Saturday Night Session 010: Set Mo talks the creative journey behind their debut album and explain why they will only be seen wearing black and white

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Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Australian bred Nick Drabble and Stu Turner were up and coming DJs in 2012 who found themselves performing the same show bills over and over as they made their foray into the electronic music scene. As they continued to perform at the same events, Turner and Drabble began to find that their musical sounds were so complimentary, that they decided to come together to form DJ group Set Mo. The rest is history, and the group is finally out with their debut album as Set Mo titled Surrender

Their release strategy for the singles from the album has been unconventional, but without the help of a label to back the album, unconventional can sometimes be the way to go. On the first Friday of every month in 2018, Drabble and Turner released one single from the album, giving each song a dedicated month to be heard by fans. They spoke on their release strategy, noting, “the music was so varied and quite different to the singles we’d released prior, and we were worried that a lot of the tracks would be overlooked.” They continued, “Also in this age of streaming, we thought giving each track a full month with its own spotlight would give them the best opportunity to be added to playlists and ultimately heard by as many people as possible.” The album is out now in full, and its reception has been positive thanks to the diverse collection of releases that also infuse Set Mo’s self-proclaimed ‘Australian-ness’ into the body of work.

Another interesting quirk of the duo is that one is always outfitted in all white while the other is always outfitted in all black. Instead of this being a publicity gimmick, they have a worthy story about the origin of their outfit choices, which begins with them heading over to P. Diddy‘s Miami Music Week afterparty. They explain, “We got up at the crack of dawn to head over to his place and initially felt underdressed, so we decided to go all black and all white as we felt it was a strong look.” They continue, “Somehow we talked our way in and figured it must have been due to our attire, so we have rolled with it ever since. We also like it as it kind of represents night and day, black and white, yin and yang. It just feels right.”

Set Mo crafted a groovy Saturday Night Session to get the evening going, and as opposed to hard drops and hectic energy, the mix is the perfect selection of tracks that “make you wanna dance around the house flicking your wrist while ironing your shirt/putting on your party dress and sipping the first margarita of the night.”

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When did you decide your release strategy was going to be to release a song on the first Friday of every month?

It was the end of 2017, and we’d just returned from 5 weeks of writing music in Europe. We were sitting on about 30 tracks that we would happily release. We straight away thought about an album, but the music was so varied and quite different to the singles we’d released prior, and were worried that a lot of the tracks would be overlooked. Also in this age of streaming, we thought giving each track a full month with it’s own spotlight would give them the best opportunity to be added to playlists and ultimately heard by as many people as possible. We were a bit cheeky, however, as we always intended to wrap it all up as an album, so it’s a real pleasure to be able to share Surrender in it’s entirety with everyone.

You release all of your music independently. Has this proven to be difficult? Have you ever considered turning to a label for support?

We were actually signed to a label for a few years, and it was great. We learned a lot, and it was awesome to have that support then. We actually became independent by accident. We put out a song while we were renegotiating our label deal. The track did really well, and it made us reassess what it was we wanted from a label. We decided to stay independent, and it’s been a pretty wild ride. It’s definitely been challenging at times, but we’ve learned so much, and it’s also been super rewarding.

You have produced songs from this album in cities spanning from Berlin and London to Sydney and LA. How has the city you have produced a track in impacted the sound/track itself.

It definitely has! We love traveling and getting immersed in the places we visit from everything including the food, music, people, architecture and art. It all has an impact on our mindset and the music we make, sometimes more obviously than others.

Can you tell us why one of you always wears black and the other always wears white?

Well… funny story, we were in Miami a few years back and somehow found ourselves invited to Diddy’s house for his annual Miami Music Week afterparty. We got up at the crack of dawn to head over to his place and initially felt underdressed so we decided to go all black and all white as we felt it was a strong look. Somehow we talked our way in and figured it must of been due to our attire so have rolled with it ever since. We also like it as it kind of represents night and day, black and white, yin and yang. Just feels right.

