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….


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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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INVT

INVT=Innovate. The meaning of innovate is to create something new. New doesn’t mean never created before. It can be pieces put together to make a new product, it can be a different sound with the same beat or fuck us, it can be a new car. Creating something new takes skill, talent, and the right mindset. INVT has all that and more.

If you haven’t heard of INVT, you better go listen to our playlist “INVT: The Collective”! Their a duo compromised of Luca Medici and Delbert Perez (we’ll stick to Luca and Delbert). Both born and raised in the 305, they’re locals. Performing at our last show, VENTURE 2018, and as part of the UMAMI fam, we’re showcasing them this week. It’s the week before Halloween, might as well get spooky.

Luca and Delbert both started playing music in their youth (orchestra, jazz band, metal bands, all that good stuff). Connecting over skateboards, they became besties and started to produce. Short but sweet, INVT was born.

INVT has grown a lot in their recent years. More then talking about their past, both went to NYC for college (producing) and have recently returned to Miami for a gap year, we want to talk about INVT itself. What makes it special? Why do they do it? Believe it or not, it’s similar to UMAMI’s vision. Let’s get into it.

In our opinion, INVT’s a multi-disciplinary art project. They produce and play music, have their own clothing brand, AND make films as well as cover art. Two people doing all that? We know. They’re going for it. On top of that they’re creating a culture. INVT is meant to be a local, real brand that they’re shaping everyday. Check out their website and you’ll see what we mean.

Seeing where they’ve come, we know these two are putting in work every minute of every day to bring their brand to life. Their music, as well as everything they do is exactly what they call it, innovate. It’s different, new, and it’s Miami with a twist. Let’s call it the new “underground Miami”. It has that down to Earth real Miami- MSG gang type shit- with that tropical coconut and palm tree vibe. The biggest shocker of them all is that these guys are barely legal!

The future looks mighty bright for the one and only INVT. They’re finding a new sector in Miami’s music scene thats going away from the norm. We’re motivated by what they’re doing, we respect, and fully support their movement. You should too.

FOLLOW @INVT305 AND @UMAMIMUSIC305 ON IG, FB, TWITTER, ALL THAT BULLSHIT.

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Events Are Different.

Events are made for people to come together, interact, and converse. People go to clubs and enjoy a couple (or more) drinks followed by dancing and the occasional hook-up. It’s nothing more than letting go, having a good time and for most, “relaxing”. The event world is a whole lot different. In the 21st century, there’s events for just about any specialty good on the market. Vegan festivals, potato festivals, yoga/meditation festivals to name a few. Events have a purpose that’s developed to cater to a certain market, in-turn bringing in a certain “crowd” of people. UMAMI accepts all crowds of people and makes it easy for people to share ideas. The philosophy I go by is as follows: Good vibes bring good everything. If we, as UMAMI, share positive ideas, values and generally maintain a good attitude towards any situation, we attract the same.

UMAMI’s presence was solidified with a statement an attendee made at the last event. He said, and I quote, “You’re making a community outta a (out of a to be classy) pile of individuals”. Miami has been known to be exclusive. Coming into the community, being part of it and contributing to it isn’t easy.

Through art, good vibes and creatives, we’re bringing together people that should’ve been together long ago. We’re using art as a medium for social inclusion, development and awareness for all types of social/global issues on a local and global scale, one thing this country definitely could benefit from.  

  INVT @ VENTURE 2018! Shot by @apexvisuals. Background to our now infamous website :)

INVT @ VENTURE 2018! Shot by @apexvisuals. Background to our now infamous website :)

*Written by Dries Darrow, creative director and owner of UMAMI.*

Ultra has an Ultra problem

Ultra Music Festival. Should we stop there? Nah, you’re right. Ultra’s globally recognized as a powerhouse event company. We can’t say Ultra Music Festival and quit. It’s like foreplay that doesn't end in a happy ending, another word for it, blue balls.

To understand Ultra, we need to go back almost two decades ago. Holy fuck I’m two decades old! Anyways, on March, 1999, 7,000 people gathered in Miami Beach’s Collins Park (runs from 17th-25th street) to hear headliners Rabbit in the Moon and Union Jack. 50 performers, $30 tickets, it started with a rave.

The first Ultra was a success (kinda). It’s reported that co-founders Russell Faibisch, a Beach native, and Alex Omes, an Argentine who moved to the Beach during childhood, lost $10-20,000. Putting that into perspective to what Ultra’s become, it’s pennies.

Years go by and Ultra only grows. Working alongside Miami Music Conference (MMC), Ultra became the closer of the week-long conference to eventually be the main festival of MMC. From there, the sky was the limit. Ultra now hosts 20+ music festivals a year in 20 countries. If that isn’t amazing we don’t know what is.

Along the road to success Ultra had its bumps. Its natural for any event company, only thing Ultra had going against it is Miami. It’s people, the government, and the awful traffic.

