food trucks and rest areas with grass and tables. The area was easy to reach with public transportation, by foot from anywhere downtown and via cab/uber.

Entry was smooth, with hardly any wait and no hassles at security. Similarly, despite a good sized crowd wait times for drinks, bathrooms or food were minimal throughout the night. The music was spread out between The Garden and The Bridge stages outside, and the smaller Suara Room inside. The Garden stage unfortunately opened late due to technical difficulties that were being resolved to host Tiga’s Los Angeles Live show debut during the closing slot of the night. But when it got going it welcomed thousands who partied to the sounds of Waze & Odyssey, Kidnap Kid, Tensnake and TEED before Tiga took over. Under the canopy of the overhanging tree branches, the smaller of the two outdoor stages hosted the more eclectic roster of night, catering to those in search of a more pop-driven, bass-heavy and vocal experience.

Unfortunately The Bridge Stage, considered by some as the “main stage” due to size and caliber of names performing, suffered from sound issues throughout the night. Volume had to be kept low to ensure sound quality didn’t suffer due to what was probably a blown speaker or two. Regardless, sets by Jonas Rathsman, Steve Bug and Pete Tong kept the party going until it was Thugfucker’s turn to close out the party with their signature blend of rhythmic and groovy tech house filled with big hooks, heavy synth lines and permeating melancholy.

Photo by Conner Coughenour

Photo by Conner Coughenour

Interestingly enough, it was in the smaller room that the party seemed to be going at its hardest throughout the night. The Suara Room may have been modest and it was surely a hot box, but it definitely hosted set after set of powerfully-crafted performances, seamlessly blending into one as Edu Imbernon gave way to label head-honcho Coyu before Dosem took the reigns for a final hurrah. While at first it seemed that the room had the least love as far as production value, it gave attendees the most when it came to sheer quality of music, cohesiveness and the frenzied type of party you would expect at a Halloween affair with this kind of lineup. The three closing artists delivered Spanish tech house at its finest with elements of techno, EMB and house sprayed in to beautiful results: the entire room danced as one and didn’t stop moving until the night was over at 2am.

Yes 2am. Minimal Effort’s relocation to the Los Angeles Center Studios meant that the party ended when alcohol stopped being served, but it also allowed for trips to one of several warehouse/after-parties going on in Los Angeles that night. The same will surely be true on New Year’s Eve, when party-goers will look to continue celebrating into the early hours of the morning.

Overall, the brand’s relocation and debut as a one-day festival was a good experience. Not perfect by any means but it cemented the notion that Los Angeles’ love for underground dance music is growing and has room for improvement and expansion in the near future. I had the chance to speak to the brains behind Minimal Effort in the days since and they were undoubtedly aware of the few production issues that came up during the night, apologetically promising that they would be worked on ahead of their return for round two on December 31st.

Click here for Minimal Effort NYE lineup announcement.

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Listen to Cirez D’s and Chase & Status’ Essential Mixes

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Last night, Eric Prydz made his Essential Mix debut as Cirez D with a live set recording from Creamfields.

The Swedish progressive house and techno producer is not new to the BBC Radio 1 show hosted by Pete Tong, with Essential Mixes delivered in both 2011 and 2013, the latter of which won the accolade of Essential Mix of the Year. This, however, is the first time that the British radio show has featured a mix from Prydz’ techno moniker of Cirez D.

He was joined by drum & bass artists Chase and Status who delivered the other hour of the iconic radio show, also with a live recording from the British festival.

Enjoy the full two-hour recording of last night’s Essential Mix featuring both sets of artists via the BBC Radio iPlayer or directly through SoundCloud below.

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Seth Troxler Will Record Essential Mix Live from Output NYC

Seth Troxler

This coming September 23rd, the legendary BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix will touch down in New York City for the first time in its history, following an edition in LA and one in Miami earlier this year.

British host Pete Tong will be joined on the decks by Seth Troxler for a special live recording of an Essential Mix episode. The event will wake place at Brooklyn’s Output, one of the most avant-guard underground venues in the entire United States.

