Steve Aoki has proven to be a cornerstone in the EDM community. Since its inception in 1996, Dim Mak has been one of the strongest, most well-known labels in the industry. Paving the way for the industry that we know and love today, Dim Mak has deep roots in providing the dopest sounds on the
Not being able to get to Miami this year, my mind, body and soul ached. I even contemplated dropping $800 on a flight on Friday morning with the goal of scalping tickets. Ultimately, I made the business decision to cut my losses and enjoy the live stream. As Friday progressed, the fomo grew but Ultra
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Everyone’s favorite pokemon and bass DJ Ghastly turned Miami on its head with his wild bass infused set at Ultra Miami. On the tail end of some massive announcements from his camp including an album release and tour, David Lee Crow hit the Worldwide Stage with some crazy ID’s and tracks that we have all
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…
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.
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.
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?
5. That awkward moment when…
6. When the alcohol hits early
Pacing is the key to day-drinking, young Padawan.
7. On the other hand, 3 snaps for this brave raver
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.
9. An accurate depiction of Ultra attendees from an Uber driver’s point of view:
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…
One thing that I took away from watching the Ultra live stream this year was that the sets were extremely diverse. In years past, we have seen heavy bass influence in the festival and that theme remained constant. However, the feeling this year was that there was a much wider range of genre crossing within
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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.
Armin van Buuren, Main Stage
Armin van Buuren, ASOT Stage
DJ Snake, Main Stage
Hardwell, Main Stage
Steve Aoki, Main Stage
Oliver Heldens, Main Stage
Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Main Stage
Quintino, UMF Radio
Pete Tong, Arcadia Spider
Kungs, Main Stage
Slushii, Worldwide Stage
Carl Cox, Carl Cox Megastructure
Hot Since 82, Arcadia Spider
Blasterjaxx, UMF Radio
REZZ, Ultra Worldwide
Virtual Self, Live Stage
Afrojack, Main Stage
Alan Walker, Main Stage
The Chainsmokers, Main Stage
Tiesto, Main Stage
San Holo, Live Stage
Marshmello, Main Stage
Jauz, Main Stage
Benny Benassi, Ultra Worldwide
Jamie Jones, Carl Cox Megastructure
Carl Cox, Carl Cox Megastructure
Cheat Codes, Main Stage
Danny Tenaglia, Arcadia Spider
Swedish House Mafia, Main Stage
What So Not, Ultra Worldwide
David Guetta, Main Stage
Ghastly, Ultra Worldwide
Andrew Rayel, A State of Trance
Paul Oakenfold, A State of Trance
Gabriel & Dresden, A State of Trance
Flosstradamus, Ultra Worldwide
Julian Jordan, UMF Radio
Benny Benassi, Ultra Worldwide
Keys n Krates, Live Stage
Valentino Khan, UMF Radio
Ookay, Live Stage
Cedric Gervais, Ultra Worldwide
Salvatore Ganacci, Ultra Worldwide
Matador, Arcadia Spider
Manila Killa, UMF Radio
Frank Walker, Ultra Worldwide
Photo credit: aLIVE Coverage
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.
Photo Credit: @shaqsfunhouse/Instagram
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.