Let’s start with the people. We just mentioned co-founders Russell and Alex. There’s a story about these big boys that goes way deeper than Ultra. 2010, 11 years after starting Ultra, Russell and Alex had a falling out. Alex was ousted from the organization and it was up to Russell to take over. This is when it gets super interesting. While locked in a years-long legal battle with his former business partner, Omes died in his sleep the day before his lawsuit against the festival was set to go to trial. Miami New Times later reported he had drugs in his system, though the autopsy was not conclusive. Bamn. Just blew your mind right quick.

We can talk more about the drug arrests, trampled security guards and the infamous “girl kissing a tree” vid you can find here. It’s all relevant to how Ultra came to be but we understand, “time is money”.

Today is what we need to address. Ultra has had continuous and prosperous growth in Miami dependent on the continued support of locals and Miami’s finest government services. That continued support ended many years ago, each year scaring Ultra to pick substitute venues (just in case). The time has come that Ultra might really need to have alternatives.

The day of VENTURE 2018, Miami commissioners rejected an agreement made between Ultra and the City of Miami. Carollo, the commissioner who chairs the agency that manages Bayfront Park (for this case the big shot), continually denies any proposals made by still CEO Russell Faibisch. His worries are the same of residents. Traffic, loud music, drugs, and safety, all important issues Ultra needs to figure out. The fact is: If Ultra doesn’t come back with an agreement commissioners will sign, well, they’re fucked.

Ultra’s in a pickle that everyone knows about. What’s their next move? Well at UMAMI we know what we would do. Get as many of those commissioners to say yes to Ultra. Let’s be realistic: Ultra brings an economic incentive to Miami, it keeps the culture of electronic dance music alive and it serves as a ritual to almost any local who knows Miami for what it is, the magic city.

Since we’re here anyways, if Ultra has to move, where would it be? The Everglades? Hard Rock Stadium (Rolling Loud Part 2)? Homestead-Miami Speedway? No matter what, Ultra will be here March 29-31st. For fucks sake, tickets already sold. Comment below.

 Curious to know more? Click on  LOCALS ONLY  and we’ll take you through an interactive journey.

Curious to know more? Click on LOCALS ONLY and we’ll take you through an interactive journey.

Chester Watson

We took the weekend off to recover from VENTURE. I know, I know, the grind never stops. It wasn’t because we aren’t, we needed it! Before we begin, we need to give thanks to everyone who was part of VENTURE 2018. Whether you attended, promoted, performed and/or helped, we appreciate it. Our goal is to become a leading position in Miami’s event scene and we can’t do it without you. Keep supporting, we’re not here to disappoint.

One of the people we appreciate for recreating our event is Shane Valentine. He’s an amazing photographer, reigning in from Orlando, FL. We got the chance to give him a space to take pictures of almost all our performers! Starting us off is Chester Watson, headliner for VENTURE 2018 (on our Instagram @umamimusic305).

Chester’s born in St. Louis, Missouri. He openly says his name isn’t Chester, so what could it be? We love the mystery. Music became a passion of his early on. At the age of 5, Los Angeles, California became Chester’s real home. Today he resides in North Miami, FL.

We found out early that Chester’s more than a rapper. In one Youtube vid, he states that he gravitated towards country more than rap (at first). We had to replay the video to make sure! He’s as talented (or more) in producing. From an early age, “Phantom” being released right around that big sweet 16, he’s been cranking out some of the sickest beats we’ve heard. Locally, his beats are unique. Universally they’re changing the game. He’s got an ear for chords, melodic structure, rhythm and fusion. It’s new, creative, and something we all need to listen to.

Before VENTURE, he released a single (40 Acres) off his upcoming E.P. “Project 0”. This is what he had to say on his sponsor clothing company’s I.G., the amazing “I Love Ugly” (since 2016):

"With 'Project 0' I’m giving people who have grown with me and my sound some familiar lo-fi vibes as well as introducing my more psychedelic and guitar-heavy style of production. I started playing guitar last year so this is also a way for me to expose and showcase that side of me. I think 'Project 0' will act as a good precursor for my Debut Album 'A Japanese Horror Film' and a good introduction for anyone looking to get into my sound.”

The last couple of years have been good to Chester. “I Love Ugly” since 2016, performance with Wu Tang member GZA in 2017, and VENTURE 2018 in 2018 :) Sorry Chester, we had to throw it in there.

*Till the next pic you see on our I.G.*

FOLLOW @UMAMIMUSIC305!!!!

SUPPORT ART, MUSIC, LOCALS

#UMAMIWAY

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VENTURE 2018

September 24th, 2018 + 4 = September 28th, 2018 = VENTURE. Yes that’s right, VENTURE 2018 is 4 days away. Here’s the all you need to know about VENTURE (and extra’s):

  • Community Rules: VENTURE is taking place at Naomi’s Garden, Restaurant, and Lounge. It’s been around since the 1980’s, first being part food cart/food truck to finally settle permanently in Miami, FL. The community around is different to say the least. It’s mostly Haitian since Little Haiti is in close vicinity (technically not in Little Haiti), but carries all types of people. We’ve been multiple times to plan, and I can say that it’s the “real deal” Miami (to say the least).

