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Dance music hits its zenith each year in Miami for WMC. This year was no different; quite possibly the most dynamic of them all to date. Where new tracks are released that will be played out from now until the end of summer, where the world's biggest DJs gather to play their own parties and join together for a celebration of the industry. So much music, not enough time forces Music Week goers to choose wisely and carefully plan. Whose set will we see at Ultra Music Festival at this time? Will we run into the girl making out with a tree? deadmau5 poolside or the Swedish House Mafia's event? You simply just can't do it all.
We did our best to get everywhere to provide you with exclusive coverage and content from the front lines. Magnetic found some time during the madness to sit down with heavy-hitters Chuckie, Nicky Romero, Michael Woods and Chris Lake to talk music and what's so special about WMC. More to come on that.
That being said, enjoy our best attempt at recreating the journey through our week in Miami for you to relive.
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Magnetic catches up with DJ CHUCKIE
Stealth Miami Pool Party at Fountainebleau
The "S-Man" Roger Sanchez, took to the decks after killer sets from Sebastien Drums, Adrian Lux, Funkagenda and Arty. We caught Funkagenda, Arty and Sanchez from an aerial view, and it was pretty awesome.
Axwell goes in at the Axtone showcase at Amnesia
This was one of the single best performances we were lucky enough to catch during the entirety of Miami Music Week. Axwell demonstrated why he has been at the top, often favored by many as Swedish House Mafia's most talented and technical DJ.
(Video Credit: Big10HouseMafia.com)
The Dark World of Space with Loco Dice & Marco Carola
Ibiza staples of techno and tech-house Loco Dice and Marco Carola hit the decks for an all-nighter of emphatic beats under the skyline at Space Miami. We may not been ready to change gears from Axwell's sound to these guys, covering the entire spectrum of dance music more or less. From euphoric vocals to dark techno. Awesome. We heard along the grapevine that was the one of the best WMC parties in previous years, and now we know why.
There was no way we would miss the chance to catch up with one of dance music's biggest success stories from the last year, in Nicky Romero. Fresh off the release of the "Miami" compilation with CD 1 mixed by MYNC and CD 2 by Nicky, half of MYNC and Cr2 label founder Mark Brown and Romero took questions on the rooftop of the Perry Hotel in what made for a scenic and memorable afternoon of mingling. Video
Ultra Records Sunset Party at The Delano
Next, we made our way over to Ultra Records' annual Sunset Party to see what all the buzz was all about. Industry folk and partygoers mingled over Remy Martin cocktails to the sounds of Adrian Lux, Congorock and Drop The Lime. We snapped some shots of Magnetic favorite Tommie Sunshine along with Chris Lake and Benny Benassi rocking Magnetic!
We were then treated to a performance by Above & Beyond set to the backdrop of the Miami skyline at their one-off event that brought out all the Anjunabeats loyals. Everywhere you looked fans could be identified by their t-shirts and other memorabilia, singing in unison to their favorite vocals by the world's most popular trance act. Being at Bayfront Park, it was also our first peek at the Ultra Music Festival grounds, at would would be the Ultra Live stage for the weekend. Video(Read more after the jump for full recap and review)
The night before it was Axwell's label, now onto Ingrosso's. It's pretty amazing what these guys are able to do in creating a brand, geared upon molding new artists. Refune put out their best with Ingrosso, Alesso, Otto Knows and Swanky Tunes. Personal as can be, WALL at the W South Beach boasted some of the most exclusive performances of the weekend. Want to see Ingrosso and Alesso bust tunes all night in your face with only 250 people? We sure do. (Read more after the jump for full recap and review)
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL
We dropped in to check out Day 1 of world renowned Ultra Music Festival, complete with a new venue in Bayfront Park, just half a mile from the former grounds. Click after the jump for our full review including stunning pictures and our favorite tracks - Afrojack -Richie Hawtin - Kraftwerk - Groove Armada - Dada Life - Tiësto
With a completely different set up, we won't lie that we were utterly confused as first, but it then grew on us miraculously. First, we met up with Michael Woods and Chris Lake at the press tent for some casual talks about WMC and what Miami means to them. Then, we were off to check out some music. Unfortunately we missed a lot of the early acts we would have like to see trying to sort everything out including Nicky Romero, Tommy Trash, Madeon, Porter Robinson and Dirty South.
However, as the night began to fall we saw Afrojack drop big beats on the Main Stage for thousands including his latest release "Fatility" which hit hard along with a slew of unreleased gems. Joined by Lil Jon, maybe for a little too long, Afrojack stole the show in usual fashion with his Grey Goose antics and a set that culminated in a live performance of "Can't Stop Me Now" with Shermanology.
