Miami Music Week

It’s that time of year again! Pool parties, boat parties, 24 hour bangers, and just about everything in between. We’re excited to kick off this week by telling you about our plans, from start to finish. Here’s our 2019 MMW schedule:

  • Monday, March 25th: Strange Bass WMC Edition - Fully diving into the early 90's rave scene & DIY culture, this edition of Strange Bass will feature a variety of genres from some of South Florida's most talented musicians. *

  • Tuesday, March 26th: Onur Ozer, Taimur & Desyn by Un_Mute & The Selectors - After the amazing Detroit Love boat party on Tuesday afternoon of MMW we are heading over to The Electric Pickle to continue with master selectors Onur Ozer, Taimur, and Desyn for whats to be the last conference of the best sounding room in Miami.

  • Wednesday, March 27th: PRISMA Artists MMW Showcase by Link Miami Rebels - Prisma Artists is having their first ever showcase on the globe and they have chosen Floyd Miami to be the birthplace of it all! Their roster is slammed with talented musicians across the electronic spectrum. This lineup they've brewed for Miami shows the firepower this crew has to offer.

  • Thursday, March 28th: Detroit Love feat Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, and Matthew Dear - After-hours @ The Hangar (2:30-9 AM).

  • Friday, March 29th: Lucid WMC/MMW - 3rd annual Lucid Rave and pajama party presented by Internet Friends, Untitled Miami, and Late for Work. Locals on locals on locals on locals. Villain Theater, 11-4 AM. $5 w/ RSVP, $10 @ door. *

  • Saturday, March 30th: Space Invaders presents Saturday MMW 2019 - Saturday night of MMW Link Miami Rebels will be hosting a massive night, morning, and afternoon where all rooms at Club Space will be open to dance and explore.

  • Sunday, March 31st: MMW 24hr Closing Party - Sunday, March 31st we will be closing off another monster MMW week with our biggest party yet! You do not want to miss this one, the line up is literally unreal!

    For those of you who aren’t interested in exploring the club scene, here’s a list of FREE events throughout MMW: Guide to Free Miami Music Week 2019 Parties.

    Finally, here are a couple events that don’t go into the deep night:

  • Thursday, March 28th: Sunset Sessions with Dave Sol & Friends, 5-10 PM, The Standard. Free w/ RSVP. *

  • Friday, March 29th: Colada Sunrise featuring bbq, spirits, and a bunch of local DJ’s. 10am-7pm, North Shore Open Space Park. FREE! *

We aren’t putting multiple events a day (since there are hundreds) because we, like you, don’t want to be overwhelmed. Take Monday and Tuesday off (if you need it), come Wednesday and we’re going full party mode! Have a great MMW and remember to drink water, eat food, and c’mon: take care of yourself!

Love from the UMAMI Crew.

P.S. Everything with a * does not require ID ;)

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Craziness

Today’s all about crazy. Crazy that we haven’t had the chance to write a blog in two weeks, crazy that 50 people were shot in a place of worship just over a week ago, and crazy that South Beach is infested with more cops than we’ve seen since Versace was shot back in 1997 (just kidding, I wasn’t even alive then). So much craziness going on that we’re gonna break down the world into pieces. Well, no, not pieces. We’re gonna look at the local and national updates. We were supposed to write about Miami Music Week but we’ll leave that for Monday (it’s official beginning).

  • National: Let’s start (and end) with the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand. I already hear you asking yourself why a shooting in New Zealand is a national topic, well, hold on to your seats because you're about to find out. The shooting in New Zealand was a terrorist act brought up by nothing else then nationalism. Hatred and racism played a key factor but from research, looking at the facts, and understanding the shooters intentions, all paths lead to nationalism: the idea that a country must maintain itself. What do we mean by that? Nationalism is a hard and tough subject to figure out. Nationalists, from what we understand, want to keep history alive (and, in some cases, bring it back). Our point, without giving you too much of a headache, is that the world is ever-evolving and the idea of nationalism, in todays society, is far-fetched to say the least. The follow-up to the attack was something that we would’ve never expected: New Zealand planning to ban all “military style assault rifles”. Listen and understand that real quick: New Zealand, who previously NEVER had a mass shooting close to what happened on Friday, March 15th, chose to ban ALL military style assault rifles just because of this shooting. I say just, and now I’m making it personal, because the U.S. has had multiple shootings of this caliber, some even worse. Just is something the NRA would say, it’s not right, it’s not just, people are dying. We all have our opinions and I believe I’m allowed to voice mine without people looking, judging, or asking necessarily why I think so. I have a strong reason for this opinion (my professors daughter went to Parkland) and no matter what, along with UMAMI, we’ll work to create a platform for all. We want all opinions, all personalities, and most importantly, we want everyone to feel safe. We ALL should feel safe.

  • Local: Ohhh yeaaaa. Now we get to have fun! We’re sorry for the rant on the shooting, it’s something that we hope resonates with you and makes you think. Spring Break 2019 has brought quite a crowd of people (if you haven’t already noticed). We’re bracing for the worst this weekend and let us tell you, so are the cops. They are fucking everywhere. To get around the traffic and avoid the hordes of tourists we thought this might help: DON’T, I repeat DON’T GO TO SOUTH BEACH! It’s really not worth it. We had a meeting down there today and Ocean Drive is looking more like a zoo than paradise, that’s for sure. Have fun, go to the local joints like Floyd, the Pickle, the Yard, honestly anything in Wynwood is alright as long as you're not going to SOBE.

  • Local Part 2: We can’t leave you hanging without showing you this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2u2_4zCu6g. Told you it was crazy.

  • Local Part Tres: Alright, alright, this is the last one! Governor Desantis at the beginning of the week signed smokable medical marijuana into law. Before 2019, medical marijuana was legal in the state of FL but you couldn’t actually smoke any greens. Appreciate you Desantis, you made a crazy law just a little less crazy. P.S. It’s still crazy that you have to get two doctor certifications for medical marijuana instead of one. Costs patients more money, makes big corporations more money. Bernie Sanders 2020 baby. Lol, I kid, I kid (but not really).

That’s the wrap up for the week. Tonight’s INVT night at Floyd so you’ll know where will be. Not too sure on Sunday but we’re between a couple shindigs. We’ll post a flyer on IG tom if you're interested.

Thanks for reading, being a part of something with real intentions and one day, real meaning. Love you fam. Talk soon.

(Almost) Nothing is Free

Today’s blog comes from the heart. Our goal, which we’d hope we’ve made clear, is to be a platform for all creatives from all artistic outlets. This platform, as many of you know, consists of different events throughout Miami and the greater Miami community.

Why are we telling you this? Because we heard a story (and have experienced multiple more) that we can’t shake off. It’s not like it’s a crime or anything, it’s just wrong. Here’s how it goes:

There was an event last week near Wynwood: 100-200 people. Nothing huge, just a nice get to getter with local musicians, artists, and the youth. From our memory the show started at 8 and went to 12. The details, to be really honest, are irrelevant. What we learned from being there is something that only made sense after the fact. Thankfully, we knew the event organizer and could ask him what’s up. Our question was simple: Why are there so many people without wristbands?

Like many events in Miami and the world, wristbands is the way to go. It’s easy to recognize who has a wristband and who doesn’t, it’s cheaper than printing tickets and more than anything, it’s effective. The event organizer told us something along the lines of “I don’t know”. Well, being investigative and all that, we searched for the answer.