  • Sacred Space: Chatting with the owner last week, he said that the garden has a purpose. Not shi*, right? Well the purpose isn’t to be a garden. It’s a safe space. For the community around and Miami as a whole, the owner believes we need more places for people to relax, eat some delicious food, and have conversations over tinder swipes ;)

  • Friends: 8 people work for Naomi’s. 4 in the restaurant, one cleaning, one fixing and two owners. Why are there always more people working? It’s called volunteering. The community loves Naomi’s so much that there’s multiple people stopping by throughout the day to help. Whether that’s cleaning a palm tree or fixing the pond, Naomi’s is there’s and it’s there to stay. 

  • Chester, Paperwater, INVT, Coffintexts, YOMY, Dylan Hall, what’s going on?!?: It’s time for an explanation. We sandwiched Chester Watson, a North Miami rapper and producer, alongside electronic artists and rapper, Dylan Hall. Why? We’re reinterpreting the local music scene to what we see it to be. Miami is full of every type of music in almost every genre. Having each event being a certain genre, even though we do center around a certain sound (Electronic/Hip-Hop for this one), would do Miami injustice. VENTURE is to try new things and experiment so……. why not?

  • Vending ain’t easy: 5 amazing vendors are gearing up to rep the 305 for VENTURE. We’ll have the flyer dropping tomorrow on all social media’s. If you haven’t kept track, we’ve posted the full flyer (with addition of YOMY) and artist collective. Damn I almost forgot about our collective….

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For you guys who’ve had a lazy weekend (don’t worry we understand) and haven’t checked our

IG (https://www.instagram.com/umamimusic305/)

FB (https://www.facebook.com/umamimusic305/)  

Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/umamimusic305/)

Here’s our full flyer: 

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VENTURE needs only the essentials: local wardrobe, local bag, you know what, local everything.

Have a great week and we’ll see you Friday!             

Note to Developers

We’ve said repeatedly on this blog that Wynwood is still a beautiful place, for creative locals and tourists to connect, for art to be a vocal point of the community and for people, especially locals to feel at home. South Beach became tourist heaven so locals came to Wynwood. Everything, even a couple months ago was alright. We had Wynwood Yard, O Cinema, Churchills, the Electric Pickle, and a few less skyscrapers in the works. Of course it wasn’t the “old Wynwood”, but it had places keeping its integrity, its rawness and ultimately, the haven that locals and artists need.

Today we have to say its a little different. We’ve become obsessed with what’s happening to Wynwood because it’s the integrity of Miami. The integrity, and UMAMI hates to say it, is rapidly being destroyed. Here’s the list of no-no’s we’re hoping won’t destroy the local community:

  • The Wynwood Yard and O Cinema sit together on NW 29th st. Right on the outskirts of Wynwood, they’ve in the last 3 years became a institution to the local art, food, and music community. Due to one of the largest developers in the U.S., they’re being moved in 2019 for a mixed development space (a.k.a. apartment buildings).

  • The Electric Pickle is closing down after 10 years (Spring of 2019). As the Pickle states “It’s been a crazy ride and we’re not done yet. It’s time for a change. We look forward to one more trip around the sun, filled with parties and memories.”

  • Churchills has been through it’s ups and downs. Let’s not have it close before it turns 40!

The impact of money in Miami is prevalent. We have nice cars, a tropical climate and beautiful surroundings, why do we need to destroy it? Having a home in Wynwood is not as important as keeping it’s integrity. People, especially locals (#localsonly) go to Wynwood for the art, local businesses, and real “Miamians”. First the locals (thanks Goldman), then art galleries, now social establishments, fuck us we’re getting kicked out!

Our question is plain and simple: What’s next? Where will the locals go after Wynwood? From personal experience I can tell you I used to love South Beach, I’m still deeply in love with Wynwood, but I’m feeling North Beach next. Once Wynwood has buildings like Brickell, I’m out.


LOCALS PREVAIL, DEVELOPERS DON’T. WE’RE THE ONES THAT LIVE HERE AFTER ALL.

*Fill the comments up with neighborhoods, communities, even a place. We want to know where to find the locals next!*

  Rendering of Wynwood Green, set to start building in 2019.

Rendering of Wynwood Green, set to start building in 2019.

Another legend..

HAPPY SUNDAY UMAMI FAM!!!

The past couple of weeks have been crazy. We decided that today, with the passing of a true lyrical legend, is the time to sit back, open a beer, and write. If you're interested in what we've been up to, check out the "tickets" tab! VENTURE, our next event on Friday, September 28th, will make us writing less up to you. I'll even include this for you readers: We're taking on the Bandshell in December!

