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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.

Issa Joke. - 21 Savage

Issa Joke. - 21 Savage

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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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.