There’s two possibilities. One, people walked right past the “host” and never paid the ticket. Two, people used the backdoor. Both instances are preventable and it’s the event organizers fault for not having security at the front and back door controlling the ticketing. Another pain point is (probably) that the “host” of the event knew many attendees, either letting them in for free or giving them the yes nod to proceed without paying.

What bothers us more than anything is not that people got in for free but that they didn’t try to pay. This is the time to tell you that the event (last week) was only $5! How could people not pay it? That’s the question we need to answer and together, we need to think about. More than telling you the answer we want to give you the facts. We’re event organizers, we talk events on a daily, maybe even hourly, basis. Events cost way more time and money than any attendee would ever expect. Here’s a list of some things that we keep in mind when forming a budget:

  • Permits

  • Insurance

  • Musicians

  • Artists

  • Marketing

  • Security

  • Venue

  • Bar

  • Staff

  • Production: Sound and Lighting

This is just the tip of the iceberg of expenses that event organizers have to endure in order to throw an event. Yes, we know, there are exceptions. Someone might know someone and get a hook up on a venue, someone might not pay musicians, artists, security, etc. The possibilities are, of course, endless. Speaking only on our experience and how we like to produce events, we like to pay everyone. In order to pay everyone, we need, more than anything, income.

Another story we’ve been throwing around in our heads is one an attendee told us at Dylan Hall’s E.P. Release Party last year. She said, and I quote, “If the event isn’t free for me then I’m not going”. Excuse me? Free for you? Why? Because you're a girl? Look sweetheart and all the other sweethearts in Miami that think it’s ok for men to pay $20+ cover and for girls to be free: It is not ok. It is not normal. It is sexist, and Miami is one of the only places in the world that allows it.

We can go on a rant about how sexist and condescending the idea of girls being free and guys having to pay at events is but we’ll leave it for another blog. This blog already addresses such a large stigma about events that we think we did our job. Now it’s your turn. When you go to the next event we want you to think about all the time and expenses put into it. We want you to imagine what the event organizer went through, from first finding the venue to forming the theme of the event, adding musicians, artists and most importantly, executing it. Have a great day and while you're going to your Spring Break events, whether it be this week, next week, or in a month from now, think twice before sneaking in.

Side-Note: This blog is meant to address an issue that happens all over the event world and will never be resolved. Specifically in Miami and with us, UMAMI, the problem is greater. People do everything they can to get around paying and were left to hire additional workers to take care of the perpetrators. Do we want to? Absolutely not. Do we want to loose money? Definitely not. All we want is for the Miami arts community to grow and prosper. That’s why we do it.

III POINTS, WE LOVE YOU

Hey fam! Happy February. It’s weird to say that we’ve been busy but what can we say? We always are. Today marks the day that we’re on another grind: get these fucking events going! Why? Well we’ve been held back by venue owners, speaker rentals, partners, and all that stuff ya’ll don’t need to worry about. What we all need to worry about is iii Points, not only an inspiring festival full of creative and most importantly, local people, but a festival that this year, did it all.

We were lucky enough to attend all 3 days of 3 points (see what we did there). Friday’s headliner was Tyler, Saturday Beach House and Herbie Hancock, Sunday was full of legends: Erykah Badu, Egyptian Lover, A$AP Rocky, Danny Daze, David August, DJ Koze, lets stop there before we take up a whole page. It was a musical masterpiece to say the least. Our experience, which is what we want (and can talk about), is heaven (if there is one, of course).

The day before iii Points was a stressful one for one main reason: weed. We needed it. Once we settled that we focused on our schedule, made conveniently using the iii Points app. Just for reference, the two essentials to iii Points are weed and schedule. The rest’ll be history.

Moving forward to something more educational, our first day (and last) were an absolute blast. We posted our full schedule on IG for Friday. Mostly house and techno music, we focused on the isotropic and boiler room stage. The main stage, called Mind Melt, was shaking with Tyler and a special appearance from the man himself, A$AP motherfucking Rocky. Crazy. That’s that.

Saturday and Sunday were a lot of the same. House, techno, house, hip-hop, bands and to add to the mosh posh: Valentine’s Day weekend. iii Points, in its decor and music, made love a vocal point. For crying out loud, we left Herbie early to go to Masego. If you weren’t at his set and you didn’t feel the love, well, you had to. It was really a joy and eye-opener.

Summaries sound boring. All in all, boring. In conclusion, yawn. Let’s go with “a heavenly weekend”. From music choice to stage design, sound, lighting, vendors, merchandise, venue, and even security, we can safely say iii Points did an amazing job. If you’re convinced on going to iii Points already, you can stop here. You have the 2020 vision that Ms. Badu (and the poet who introduced her) stated. For those of you who need more info, details, a little kick in the ass to get to Mana next year, here’s our breakdown on what they did well, how they did things different, and why iii Points is different than anything else.

  • Music: We read an article in which co-founder David Sinopoli said “we want 50% local, 50% big names”. He explained the idea behind it: Put someone on stage who brings a large crowd (meaning big name) right before or after a local act. By doing so, you're attracting a larger audience, most who’ve never heard the local act, to interact and listen to locals. Genius. Line-up was on point by the way.

  • Stage: iii Points 2019 had a couple of major revamps: different date and a lot more stages. Six stages made up the festival this year spanning all of Mana Wynwood. Isotropic was our favorite with Door IV being the lesser of the great. Our opinion: keep making stages original and stop being modern. We don’t want the black stages with curtains, we want something new and creative. Just like iii Points is.

  • Vendors: Throughout the festival there were art instillations, food vendors, clothes, bars, buses, and even a little market called Little Spati. A little birdy told us the food was programmed by someone different this year. Even though we don’t know who it is, job well done. The food was delicious. Clothing stand and the extras were cool, but our eyes were set on the weed maps bus. Not only a dope idea, but a useful one.

  • Merch: Cool. Very cool. Wanted to buy a long sleeve but they closed before we could make it. Made us think of a system that attendees should be able to buy before and pick up later. That way we can all party and deal with business in the morning.

  • Venue and Vibe: The two v’s go together, don’t they? Mana Wynwood is conveniently located and has been/still is the perfect place for iii Points. Storage containers, wooden structures, lights, and a disco ball only made Mana shine “brighter than a diamond”.

  • Security: We know you guys don’t really care about security but you’ll care about this, iii Points doesn’t give a shit about weed. Put it in your pocket gentlemen, you don’t have to tuck and go for this one.

A festival comes down to being together with people, listening to amazing music, and having a memorable time. We can say that iii Points needs to work on having less technical difficulties, time management skills, and nitpick points of improvement but, for this festival, it isn’t worth it. All the artists showed up, nothing really went wrong, and everyone had a great time. iii Points, we have the 2020 vision, we love you, and can’t wait to be doing what your doing <3

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Ultra, Rolling Loud, iii Points: You're all the same.

Yup, we said it. The biggest music festivals in Miami are all, let’s say it again, the same. Genre? Ok, that’s different but we aren’t talking genres, we’re talking big picture. Date? Yes, that’s valid and venues, those are different too. What we’re talking about today is pricing, accessibility, and goal.