Friday, September 7th is the end of Malcolm McCormick's life, also known as Mac Miller. We're not writing to talk about how he died (suspected overdose), this blog is to tell the story of his life and the people he touched through music. Again, we're not talking about how he died and we're definitely not making a publicity stunt out of his death. Death is a time to remember someone for good, not bad, and not take his life for less than it was worth. 

Born in Pittsburgh, Mac Miller started his rap career early. He put out his first album in 2012, Blue Slide Park, which became the first independent album to hit Billboard chart in more than 16 years. Guess how old he was? Only 19 fucking years of age. That's as old as a lot of teens, but those teens aren't writing albums, they're playing Fortnite. 

He continued his career to write 4 more albums, his latest being "Swimming". Throughout his career, Miller had a number of problems to deal with. His girlfriend for two years, Ariana Grande, his addiction to lean and the tabloid headlines reading something new about him every day. As Mac put it, "It just seems exhausting to always be battling something... to always be battling for what your image is supposed to be". In the end, Mac showed who he was through music. Let's talk about our favorite album. 

Divine Feminine, released in 2016, is hands down Mac Miller's best album. Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, ex-girlfriend Grande and Ty Dolla Sign, Mac decided to do something different. He wrote a jazz album. Yup, we said it, it's a jazz album. Mac was never one to be like others. His rhymes were relatable, his beats were style changing, diverse and new to the rap game. In Divine Feminine, he gives rap a whole new light. 

Speaking about giving rap a whole new light, we want to talk about another rapper who died way before he should've, XXXtentacion. For simplicity we're calling him X. X is near and dear to our hearts. Being from Soflo and being shot in the same area we drive, his death put a toll on Miami's rap community. What we find important, rather than how he died and when (June 18), is the amazing attitude he gave towards music. X made albums for himself, not the people, and people chose to understand him through it. His latest album before death, "?", was a masterpiece of rock, rap and Spanish music squished into one. Just months before being shot, X said "I try to live as long as I can for these kids and die a good death, because if I don’t live long, they not gonna want to live long". We hope everyone wants to live long, his death came way too short. 

In the last couple of months, we've seen so many deaths yet seem to only talk about the greats (Mac and X). We should talk about their death and remember them for their great contribution to the rap community, yet we should realize more. People are overdosing on drugs and getting shot everyday. These problems that lie within the rap community lie outside of it. The fact is that death should never come so soon. Why is drugs taking over creatives? Why is death brought on people with notability? 

This question lies in our heads for months now. We can't give an answer that'll change anything, rappers will still have an absurd amount of money they can choose what to do with. If they want drugs, they get them, if they want money, a motorcycle, they'll get it. How can we keep these celebrities level-minded? Money get's to their brain before smarts do, can we help them? We think not. They'll still keep doing what they want to, even if their manager (or mom) tells them not to.

What we need is a social movement towards death. It sounds crazy but it's true. Too many people are dying as too many people are being born in the world. Death should not be seen as such an easy part of life. In the 21st century, it can't be normal for rappers to die so young. Fuck saying rappers, anyone! Let's start thinking different. Let's be positive towards having the longest and best life possible. Let's take care of ourselves, make smart decisions and surround ourselves with people who see a future, not just today. Its what Mac, X, and all the other historic rappers would've wanted. 

 

- Live Forever Larry Fisherman.

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A camera is a rappers best friend

In today’s culture, online presence seems to transcend the music itself. I'm sure we’ve all been there: scrolling through our Instagram feed when suddenly you scroll past an obviously paid promotion for a poorly written and recorded rap song, that sounds exactly like some other rapper you already know. Just 3 seconds into listening you can hear the keyboards typing “free playboi carti type beat” on the YouTube search bar.

Not to be mean but why is it that so many new rappers are coming out nowadays? Sure the “SoundCloud” wave has revolutionized how the industry works, making it easier for new artists to be noticed, but it seems to be the ones, with the better online presence that survive and prosper. Music Videos, Instagram, Face Tattoos, Fake Chains and WordStar hashtags. Rappers nowadays value their online image more than the lyrical content itself.

Ok, look, I'm guilty. I enjoy rappers like Lil Pump, Playboi Carti, and 6ix9nine. You’re gonna tell me you don’t absolutely lose your shit when a song like GUMMO, D-rose or Magnolia comes on? These songs are perfect examples of what I call concert anthems. Songs that have a very reparative flow/hook making them ideal songs to mosh at a concert. There’s one other thing that ties these songs specifically together, music videos.

Lil Pump’s network clocks in at around 6.5 million dollars. Yes, you read that right. At the age of 17, he’s worth more than my whole family, combined. Now we could talk all day about how Lil pump is a lyrical genius (sarcasm guys…it’s the best) but we must agree that one of the main things that launched him into stardom was his persona. At 16 years old Pump was making waves in the underground rap scene for being a kid with tattoos and pointing a rifle in his mouth (in the music video for Ski Mask). Lil Pump was practically the poster child for the phrase “WTF”. Today, my mom knows who Lil Pump is and she’s never heard a word of his music.  Yet she recognizes his name and face. Pink dreads, tattoos, white but trying to be black, people know him for his look, his style, all thanks to the modern age. 

