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Photo by George Martinez Ultra Music Festival cofounder Russell Faibisch.
EDM is big business.
Over the last several years, electronic dance music's popularity has spiked, especially in the United States. And so have the profits that could be made off its DJs, producers, nightlife brands, clubs, festivals, cruises...
So naturally, Rolling Stone's "50 Most Important People in EDM" is dominated by industry figures (agents, managers, club owners, festival founders, media moguls) and not the people who actually make the music.
In fact, Miami's only contributions to this power list (which, incidentally, was coauthored by former New Times music editor Arielle Castillo) are two such business guys: Ultra Music Festival's Russell Faibisch and LIV Miami's Dave Grutman.More »
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Avant-gardists, Zen gardeners, collectors of incidental and deliberate sounds, intake valve agitators, inventors of agoraphobic explosives ... Many are the hats and coats that Kreamy 'Lectric Santa has worn since its first kicks of musical discontent managed to connect with South Florida's underground ass.
The journey has been long and filled with the heartbreaks of a spinal injury, death, loss, and various geographic relocations. That last sentence is a requisite disclaimer whenever one sees the Kreamies in the media. And it's true. That road will probably continue to wind that way.
But what those facts fail to capture is that after all these years, Robert Price and Priya Ray continue to forge ahead with the chutzpah and stamina of their younger selves; that they've made it is this long is cause for celebration. Joining in the musical festivities that will eventually send Churchill's Pub owner Dave Daniels into his retirement, the Kreamies are in town with a new split seven-inch with Bobby Joe Ebola that's got a scorching cover of a Trash Monkeys' classic as well as the pop noise oddities you'd expect from K'LS.More »
Last night, chaos broke loose on the interwebs as the owner of Main Events Talent Agency, Judy Blem, posted an angry text photo on the company's Facebook demanding that World of Beer pay their bills.
World of Beer, a popular bar that specifically notes live music as a key part of their culture, was attacked repeatedly in the comments, of which there are 54 so far. The post has been shared 155 times. Main Event's post claimed that there remains "21 unpaid invoices for 42 gigs performed at 3 South Florida WOB locations (Dadeland, Midtown & Wellington) Dating back from July 19th through September 28th, 2013." And that the invoices had been repeatedly sent to Reeves Krumin Enterprises LLC (RKE LLC) but have furthermore been ignored by the franchise for over six months.
We contacted Judy Blem to discuss the matter further, but she declined to give a statement as she's been bound by lawyers in the midst of this lawsuit. "I have to be careful of what I say," she told us, though throughout the rest of the night after our conversation, her Main Events Facebook continued to comment on the photo, defending herself and giving out more details.More »
New York had its Cafe Wha? and Bottom Line. Los Angeles had the Troubadour. And while South Florida could never match either of those cities in terms of star power and mystique, it did have a venue that helped foster South Florida's burgeoning folk scene in the 1960s and '70s.
That place was known as the Flick, an unassuming little club and coffeehouse located on the outskirts of the University of Miami campus where the Titanic Restaurant and Brewery now stands.
In those halcyon days, when South Beach was mainly a retreat for sun-starved tourists and its elderly inhabitants, and when a still nascent Coconut Grove was a gathering point for hippies, beatniks, and the radical underground, the Flick represented one of the few locations for live music between the Grove and the Keys.More »
Old-school Chevrolets and Miami hip-hop go together as much as the driver and the gold teeth brightening up their smile.
Boxes, donks, and bubbles have become a staple of the 305's rap scene, whether it's seeing one gliding on 24-inch rims or hearing about them in a song. Remember "Chevy Ridin' High" a few years back?
Well, Maybach Music member Young Breed has got that same admiration for classic cars, naming his latest mixtape, Seven Tre Chevrolet. (The project features Washington DC's Fat Trel, as well as Iceberg, K Kutta, Styles P, and, of course, MMG boss Rick Ross.)
Just the other day, the 25-year-old Carol City rapper hung out with Crossfade at Spanglish Studios in Miami. We spoke about the significance of Seven Tre Chevrolet, what separates him from Miami rappers, golds, using the Internet as a resource, and more.
See also: The Pyrvmids Talks Miami Rap and KYRO (Kill Young, Rest Old)More »
EDM is big business. Just ask all the corporations cashing in on the Winter Music Conference, Miami Music Week, and Ultra Music Festival action later this month. But at its best, electronic dance music also has the power to bring communities together and give back -- even in South Florida -- thanks to people like the folks behind Six Degrees of Techno.
"I founded 6DoT as an organization that connects passionate electronic dance music enthusiasts within local communities and bridges those alliances with similar groups in other cities," founder Kelvin Tamayo tells Crossfade. "The rise of electronic dance music, over the last decade, as one of the most popular genres proves it has no shortage of ardent fans. Through this unique music-centric network, 6DoT helps to create and cultivate valuable relationships."More »
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If you still need proof that Miami has grown an underground electronic dance music scene to rival international meccas like London and Berlin, look no further than the success of Underground Story.
Five years ago, it was practically inconceivable for promoters to pull off an underground house and techno night at a South Beach megaclub. And it's still no small feat in 2014, with commercial music and VIP culture continuing to rule nightlife on the beach.
But Underground Story, the brainchild of local promotions mainstays Link and Miami Rebels, didn't just happen overnight. It took years of cultivating a loyal following among local heads at a smaller and more intimate Miami Beach venue: Treehouse.
By the time they set out to launch Underground Story at Story Miami in January 2013, Link and Miami Rebels had already helped create substantial local demand for underground music on the beach. All they needed was a bigger boat.More »
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Memo to the Bawse ...
Lay off rhymes about Gangster Disciples, rape, Trayvon Martin, and most every serious sociopolitical subject.
Yes, big homie, you've got that deep, syrupy voice. And a smooth, supremely confident flow. And a way with vaguely meaningful gansta-life metaphors. But you definitely lack the nuance and care needed to navigate touchy topics.
Just take a look at this latest clumsy, cringe-inducing line, "Trayvon Martin, I'm never missing my target," unveiled to the world yesterday on the second anniversary of the Miami Gardens teen's death.
Courtesy of Sean "Birdman" Gould
Sean "Birdman" Gould is a lean, mean, rockin' machine.
He has played in at least five Miami bands at all times for the past 20 years. And right now, he's rollin' with Nil Lara, Mixed Culture, Birdman's Clambake, Night Train, and Blowfly. Music has even put him at the center of international controversy.
In the year 2000, he met Eddie Vedder at Mac's Club Deuce on South Beach, invited him back to his Little Haiti studio, and recorded 3 CDs worth of cover songs now infamously known as "The Birdman Sessions." The music leaked, and the Pearl Jam lawyers caused a hell storm.
But the biggest project of his life is the one he started this year. He calls it #BirdmansTrashInitiative.More »