WMC Recap: Dim Mak Pool Party + Club Space with Bassjackers and Ferry Corsten

Dim Mak Pool Party

Thursday it was all about the Dim Mak Pool Party with Steve Aoki and friends at the Raleigh Hotel Pool. His “friends” included DJ Carnage who greeted with a dubstep version of “Save The World.” Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike offered up a mix rendition of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” into Daft Punk’s “One More Time.” Sidney Sampson delivered spot-on blends of electro house, progress house and dubstep.

Dim Mak’s head honcho Aoki set it off with his Afrojack collaboration “No Beef.” It made sense because the surprise guest Afrojack was actually in the booth manning the decks at the moment. Aoki dropped another crowd pleaser with Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit Of Happiness.”

steve aoki insta2The sets were slathered with water blasts, cryogenics, champagne sprays, crowd rafting and cake — lots and lots of cake. Aoki aggressively burrowed into an oversized sheet cake, mixing it up before offering teaser samplings to front-row fans. With the crowd roaring anticipation to be one of his welcome victims, Aoki heaved the massive cake to the first few rows of willing fans to more uproarious applause and encouraging. All the while he played Borgore “Decisions” or commonly and affectionately referred to as the “Bitches Love Cake.” He spun for maybe 30 minutes then rode in a raft with a buddy. He sprayed the crowd with champagne and went running around for another half hour while the crowd ate it all up (literally). The tracks magically transitioned and one had to wonder how this is possible and who’s manning the decks. Sometimes it was electro house veteran Benny Benassi, sometimes Afrojack and occasionally Aoki. It was a spontaneous team effort. Aoki introduced a new dub-inspired track he said he wrote with Flux Pavillion so that’s one to watch for.

Electro-house DJ/producer Felix Cartel took to the decks in a massive way dishing out energetic and thumping tracks right from the start. He played his own, winning “No Sleep” and wound down with one of many remixes of “Clarity.” He wasted no time instigating the crowd and keeping them engaged even after his follow-up to his Dim Mak boss’s antics. Mr. Cartel also should be another on everyone’s one-to-continue-to-watch list.

The night closed out (or was just getting started) with a cab ride over to Miami’s Club Space for an opening, heaping, lively, earful from Bassjackers. Each and every track was just as kicking as the previous. Note-to-self, look into Bassjackers mixes or podcasts. He dropped a remix of the fun-loving, vocoder-laden “Easy” from dynamo’s Porter Robinson & Mat Zo. When he dropped a remix of “Maximal Crazy” it seemed a subliminal reference to the substantial crowd, ambiguous winding lines and hysteria to get into the venue tonight.

Ferry Corsten followed up with one of his winning archives “Rock Your Body Rock,” last year’s captivating “Check It Out” and his melodic “Live Forever.” Menno de Jong and Giuseppe Ottavianni were also on hand mingling with the A-list VIP’s.

Tritonal was in house rounding out the lineup and celebrating posting the following on Facebook, “Let’s all wish my best friend and awesome partner, David Reed, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Let’s rock this party dude!!” A perfect example of DJ’s partying in true style.

Images by Kathy Vitkus

Contest Alert! Win Tickets to Ultra Music Festival


Ultra Music Festival 2013, taking place March 15-17, 2013 and March 22-24, 2013 at Bayfront Amphitheater in Downtown Miami, is celebrating its 15th anniversary the only way it knows how — by once again booking some of the world’s best DJ and electronic talent to perform at its world-famous event.

We’re giving away a precious pair of tickets to weekend one to a lucky Big Shot reader courtesy of our friends at UMF. The jaw-dropping bill includes a lineup of stellar international DJ talent: Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Yeasayer, Eric Prydz, Infected Mushroom, Avicii, Boys Noize, Martin Solveig, Ferry Corsten, Kaskade, Fedde Le Grand, Rusko, Booka Shade, Bassnectar, Above & Beyond, Sub Focus, Major Lazer, Pretty Lights, Wolfgang Gartner, The Weeknd, Porter Robinson and many more.

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Big Shot Guest Mix: Dirtyloud

We’ve been following Brazil’s Dirtyloud for the better part of two years, and we marvel how their hard work and inspired musical ethos has allowed them to take their rightful place on the global DJ stage. The boys continue to keep their electro-bass party going in 2012, issuing their new single, “Dae Gaetta,” for Tim Healey’s Surfer Rosa label, and recently remixing Porter Robinson’s “Spitfire.” Even though they’re crisscrossing the world with DJ gigs supporting their new release, they found time to craft their second Big Shot Guest Mix (check out their 2010 mix here). This exclusive session features poppin’ tunes from Nero, Lazy Rich and Gemini as well as their latest single. Warning: it might get loud! Download and enjoy.

Big Shot Guest Mix: Dirtyloud by Big Shot Magazine on Mixcloud

Big Shot Guest Mix: Dirtyloud

1. Nero / “Must Be The Feeling” (Original Mix)
2. Dirtyloud / “Dae Gaetta” (Original Mix)
3. Kevin Doherty / “Lifeline Feat Amba Shepherd (Rocket Pimp Remix)
4. Borgore feat. Shay / “Flex” (Document One Remix)
5. Gemini (UK) / “Fire Inside” (Original Mix)
6. Far Too Loud / “Desibel” (Club Mix)
7. Marco V / “Analogital” (Hard Rock Sofa)
8. Polina, Angger Dimas / “Release Me” (Vandalism Remix)
9. Martin Solveig / “The Night Out” (TheFatRat Remix)
10. Hardwell, Dannic / “Kontiki” (Dyro Remix)
11. Lazy Rich / “The Chase Feat Belle Humble” (Original MIx)
12. Laidback Luke, Arno Cost, Norman Doray / “Trilogy” (GTA Bigroom Mix)

Ultra Music Festival 2012: Day One [Recap]

At first observation Ultra Music Festival 2012 has more attendance for day one than I’ve ever in past years. Hordes of fans arrived earlier than previous years and to navigate the grounds and stake out good spots for some of your favorite artist’s stages.