Social media is, and I would say continues to be the ammo that fuels the gun of Sound cloud and online rapping.  Example; Just Juice...that can mean one of two things. Either it’s just juice, or it’s a musical artist. Just juice became famous for his Instagram videos of freestyling and looking like Action Bronson’s step kid. There are so many artists now that use Instagram as their main source of promotion and media outlet. 

So, we know having a social media is the first step. But what sets you above the rest? What takes a 17-year-old kid with pink dreads to the cover of the XXL freshmen magazine the next year? Music Videos. For a videographer like myself, the name Cole Bennett carries A LOT of weight. Cole Bennett, in my opinion, is responsible for the launching of so many rap careers this year. Examples include Lil skies, Famous Dex, Lil Xan, Juice Wrld, Ski mask the Slump God. The list goes on and on.

Because of music videos and this great thing, we call Youtube, a rapper can establish, or further establish an online presence. Music videos give you a different look into an artist’s song. It gives you something to visually picture every time you hear the song. It puts you, and the rapper, out there. A music video has the potential to push your music career forward…a good music video that is. A good videographer is a rapper’s best friend. A camera, is a videographer’s best friend…so in other words …lets be friends.

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Miami through music

Music tells a story. It tells the listener where the artist is from, why the artist made the music, when the music was made, the culture behind the music and the style the artist associates it with. Through a song, we can identify who the artist is, or at least make a good guess to his/her upbringing. 

What I find most interesting about music is it's cultural aspect. Culture is defined as "the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society." Through music, we can identify someone's culture, meaning where and what they grew up around. 

UMAMI's playlist, which we release every other Monday, is the definition of associating music with culture. Our goal is to identify the best artists in a certain community/city and put their music in a playlist. This playlist is found on iTunes, Spotify, and Soundcloud, in which the links are posted under the "Playlist" tab. 

Why is this important? We want to share Miami through music. By listening to music from each city in Miami Dade-County, we not only realize the amazing artists that either grew up or live/lived there, we understand that cities culture. With over 30 cities in Dade-County (36 if you wanna be exact), there's a hell of a lot of culture to understand (and make playlists for). 

To give you an example, we started our playlist idea with a place that has "talent that rivals any other neighborhood in the world", Carol City. Carol City is a neighborhood in Miami Gardens, known for importing crime and drugs to all of Dade-County. What we found, besides the obvious Carol City High School that brought together notable rappers such as Denzel Curry, Twelve'len and just about everyone, is the huge amount of rap "all stars" that came from this infamous drug community. I'm talking real all stars, not no TMZ bullshit. I'll put these guys up there with Eminem, Dr.Dre, Tupac and Biggie type deal. Rick Ross, Gunplay and SmokeGhostPurrp. If you haven't heard of these guys you need to crawl out of that rock you're living under and check out Carol City X UMAMI!

Digging just a little deeper, we wanted to know why this violent community made such great rappers. Listening to the rappers, their lyrics revolve around the crime they're associated with. Why did they start rapping? They were making money, doing what most to everyone does in poverty, sell drugs and just about anything else for money. Why would you go to making music, which has no guarantee for making money or success?

Bingo! I know why. Remember Carol City High School? Good. It's where all these amazing artists went to. Living in Carol City, the environment or the "hood" as Denzel Curry says it, makes amazing musicians. Since I haven't lived in Carol City, let me let the expert, Denzel Curry, take a swing at the question: 

What is it about the neighborhood that's led to so many musical artists?
I just think it's the environment. All of us went to Carol City High. Even Flo Rida went there. I think just by the programs that were there and the activities, and the outside activities, the hoods and everything—it just really made the people what they are today. - Vice.

Through music, we can understand so much about a city that we don't even have to visit it (even though we highly encourage it!). Go check out our playlist Carol City x UMAMI and let us know what you think, what we could/should change and if you feel you now understand one of the biggest melting pots in our county. 

*If you're interested in learning more about Carol City and it's rappers, Twelve'len recently released a great video with Red Bull entitled "Definition of a Florida Boy". Enjoy!*

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Two hands is better than one

Hola amigos(as)!! 

Hope we've all had a great summer. Ours has been mostly work. Ok, fine. You got me. We've had a party here and there, but its mostly work. 

Before we get into it, I want to hear about your experiences this summer. Has summer 2018 been as great as you wanted it to be? We've been scrolling through those Instagram (IG) stories and some of you, I'm not gonna put you on the spot, look like you're having a blast. Comment and tell us what has been the best part of your summer! We want to know. 

Me and the crew have been as busy as ever. We're proud to say that UMAMI music is expanding to include a customized playlist, Youtube channel and the infamous Twitter. God I hope we get to tweet with President (or lack thereof) Trump. 