Ultra, Rolling Loud, and III Points (2019) ALL have price points over $300. I don’t care where or when you bought the ticket, there’s no way you payed less. To be honest, most of us payed more (if you’re lucky enough to go). To make the math quick, it’s $100 a day. Add drinks, food, weed, and all the extras you’re looking at $150.

We love to say that “we’re rich” in Miami, right? That we can afford anything? Try going to one of these festivals and tell us that you aren’t hurting after. We won’t believe you. No matter how much $150 is to you, $150 is A LOT of money for one day of fun. Yes, you get to see all these great acts that separately would’ve been $50 a pop. We understand that. But, and there’s always a but, these festivals have the ability, first of all, to make it cheaper. On top of that, they’re using the same venue for multiple days (meaning better pricing). You start thinking about that and well, you get upset. Just like we are.

To understand our frustration we have to look back at what makes music (and music festivals) so great. Music festivals started with the idea of bringing people together, plain and simple. It didn’t matter where you came from, what you did, what you were outside of the festival what mattered is that you were there to share a moment with people you knew, love, or if you didn’t know any, to share a moment with everyone (sorry for the run on sentence, we got excited).

From being a public gathering, we’d make the claim that music festivals have gone private. Staying in the 305, Rolling Loud has become the largest hip-hop music festival in the world. This year marks their five year anniversary. What has changed between year one and five? Price. Five years ago at Mana you could get a ticket for $50! Now we’re looking at $400 (with no single day tickets available). Ok, ok. The festival is three days, the names are huge and the venue/times have changed. Cool. I feel you Tariq. Our question remains: Why so expensive? Why aren’t their opportunities for underprivileged individuals to go? Why aren’t their volunteer positions? Internships? Anything?

For us it comes down to accessibility. Music festivals like Ultra, Rolling Loud, and III Points have the ability to change individuals lives. Their power is across all social media outlets, locally and globally. They need to take advantage of what they have, respect the culture of music festivals, and understand, ultimately, what music is. We’re not in the 1990’s in which blacks and whites couldn’t be in the same arena. Today, we have the ability to bring all peoples together and learn, connect, and grow. Our problem with music festivals and the world is something so simple yet complex: Why can’t we be the same? Why do certain people get to experience things others can’t? And, finally, why can’t we help each other, at least locally, grow?

UMAMI’s here to bring back the reason music festivals began. Woodstock and Monterey Pop Festival, to name a few, started a legacy of what we now know as “music festivals”. We aren’t bringing back Woodstock, it’s the mantra that we’re looking for. It’s not about the money (to a certain extent), it’s not about materialism, it’s about bringing people together for the love of music, plain and simple.

* We have to say that we’re lucky enough to attend all three festivals and support the culture to the most. Yes, all three can improve but so can we! We all can. *

* We have to say that we’re lucky enough to attend all three festivals and support the culture to the most. Yes, all three can improve but so can we! We all can. *

What's up, UMAMI?

What’s down? The earth. We can get specific and say crust, mantle, and core but who gives a shit about science? We don't.

We’re here writing at 11 PM because we feel, fuck it, I feel that we aren’t giving you the content you deserve. As an audience, you deserve consistent events, blogs, playlists, promos, giveaways and so much more. To be honest, we haven’t delivered. How can we make you UMAMI for life?

It starts with events, something we’re working on 24/7. From there, we’re tackling the rest. As an audience, why the fuck would you care about what we’re up to? Because you love Miami and its art scene just as much as we do (and if you don’t, we still love you for supporting).

So here it is: What we’re up to….

Social Media: Even though we haven’t been active, we’re working on a social media campaign that’ll blow your socks off. Literally.

Contracts: We’re in the process of securing our first venue of 2019. Exciting for you and me both.

Emails, DM’s, just about everything else: I bet you we answer faster then Ultra.

The boring stuff: Calling, planning, searching, finding, contacting, just about everything ending in an “ing”.

All in four bullet points?!? It must sound easier than it is. Even though it probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard it, organizing events from beginning to end isn’t like rolling a joint, it’s more like those 3 legged joints (you know, the one’s that look like a cross). We appreciate you for sticking with us throughout this time and as we grow, the growing pains’ll get easier. For now, ya’ll do your job and sit back, watch, and enjoy our ride.

P.S. As founder and creative director I want to make it clear that we’re doing this for the love, not the money. Recently we’ve had a bunch of people asking about the next event, how we’ll be paying for it, etc. All I can say is this: We’re working on it. All of our events (so far) have been put together without any form of outside funding. Does that make us crazy? Yes it fucking does. But what is also does is show just how much we, and I, care about the 305.

2019: Predictions and so much more

Hello 2019!

We’ll get right to it. 2019 feels like a no bullshit year anyways.

Our 2019

As we’ve said multiple times, 2019 is our year. Starting next month, we’re introducing our own monthly events. On top of that, we’re planning for a big show in March followed by a collaborative event in the summer. One thing we’ll say moving forward is that we’re as excited as ever. The grind will not stop.

Guesstimates

Two weeks into it and it’s already time to predict the whole year? Fuck we guess so. We did a little rundown of where we want to be, what we want to see, and a couple extras. To start off with we’ll do our favorite: events.

If everything goes according to plan (which we know it will), we’ll have monthly events along with quarterly festivals (March, June, September, December). The first date we’ll need to mark in our calendars is February 9th. Follow that up with the following weekend, February 15th-17th, and you got yourself a great time. Why, you ask? IIIpoints of course. Feb. 9th you’ll find out about quickest through our newsletter (subscribe below)!!

We skipped January for a reason. It’s like us, it’s a slow month to get the motor going for the rest of the year. By March we got all four wheels cranking. Miami music week takes the stage from March 25-31st and before the main event, we’re thinking of making this Spring Break, dare to say it, legendary. We’ll keep you updated as the time nears.

April-December goes something like Rolling Loud, a sh*t load of stuff to do before and after, our quarterly and monthly events as well as amazing events executed by our collaborators. Rather than get into the details, we’ll save both of our selves and leave it with the “we’ll keep you updated if you once again, subscribe to our newsletter”. ;)

Highlights

How can we make a list of predictions without the highlights? Your right, we can’t. Three events we’re genuinely, very, very excited to see this year are IIIpoints, Ultra and the Art Plug Powerhouse. Here’s why:

  • IIIpoints : Three things. Vibe, line-up, people. IIIpoints is all about the culture. From marketing to artists, they know everything about Miami and what our music scene needs. This years line-up is one of the craziest things we’ve seen. C’mon, Erykah Badu and A$ap Rocky performing on the same day? It’s a weird musical paradise that we think could be better than heaven. Three words. Can’t. Fucking. Wait.

  • Ultra: Ultra 2019 specifically. The move to Key Biscayne is to say the least an interesting one. We’ve kept up with their drama and after a lot of debate, we’re happy that they’ve finally confirmed a location. Too bad that there’s only three lanes in and out of the 100,000+ person festival.

  • The Art Plug Powerhouse: Like most, we slept on last years Powerhouse during Basel. This years a whole lot different. First they’re hitting Palm Beach for the Palm Beach Art Fair. Fingers crossed they’re doing more before Basel. P.S. Marcel Katz/The Art Plug is the owner and head honcho of the Powerhouse, we’re saying “they’re” because like everyone else, he’s got a team. Shoutout to the UMAMI crew.

South Florida Takes Gold

It’s not surprising to predict that SoFlo will do something record breaking this year, whether we like it or not. To keep our priorities straight, let’s explore the improvements we’re hoping to see throughout the 305.