Pete Tong stated, “I’ve been coming to NYC for almost 30 years, from my days A+Ring at London Records, when I was lucky enough to visit The Garage and Mancuso’s Loft, to playing some incredible sets in my DJ career. This city has always been at the heart of global club culture and I’m delighted to be bringing the Essential Mix here to celebrate that with one of America’s finest underground DJs, Seth Troxler.”

Included in the night’s line-up are NYC’s very own house maestro Dennis Ferrer, as well as two emerging local DJs in Eli Escobar and Nasha Baker, further showcasing the city’s ever-rich electronic music scene.

Tickets for the event are available on RA.

Check out this recording of Seth Troxler playing at an another iconic North American venue, Spybar Chicago.

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Minimal Effort Books Tiga, Pete Tong, Coyu and more for Los Angeles Halloween Mega-Party

Minimal Effort Halloween 2015. Photo by Jamie Rosenberg

Minimal Effort Halloween 2015. Photo by Jamie Rosenberg

Los Angeles’ underground promoter Minimal Effort just unveiled its Halloween Phase I lineup and it’s chock-a-block full of talent.

After three years at the forefront of the city’s house and techno scene, Minimal Effort are moving their Halloween and New Year’s Eve one-day parties to a new location, the LA Center Studios. On October 29th, the 5,000 capacity venue will feature the elaborate decor and meticulous curation the Minimal Effort team has become well known for, all against the backdrop of Los Angeles’ downtown skyline.

This year’s spooky celebration will feature none other than BBC Radio 1 legend Pete Tong, Suara boss Coyu, Jonas Rathsman, Mark Farina, Dosem, Edu Imbernon, Thugfucker, Tensnake, Steve Bug, a DJ set by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs as well as live performances by Satory and Tiga, who will be debuting his new live show in LA on the night.

The complete Phase I lineup can be found below. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, July 21st at 12PM at minimaleffort.net. Is it too early to plan Halloween in July? We don’t think so when the curators and lineup are this good!

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The Chemical Brothers at Parklife Festival 2016. Photo courtesy of Parklife

Music Monday: Essential Mixes by The Chemical Brothers and Jackmaster b2b Armand van Helden

The Chemical Brothers at Parklife Festival 2016. Photo courtesy of Parklife

The Chemical Brothers at Parklife Festival 2016. Photo courtesy of Parklife

Mondays may bring us back to the office, but also bring us quality music from the weekend’s action throughout the world.

This week’s Music Monday selection comes courtesy of this past Friday’s Essential Mix action. Featured on the esteemed BBC Radio 1 show hosted by Pete Tong were two live recordings from Manchester’s Parklife festival held earlier this month on June 11th and 12th.

The first hour is a no-holds-barred Chemical Brothers performance featuring hits such as “Chemical Beats” and “Swoon,” while the second part is a special b2b set by Jackmaster and Armand van Helden. This is the first Essential Mix by The Chemical Brothers since 1995, a twenty-one year wait.

Listen to the latest Essential Mix directly via the BBC Radio 1 Player, or via SoundCloud below.

 

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Listen to Âme X Dixon Essential Mix – April 2nd, 2016

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In the early hours of this morning, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong gave the Essential Mix reigns to the two biggest names of the Innervisions label.

We are of course talking about Âme and Dixon, two of the most influential names in the underground dance music scene of the past 10 years. While both have had the pleasure of gracing the Essential Mix decks in the past, this marks their first time as a duo act. This morning’s Essential Mix was also the first back-to-back appearance for 2016 by any artist.

Their unique sound shines throughout the 2 hour performance, with plenty of unreleased materials debuted alongside such stand-out tracks as “Synthfrilla” by Frak, “Insvept” by Dorisburg, “Ingoma” by Christian Vinci and “22 Degree Halo” by Stimming.

Without further ado, here is the complete two hour recording available for your listening pleasure through SoundCloud. Full track listing and additional streaming is also available through the BBC Radio Player.

 

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6AM: Miami Music Week 2016 Live Set Playlist

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Another Miami Music Week is behind us and the live set recordings have began to pour in. As we mentioned in our editorial about the week, the landscape of MMW is changing, in part due to the divide from Winter Music Conference and in part due to the ever-evolving nature of the events being offered throughout Downtown Miami and South Beach.