Can you tell us more about your ‘Australian-ness’? Do explain to us non-Australian folk

Bloody oath mate. Haha. Don’t exactly know what you mean as it’s hard to describe Australian-ness when it’s all you’ve ever known. A lot of the cliches are true. We love beer, BBQ often and spend lots of time at the beach.

What does it feel like to finally have your album Surrender out in full?

It’s an incredible feeling! After 2 years of non stop hard work going into it, there’s a huge sense of relief in knowing we’ve done all we can for it. Now go and listen to it pretty please. 😉

Do each of you have a certain track off of the album that you particularly connect with?

It’s too hard to say, it’s like asking to pick your favourite child! Here are a few our current favs in no particular order (these are always changing): “Fault Lines,” “Woodburn,” “Counter Human Emotion,” and “Bergamot.”

What kind of a Saturday Night is your mix going to get us ready for?

This mix is full of straight up grooves. Songs to put a smile on your face. We didn’t put any emphasis on playing stuff that’s brand new but rather just a strong selection of tracks that make you wanna dance around the house flicking your wrist while ironing your shirt/putting on your party dress and sipping the first margarita of the night. Enjoy.

Damian Lazarus’ Get Lost boasts 60+ artist billing with Diplo, Claude VonStroke, DJ Tennis, Tiga, Felix Da Housecat, & many more

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Get Lost Miami has become a flagship stop of Damian Lazarus‘ legendary party series of the same name. Having made its first foray in the Florida hotspot fourteen years ago, the now-24-hour party has become one of the most anticipated of Miami Music Week. Guests lose themselves amid specially curated zones throughout the affair, and immersive décor that further amplifies the psychedelic atmosphere.

This year the event has really pulled out all the stops, with over 60 performers slated for this week’s show including the bossman himself Damian Lazarus, Claude VonStroke, the Desert Hearts crew, Tiga, Felix Da Housecat, and multitudes of other house greats. A few techno powerplayers will also be making appearances this year, like Chris Liebing and Ae:ther.

Perhaps the most standout name of the bunch, however, is none other than Diplo—a rather unexpected addition to what’s generally considered an underground event. He’s reportedly cooking up an especially deep set for the occasion, and will be playing entirely house and techno during his time slot. A far cry from his usual antics, but as we’ve learned from his Burning Man surprises, it seems he has a soft spot for these sounds deep down.

Opening honors will be held by Wizardry, a collaborative act made of Damian, DJ Tennis, and DJ Three. Purchase ticket to the gathering, held on March 30, here.

 

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Adam Beyer confirms more b2b shows with Cirez D to come in 2019

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Hot on the heels of their consecutive November 30 and December 1  performances at a Brooklyn warehouse is Adam Beyer‘s confirmation that 2019 will bear witness to more Cirez D and Adam Beyer back-to-back bookings. “Thanks for 4 incredible shows,” Adam Beyer tweeted on December 2, in a nod to the duo’s November 23 and 24 dates at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium, and their ensuing back-to-back efforts on the East Coast. “We tried to bring a different set each time and I think it worked,” Beyer added. “We will be back with more next year.”

The highly acclaimed Cirez D and Adam Beyer format initially took off during the 2018 installment of Miami Music Week, where the pair took over the decks of SOHO STUDIOS. The fervent demand for following back-to-back appearances from the visionaries of underground sound precipitated Cirez D and Adam Beyer’s recent Los Angeles and New York events. Now, it seems this demand has grown large enough to where a 2019 tour is in order. Those unfamiliar with the potency of a Cirez D and Adam Beyer back-to-back can see what all the buzz is about, thanks to newly published videos of the duo’s Los Angeles and Brooklyn sets.

H/T: DJ Mag

Ultra confirms intention to move to Virginia Key

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Tumultuous times have fallen upon Ultra‘s flagship Miami edition. Resident efforts and other factors culminated in a “no” vote from the City Commission to renew their five-year license, ending an era that lasted nearly two decades.

