Diddy on Success and the Music Industry: "Nobody Is Going to Give You Nothing"

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Check out Crossfade's 71-photo slideshow from Revolt Music Conference 2014.

If you had the chance to ask Diddy any question, what would it be?

To be honest, we used to think Diddy was a kook. He seemed so wacky, so flashy, and so demanding on Making the Band. Then we heard him speak at this past weekend's Revolt Music Conference, and we realized this guy is where he is today because he is honest, he's focused, and he's real.

The man born Sean Combs dropped knowledge during the #AskDiddy Q&A panel. And we've collected his best quotes, from passing out mixtapes to beefs with Suge Knight.

See also: Russell Simmons at Revolt Music Conference: "The Idea of 'I'm Going to Sell a Million Records' Is Almost a Fantasy"

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Russell Simmons: "The Idea of 'I'm Going to Sell a Million Records' Is Almost a Fantasy"

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Check out Crossfade's 71-photo slideshow from Revolt Music Conference 2014.

If you're going to take advice from anyone, Russell Simmons isn't a bad mentor. He started a media empire out of his college dorm. He's easily responsible for more than half of the hip-hop classics you've enjoyed in your lifetime, not to mention tons of television and movies you've loved.

Maybe you've also browsed the Def Jam mogul's Twitter page and noticed he's got a real Buddha energy going on about him. He's even written a few books about finding "success through stillness." And he shared some of that Zen insight and other secrets during his breakfast Q&A at the inaugural Revolt Music Conference this weekend.

See also: Diddy at Revolt Music Conference: "Nobody Is Going to Give You Nothing"

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Porter Robinson's Worlds Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Check out Crossfade's full 43-photo slideshow from Porter Robinson at Fillmore Miami Beach.

Porter Robinson Worlds Tour
With Giraffage and Lemaitre
Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, October 17, 2014

Better Than: The hazing we went through growing up because we liked Sailor Moon and Mario Bros. more than whatever it is "cool" kids do.

"Say my name and you can say it with honor."

We'd guess whenever Porter Robinson heard his name ring through his middle-school halls, it wasn't toned with regal regard.

It's nearly scientific fact that nerds and geeks grow up to be the coolest adults, and by the time that 22-year-old Robinson got to his breakout hit, "Say My Name," about midway through the final North American performance of his game-changing Worlds Tour, we'd decided he was on par with his idols Justice and Daft Punk in delivering one of the greatest dance music performances we've ever seen.

See Also: Porter Robinson on Debut Album, Worlds, and Outgrowing "the DJ Thing"


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Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group - Miami

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Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Band
Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Better Than: Anyone who didn't know any better would ever expect

There was this comment overheard in the men's room following an astounding set by Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group: "Can you believe that concert took place in Miami."

It ought not be misconstrued as a putdown of our fair city's musical tastes. Rather, it points to the fact that artists like Lovett, bred in the heartland and known for songs etched with pure down-home designs, visit this area far too infrequently.

See also: Lyle Lovett: "Being a Little Under the Radar Feels Liberating"

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Cafe Tacvba's 20ReCT25 Tour, Celebrating 25th Anniversary - Olympia Theater, Miami

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Café Tacvba singer Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega.

Café Tacvba's 20ReCT25 Tour
Presented by Jack Daniel's
Olympia Theater at Gusman Center, Miami
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Last night, Mexican rock band Café Tacvba kicked off its 20ReCT25 Tour at the Olympia Theater in downtown Miami.

This tour is a celebration of the band's 25th anniversary, as well as the 20 years since its very successful second album, Re. That record changed the path of Café Tacvba's musical career and the course of contemporary Latin rock.

See also: Cafe Tacvba: "Music Comes From Nature, We Have to Keep It Safe and Love It"


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Foster the People and Soko - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Foster the People's Mark Foster.

Foster the People
With Soko
Fillmore Miami Beach
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Better Than: A no-hit wonder.

"Pumped Up Kicks" is such a good fucking song.

