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.

34th Annual Winter Music Conference Dates Set To Kick Of Miami Music Week 2019

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In 2019, Miami will see the rebirth of one of its most iconic brands, a conference that helped give birth to an entire industry from its humble beginnings back in 1985. Under the umbrella of Miami Music Week, the Winter Music Conference at Faena District [WMC] will return to Miami Beach from March 25-28, 2019

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Ultra Music Festival Kicked Out of Bayfront Park

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Today, in a meeting by the Miami City Commission of Planning and Zoning, a unanimous vote was cast to deny Ultra Music Festival from residing at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Ultra will not return to its longtime home of Bayfront Park in 2019. Both Ultra fans and workers alike fled to the meeting to

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Dim Mak Miami 2018 Recap Video Goes Live

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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

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

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All Day I Dream of Southern Beaches Miami Music Week 2018 – photography by Juan Afanador

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