With that said, the music still reigned supreme throughout the Miami area, with plenty of great sets from legends and newcomers alike. Unfortunately not all were recorded and not all that were have been published. In this article you can find a selection of our favorites compiled in a carefully selected playlist that captures the best of techno (unfortunately not much this year), tech house and house music delivered during MMW 2016. We will be updating this playlist regularly as more sets get released.

Included in the playlist are live recordings from Ultra’s Resistance and Carl Cox & Friends stages, as well as complete recordings from Do Not Sit By The Ocean, one of our favorite parties of the entire week.

We have been listening to these for the last 48 hours and below you can find some of our favorites followed by the entire playlist.

Armand van Helden b2b Jackmaster – All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party

This one-hour recording offers insight on the madness that was the back-to-back All Gone Pete Tong pool party at the Surfcomber Hotel in South Beach. The two stars out on a fantastic display of jacking house and grooves that surely had everyone dancing pool side the entire time.

Thugfucker – Resistance Stage at Ultra Music Festival

Greg Oreck and Holmar Filipsson, better known as duo Thugfucker, brought deep vibes to the Resistance Stage on Saturday afternoon with a classic signature sets of melodic deep house.

Deadmau5 b2b Eric Prydz – SiriusXM Miami Music Lounge at 1 Hotel South Beach

A lot was said about both Joel and Eric’s performances at the A State Of Trance stage at Ultra, but what some may have missed is the more iconic back-to-back set they played exclusively for SiriusXM at the Miami Music Lounge earlier in the week. Progressive house at its finest, with tracks that embody the styles of both producers, this went down as one of the most anticipated and acclaimed tandem set of the entire week.

Behrouz b2b YokoO – Do Not Sit By The Ocean

Set against one of the most beautiful party backdrops of the entire week, Do Not Sit By The Ocean consisted of 12 hours of top-notch house music by the likes of Lee Burridge, Alex Niggeman, Hoj and atish. Our favorite of the lot came from Do Not Sit boss Behrouz and his back-to-back with All Day I Dream rising star YokoO. Listen to this as you imagine Miami’s skyline, a marina with some of the city’s most impressive yachts, palm trees and you will live it exactly as I did.

Mind Against – Resistance Stage at Ultra Music Festival

It appears that the young Italian duo can do no wrong. Calling them rising stars would be a lie, for they have surely already secured their spot in the top tiers of today’s underground dance music scene. It is without a doubt that their brand of mesmerizing and dreamy techno remains as captivating and fresh as ever, a notion their set at Ultra is a testament to.

 

The Complete Playlist

Limiting ourselves to 5 choices would be doing a disservice. Enjoy the full playlist through SoundCloud below:

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Get Lost and The Future of Miami Music Week

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Smirnoff Sound Collective Miami: Discwoman at The Gale Rooftop. Picture by World Red Eye

Thirty-one years ago Florida saw delegates representing the dance and electronic music industry come together for the first Winter Music Conference (WMC), a conference that has since grown to a concentration of more than 400 events, parties, seminars and workshops. In 1999 Ultra Music Festival began as a one-day festival, expanding since to a sold-out weekend with over 150,000 in attendance. Then, in 2011 the electronic music industry saw the foundation of Miami Music Week (MMW), a collection of music events that now includes Ultra and, while it used to coincide with WMC, this year split up from the conference and took place the week before.

When things first started concentration was on pool parties in South Beach during the day and  events at a selection of clubs, of which only a handful were in Downtown Miami, at night. There is no doubt that in its second decade of operation, Club Space remains one of the quintessential venues to attend whenever making the trek to Miami for the week. It regularly hosts marathon parties and sets that go deep into the next day’s afternoon and this year it was no different.

On Wednesday night the Club’s Terrace played host to an selection of artists the likes of Shaded, Carlo Lio, Pan-Pot, Kölsch, Gardens of God and Agoria before a grand finale that saw Dubfire go back-to-back with Chris Liebing beginning at 7am and ending at some point in the middle of the afternoon. The atmosphere was electric to say the least, with people making the short trip between the Terrace and the Main Room, which hosted a high-caliber list of Incorrect Music artists such as UMEK, Anthony Attalla, Uner, Prok & Fitch and Supernova. A large contingent remained as downstairs closed to witness the first of the many sunrise-into-the-afternoon performances of the week. Carlo Lio and Pan-Pot set the stage on the Terrace perfectly, playing heavy sounds with minimal to no vocals – setting a welcome and dark opening atmosphere for the closing set to follow. When I left the club at some point in the middle of the morning, the SCI-TEC and CLR bosses were still going at it with a large army of techno fans still on the dance floor.