  • Public Transportation. Rated as one of the worst in the state and country, Miami needs some better transpo. Having more buses are good, having a metro across Julia Tuttle would be better. We’ll see what happens with the Turnpike going into the Everglades first.

  • Sea level, please don’t rise. Warmer weather throughout the winter going into the summer doesn’t make for low electric bills, let’s hope we can use our scarves one last time! But, seriously, we need to start taking good environmental care of our community.

  • Learn how to recycle. You got me into it. The Miami New Times reported just a couple weeks ago that less then 20% of what you’re putting in your recycling bin is actually getting recycled. Contamination is the main issue. Basically, keep the dirty pizza boxes and make some art, they’re destroying your whole hard worked bag of recycling.

  • Rap. Last year we lost X. It was a blow to the whole South Florida music scene that we don’t think everyone’s recovered from (we haven’t). As X’s legacy lives on and his Members Only project is waiting to drop, we’re eager to see the new wave of Florida raised talent. Robb Bank$ and Wifiisfuneral promised a project and already delivered. They’re going on tour next week! Lil Pump, SmokePurrp (now with Gucci Gang lol), Kodak Black to name a few are on our list.

To make the message clear: these are only a couple predictions. We’re not covering sh*t of what we would like to write about. As the year gets going we’ll keep you updated. You know, you just have to sign up to our newsletter (below).

Would love to include your recommendations and ideas of the Magic City’s prosperous 2019 once you send us an email at umamimusic305@gmail.com. You can also go to the “Contact Us” tab and fill out the form. As the saying goes, “as long as you get it done”.

Talk soon,

UMAMIWAY.

The 2 Live Crew

We said it was the last blog of 2018 but you know what, we lied. After scrolling through all the social media’s, we got inspired. The place we ended up? Miami Bass, also known as booty music.

If ya’ll know anything about Miami’s music history you know about Miami Bass. It started in the 80’s with producers and hip-hop artists alike, searching for a “real” 305 sound. The story goes something like this:

It was 1985 when Miami based producer Amos Larkins II discovered the TR Roland 808. While he was mastering the track that would become the first ever Miami bass track, ‘Bass Rock Express’ by MC ADE, he was having a little fun (well, if you’re into drugs and strippers, a lot of fun) that distracted him just enough to make a brilliant mistake.

After partying in a local strip club - the party location of choice in Miami before South Beach became what it is today - downing a lot of liquor, smoking some weed, and doing a bunch of coke, he felt loose enough to go to the studio and do the final engineering on the track before sending it off to press. In fact, he felt so loose that he decided to bring one of the strippers with him; A decision that would obviously lead to a distracted effort but inadvertently lead to genius.

Working on the bassline with the volume lower than usual so he could focus on the sex and drugs, he recorded a track that he would have never sent off otherwise. When he heard the final product at his friends mixtape store he freaked out. In an interview with the Miami New Times, he told them how the bass “was hittin' hard and fucked up and out of phase and it was all over-compressed and shit” even noting that it was “was humming like bass from hell”.

He probably would have had a cocaine/stress induced heart attack had he not immediately been relieved by the fact that the whole store was grooving to the track -- and they weren’t the only ones. He left the store and heard it bumping from the speakers of a car that was slowly driving by in the parking lot. He was shocked. Waiving them down, he asked if they were into the song and its new sound and they basically said “Hell yeah!”.

That brings us to 2 live crew, one of the most (or the most) influential hip-hop groups reigning from the east coast. They took the Miami Bass to a whole new level, adding dirty lyrics to the already dirty beats. Let us remind you that this was the 80’s. Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” was already considered a provocative tune, what do you think the country thought of 2 live crew’s “Throw the D”? Yup, you guessed it, the old guys didn’t like it.

2 live crew, including the “pack leader” Luther Campbell, were summoned to the US Supreme Court. Faced with a monumental decision to stop making music or fight the oldies, they decided to fight the oldies (good decision). As always, the oldies lost, not getting their wish to ban 2 live’s music. From then on (and still today), they paved the way for musicians everywhere to embrace their raunchy side.

Thanks to the boys, your favorite rappers can say all the fucks and motherfuckers and bitches and assholes they can think of. Censorship can suck our dick and the oldies can too. Thanks for letting us share a little history and we’ll see you next year. For real this time ;)

BALANCE

Hey fam!!

Hope you’ve all had a great week. As a salute to the winter break and holidays, this is our last blog of 2018. By Monday, our newsletter subscribers can expect a little love in their inbox and next week we’ll be on vacation, sharing a playlist that you don’t want to miss.

To take us into the new year, we want to talk about something close to our hearts. We decided that rather than summarize our year and what’s coming next (even though we’re about to), we should talk about something we’ve learned throughout this process. For those who want the visual summary of 2018 (visual is best), go check out the CONNECT and VENTURE after movie! Both are on our Youtube channel “UMAMI”.

CONNECT and VENTURE 2018 taught us a lot. CONNECT was a total success in terms of turnout. We struggled with having performers on time but overall, we felt as if it was a job well done. VENTURE brought us better management, organization, but lacked the crowd we needed. In both, we felt as if ALL attendees (besides the ones standing outside complaining about paying) had a great time. That makes us happy.

What we’ve learned most through working hard, being with creatives and all walks of life is balance. Balance in the professional sense, personal and in general, life sense. We can’t tell you how to live your life but we can help. At least we both agree on a couple things, we live in Miami and we aren’t going anywhere.

Living in Miami has its challenges. We face some crazy motherfuckas no matter where you look. Seriously, Miami isn’t an easy place to live. For us, it’s a daily struggle to go “out” or not. Another struggle? Where to go for dinner.

BALANCE has made, at least for us, Miami a lot easier to handle. In our daily lives, we have priorities. Girlfriend/boyfriend is up there, work, school, food, the list goes on and on. For each individual, our priorities remain different. Understanding and knowing this is key to finding BALANCE. And here it comes: UMAMI, what in the fuck do you mean? Chill fammm we getting there!!

Priorities are what gives us an organic schedule. Yes, I know you don’t need a schedule because they’re overrated. Fair point. Shedules are made to keep our lives somewhat in check. Without time, just like a schedule, the world wouldn't know what to do next. For example, if you didn't know what time it is how would you know when to have dinner? Ummmm when the sun goes down? It works, we guess, but it isn’t the best form of living.

At UMAMI, we want the best. Best of musicians, artists, and creatives in Miami and the surrounding neighborhood. To live the best life, we believe in organic schedules, in other words, priorities. Of course, having a paper schedule makes remembering everything a whole lot easier but we don’t need to get that extreme. We want you to start with understanding your priority and a happy life. Not as an individual in society, as YOU.

For example, our priorities circle around organizing the best local events possible in order to improve upon the art, music, and cultural scene in Miami, eventually going abroad. I’ll be the first to tell you that this takes a long time. It’s more than a 9-5 job, its a 24/7 one. In such a demanding environment (especially in Miami), we found three things we rely on to keep us sane. To keep me me and not another, nasty version of me I work out, make sure to chill before dinner and DJ. Sounds cheesy but it’s true, we out here trying to be balanced.

Have a great winter break and enjoy the holidaze with family and friends. Our New Years resolution is to bring events to you next year that’ll make your mind rattle, head shake and hips move uncontrollably. Stay safe, eat a hell of a lotta food and remember, stay balanced.

