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Now that the dust has settled on Miami Music Week 2024—and Miami is dry again—we’ve had plenty of time to reflect on our largely nocturnal week in Florida’s nightlife capital.

Even for those who didn’t attend Ultra Music Festival, the city’s hundreds of club nights, label showcases, and pool parties are a beast all their own. It was this writer’s first time in town for Music Week, and as with any new dance music experience, I learned plenty of lessons during my stay in Miami.

Read on for five things I learned at my first Miami Music Week and prepare to emerge battle-tested for next year’s week of clubbing chaos—perhaps bent, but certainly not broken.

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Factory Town Miami’s Park Stage. Courtesy: Factory Town.

1. Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone & Connect

This piece of advice might seem obvious, but as my time in Miami was primarily a solo mission, it couldn’t have been more pertinent. 

While party cities like Miami sometimes have a reputation for being a bit rough around the edges, I found the Music Week crowds to be plenty friendly. With hundreds of thousands of ravers traveling in for the festivities, I met people from all over the world and from all walks of life; from Miami to New York City and even as far as Germany.

Though pre-festival jitters were present at the start, they melted away on the dancefloor surrounded by people who truly share a love for music. The crowds at Factory Town brought festival energy and even the oft-exclusive Club Space was full of good vibes.

Hailing from Ohio—a largely bass-dominated scene—my chances to chop it up with fellow house and techno nerds are usually few and far between.

Sharing thoughts on our respective hometown scenes and getting to geek out over my favorite artists and labels with other fans was so much fun.

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Factory Town Miami’s Infinity Room Stage. Courtesy: Factory Town.

2. Get Some Sleep (When You Can)

With 12-hour pool parties under the sunlight and 12-hour—if not longer—club shows under the strobe lights, it’s no secret that Miami is a sleepless city during Music Week. However, if you want to get the most out of your time on the dancefloor, it’s important to get your rest, even if it’s just a few winks. 

In an effort to do and see as much as possible, there was more than one occasion when I pushed myself perhaps a bit too hard. While your favorite DJ in the world may be commanding the decks, being too exhausted can take you out of the moment. 

If you’re feeling the least bit cranky or tired, there’s nothing wrong with taking a quick nap to recharge. Most Music Week performances are extended sets anyway, so—barring long lines—there’s less pressure to rush to the venue to catch every second of a set.

God bless the brave souls who stuck it out for all 20 hours of Solid Grooves’ Friday night showcase at Club Space (or any other of the club’s marathon shows on the week). Marco Carola and Dennis Cruz fittingly rewarded their endurance with an extra hour of grooving to close out the event.

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Club Space Miami. Courtesy: Club Space. Credit: Adi Adinayev.

3. Bring A Portable Phone Charger

For the first time in my raving career, I learned this one the hard way.

Though I’m not usually one to be on my phone at live music events, my obligations as a member of the media meant I had to grab a lot of videos this time around—notorious for draining cell phone battery.

I’m used to charging up my phone beforehand, throwing it in low-power mode and forgetting about my battery percentage until morning. Unfortunately, after my rave fam for the evening had departed Factory Town, my phone died almost exactly as I was tapping “Select Lyft.”

If not for the kindness of a stranger who shared their power bank, I would have been left to take an unmarked taxi back to my pad for the week.

Though many of these drivers are kind individuals who mean no harm, traveling this way in a new city, especially when you’re by yourself, can be very unsafe. 

Do not put yourself in this situation. Charge your phone ahead of time, take the proper precautions against theft (tethers, bag locks, etc.), and pack some extra juice just in case.

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Factory Town Miami’s Cypress End Stage. Courtesy: Factory Town.

4. Take Some Time Away From The Music & Enjoy The City 

Despite all the top-notch tunes I heard at Music Week, one of the definitive highlights of my trip was devoid of a sound system of any kind. After wrapping up some interviews, I found myself with some time to kill and took a quiet walk down South Beach.

I had long since decided that dance music is the way I plan to see the world. Though South Beach isn’t exactly the South of France, I found myself in a notable location I’d never been to before and it was a nice moment of fulfillment.

Dance music is an international and cross-cultural pastime, and traveling for it can take you to so many unique places.

From good eats to natural beauty, if you’ve got the time, why not take a beat—or even a whole measure—to enjoy the place you’re in?

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Downtown Miami, Florida. Credit: Peter Volpe.

5. Venture Off The Beaten Path & Follow The Music

There is no shortage of world-class DJs in Miami during Music Week—or any other time of the year, for that matter. Many of them are the legends and icons you know, and many of them are not. 

Music Week events certainly have some of the most stacked club lineups around, but that doesn’t mean burgeoning talent isn’t worth checking out, too. Though big-ticket brands like Music On, Black Book Records, and Experts Only may have brought me to Factory Town—and threw down, no doubt—the venue’s five stages made room for lots of different sounds.

Last year, if you had told this tech house guy that he’d be deep in the mix for a sweaty, hard techno warehouse set from horsegiirL, he’d have his doubts. But sure enough, there he was, enjoying a moment of musical discovery.

This happened again and again throughout the week, from industry-backed rising stars (shout out Eliza Rose), to underacknowledged veterans (like Luuk van Dijk and Lauren Lo Sung) to local up-and-comers (like ChaseWest). 

With so much good music on hand, you’re sure to find something new that fits your vibe. Get back in touch with your inner rave baby and check out something new, just because it is.

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Factory Town Miami’s Warehouse Stage. Courtesy: Factory Town.

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.

Hardwell

My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.

Kasablanca

These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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