On arrival to the main stage I caught the last few minutes of Tommy Trash to witness his head banging, hair flying, and a crowd already more familiar than me with his rise and fall sounds and changing beat to keep up in dance moves.

Clean cut Martin Solveig appeared in a Lacoste polo shirt and ’80s aerobics headband and played the lovestruck and catchy Rihanna’s “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris. How sweet. He eventually pitched some dubstep moments of sounds and bleeps and ended up Skrillex “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” and Knife Party “Internet Friends” which warns, “You blocked me on Facebook and now you’re going to die.” Such a turnaround from Solveig’s boy-next-door appearance but the crowd was tearing it up on these.

He eventually regrouped and played the crowd his singalong remix of Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and ended with his track that really helped put him on the map, the pop-styled (and more neighborly) “Hello” featuring Dragonette.

Veteran electronic dance music artists New Order played a live stage set and announced, “Hello Miami. It’s been a while since we’ve been here; it’s good to be back.” They went on to play some of their classics that were the household names of the club scene throughout the ’80s yet still hold strong today including “Regret” and “Blue Monday.”

Meandering stage-to-stage and tent-to-tent I would’ve like to had the opportunity to stop at Benny Benassi’s performance especially when I believe that’s where “Cinema” was resonating from but I was on a mad dash to catch Porter Robinson at the UMF Korea stage, and I lost my bearings.

I caught the end of the set of teenage pop/house producer Madeon and for someone who has only been in the industry for a relatively short while he sure knows already how to command a stage and class it up as well. He was rocking out all while sporting a dinner jacket even though it was probably at least 85 degrees in that tent! He gets points for that, for his artistic DJ skills and funked up set, for his electro-house hit “Icarus,” for his Blur “Song 2” Madeon remix that gave the crowd an opportunity to yell, “Woo hoo!” at cued moments, and for the fact that he really is that guy who’s claim to fame is that he mixed an impressive 39 songs into one. He topped off his set with a little drum ‘n’ bass.

Porter Robinson followed with a string of greats that are almost too vast to name from the Knife Party remix of his own “Unison,” Tiësto “Maximal Crazy,” Skrillex “Summit,” and Sam Worsley “Apathy,” to Knife Party “Internet Friends,” Skrillex “Bangarang,” and Temple One “Love The Fear” Tom Fall remix. Porter’s was one of the most stellar sets of the day but no surprise there, his sets are always top notch.

Across the festival grounds Afrojack was finishing his set with the Afrojack and Shermanology track “Can’t Stop Me Now.”

No doubt the crowd highlight of the night came from the highly anticipated and the highly humble Mr. Sonny Moore better known as Skrillex. When an offstage announcer came over the PA stating, “The three-time Grammy Award winner, the one, the only, Skrillex,” it certainly had nice ring to it. It also helps when the stage backdrop hosts a countdown of minutes until your appearance, and the ticker gets to 10, as the screams of the crowd as far as the eye could see is deafening, and the ascending bass from the walls of speakers flanking the stage compete with the deafening screams, it’s definitely going to be something pretty impressive. And the fact that you get to play your set in an over-sized Delorean-looking DJ deck set up right in the middle of the already massive stage surrounded by hundreds of fluctuating streams of lights. It’s an ultimate (adult) kid-in-a-candy store moment and Skrillex gets to be that kid. He played a plethora of favorites including his own Grammy Award winning “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites,” Avici “Levels,” and his own “Reptile’s Theme” and “Bangarang.”

Skrillex ended his set with Benny Benassi’s lovely “Cinema” Skrillex remix that even had Paris Hilton singing along from beginning to end from her VIP section perched high on the sidestage surrounded by her current BFF Afrojack on one side and DJ Dirty South on the other. She’s the luckiest girl I (don’t) know. The dubstep “Cinema” was the perfect energized ending that included explosions of steamers, confetti, and cryogenics.

When I had literally a minute or two at the backstage UMF Korea tent with Skrillex I gave him props for his set, his production skills, and his artistic endeavors. I asked him if he could even view how far back his Ultra crowd tonight spanned. He shyly shrugged as he took a swig of his drink. When I struggled to give him an accurate, yet somewhat metaphoric description I came up with, “From here to South Beach!” Well, that made him laugh in his drink a bit and he thanked me. Seriously, I don’t recall ever seeing fans that thick for a single artist in the history of Ultra.

With the blaring sounds of “Big Bad Wolf,” another current festival favorite “Kick Out The Epic Mother Fucker, and “White Noise Red Meat” blaring from the still overflowing UMF Korea tent manned by Dada Life, there wasn’t a shred of evidence that this event was starting to wind down any time soon.

And to think, this is just the first of three Ultra Music Festival days.

Images by Kathy Vitkus