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

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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.

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Ultra Music Festival 2012: Day Three [Recap]

The third and final of the Ultra Music Festival featured an eclectic group of artists all across the Bayfront Park grounds. For trance lovers, it was the grand finale and the ultimate UMF experience.

As in recent tradition, four-time number one DJ in the world, Armin van Buuren, presented A State Of Trance (ASOT) as an Ultra mega tent extravaganza hosting some of the hottest trance acts in the world.

Relative newcomers, Austin-based duo Tritonal joined the ranks this year still celebrating the fruits of their labor on last year’s highly successful artist release, Piercing The Quiet. They fully indulged in their esteemed ASOT spot and won the crowd with hits like “Slave.”

A State Of Trance repeats and Cosmic Gate entertained with some classics “Fire Wire” and “Exploration Of Space,” as familiar sing alongs to dedicated tranceheads.

Dutch great Sander van Doorn veered toward house with “Sweet Disposition,” as the screen backdrop announced, “This is A State Of Trance and this is Sander van Doorn.” Then on the backdrop came, “Make some noise,” followed by, “I can’t hear you.” Van Doorn exercised perfect timing dropping his heavy rotation track from last year’s festival, the still popular “Koko.” There was no longer the need for, “I can’t hear you,” at this point. As the crowd was enthralled in moments of trance ecstasy Sander played what seems to be a favorite of his own and his fans alike, Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl “In My Mind” featuring Georgi Kay (Axwell Mix.)

This year Dash Berlin also held a cherished spot on ASOT entering with Above & Beyond’s “Thing Called Love.” He continued to favor a love song theme with “Till The Sky Falls Down” and “I’m Coming Home.”

Far from ASOT either voyaging over the grassy hills of the bumper-to-bumper lounging fans or navigating through the herding cattle of crowds on Biscayne Boulevard it was worth the effort to catch even just a glimpse of the magic that is the duo of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen also now known as the Pendulum side project Knife Party. They set the main stage on fire, some might say literally. (It was rumored that the main stage caught fire, a legitimate concern although that was not the case.) In reality it was the visual effect flames on the screens framing the stage in addition to rooftop pipes blasting spurts of real flames from the stage top. Fans could feel the heat of the pipe flames all the way to the back of the crowd by Biscayne Boulevard. Everyone who’s everyone in the scene has been captivated by the crowd response from Knife Party’s “Internet Friends,” and Knife Party was no exception giving this gem the airplay it deserves during their set. They brought their remixes of both Nero “Crush On You” and Porter Robinson “Unison.” In fact, everything this Australian team spewed out was a party, and thousands of their best friends were invited. Knife Party is definitely one to watch, as if fans and producers haven’t already taken notice for quite some time.

Dash Berlin was wrapping up back at ASOT with Coldplay’s “Clocks,” and ending with another Above & Beyond dynamo “Sun and Moon,” but not before singer Emma Hewitt joined him on stage for some reciprocal, complimenting bows to each other and some synched hand swaying in the air to inspire the crowd.

The camaraderie continued when Armin van Buuren prematurely appeared at the decks only long enough to give an embracing send off to ASOT mainstay buddy, Ferry Corsten, and intentionally or unintentionally tease the crowd with his presence. In a friendly gesture van Buuren lifted Corsten up off the ground to present him to the adoring fans below before vanishing backstage until it was his turn at the decks. Corsten dropped numerous crowd pleasers including “Check It Out” and the archived treasure “Adagio For Strings.”

Host Armin van Buuren manned the decks at 8:00pm and the magic and magnificence of this moment stretched throughout the packed tent and beyond. He was on a series of high moments like when he dropped “Burned With Desire” featuring Justine Suissa and the magic didn’t stop there. He was double billed also closing out the main stage at 10:00pm.

Gareth Emery and Kaskade helped round out the ASOT bill with Emery dropping Heatbeat “Rocker Monster” and Coldplay “Paradise,” and Kaskade driving the crowd crazy with Tiesto “Maximal Crazy.”

The main stage went dim close to 9:00pm as a voice boomed over the sound system with, “This is the man who means more to EDM than anyone else in the world. This is David Guetta.” The current number one DJ in the world blasted hit after hit like, Afrojack “Can’t Stop Me Now” featuring Shermanology, an electro version of “Sexy Bitch” that included the added lyric, “David Guetta bitch,” and “When Love Takes Over.” He introduced Afrojack who joined him on stage surrounded by uproarious applause, then out came Steve Aoki, then Benny Benassi to pure crowd pandemonium.

All too soon the party had to end and the world for so many festival fans would have to return to normal whatever “normal” may be.

Read our recap of day one here and day two here.

Images by Kathy Vitkus

Contest Alert! Win Tickets to Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival 2012, taking place March 23-26, at Bayfront Amphitheater in Downtown Miami, sold-out almost instantly thanks to its stellar lineup of talent including: Tiësto, Kraftwerk, Carl Cox, Skrillex, Afrojack, Miike Snow, Pretty Lights, New Order, Groove Armada (DJ set), Dirty South, Loco Dice, A-Trak, Dada Life, Avicii, Justice, Fatboy Slim, Duck Sauce, M83, Carl Cox, Laidback Luke, 2manydjs, Metronomy, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Bassnectar, Chase and Status, Bloody Beetroots (DJ set), Fedde Le Grand, Knife Party, Magnetic Man, John Digweed, Steve Aoki, Ferry Corsten, and many more.

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