Throughout our journey, we've learned many, many things. One of the first lessons, which I'm sharing today with everyone, is that "teamwork makes the dreamwork". Yes, its corny as fuck, but its also the truth. Having a team to help you create your dream, in whatever field that might be, is as smart as apple pie.

I'm not here to bore you with a greater good lesson about how teamwork makes everything more feasible. That's for school. I'm here to share my personal experience on running UMAMI in the Magic City, the city that never sleeps, the 305, the orange capital of the US, Miami. 

Miami has two underlying factors that go into everything. Money and connections. Luckily for us, we have private investors that make the first one easy. The latter is a little more complicated. 

Being 3 months old, we aren't a household name (yet). Locals have no idea of what we stand for, what we hope to do and what we, ultimately, will do. As we expand, that'll change. This is where we're  having fun. Expanding and working together with people who share the same common goal. For us, that's UMAMI. Me, on my own can't reach the same people my crew can. I don't know how to design like my crew can, I can't make videos like my crew, sound, lighting, stage design, bla bla bla. Without them, I can't do much. Without me, they can't do much. With each other, we can do anything.

For my fellow creatives out there, I want you to turn off your "do it yourself" blinders and think about it. Whether you're an artist, musician, writer, dancer, actor, businessman/woman or anything in between, stop trying to do it all. I learned this the hard way. The fact is: you can't. 

Surround yourself with people who see your goal, look further then today and your idea that "what I think is best". Yes, it might be the best to you, but is it the best for your work, for your company, for your future? Find people who are experts in their field who can help you create. Miami is full of selfish bastards who don't stop cutting me off no matter what time it is, but there's also those great, amazingly talented motherfuckers who see the beauty in what you're doing!

Fuck I'm getting deep. My point stands, finding people to help you might not be the easiest, but it gives the best outcome. I love my crew and I thank them each day for their contribution to UMAMI. 

*If you wish to help out and be part of the crew, go to our "team" tab. If there's nothing there that tingles your senses, contact us through the contact form. There's all types of ways you can join the UMAMI Wave!*

Walk your dog!

Random as fuck (and a little stoned) we're talking dogs. Specifically, dog walking. Having a dog is like having a kid. Don't call me an expert but I know a thing or two about each majestic beast. Most (to all) love to be outside, they eat, sleep, drink, be annoying, and repeat. You can't just leave the beast alone for a day when you're feeling frowny. They take time, energy, and care. 

For the last three days, I've been lucky enough to take care of a Boston terrier. These little guys are hyper. My man "Toro" over here, "Bull" for my gringo/as out there, will not leave me alone (in the morning) till he gets outside. So, to my great pleasure, the last three days have been bomb full of walking! Yay....

I walk sometimes. I walk on Lincoln Rd., NW 2nd st., FIU, my house. That's all I got for now. Once you have a dog (or care for it) you actually get to see where you live. I go walking to the same ol' places each time I get outside. Who doesn't walk in their house, Lincoln and Wynwood? Once there's a dog around, you start having to walk everywhere. For the first time, I get to see the real community I live in. 

Walking round the hood is SOMETHING. We went to capitals cause I'm feeling it. You get to see your neighbors, the plants, and reality. Whether that's a good or bad thing is up for grabs. I found out that I have actual genuine, friendly neighbors! Its a miracle. Trust me.

Whatever community you inhibit (as long as its Dade), we want you to take a walk. Look around for once, instead of hurrying to your next place of interest. Think about the things you see. Have you actually noticed it before? This question sparks my insides. It makes me want to say that you haven't, so, how in the fuck do you think you know anything about the world? If you can't see Dade for what it is, you can't see any other place. Its your homeland. Birth place, place of living, vacation home 11 months outta the year, I don't give a fuck.

Let's look around before we talk big things. We're tied to Miami one way or another, let's take advantage of it. UMAMI's here to talk small things first. How can we make Miami the cultural and artistic hub of Florida? The US? The world?

First things first, rep that UMAMI merch.

 

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Locals are life

What's up fam! It's been a hectic week. CONNECT, take-down, and getting ourselves out of sleep deprivation to planning our next event. Let's just say we're staying busy. 

Through the chaos, we keep being asked "UMAMI, what keeps you going?". Let's talk about what keeps the train from derailing. 

We love people. No, not you, you fucking tourists, we love people who are local. 305, 786, 954, that's us. Bringing together locals, helping locals, and seeing the work pay off makes what we do worth it. We don't care about money. Money isn't important right now. We're young, we're motivated for change and, to us, change is everything. Changing perceptions, opening up locals eyes to more than the Miami traffic and hot weather, it's a movement for embetterment. 

CONNECT saw many new faces, most of whom we had no idea would show. INVT, Chaoscanine, Pagoda Media, Rollingbliss fest and Miami New Times to name a few. We're blessed to have such influential and great figures already supporting our goal. Their similarity? Locals. Every single one of our 300+ attendees were Miami driven, either raised or living in. Bringing together these creative, innovative and multi-talented people who before our event, had no idea who the other was. THAT is what we do it for.