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Bansky and Basel

Basel is over, traffic died down, and the weather got cold. We guess it’s time to stay in and write a blog. Forget the guess, we know. It’s time to reflect on the craziness of Basel, looking at one person in particular: Banksy.

If you looked at our Basel plans, we were packed. I mean REALLY busy. By the time Rakastella finished, we could barely walk! Sunday we made it to a couple galleries before hibernating Monday. No excuse for not writing about Basel already, just explaining why we might sound a little slow this morning.

Even though we missed the Banksy exhibit (c’mon we can’t do everything), we’re familiar with Banksy and his work. Our IG post over the weekend made quite a statement. We told ya’ll to not attend the Banksy exhibit. Why? Because he didn’t authorize it. He’s not making money off it and the exhibit is produced by his former artistic director, not his current one. Wanna know who his current artistic director is? Himself.

For those of you who don’t know much about Banksy, we’ll give you a little insight. Banksy is an English-based street artist. No one knows his name or what he looks like (Lowkey people do, they keep it on the DL). His name has gained a huge amount of recognition due to his political as well as social values. Through art, mainly graffiti, he tells a story about his opinionated views on police and government, challenging society to think outside of the box.

Banksy is far from the average graffiti artist. He goes above and beyond to prove his point. One time, he printed fake money which was used by hundreds in shops around England. Another time, he destroyed his own work of art. In both situations, he faced a challenge. His opinion vs. the norm. Now, and during Basel in particular, he faces the same challenge, his art vs. the world.

In Banksy’s eyes, art should be seen by everyone. There shouldn’t be fees to see artwork and people shouldn’t buy street art (which is meant for the street). Its a very good point. You wanna know why? Fine, fine. We think that the artist has the decision in 1.) how they want their art portrayed and 2.) how the art effects the world. Art in galleries is seen by less than it being on the street. No matter what you say, it’s the truth. Throughout a day, more people walk by a busy street than pay money to go to an art gallery. Banksy is intent on spreading his message through art and therefore, it should be displayed the way he wants it to, on the street.

Private collectors put together a collection of art Banksy didn’t approve of. I mean, it’s his, so of course he loves it. He doesn’t love the way it’s displayed and due to it’s display, the way it’s perceived. We thought this was a good way to end the Basel season and start the Netflix and Chill. Reflect on Basel and what it does for artists. On one hand its great, it brings the spotlight to creatives who otherwise might’ve not had it. On the other, it hurts artists that don’t want to be displayed that way. Remember that artists don’t need to put together a showcase, anyone who has enough art can. We can’t wait to have our own Basel next year and show Miami the right way to showcase art. Hella love for Basel but we’re happy it’s over. Time to get ready for the holidays.

Talk soon

BASEL 2018: Part 3

There’s too much to cover so here’s your intro: The lucky 3, our final part of Basel.

What, Why and When: Part 1 and 2 of our blog covered the bases. We tackled Basel’s brief history and our schedule, along with the usual extras. Today we’re taking the extras a step further.

Basel unofficially began yesterday. Half Full Creative along with In Good Company began their week of events known as “Decompress”, the boys INVT have been spinning left and right and the city is obviously getting ready for the people. Today, also known as Monday, also known as Hump Day, isn’t crazy. Porches live at Kindred Miami along with the usual “Rockwell Mondaze”. Tuesday (tomorrow) is the time to rest for Wednesday, the day locals are beginning Basel (c’mon you know we keep it unofficial).

Wednesday, December 5th: We didn’t include Wednesday for a reason. It’s not because we want to make your life difficult, it’s because we wanted to make it easy. It’s a busy time of year and our instincts told us to start Basel Thursday. Then we remembered were Miamians and if it’s one thing we’re good at, its staying up late and being at work early in the morning.

Our plans for Wednesday start in Wynwood, Mana to be specific. Throughout the day (and till the end of Basel), Mana is hosting multiple collaborations, instillations and projects by local and global artists. “Wednesday at 777 International Mall”, Juxtapoz Clubhouse in Downtown and multiple events throughout the day and night. We’ll do some strolling, check out some live artists and if bored, head over to CONTEXT Art Miami, located at the Herald Plaza. It’s against our principles to enter one of those giant tents but we like their ideal: create a meaningful dialogue between artists, galleries, and collectors. Wednesday night ends (and’ll probably go into Thursday) with the RAW Pop-Up, an abandoned department store coming to life. Tickets can be found here.

Thursday-Sunday we already covered in Part 2. One event we didn’t talk about is Powerhouse, presented by the Art Plug. For one it’s 21+. It’s also in direct conflict with our schedule. We’ll be the first to say that if there’s any spare time between JuiceWrld, Galaxia, Rakastella, and everything else, we’re at Powerhouse.

Timeout wrote it best so we don’t have to. Here’s what author Virgina Gil said, “Brace for another immersive art experience this Basel—one that’s built for adults and probably NSFW (some parts of it at least). The Art Plug Power House spans several blocks, where you’ll encounter a High Hemp Smoke + Mirrors installation plus more than 30 interactive activations, monster truck and motorbike shows, the Art Plug + Monsieur Marcel collab pop-up and an exhibition by Marcel Katz Art. More than 20 artists are expected to participate in this abandoned impound-turned-gallery. 1440 NW 21St” Sounds absolutely fucking crazy, right? We love it. Powerhouse goes from Friday-Saturday and starts at 8 PM each day. Tickets can be found here.

Still eager to know about more galleries, events, etc. for Basel 2018? Here’s a couple links to great guides for locals:

And finally, we thank you for reading and (hopefully) taking a couple of our suggestions. Enjoy the Basel season, don’t stress out to see everything, and enjoy the locals, not the tourists. Remember, Basel is just as important for local creatives as it is for everyone else. It’s a chance for all to shine, have a platform that’s well seen and for some, a stepping stone into the global art scene. Let’s not take it for granted, Miami.

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BASEL 2018: Part 2

This is the one you don’t want to miss: Our recommendations and guidance to Art Basel 2018. With over 100 events throughout the weekend (and more), it’s a hard choice. Locals is a must, great events are almost as important, and the main deciding factor? Newness (no, it’s not a word). New not in the sense that it’s a first time event, new in the way that it’s breaking boundaries, doing creative events with a purpose. Let’s get into it before we all get blue balls.

Thursday, December 6th: The first day of mayhem. We’re starting it off with Brandon Breaux, creative director to the lyrical genius “Chance the Rapper”. He’ll be at Half Full Creative presenting “Mental Health is Real” from 6-10 PM (Thursday and Friday). You can RSVP here. Right after the realness, we’re going to get weird with Flying Lotus and Virgil, both at RC Cola Plant. Tickets are still on sale here.

Friday, December 7th: Today we’re starting early. Couple of local galleries in the morning (listed below), lunch at Zak the Baker and we’re heading to “Juice in Colors” presented by Cushy Gigs. The event is free and open to the public (address can be found by looking up Cushy Gigs). Our favorite orange Atomiko and others will be there. Next, we’re keeping the juice vibes to head over to JuiceWrld, presented in part by Blnk Cnvs. Tickets can be found here.