But the show must go one, as they say. The behemoth festival brand has set its sights on the nearby Virginia Key, per a dual confirmation from organizers and city officials that negotiations were in the works to move to this location. Currently, plans are to move the iconic three-day dance festival over to the Miami Marine Stadium; however, complications have already arisen due to the fact that the Miami International Boat Show takes place at the same time and venue. Ultra has noted their desire to run the festivals “in tandem” with one another, in two separate areas of the park. They’ve also run into an obstacle with Rapture Festival’s booking on the space, but organizers are fairly confident the smaller, underground-focused event will end up moving locations should their plans come to fruition.

A vote to determine whether or not the move to Virginia Key will be able to take place will be held on November 15.

 

H/T: Miami Herald

Miami’s annual Winter Music Conference receives organizational makeover, complements of new ownership

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For its first year under Ultra Worldwide‘s wing, the “lifeblood of the dance music scene,” Winter Music Conference is undergoing a complete revamp from its new ownership.

The event’s new proprietors have settled on bringing the event back to the Faena District, coinciding with the conference partnership with The Faena hotel, for the 34th annual WMC March 25-28 to undoubtedly catalyze another brimming Miami Music Week. The 2019 edition of WMC will embrace a more targeted organizational structure, featuring both an application-only, panel-fueled networking branch of the conference, oriented at working industry professionals, in addition to an informative, publicly accessible portion in which inquiring music connoisseurs can learn more of the ins and outs of the industry’s landscape.

“For decades, the electronic music industry ran through WMC,” said Ultra Co-founder Russell Faibisch in a recent release. “It was where the mega deals were done and provided a launching point for countless legendary tracks as well as breakthrough DJs. In March 2019, WMC returns with a fully revamped program that gets the industry back to business.”

With its new, fully stocked agenda, WMC is primed to serve as an ideal segue into not only Ultra Music Festival, as it always has, but for industry folk and lay-listeners alike to direct efforts towards the continued construction of the electronic empire at large.

Register for WMC here.

Relive Miami Music Week’s unparalleled 2018 Get Lost Party – photography by Khris Cowley

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Miami Music Week in a nutshell: capturing the ridiculousness beneath the glamour

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Miami Music Week — the largest dance music industry event in America, and the world. In addition to the Winter Music Conference, which takes place that week, a plethora of outside club events dominate the city that culminate into Ultra Music Festival at its end. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival, making for an even more energized atmosphere surrounding it.

Its enormous popularity among fans, industry professionals, and artists alike translates to an enormous invasion of the city, and thus an even crazier unfolding of developments. Surge prices for ride share services and taxis are near-unfathomable, drink prices are egregious, and ATM fees are shockingly high. Meanwhile, utter debauchery and chaos mean tense interactions between bouncers and patrons, wedding rings falling off celebrity’s hands, and of course, instances that in the past have included women talking to trees.

We compiled an array of images that captures moments like these, that show a deeper look beneath the glamour of Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival.

1. We hope you withdrew cash ahead of time….

Jackmaster discovered ATM fees at the small club Treehouse were set at $36. The fee was so high that he had to document it through Instagram, appropriately quipping, “Some cunt is having a laugh.” Note to self: withdraw copious amounts of cash prior to going out for the night, or else…

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2. Same goes for buying alcohol

Either the drink needs to have at least 4 shots, or it’s best to get toasted enough to last the whole event.

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3. A test in supply & demand

Not planning on drinking? You’ll at least need water to remain safely hydrated in the warm outdoor weather. Humane ideologies be damned — vendors throughout the week are putting necessity and capitalism to the test by charging upwards of $15 for a bottle of water at each event. Perhaps the hot new liquid to hide in a flask is H2O.

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4. Not today, lawsuits!

This venue wasn’t playing around when it came to hosting an Axtone pool party. The question is, what can you bring?