It's cool and catchy and inspires people to use their Shazam app when they hear it on a TV show or at a bar. Modern technology will tell you it is a song by Foster the People, an L.A. band that made its Miami debut at the Fillmore Miami Beach last night.

And if you knew this group only by that one impossibly great hit, you could not help but be disappointed by the 13-song set.

See also: Soko - Musician, Actress, Fervent French Woman - in Love with "Telling Stories"


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III Points BBQs: Questlove and Okayplayer, Juan Maclean and DFA, Booty Bass & Bounce

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In the lull before another night of main-stage mania at Soho Studios, III Pointers got to spend Sunday afternoon with famous friends (and regular friends) at bars and galleries throughout Wynwood.

These midday getdowns were called Pre-Points BBQs, though there wasn't much smoking or grilling of meats goin' on. Just a whole lot of one-man electronic music machining and gender-bending performance arting.

Oh, and lots of celebrity cameos from folks like The Juan Maclean, Questlove, and Miami's own Otto von Schirach.

See also: Review & Photos: III Points 2014, Day Three: Mac DeMarco, Jamie Jones and Hot Natured, Tiga, Com Truise

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III Points 2014, Day Three: Mac DeMarco, Jamie Jones and Hot Natured, Tiga, Com Truise

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III Points Festival 2014, Day Three
With Mac DeMarco, Jamie Jones and Hot Natured, Tiga, Com Truise, and others
Soho Studios, Wynwood, Miami
Friday, October 10, 2014

Good morning, Dade County.

Oh, you can't hear me 'cause you're still asleep and the bass is still tickling the inside of your eardrums? I don't blame you.

For the second year in a row, III Points has shown it definitely has a way of obliterating your sleep schedule. But it's all worth the lack of rest, if a life-affirming fix of four-to-the-floor beats is what you've been needing.

See also: Review & Photos: III Points 2014, Day One: Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, Duke Dumont, Hercules & Love Affair


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III Points 2014, Day Two: Jamie XX, Metronomy, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker

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III Points 2014 headliner Jamie xx. Check out Crossfade's full 42-photo slideshow of III Points 2014 Day Two at Soho Studios.

III Points Festival 2014, Day Two
With Jamie XX, Metronomy, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker, and others
Soho Studios, Wynwood, Miami
Friday, October 10, 2014

It's always been difficult to put on a compelling live electronic music show. And now, with more money made through performing than recording, many mainstream dance musicians have beefed up their live shows, adding all kinds of bells and whistles.

So compared to the high-flying antics of most Top 40 performers and today's EDM stars, a guy standing behind a table chock-full of electronic gadgets may seem boring to some people. Where are the costumes, the wire rigs, the holograms?

But III Points Festival fans abide by a different standard. And Saturday night's lineup of electronic savants proved that one-man bands might not have all the trappings of arena-packing pop stars, but they have something more important, actual talent.

See also: Review & Photos: III Points 2014, Day One: Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, Duke Dumont, Hercules & Love Affair


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III Points 2014, Day One: Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, Duke Dumont, Hercules & Love Affair

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Lykke Li kicked off III Points 2014 Friday night. Check out Crossfade's full 37-photo slideshow of III Points 2014 Day One at Soho Studios.

III Points Festival 2014, Day One
With Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, Duke Dumont, and others
Soho Studios, Wynwood, Miami
Friday, October 10, 2014

Last night, III Points 2014 kicked off with the strongest musical lineup of the three-day festival.

There were a few infrastructural hiccups. Many of the bars did not accept credit cards, which is odd for a fest that claims to be on the forefront of technology. And many of the staff members were not as knowledgeable of the festival layout as we would have hoped. But these are only curmudgeonly old-man complaints.

The festival grounds at Soho Studios is equipped with a Shake Shack booth and a Panther Coffee, and that's really all you readers need to know.

Meanwhile, musically, the weekend is off to a swimmingly successful start.

See also: Review & Photos: III Points 2014, Day Two: Jamie XX, Metronomy, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker


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