New York Post “Sleepless in Miami”
Sleepless in Miami
DJs, DJs and more DJs during Music Week
By ANDY WANG
Too many DJs. No, really, way too many DJs.
As the electronic dance-music wave crests, it’s hard to imagine what it would have felt like to hang out through all of the just concluded Miami Music Week. We spent less than 24 sleepless hours there over the weekend, and we left with our ears ringing, exhausted and wondering when we would ever want to hear “Feel So Close” again. (OK, now that we’ve slept, we’ll be happy to hear it today.)
Our Saturday started around 1 p.m. at the Shelborne for photographer Seth Browarnik’s “Art of Night: The DJ Series” exhibit and the Pacha Ibiza bash poolside (where DJ Jazzy Jeff and Bob Sinclar would spin later in the day), and it was close to 4 a.m. when we wrapped up at the W South Beach’s Wall lounge (where we enjoyed sets by Swedish House Mafia proteges Tim Mason and Third Party).
These spots would have been enough partying for most people on most days, but this is what we also did in between:
* We popped by the Dim Mak party at the Dream South Beach’s Highbar just in time to randomly run into XS co-owner Jesse Waits, who was holding court with DJs including R3hab and Steve Aoki. XS is part of Steve Wynn’s collection of Las Vegas nightclubs, and Wynn made a monster announcement earlier in the week about 34 exclusive DJ residencies, including Tiesto, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. Wynn, no doubt, is one of the largest forces financing the DJ craze in America. Vegas, in general, is responsible for keeping so many of the biggest international DJs well-fed. Both Wynn and the group behind Vegas clubs Marquee, Tao and Lavo (which ran the VIP tables at the Ultra Music Festival) flew huge banners above the beach to remind visitors of that.
Aoki jumped into the DJ booth and was soon joined by Lil Jon. Aoki took off his shirt, climbed into an inflatable raft, got thrown in the pool and jumped back into the booth, soaked. S.S. Aoki fans were delighted. Not long after, Afrojack (who brought girlfriend Paris Hilton) joined Aoki in the booth.
* The outdoor Belve Music Lounge at the W South Beach fit maybe a few hundred people. So imagine the crowd’s delight when Sander Van Doorn spun a fantastic intimate set while Kaskade and Guetta were doing interviews nearby. We were lucky to catch the Dutch up-and-comer’s set after seeing another Holland hero, Hardwell, get things started in the early afternoon at the W.
* Swedish House Mafia created its Masquerade Motel at Grand Central Park as an alternative to the massive Ultra Music Festival nearby. Friends and family including Alesso, Harris and AN21 spun, but the highlight was SHM itself, with its elaborate light show and special ability to get people to dance happily to songs about love and loss and redemption while wondering if you need all three to save the world.
* Avicii, who had Madonna join him for his Ultra set, lit up the night like no other. He closed with his inescapable “Levels” single into Gotye’s also inescapable “Somebody That I Used to Know” and then brought forth a fireworks display worthy of national holidays. The clock turned from 11:59 to midnight as Avicii finished, and Ultra was over for the night, but it felt like a brand new day.
* Of course, there was still much bouncing to do that night. Many friends swarmed to Mansion (with its new tricked-out sound system) for an Afrojack set that brought in a crowd including Guetta and Kaskade. Many others hit Space to see Angello joined by various Swedish friends in the DJ booth. We headed over to the Delano’s FDR Lounge. When it was the old Florida Room, this spot was known more for chill live bands than bass-thumping DJs. But as the joyful Nervo twins, Miriam and Olivia, shimmied the night away in the booth, blowing kisses to so many smitten fans, it was hard imagining a time where dance music wasn’t making people feel this kind of love here night after night.
Mark your calendars
Ready for more? The next Ultra Music Festival takes over Miami March 22-24, 2013. Can’t wait that long for DJ overload? There are still plenty of options in 2012. The Electric Daisy Carnival hits New York May 19-20 and Las Vegas June 8-10. And Detroit’s Movement electronic-music festival returns May 26-28.