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5. That awkward moment when…

You lose your 20-carat engagement ring while partying too hard to Above & Beyond

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6. When the alcohol hits early

Pacing is the key to day-drinking, young Padawan.

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7. On the other hand, 3 snaps for this brave raver

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8. One thing to save money on: food

Plus side: food poisoning is potentially the new leading cause of seeking medical assistance at the music festival? Put that in your pipe and smoke it, media.

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9. An accurate depiction of Ultra attendees from an Uber driver’s point of view:

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10. And finally….the Great SHM Lighting Conspiracy of 2018

Why the odd camera angles? Error? Technical difficulty? Was it all fake after all? Who knows…

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Relive your favorite sets of Ultra Music Festival 2018

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Festival season is officially in full swing as Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has officially wrapped its 20th anniversary event in grandiose display. The ever-expanding franchise recently announced its acquisition of Winter Music Conference, along with their expansion into China with Ultra Beijing and Ultra Shanghai.

Living up to its promise to “expect the unexpected” in 2018, UMF capped off a lofty Miami Music Week with a number of attention-grabbing acts from dance music’s top tastemakers, including David Guetta, Kaskade, Eric Prydz, and Above & Beyond, along with an illustrious cast of newcomers in REZZ, Jauz, and Virtual Self. The most exalted act of the weekend came in the form of a highly anticipated reunion from Swedish House Mafia, who filled the surprise guest slot to close out the festival. Marshmello made his main stage debut and premiered his newest collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert, The Chainsmokers put the naysayers to bed with their high-energy performance, which included four unreleased tracks and a flaming drum solo, and Sir Carl Cox delivered a high-powered spectacle in his Resistance Megastructure.

Other notable moments came care of DJ Snake, who brought out Tchami, Malaa, and Mercer to debut their new collaboration, “Let’s Get Ill;” Axwell Λ Ingrosso, who opened their set with a captivating new track ID; Tiësto, who invited out his new fiancé, model Annika Backes, to the stage; and Steve Aoki, who assembled Daddy Yankee, Elvis Crespo, and Play-N-Skillz for a live performance of their recent release, “Azukita.”

For those who can’t count themselves lucky enough to have witnessed the live weekend spectacle, DA has compiled a comprehensive list of streams from UMF 2018 to relive the festival’s most magical moments.


DAY ONE

Armin van BuurenMain Stage

Armin van Buuren, ASOT Stage

DJ SnakeMain Stage

HardwellMain Stage

Steve AokiMain Stage

Oliver HeldensMain Stage

Axwell ^ IngrossoMain Stage

NGHTMRE & Slander present Gud VibrationsWorldwide Stage

QuintinoUMF Radio

Pete TongArcadia Spider

KungsMain Stage

SlushiiWorldwide Stage

Carl CoxCarl Cox Megastructure

Hot Since 82Arcadia Spider

BlasterjaxxUMF Radio

REZZUltra Worldwide

Virtual SelfLive Stage


DAY TWO

AfrojackMain Stage

Alan WalkerMain Stage

The ChainsmokersMain Stage

TiestoMain Stage

Tchami & Malaa present No RedemptionLive Stage

San HoloLive Stage

MarshmelloMain Stage

JauzMain Stage

Benny BenassiUltra Worldwide

Jamie JonesCarl Cox Megastructure

Carl CoxCarl Cox Megastructure

Dubfire b2b Nicole Moudaber b2b Paco OsunaCarl Cox Megastructure

Cheat CodesMain Stage

Danny TenagliaArcadia Spider


DAY THREE

Swedish House MafiaMain Stage

Above & Beyond

Eric Prydz

What So NotUltra Worldwide

David GuettaMain Stage

GhastlyUltra Worldwide

Andrew RayelA State of Trance

Paul OakenfoldA State of Trance

Gabriel & DresdenA State of Trance

FlosstradamusUltra Worldwide

Julian JordanUMF Radio

Pan Pot

Sick Indviduals

Quix b2b WukiUMF Radio

Benny BenassiUltra Worldwide

Keys n KratesLive Stage

Valentino KhanUMF Radio

OokayLive Stage

Cedric GervaisUltra Worldwide

Salvatore GanacciUltra Worldwide

MatadorArcadia Spider

Manila KillaUMF Radio

Frank WalkerUltra Worldwide

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Shaq played MMW, had dance-off with Gronk