Saturday, December 8th: Getting tired yet? So are we. Morning is a little relaxation followed by the good ol’ cup of Joe. Afternoon we’re busy setting up for Galaxia, presented by Thriftylion Festivals. UMAMI crew will be in the building lending our hand, local artists will be representing Miami during Basel and the vibes will be “out of this world”. C’mon, you have to like what we did there! Tickets can be found here.

That isn’t it. After Galaxia (it only ends at 2 AM), we’re headed to Rakastella! Amazing DJ’s, great views, and the place to be to take us into Sunday.

Sunday, December 9th: Waking up with a headache, tired from the people, and too cool to go to another Basel money pit. We call this the Basel Hangover. What to do? Suck it up and Basel till tomorrow! It’s only one more day….

The last day of our Basel will be DJ heavy, to say the least. “Where are my keys” starts from 7 AM-midnight with a line-up that seems hard to miss. Martinez Brothers and Peggy Gou at Space to take it into Monday. Fuck us, this is quite the feat.

This is what we’ll be doing for Basel, what about you (BLOW UP THE FUCKING COMMENTS) !?! Be back tomorrow with an array of local galleries, more events, and a little insider for those scratching for an UMAMI event.

P.S. In no way are these the events that you should go to. We’re simply offering suggestions based on what we’ve heard, what we want to see, and the things we think you’ll find interesting. Feel free to go to any and all Basel events, as long as you keep it local!

BASEL 2018: Part 1

One week away from one of the busiest times of year: Art Basel. What to do? Where to go? We’re here to help.

We had our own plans for Basel that kept developing and ended with nothing. You know what, it happens. We can get frustrated, we could stop trying but that’s not the results we’re looking for. We’re here to stay as an event organization for locals and the youth, not for a short stint. Short and sweet (no pun intended), this Basel is a chance for us to learn, next Basel is the time to conquer.

Officially, Basel starts on Thursday, December 6th-Sunday, December 9th. Unofficially, Basel already began. To introduce our weekend of everything Basel before the mayhem, we’re talking about how Basel started and where to go for Basel (as a local and without an ID).

Honesty is the best policy right? Yea, we have no idea how Basel started. The only way to find out? The internet. Here’s our google search of Basel’s birth:

Art Basel began in the 1970’s as an art fair for the world. It rapidly spread and gained sponsors, kickstarting to be an art fair across the world. What do we mean? Well it began in the classy and obvious place of Basel, Switzerland. Art Basel has expanded to now include Miami Beach and Hong Kong!

We skipped the details in between because we want to focus on Art Basel Miami Beach. Spearheaded by a man named Sam Keller in 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach grew to 77,000 visitors in 2015 (including Art Miami) and more expected for 2018. There isn’t much to say about it’s migration to the Beach than money and resources. We have both.

Tomorrow we’ll be back with our favorites for Basel, including a Local Guide to Basel 2018 and some extraordinary events ya’ll won’t want to miss. For tonight, Ashley Pezotti @ MOCA and BORGORE @ Space.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY LOCALS!!!!

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LOCAL VS GLOBAL

Our weekend was crazy. Friday’s festivities started with Dylan Hall’s E.P. Release Party and ended with INVT’s set at Little Spaiti. Saturday got us way too tired, football during the day and another local party at night. What better way to wrap up the litness than with a blog? Are we right…

Well, whatever you think you’re still reading. We’ll take it as a yes. The weekend brought an important point to all our eyes. By all we mean the UMAMI crew. After seeing multiple amazing performances from local talent, we realized we need to cover an issue that stands in the way of UMAMI, locals, and a lot of listeners, whether you listen to music on the daily or on the boat throughout the weekend.

What to listen to. It sounds simple but it isn’t. When we turn on the radio or we use the outdated but still very popular Pandora you get the hits. Billboard hits, radio hits, mainstream hits, all types of hits. Now imagine you’re in the car. You’re on your way to school in the morning and it’s a Monday. Fuck we hate Mondays.

Anyways, your on your way and you’re listening to music. If you aren’t, we’re sorry to say that you’re lame. What are you listening to? For most, hits. Again, hits on the radio or hits that Spotify and Apple Music want you to listen to. Is it bad? We’re not the biggest fans but no, it isn’t. Close to all Americans listen to them.

After the story there’s always a point. Our point is that A LOT of people listen to hits. Now our question: How many people listen to locals?

We got to give credit to Dylan Hall and his amazing performance to finish off an amazing event. After he rapped his last phrase, he made a speech in which he gave thanks to friends, family, his crew and said “I listen to locals on the daily”. We do too. That doesn’t make it amazing. The way he said it, the way he went about it really stuck to us. The people that were in the room listening to him felt his sincerity, his realness for the local community, and the want for locals to be heard. All in all, it taught us a lesson that even though we’re listening to locals, we’re also listening to the Migos, Travis Scott, Diplo, Flatbush Zombies and too many more. How do we find a balance between our city and the world?

Since we started with music let’s keep using music as an example. If you’re starting to catch onto our drift (and have hopefully dived into the deepness of our blogs) you’ll notice that this can be for any art form anywhere. Where does a person find the balance between giving to the local community while giving to the world? At what point does the artist give him/herself freedom to go outside of the local community? As a listener and observer, who should we listen to? Who should we support?

All of you won’t like our answer but we think it’s the truth. Listen, support, watch, learn from who you want to learn from. Yes, we support locals to the max but we’re all humans, you’re attracted to what you like. Someone who doesn’t appreciate FOOM! shouldn’t have to support them because they’re local. On the contrast, someone who loves FOOM! shouldn’t feel forced to enjoy the radio. We’re all different, we all like different things and, us included, have locals we aren’t real fans of.

Appreciate locals but you don’t have to love them. Support the people you think are amazing, not the ones your friend is always listening to. Do the extra step and immerse yourself in Youtube, IG, or any other platform. Find those people you like, even if they aren’t only locals. From a creatives perspective, we cherish 10 committed supporters more than a 100 bots. Keep it real Miami, not only for the creatives, but for you.

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Soundcloud Gen.

Happy hump day! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’re spending today analyzing what we’re thankful for. Besides family, friends, and the basics, we’re thankful for your support! Yes, we know we’ve said it before but fuck it, WE REALLY ADORE YOU GUYS. Organizations, or any company for that matter, can’t function without people supporting a common goal. We’re way too thankful for your support (although, are you ever too thankful?).

Sentimental notes aside, we’re excited for the weekend. Friday is Dylan Hall’s E.P. Release Party and the long weekend is just what we need to get ready for Basel. If you haven’t heard, we’ve been busy planning a pop-up that hit a little bump in the road. Plowing forward, we hope to bring you a “Locals Only” pop-up for Basel 2018. More info on Dylan Hall’s E.P. Release Party under “tickets” and we’ll keep you updated through our socials for Basel.

Dylan, as well as many rappers, let’s say musicians to keep it general, started with nothing. Ok, maybe they had enough money to get a couple speakers, maybe a mic to record a song or two, but for the most, including us, we had to make something out of nothing. The first step to doing so is determination and motivation. Determination to get somewhere, motivation to do something about it.

Once any artist has an innate feeling to create for whatever reason they think makes it worth it (in other word determined and motivated), we move on to having a platform to express themselves. Take a second to think about it: ANY artist, whether it’s in music, writing, dance, acting, etc. starts with a feeling, with a need to do that art form. If your parents have money, you get to go to arts school. If they don’t, your stuck with nothing other than the internet.