Marco Carola marathon set on the Terrace. Picture by Club Space Miami

Marco Carola marathon set on the Terrace. Picture by Club Space Miami

I was to make my way to the Terrace once more the following night for a Marco Carola marathon that followed sets by Leon and French trio Apollonia. Shonky, Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundorom know how to work a room, carefully selecting percussion-drive tracks and groovy gems with signature effortlessness. They commandeered the majority of the crowd who didn’t seem to be saving their energy for Carola, but instead danced away for several hours to their infectious performance. They have been playing Carola’s label parties for a while now and it’s no secret why, they are a perfect fit for his ideology and focus on quality of music above all else. While the Italian Music On maestro is no stranger to long sets on the Terrace, he usually performs alongside Loco Dice as “LoCarola” during Miami Music Week so it was a welcome change to see him play solo and for an extended period of time. As usual his funky brand of techno was exactly what the crowd needed, with hundreds arriving past sunrise to see him perform until around 4pm in the afternoon. Shazaming or attempting to ID tracks is near impossible with Carola in control, especially so considering his pride as a track selector. Both him and Apollonia both played that weekend as guests at Carl Cox & Friends’ Ultra stage, while Carola also closed out his label winter residency alongside Paco Osuna on Saturday night with set at Story Miami in South Beach. Check out a small clip of Apollonia at Space below:

Two large clubs have opened next to Space in recent years. First E11VEN Miami across the street, boasting a 24hr schedule, and then Heart Nightclub literally next door in the past year. Boasting rooftops, multiple rooms and party hours that also go deep into the next afternoon, they have been part of a trend that has seen the more seasoned of MMW/WMC attendees ditch South Beach pool parties and to stay in Downtown Miami to party. While there’s a short list of top-botch clubs in South Beach worth visiting, most notably Do Not Sit On The Furniture, Trade and Treehouse, recent years have heralded the arrival of parties away from clubs and pools.

Do Not Sit By The Ocean is the perfect example of this winning formula. Held across the span of 12 hours, this day party took place at The Deck at Island Gardens, a super yacht marina with a deck overlooking the most exquisite view of Miami’s skyline. The vibes were thick, with an entire entourage of music professionals listed to play against one of the most beautiful backdrops we have seen for a Miami party. Huge sailboats, mega yachts, palm trees, the ocean and the sun setting over the entire city as music from Lee Burridge, Alex Niggemann, YokoO, Hoj, atish and others poured out of the sound system. The entire event was captured by Be-At TV and can be viewed below.

 

This year Anjunadeep held their party at Cafeina Wynwood, with Jamie JonesParadise returning to Mana Wynwood for a party lineup that featured such top names as Steve Lawler, Bob Moses, Stacey Pullen, Skream and The Martinez Brothers. Elrow used the same venue for its signature crazy celebration, while Disclosure, Eric Prydz and Luciano all opted for Wynwood’s MAPS Backlot outside space to throw their parties this past week.

Most notably, however, it was Get Lost Miami that kept setting the trend. Celebrating 11 consecutive years, the Crosstown Rebels-run party has been bringing thousands of party goers to Downtown and Midtown Miami spaces for the last several years. For this edition, they made the bold move of relocating to Little River Studios, a brand-new site in the city’s neighborhood of Little Haiti. I say bold because it was announced only two days early and is probably the furthest any party during MMW/WMC has ever gone. But it worked, and it cemented Get Lost Miami has the must-attend party of the entire week.