"Why though, UMAMI? Like, why, like, do we have to bring together locals?" - Attendee at CONNECT. Thanks attendee from CONNECT! Your single question just put us on a hunt for reasoning. Don't get me wrong, we know why, it's just great to hear the question that brings it all together. 

Bringing together locals is like making a soup. Yes, you can make a chicken soup with broth, chicken and some vegetables. But, a real chicken soup is more. Noodles, spices, herbs, salt and pepper. The best soup has it all. 

Miami is already a bitching good soup. I mean, we already got those little Jewish dumplings in there. What we're lacking is a great community to display this beautiful soup in. The amount of talented artists and musicians in Miami is gargantuant. We would go as far as to say that the pure talent outweighs Los Angeles. The biggest difference between the two? Los Angeles has the outlets for young creatives, Miami doesn't. 

UMAMI is an outlet for creatives, a place for locals to interact and, a beautifully directed and seasoned chicken soup. We're doing it for local talent, for Miami to be known for what we already have yet lack to show, and for Miamians to have a great night, realizing the artistry that surrounds them. The underground will rise out of UMAMI like the Phoenix rising out of the ashes.

Till next time.

Note from the Author: I brought up money for multiple reasons. Miami lives on money. Think about it, talk to locals and find out for yourself. If you're living in Miami, the first, or one of the first topics of conversation is, and will hopefully not be in the near future, your paycheck. It's sad to say that money determines what people think of you, their life choice and for UMAMI, their plans to slide to our next show. If you're reading this, I know I'll see you soon!

 

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CONNECT

Good morning, afternoon, and evening. I'm not sure which one it is. Time gets confusing. 

We've been working hard (or hardly working) for our first event July 6th. Our flyer has been released, we're twenty minutes from releasing the time table and things are looking a okay. Time to write a blog.

CONNECT was named connect for a reason. We don't do things just to do them. Actually, we do but that's mostly when we're either bored, fucked up, or something in between. Sorry mom and dad, its the way it is.

Connect is the basic idea of bringing together two things. You connect with people, with communities and, on the other hand, you disconnect from your phone when having sex. Well at least if you have a good sex life you do!

We thought of connect after multiple hours of brain storming. Connecting to my wifi, we realized the perfect name was right in front of us. Connect. It's our mission statement, our goal, and what we're doing all of this for. To connect people, locals and communities. Yes, we're doing it for the 305 but that's just the beginning. Cities across FL, the US, and the world need UMAMI to connect.

CONNECT is July 6th. We're bringing together the best of local creatives. I like to say creatives because it encompasses everyone. Anyone who starts a business, either as an artist, musician or entrepreneur has creativity. It's not all about having the best business strategy, knowing people, or the money to do so, its about having a creative idea and going through with it. Going through with it is a feat in its own that should be celebrated by all. 

Our flyer is under the "Events" tab. We hope to see everyone in the 305 there. To party, first of all, and, secondly, almost as important as the first, to connect. 

It's been a week?

Shit we've been busy. Already a week has gone by and we haven't gotten a chance to tell you the real truth, the whole truth, and the I don't give a fuck truth about Miami. Might as well get into it. 

We're in a time crunch. An event July 6th, promo event to the end of July and, with the time we have left, an elegant rager in August. It's been hectic to say the least. Answering emails, texts, calls, facetimes, checking stats, finding solutions to problems, this really doesn't stop. I'll tell you personally, if I didn't really want this, believe in it, and love it, I wouldn't dare to do it. It's a plethora of lists that never stop. Sometimes we have to take a break, look at some idiotic posts on Instagram, read the news (fake news for my Trump lovers out there), and write a blog.

Tonight's for reflecting. We're running back and forth trying to do the best for the community, for artists, creatives, musicians, entrepreneurs and, ultimately, people. It's a deed that most don't do. Not because they don't want to, but because the steps to doing so are ridiculous. 24 hours work days (and weekends), being the happy, go lucky self you really are while maintaining a social life and family? It isn't ideal.

What I've learned most from trying to do this (I'll never say I did it, trying always has room for improvement, doing it doesn't) is balance. Life balance? Absolutely. It's that bullshit your mom and dad try to teach you but you never listened. You're stubborn, just like me, but you'll learn the hard way. I know I did. 

Balance is exactly what it says it is. Figuring out how to balance your work, with social, with family, with personal life is what makes Richard Branson, well, Richard Branson. Bill Gates, Bill Gates. Diplo, Diplo. Tupac, Tupac. Action Bronson, Action. Kendrick, Kendrick. I'll stop with Kendrick because, ya know, its KENDRICK.

After I did my "deeds", I know that I can work all day everyday. Of course I can. You can too. We're, after all, the most closely related to chimpanzees. If they can be trained to eat apples all day we can work all day. What I want to say, hopefully without ranting this time, is that working  non-stop isn't the solution. It doesn't even get that much done! 