Platform, platform, platform. UMAMI, why did you start? Because we wanted to create a performing platform for local artists and the youth. Soundcloud, why did you start? Because we wanted to create a platform that enables anyone to upload, record, promote, and share originally created sounds across the web. Platform is immensely important to all artists, Soundcloud is specifically important to musicians.

Soundcloud was founded in 2007 by Alexander Ljung. iTunes was founded in 2001, Youtube in 2005, and Spotify in 2008. Today, these platforms are the largest music streaming platforms in the world (sorry Band camp). All are widely used for uploading anything from music to music videos and lyrics, but only two specialize in free, un-restricted uploading: Youtube and Soundcloud.

Back to Dylan and artists without much but a passion for their art, creating music videos for Youtube is expensive. iTunes and Spotify make the process difficult. We’re left with Soundcloud, and we just explained the whole reason behind the Soundcloud Gen., got it?

Fine fine fine, let’s dig a little deeper. Artists aren’t interested in paying to upload their music. If anything, they want money for their streams (which they should)! Like not wanting to pay for uploads, they don’t want to wait all day to get their song up (who does?). Soundcloud swooped in to fill the void. With Soundcloud, any artist at any level could finally, and quickly, upload their music and get feedback immediately. C’mon, you know what we’re talking about. Go to our Soundcloud and check out any of our playlists. Go ahead, test that comment section!

Soundcloud came and hasn’t stopped. Recently, Soundcloud has grown enormously due to the influx of “wanna be rappers”. Dylan isn’t a wanna be, a lot of artists on Soundcloud aren’t, but the fact is that with such an easy platform to access and upload, people who shouldn’t be rapping are. Wait Wait Wait. Just Wait. We aren’t in the position to judge musical abilities but we are. Why? Because we have enough experience in the music industry that we can tell what has potential and what doesn’t. Obviously, we can be wrong, but the trend is increasingly growing…. Everyone wants to rap/produce. Fuck, we wanted to before we saw the market.

As the social trend to rap increases, which in our opinion isn’t a bad thing, comes the Soundcloud Generation (Soundcloud Gen). Juice Wrld, Dexter, Ski Mask, XXX, basically the whole “new” South Florida rap game comes from Soundcloud. There is amazing talent on Soundcloud and some not so amazing ones too. Cole Bennet, owner of Lyrical Lemonade and videographer for some of the biggest music videos in the music industry today, started with filming “Soundcloud rappers”. His ideal is similar to ours: The Soundcloud Gen is on top now, what will be the next big thing?

  • Side note: This blog is to understand the Soundcloud Gen, why it began, and whether Soundcloud will remain the platform for start-up musicians. We encourage ALL artists and musicians to start or continue uploading their work on Soundcloud and other streaming platforms (if feasible). If you have a dream and a passion for music, do it! You have nothing to loose.

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Issa Joke. - 21 Savage

"LOCALS ONLY"

Before we begin, ya’ll need a little background info. We intended to have a pop-up for Basel 2018. Plans changed and you know, it’s Miami: things happen. Rather then telling you later, we thought we bring it to your attention now. Here’s UMAMI’s story behind “Locals Only”, coming to you soon enough.

“The owner of the Bridge Mia., venue space in Little Haiti (she calls it the outskirts of Wynwood), told me she created the space for a major reason: to showcase locals. After building Wynwood, artists were kicked out. Higher costs have caused close to all to abandon their home for cheaper neighborhoods. The reason: Developers! 

Everyone knows UMAMI hates developers. That’s not the point. The point is that artists built Wynwood, which has now become an integral part of Art Basel. Art Basel, for those of us who live under a rock, is Dec 7-9th. 

 Our idea is to bring back the people who lost their home. Hearing the Bridge explain their story to leaving Wynwood brought a lightbulb on top of our heads, there is no better opportunity to create awareness around Miami’s new art scene than during Basel. You know it, Basel brings out all the artsy art people.

 So, what we’ve come up with is a collaboration of two generations. The people who created Wynwood in the 90’s along with the new hipsters, displaying, creating, discovering their artistry within Miami’s diverse art scene. It’s a chance for both to meet, uncover why artists are so important to a community and for foreigners to see the real Miami, old and new. 

 Goldman Properties, you’re not invited.” 

DROP A COMMENT, LEAVE SOME IDEAS AND HOPEFULLY, WE’LL SEE YOU AT “LOCALS ONLY” BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR!!!

Out the door update

UMAMI fam!!!

We miss you. It’s been a while since we’ve seen you at VENTURE and we’re eager to catch up. Without giving too much away, we thought Friday was the perfect time for an UMAMI, as well as local update.

Locals First: The last time we spoke was for the elections. As many of you know (some might not), elections for governor and senator were so close that the votes went to a machine recount! Recounts came back and it looks like Scott, as well as Desantos will win. What to take away from this election? YOUR VOTE COUNTS! The senate race was as close as 0.25%.

Ultra’s Ultra Dilemma: We’ve mentioned Ultra on our blog and in newsletters (P.S. subscribe for our newsletter on the footer of each page), and the decision has come to move the festival to Key Biscayne. On Thursday, Nov. 15th, the Miami commissioners passed the bill to have Ultra 2019 at both the Marine Stadium and Historic Virginia Key Beach. How will the festival handle two places at once? We’ll find out March 29th-31st.

Time to Bundle Up: We all felt that cool weather this morning on our way to school, work, friends, wherever you hooligans meet. Make the most of the cool weather while you can, temps are supposed to rise by the end of the weekend! Our idea? Netflix and Chill, take a bike ride, walk without sweating from your forehead, and cap it all off with a little hot chocolate.

#umamiway: As we approach the end of the year, we’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding our plans moving forward. We don’t want to give away too much for 2019, since we’ll be posting soon enough, but we’ll give you previews for the end of 2018 (including Basel)!

  • DYLAN HALL E.P. RELEASE PARTY: Friday, Nov. 23rd join Dylan and friends as we celebrate his first E.P. More info under “tickets”.

  • DANKSGIVING: Presented by our friends at FlamingoRx, Danksgiving is the place to be Sat., Nov. 24th! As well as supporting the CBD community, the event will be a place for people to donate to the homeless. Check @flamingorx on IG for more info.

  • BLNKCNVS Presents: Die Aantwoord (Wednesday, Dec. 5th), Action Bronson (Thursday, Dec. 6th), Juice Wrld (Friday, Dec. 7th), and Kaskade (Saturday, Dec. 8th). What else is there to say? Buy tickets at http://vor.us/a0071.

  • GALAXIA: @thriftylion.festivals and us are teaming up for Basel! Saturday, Dec.8th is the date, more info coming soon.

  • RAKASTELLA: For the third year in a row, Historic Virginia Key Beach is home to Rakastella, one of the most loving and liberating festivals in Miami! Inspired mainly by house music, Rakastella made the move to go from 3PM-7AM (Saturday, Dec.8th)!!! We’ll be there after Galaxia having a blast. Join the party and find more info at http://rakastella.com.

This sums up most of our plans for 2018. Depending on you, we’ll have a pop-up during Basel….


COMMENT, LIKE, REPLY, BLOW UP OUR SOCIALS (IG, FB, TWITTER) AND LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO SEE AN UMAMI: LOCAL’S ONLY POP-UP BEFORE 2019!