Truthfully, simply calling Get Lost a party is a little disservice to the tremendous work Damian Lazaruz and company put behind the event. It runs for 24 hours straight, beginning at 5am and ending at 5am of the following day with no interruptions. Four stages run simultaneously for almost the entirety of that time, with a lineup that this year listed over 50 acts. Forgive me if I begin to refer to Get Lost as a one-day festival, for it truly feels like one. Curated to its smallest of details, it delivered and it delivered well despite some expected small first problems at its new home. Each of the four stages provided an entirely different experience both musically and visually, specifically curated to allow attendees to wonder and live the entire 24 hours of the party without ever feeling like it was repeating itself.

Felix da Housecat and Jamie Principle at Get Lost Miami. Picture by Crosstown Rebels.

Felix da Housecat and Jamie Principle at Get Lost Miami. Picture by Crosstown Rebels.

The main Keys stage sat nestled beside a large tree, its branches nestled above the wide dance floor overlooking a set of small wooden homes. Inspired by the Florida Keys, the spectacle included white sand, beach chairs, lifeguard posts and more, all part of the illusion created to transport music fans to a new temporary world. Ornaments, decorations and make-shift sign posts all added to the magic, with Serge Devant first and Felix da Housecat later providing the afternoon music that welcomed the hundreds in attendance to the magical sunrise above them. Felix in particular had one of the best sets I witnessed the entire week, blending both the soulful and jacking elements of the very same Chicago house that has launched his illustrious career. One of the most signature moments of Get Lost came toward the end of his set, as Seth Troxler was readying to take over. With Jamie Principle on vocals he performed a tribute to the late Frankie Knuckles and the legacy of house he gave the world – everyone’s hands were in the air as they danced and paid homage to the music that united them.

The smallest of the two indoor areas, the Studio, reminded me of an artist loft. Dark, yet bright, thanks to its curved white walls and partially white floors, it delivered as an intimate stage with powerful sound. BLOND:ISH in particular were phenomenal, their set fusing fast-paced house, tribal elements and repeated percussion to perfection. Visionquest later did what they do best with a selection of well-picked high-octane house tracks that composed a seamlessly curated performance that strayed away from the dreamy deep house played later by the likes of Red Axes, Bedouin and DJ Three. Red Axes in particular had one of the stand-out sets of the week, managing to captivate the tens of people who decided to choose the duo over bigger acts playing elsewhere. The change of pace was simple yet acted as needed balance in the eclectic roster that formed Get Lost’s deep lineup.

Damian Lazarus at Get Lost Miami

Damian Lazarus at Get Lost Miami

Next door, The Nest stage provided the closest thing to a dark warehouse setting. Filled with smoke and armed with colorful lasers, it was practically impossible to see the DJs performing unless you were stationed right in front of them. Strangely it was fairly empty for Pete Tong earlier in the day but hundreds filled the room for Cassy and DJ Sneak’s tandem performance in the late afternoon. It was powerful and it made people dance, as you would expect from both the seasoned vets. Fur Coat later on drew one of the biggest crowds to the stage with the type of performance that saw them clinch a recent debut on BBC Radio One’s Essential Mix.

Needless to say Detroit’s Carl Craig and Damian Lazarus drew some of the biggest crowds of the evening. Sandwiched between Seth Troxler and the party’s boss, Craig kept things interesting by straying away from the Detroit Techno sound at times, beginning his set with the intro/theme song of 2001 A Space Odyssey and incorporating “You’ve Got The Love” by Florence And The Machine into his set. The wizard closed off the main Keys stage with a set that went past his allotted time, perhaps just a way to let everyone know who was in command, filled with tribal tracks, cosmic tunes and the sort of atmosphere only he can create best. As his set ended so did the music at that stage, leaving the hundreds present with no choice but to spill into the three smaller stage that were scheduled to play music until closing. An unmissable live set by KiNK led the way for Thugfucker and a special back-to-back performance by Gorgon City and Kidnap Kid at the Santorini stage while Rumors boss Guy Gerber first and Skream later were entrusted with closing duties at the Nest.

