Ultra Music Festival 2014's Ten Best DJs

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Don't miss Hot Creations label boss Jamie Jones at Ultra 2014.

No matter what you tell yourself, there is absolutely no way to catch every act that you want to see at Ultra Music Festival. Never mind the overlapping set times, just trying to traverse Bayfront Park is a daunting task once it's crammed with 100,000 ravers.

Our advice: Find a stage (or two) with lineups that you like and hang 'round till you're ready to call it a night. Another piece of advice: Avoid the main stage. Instead, stick to the smaller stages and tents like Underground Story or Carl Cox & Friends, which offer a wide variety of acts that are more than just button-pushers.

Here are our educated recommendations for who you'd shouldn't miss at Ultra 2014.

See also: Ultra 2014's Five Best Live Acts

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2manydjs
The only thing that could make a 2manydjs performance better is if these brothers, Stephen and David Dewaele, were performing as Soulwax, their alternative electronic project. But they aren't, so get over it. And anyway, the Belgians have proved their DJing is nearly as good as their live sets. It isn't mere luck that the Dewaele bros have been on top for almost two decades; they're constantly ahead of the curve while other acts seem to be chasing trends. Oh, and they've actually promised a new Soulwax album for 2014. So who knows -- maybe 2manydjs' set at Ultra might be the perfect time to preview some fresh material.

Art Department
Canadians Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow have been electronic dance music hotshots in their own right for a while now. But in 2009 at the urging of Crosstown Rebels label head Damian Lazarus, the pair brought their styles together to form Art Department, which they debuted live during WMC 2010. Blending everything from house to techno to hip-hop, White and Glasgow have achieve both critical acclaim and an envious cult following. If you have not listened to the duo, you'd be remiss to pass up the opportunity at Ultra.

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Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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46 comments
Stephanie Mowry
Stephanie Mowry

"Avoid the main stage"??? Oh hell no. It's the MAIN stage for a reason!

Al Dumancela
Al Dumancela

Article obviously can tell this guy has an agenda and doesn't appreciate the likes of the main stream trance like any of the ASOT FAMILY

James Davis
James Davis

Yea actually decent on their list. But where's nervo and krewella?

Matty Mansoor
Matty Mansoor

Timothy Ridenour Jr. Ronnie DeRossett Johnny Pisani James Meyers

Bearic Bgw
Bearic Bgw

We gonna have so much funz Elliot :D (without Ultra)

Elliot Fitch
Elliot Fitch

Right?! When I first saw it I was like, "great, I bet Lil Jon is on that list" but then I saw peeps like Claude Von Stroke! :D

Bearic Bgw
Bearic Bgw

Elliot I agree with a lot of this.

Elliot Fitch
Elliot Fitch

Zack Trionfo Bearic Bgw Anthony Joseph Jason A. Dyke your thoughts?

cuervoshots
cuervoshots

"Turn Down For What" does NOT fall into the genre of "Bro-Step" not even close lol It is at 100 BPM which is currently associated the popular EDM sub-genre known as Twerk. The rhythm and speed do not resemble "Bro-step" in any way.

Danny Pastula
Danny Pastula

Ill be seeing them next week AND in Detroit. Gotta love living five minutes from the D!

James Davis
James Davis

I be seeing all them in May. Detroit......lets go!

Brett Baumunk
Brett Baumunk

Man I wish I could see ultra but I bought the djm 2000 instead....

Elliot Gil
Elliot Gil

Detriot started house its and it ends with detriot.

Elliot Gil
Elliot Gil

Cause all these djs are david guetta wannabes. Trance is dead. Its time for the perculator!

Colette CoCo
Colette CoCo

well I am glad Miami is recognizing REAL talent =)

Harvey Styles
Harvey Styles

It's such a shame Americans are into the Big Room 'EDM' bullshit, you're wasted on them.

Be Mack
Be Mack

One of the US greats

Kyle Haines
Kyle Haines

The artists in this article are all very good, but a lot of them aren't really "festival style" artists. I think they are better to listen to in a smaller, more intimate environment (for example 2manydjs at Bardot on Saturday, or Claude VonStroke at the Dirtybird BBQ at Cafeina on Thursday) Why would you pay $500 to go to Ultra and see these "underground" talents when the $500 is meant to pay for the bigger names/lights/sound quality of the bigger stages? If you are going to Ultra, go see the people your $ paid for, otherwise I'd say you would be better off see everyone on this list throughout the week for 200-300 total if you just went to all the WMC events.

Lelys Malespin
Lelys Malespin

Jamie jones! Woot ! Great recommendation Miami new times.

MeMeMeMe
MeMeMeMe

I'm one of those people who love everything from ambient to deep house to techno to electro to dutch hardcore. For me, I love being able to see both the bigger guys and the underground.

Also, some people are full-time 9-5'ers and can't make it out to the Thursday night shows :( 

JoseDuran
JoseDuran moderator communitymanager

Agreed, but Ultra attracts at a lot of people who don't, or can't, attend the club shows. I still think they should check these artists out and explore another side of Ultra.

JoseDuran
JoseDuran moderator communitymanager

@technoistheanswer  They are German-based, but yes Italian. I should have made that clearer.

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