Have a great weekend and talk soon,

UMAMI CREW

VOTE MIAMI VOTE!

As many of you know, tomorrow is Election Day!! For us, it’s a chance to show our local community what voting can do. Data shows that early voting has doubled from last year, so we’re hoping to set records tomorrow at Election Day!

Rather than do our usual laugh and talk, we’re staying serious. Tomorrow’s vote is important for FL, but even more important for our Senate and House, which now remain dominated by Republicans. Many of us, UMAMI included, believe things need to change. Global warming, racism, gun policies, immigration, terrorism, international and domestic relations all need improvements, especially today, in not only a fragile social atmosphere, but a deadly one.

For the ones who already voted, thank you for doing so. Your gift is to go to Youtube and watch the VENTURE after movie. If you already did that, you get an A+ for effort and you’re off the hook till Wednesday (playlist day).

To get you through the ballot tomorrow, we have a couple tips, reminders, and motivation:

  • Know your path! We don’t care who you affiliate with, just know you do. Voting your party across the ballot isn’t a bad thing.

  • This year’s ballot is a long one, so we recommend you Google the Miami Herald’s recommendation for all those Amendments and Circuit Judge positions you know nothing about (print for cheat sheet in voter booth)

  • Leave your phone in your pocket! FL is one of the 20+ states to invalidate your vote if poll administrators see your best friend.

  • All you need is your license. No need to start searching for that voter card you long lost in a pile of papers.

  • Enjoy the unenjoyable. Yes, voting isn’t like going to Story. That doesn’t mean it’s like going to the doctor! Make the most out of the situation by hitching a ride with your fam, friends or our favorite, that special one you haven’t told anyone about ;)

We’ll say it again, tomorrow is the most important election we’ve had in over a decade. There’s a reason the news, your school, house, and work are filled with ads endorsing the candidates. Whether your democrat, republican, independent or other, your opinion matters for the future of Miami, FL, and the U.S. Go grab a coffee, enjoy a Dunkin’ donut and get to the polls. Polls are open 7 AM- 7 PM in Miami-Dade County (you can find your polling location on the Miami-Dade voting guide).

Fun Fact: While you’re at Dunkin’ Donuts, ask the worker making your coffee about their company name. Dunkin’ Donuts is expected to become Dunkin’ by the end of 2019. As they say, they serve more then only coffee and donuts.

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PAPERWATER: Boundaries Don't Exist

Eclectic. Different. New. Three words to summarize Paperwater. As you’ve heard before, Paperwater is a duo comprised of Eddy Samy and Daygee Kwia. Instead of speaking about their background, which you can read below (you will never guess where Daygee is from) we’re going to spend a little time talking about what music means to them. The reason? Well, because Insomniac and Grungecake both wrote great articles/interviews about them. Why do it again?

We’re using Insomniac’s last paragraph: “To Eddy and Daygee, music does not belong in a box, neatly labeled and filed away under the appropriate Beatport genre tab. To Paperwater, music is universal and constantly evolving. Like them, it should be allowed to test limits and change perspectives.” Agreed. Look throughout history and tell us we’re wrong! Music has changed continuously since it’s creation due to many factors, mainly related to the intermingling of cultures still happening today. Paperwater and us are on the same wave about this, music was never meant to have boundaries and never should (unless you’re Justin Bieber and you have to make mainstream hits to stay afloat).

Let’s take it a step further. Both Eddy and Daygee believe that music has no boundaries and through meeting them, we think they have no boundaries. VENTURE 2018 featured all types of artists with no boundaries. YOMY, INVT, Chester Watson, these guys are slowly changing the Miami music scene, one song at a time. Paperwater and Coffintexts had a back to back set of bumps. They played some hits and narrowed most of their set down to songs you’ve never heard of. We’ll make sure to record our next event so we have proof (video doesn't do it justice).

The point is that they’re well aware of what’s happening in the music scene, I mean, you could hear it. On Grungecake’s interview upon being asked “How has Miami shaped your sound/influences?” in 2015, Daygee responded “It hasn’t at all. We fuck with other artists here, but not the city. It shows no love to it’s children.” Fuck we love these guys. Even though we sweat and bleed Miami, I understand the point. The question is: Is that only Miami, or the whole USA?

Paperwater has taken their “no boundaries” attitude towards films, music videos, interviews, blogs (shoutout to them for taking the time to do what we’re doing), and even guides, like their 2017 Art Basel Guide on their website www.halffullagency.com. Their passion towards creativity has taken them to Europe, across the US and too many places to name. Plain and simple, these guys are setting new boundaries of art that’s being appreciated everywhere. Follow their agency @halffullcreative, click the follow button on their social media tag @paperwater, and take a second to check them out, they’re changing Miami (even though it’s not their favorite place) for the better.

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Change doesn't come quick

WARNING: This blog is about more than locals. We know, we know, the 305 is our world but if something applies to the world, it also applies to the 305. In the end, we’re part of something greater. Its like math: Miami is in Dade-County, Dade is in FL, FL is in the US, the US is in North America, North America is one of the seven continents of the world. Short and sweet, people who live in Miami live in the world.

Why the fuck do we need that explanation? Well because we act like we don’t live in THE world, we live in OUR world. You got your homies, some people you met at the club last night but in such a large city, knowing everyone is close to impossible. The action, the way we act with others is what gives us a doozy. People in Miami, specifically, make it a goal to top the next. Our new born example is Icy Narco. We listened to his podcast with “No Jumper” this morning and he goes on and on saying he doesn’t want to be labelled as the new Lil Pump. They’re both from SoFlo, have wild colored hair and honestly, look like each other. Their music is a little different, I’ll give Icy that, but from the get go you can see that Icy has made it a passion of his not to be Pump, but to be better than him.

We’ve taken the 305 globally to only take it back home (where else would we take it?). Icy Narco is like every Soundcloud rapper out there, trying to get the spotlight and be the best. No hate towards Icy (or the Soundcloud community) because he’s following the tradition, he’s a pawn in the social and emotional state this country (and many others) are in. Egos have taken us so far as a culture, that in almost every profession, the last employee wants to be better than the next.

Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not. It’s great to have competition and some form of ego. Some people even say that we as humans intuitively have this self-driven competitive aspect. On one side, it brings us to greater heights since we’re working so hard to better the last. On the other, and now we really come to the Achilles heel of change, egos cause people to be independent. Independent to a point that they see themselves as best and need no-one else since “they’re so amazing”.

Looking throughout history, we can safely say that change comes from more than one person. Martin Luther King formed serious idealistic change around racism. He was the leader of a movement with hundreds of thousands of supporters. If only he were alive he could say that he didn’t do it alone. I mean.. Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, the list can go on and on for days and days. These people all sought change independently and different but as a movement, they formed a consensus that brought all their independent change (and groups) together. Might as well bring one and one together to change the world instead of separately changing a community.

Again, and we’ll sing this throughout Miami: Change comes from people working together and agreeing on an issue. Obama was our president for eight years and wanted a lot of change he never implemented. Why? Because politicians didn’t agree in his alignment. We as independent people in this world must not grow away from each other, we must come together. Once we learn that working together accomplishes more than secretive working to one-up the last, we’ll be able to get more done, fix and change our local community, hopefully changing the world.

WORK TOGETHER, LOVE YOUR COMPETITION, AND FLOURISH. #umamiway

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