The smart thing to do is...... and this is where my Miamians come in...... TAKE A CHILL PILL AND RELAX. For fucks sake, I'm minding my own business driving home on 95 and this pinga cuts me off to only get back in his lane, all while, texting his lesser important of 3 girlfriends. There I go again, ranting on like there's no tomorrow.

Working is great. It gets things done, it makes you money (hopefully) and it gives us a sense of fulfillment. We're opening your eyes up to more. At UMAMI we believe that once work becomes real work, like a 9-5 job you rather kill yourself then stay in, it's time to shut down. Don't actually shut down, close your computer, read those texts tomorrow and do what you feel. I know you always feel our events so we're talking about other stuff. "Walk" with that girl you've been wanting to hit up, watch your favorite series or who knows, do both at the same time!

Talk soon and see ya July 6th. Link listed below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-tickets-47389100074

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Wynwood has it all... right?

Good fucking Monday. I have this love, hate relationship with Mondays. Even though it doesn't get easier to wake my ass up, Monday has this "do nothing" aura that's great. We all know it yet don't admit it. Just one more of our social mysteries. 

We finished a week back with Wynwood, it's history, and how it's come to "Wynwood" today. Let's talk about Wynwood today, starting with what the hell it is.

Poppin'. All I got for Wynwood (today) is poppin'. Tourists have flooded the streets, artists have only added more to the already full murals and the shopping never (I mean never) stops. Our view on Wynwood is simple. Its become a tourist hotspot and we should feel honored. 

Before we get caught up in our favorite, trendy spots,  I'd like us to see Wynwood from two perspectives. 1.) as a newcomer and 2.) as a local.

Newcomer: As a newbie to the 33127, it can be a little much. There's so much art that most don't know where to look! We take this as a bad thing (all these fucking tourists with their cameras!!), but ya'll know I think it's great. What community has such a vast array of murals, stencils, graffiti and portraits? I'm not asking about Miami, I'm talking about the world. Wynwood is one of the most active arts entertainment districts, period. With the addition of shops and food, it's a beautiful maze you don't want to get out of. 

Locals: Miamians tend to complain a little. Hey, it's not against you. I'm born and raised here too! In general, all locals have a complaint about tourists busting into their home away from home. Wynwood has seen it's fair share of locals. We started what has grown to be an international hub for art, culture and creativity. Now we see Wynwood as South Beach. Let's remind you that South Beach 30 years ago was a shit hole. Past 16th street (Lincoln Rd) and you'd have a hefty risk of getting shot. 

So, what can we do but get this all straightened out! We made a beautiful community that other people want to see. Through the years, we added more art, more shops and developed something that's never been done before. Why aren't we proud of that? Why let tourists keep us away from home? I have no clue. Yes, Wynwood is becoming too expensive, overpopulated and saturated in business. That isn't an excuse. That, young madam or man, is Miami. We made it. 

PS: Stay on the lookout for our view of Wynwood in the next 10 years. If we've developed what we have now, who knows where we'll be in 20. God I love mysteries. 

This is just the beginning

HEYYYOOOOOO

We're back, better then ever. First pop-up July 6th. I'll give you some details, just cause I like you (keep it on the DL). Headlining, with their first ever collaboration, FIN!FANG!FOOM! x Realliveanimals AKA. Pu$$eidxn. Do I have to say more? 12 people on the band stand, horns, 2 drummers, bass, guitar, synth, the list goes on and on. Fuck me I'm excited. 

Anything else? Oh yes oh yes... We're bringing in 4 other bands, 3 deep house DJ's and an array of vendors and live artists. Their names? HA! You aren't allowed to know yet. Nothing like ruining a perfectly good surprise. 

Let's talk about our future. Pop-ups are the beginning of something bigger. August is looking at a 1,000 person show of local rappers, artists and businesses. In between, a free event. Yes I said free. Nothing like something free right?!? Details up shortly. 

As I said, we're on to something bigger. UMAMI isn't just an event company, we're a movement. Local artists and musicians are under appreciated throughout Miami, the United States and most of the world. Starting in Miami, we're growing to festivals lasting all day (and night). Once we have our mark in Miami, we're moving on. What does that mean? Way more than you think. 

We'll be a radio station, a means for local creatives to connect (UMAMI wave), a youtube channel and ultimately, a platform for those who deserve it. Miami needs us to bring artists to the forefront of society. Artists NEED to be in the spotlight. What they do, create, innovate and change communities through artwork/music is the future of our world. Fuck the politicians with their set of rules, "helping the world" and oldies with money running our every move. Creativity is the future and if we do anything, that's what we need people to know. 

Our future is looking bright. Give us a couple years and we'll be touring Florida. Once that's done, we're going for Georgia, the Carolinas and the US. After that, the world. Wherever we go we're keeping our mission plan. Every city we go to we're talking to locals, interacting with the scene, and helping that city gain passion for creativity. Wish us luck (even though we don't need it). 

Much love from the UMAMI Crew. See you July 6th. 

 

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