The Crosstown Rebels flag flying high at Get Lost Miami

The Crosstown Rebels flag flying high at Get Lost Miami

During the week I attended other parties. A beautiful sunset cruise with Kölsch and Anthony Attalla organized by Paradigm Presents and Vested out of Chicago, the always special Crew Love reunion at the Electric Pickle and a super-packed Yoshitoshi showcase on the Patio top floor of Heart Nightclub. Notice the trend? Not once in an entire week did I cross the Causeway to step foot on South Beach and with the exception of a one-hour lunch last year, this is now the second year in a row where I failed to attend any parties or industry events away from Downtown Miami. Plenty of industry friends informed me of half-empty pool parties, separate events that joined forces last minute due to lack of ticket sales and other indicators that pointed to what seems to be a changing of trends with MMW/WMC and essentially the landscape of the electronic dance music industry. As I was in the middle of penning this piece, Beatport released an article entitled “A Very Honest Chat About Miami Music Week on Slack” that touched on these exact same observations and what appears to be a shift within the way this iconic week is organized and takes place. The evidence is there for all to see and there is absolutely no denying that Miami Music Week as we used to know it is no longer. But why?

On one side of the argument, the split and rivalry between MMW and WMC has undoubtedly caused a shift in how the week in Miami is perceived in the first place. Let’s not forget that this started as a convention to bring industry professionals together through a series of panels, discussions and events aiming to serve as an essential platform for electronic music to grow in the years to follow. It also served as the opportunity to give new talent the needed stepping stone into a scene that is hard to break into, for up-and-coming artists to be noticed in what can otherwise sometimes be a dog-eat-dog scene. It appears that the split between MMW and WMC has essentially watered down the purpose and importance of this yearly trip to Miami, with parties focusing on making money with big line-ups of already-established acts and DJs playing up to 7-9 parties in a matter of days. What used to be one of the key electronic music conferences of the entire global industry is now being overshadowed by the mere selection of all-too-similar parties that form it (150+ MMW parties this year), and by the expanding nature of other important industry gatherings and conventions such as ADE, Decibel, The BPM Festival, SXSW (the same week as MMW this year), etc. How about the fact that SXMusic Festival debuted in St. Martin a mere week before MMW with a selection of top-tier artists across the space of 5 days? At which point does cost for those faithful to MMW/WMC become a real issue with the increasing saturation of events that are filling up electronic dance music fan’s calendars on any given year?

Clearly, however, not all was gloomy on the MMW front. Space was packed as usual, popular sunset cruises (Sasha, Stereo Productions and tINI & The Gang are just some examples) sold out and Get Lost cemented itself as the must-attend party of the week with a bustling crowd that kept the party going for a day straight. And to be honest, reports coming from some of the most popular pool parties such as All Gone Pete Tong do mention great crowds. But the shift is as visible as it is inevitable if nothing is done to change things. Not only were there less people in Miami during the week but the focus moved from the pool parties and South Beach clubs to the venues in Downtown that remained opened deep into the next day’s afternoon or, like with Paradise and Get Lost, events that offered immensely stacked line-ups, as well as new and bigger experiences for the right price.

All Gone Pete Tong pool party

All Gone Pete Tong pool party

It’s sad to say, but it may be impossible for MMW and WMC to team up again with the purpose of revamping and reinvigorating what seems to be a dying industry must-attend week. There were plenty of parties to choose from the entire week but if one thing is for sure, it’s that Get Lost alone might represent the future of MMW in the years moving forward. Cookie-cutter club nights and pool parties will always remain fun, but if Miami wants to regain the large slice of industry attendance it seems to have lost in recent years, it will need to look at those events that bring something fresh to table as an indicator of what works and what will keep on working in future years. Creativity, giving space to fresh talent and offering something no one else can have made Damian Lazarus’ series of parties (Get Lost and Day Zero) stand-alone events of their own regardless of the plethora of other functions happening around them. While the Terrace at Space will always be packed for Marco Carola’s never-ending sets, the same cannot be said for the tens of other events that don’t work to reinvent themselves when they need to.

It may be wishful thinking at this point, but here is to hoping that Miami learns something from 2016. It’s hard to imagine the world of electronic music without MMW/WMC and I am thankful that Get Lost and other leading promoters continue to strive on imagination and change to keep the week alive. Here is to hoping that in 2017 and beyond other promoters can do the same, or, and this may be stretching it, the powers behind the conflicting MMW and WMC can find a way to bring back the spirit of Miami in March as we used to know it. But for that, a little helping hand for Ultra may be needed.