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Shaq is a man of many talents — namely basketball, but also some more musically inclined. Beginning with his rap career, that has spawned four albums and a beef with erstwhile teammate/nemesis Kobe Bryant, to a burgeoning career as a DJ — never forget: Shaq Diesel played Tomorrowland — the Hall of Famer has no intent to slow down.

As is the wont of high-profile basketball players, Shaq took his talents to South Beach for the 2018 edition of Miami Music Week. There he hosted his own event, which was legitimized by the presence of dance music luminaries such as A-Trak, Diplo, and Steve Aoki, among other notables.

The highlight of the evening, however, was New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s dance moves and subsequent dance-off with Shaq.

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The fun-loving football player is seemingly entirely recovered from a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in this year’s Super Bowl, and even showed off some of his impressive athleticism by jumping up onto none other than Shaq’s mountainous shoulders.

While the anticipated return of Swedish House Mafia is sure to dominate the retrospectives coming out of Miami, it’s important not to forget that the combination of Shaq, Gronk, and dance music leads to a divine experience.

H/T: SBNation

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Ultra Music Festival acquires Winter Music Conference

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Ultra Music Festival announced its acquisition of Winter Music Conference (WMC) during a press conference in Miami on March 21. In addition, Ultra acquired the International Dance Music Awards. The landmark deal was apparently in the works for a while, according to WMC co-founder Bill Kelly, who will retain his position to continue his vision for the conference.

“WMC will allow veterans and newcomers alike to develop themselves and their organizations to become competitive players in the industry,” says UMF Marketing and New Media Manager Albert Berdellans. “We are very excited to contribute to the vision of Miami as a hub of entertainment, culture and business.”

The merger seemed like a natural fit for Kelly and Russell Faibisch, Ultra’s Co-founder, Chairman & CEO, who began the festival as a way to cap off the business side of WMC with a celebration of dance music. During the press conference, Faibisch also commented on the the impact WMC has had on the dance music industry and their combined vision for moving forward.

“For over thirty years, WMC has been integral to Miami’s storied relationship with dance music. The conference was where some of the biggest deals in dance music history were made and we look forward to working with Bill to pair WMC and Ultra into one extravagant Miami Music Week,” says Faibisch.

Ultra’s acquisition comes after its initial success and growth came as a result of its positioning at the end of the Winter Music Conference — a feeder system it soon outgrew. Years of contention began between the once-neighborly events, which was confounded by the newer addition of Miami Music Week as it slowly began to take the focus away from the business aspect of the industry and channeled it more into non-stop parties taking center stage in Miami.

Weeks ago, media outlets began speculating over whether EDM’s longest-standing conference would see a 33rd edition in 2018. The week-long event had been waning attendance in recent years, but WMC announced it would return in the days leading to Ultra Miami.

Kelly said he’s excited about the new business model.

“A couple years ago, we revisited the idea of coming together. At that point the Amsterdam Dance Event and International Music Summit in Ibiza had formed over the course of the last five years or so, but Ibiza is a very small island, it’s very expensive, and it’s not easily available to businesses and fans. Over the years, the significance of WMC slightly diminished because of those, so to bring (attention) back to Miami, this acquisition was necessary.”

Berdellans also announced that UMF would expand into China with Ultra Beijing, June 16-17, 2018, as well as Shanghai, some time in September. Ultra now plays host to 47 festivals in 24 countries across six continents.

H/T: EDM.com