Skrillex was set to take the Main Stage next, and all the kids were ready, but we were not (no offense Skrillex, we love you!) and migrated to check out Richie Hawtin at the Carl Cox & Friends Arena. Richie got us in the groove, as did the set up of this tent which was a true work of art set with hexagonal shapes alternating color in unison with the music.
We must have been lucky because when we moved to see Kraftwerk at the Live Stage we were treated to a spectacular performance of "We Are The Robots." That left a great taste in our mouth before it was back to the new school.
Then it was Groove Armada closing their set before Dada Life went on at the UMF Korea stage. This was crazy. Thousands of fans chanting "Dada, Dada, Dada" on and on and on until they took stage. People went bananas (get it?). We joined in the dance party in the middle of the tent before heading over to Tiesto to close the night at Main Stage.
Yes, we have seen Tiësto numerous times and some may say his shows are redundant or that he plays similar sets. However, he has held on to being one of the world's premier DJs of our time for a reason...that he brings something fresh to the table every time. So we were excited to see what it was this time. Proving why he is a stadium DJ, Tiësto delivered what was one of the best sets of the entire weekend. UMF's sound and lighting helped bring out a performance that we wanted to happen all over again once it was over. (Set List) We expected to hear a bunch of tunes from Tiësto's CLUB LIFE Volume Two Miami which will be released April 24th on his label Musical Freedom, and that we did. Tiësto opened with his new original "Chasing Summers," dropped his new tune with Wolfgang Gartner featuring Luciana "We Own The Night," got the crowd going "Maximal Crazy" and played what was easily one of the largest tunes of the weekend in his remix of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." We also heard Tiësto's new track with Swanky Tunes "Make Some Noise," "Sweet Deposition," Afrojack's "Fatility" once again and the Tiesto & Hardwell treatment of The Naked & Famous' "Young Blood."
Unfortunately, this was our only day at Ultra (shrug). We hope to be back next year in full force. Wish we got to see Madonna's controversial words while introducing Avicii. Justice, Cazzette and Fedde Le Grand are a couple others of the long list we would have liked to catch.
Kaskade at Amnesia
Catching a cab after UMF into South Beach or anywhere for the matter of fact is always fun! Not. This year Sol Republic teamed up with deadmau5 to provide the SOLdier Shuttle for fans to and from UMF, but we failed in regard to that including being treated to a $150,000 sound system aboard the bus and full lighting. That didn't stop us from making our way over to meet some friends to see Kaskade at Amnesia late into the night, and we mean late. You can't exactly get your night started at 3:30 am in LA...Kaskade treated us to what we would expect from America's #1 DJ playing all the tunes that have cemented him to where he is today. We were there until the they turned the lights on so something must have been good.
Mau5trap at Fountainebleau
Things started to get funky Saturday afternoon at a hotel in Miami. If you were not in the loop, it may have seemed like President Obama was visiting with endless security in black suits lining the Foutainebleau property. Secret service? We think not. It was just standard procedure to get prepped for a party some guy by the name of Joel Zimmerman,who most of us know more commonly as Deadmau5, was hosting. Deadmau5 was joined by Feed Me and Steve Duda for an early evening of mau5trap poolside.
(Photo Credit: World Red Eye)
Erick Morillo's Birthday at LIV
In recent years, Saturday night of WMC plays host to Erick Morillo's Birthday Party at LIV, one of Miami's premier nightlife destinations. This year was no different. Joined by his friends Diddy, Wyclef Jean and Chuckie to name a few, we dropped by and caught a little of the madness including Chuckie share the decks with Morillo.
(Photo Credit: World Red Eye)
Size Matters at Fountainebleau
Size Records head honcho Steve Angello was joined by label mates for a takeover of the Fountainebleau to close out WMC Sunday night. Angello's brother AN21 & Max Vangeli warmed up for him, while a dirty line up of new comers and veterans including Junior Sanchez, Third Party, Tim Mason, Qulinez and Wayne & Woods did the early night. You better believe the crowd went crazy when Angello dropped "Greyhound" on them.
Pete Tong at WALL
The legendary host of BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, Pete Tong, took to the decks Sunday night spinning catchy tunes as expected, which unexpectedly became our real closing party. Yes, the last time we would hear or see any electronic acts or DJs live for the week. We know, it's very sad. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano were in attendance, along with some of Afrojack's entourage and the Cr2 Records family.