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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.

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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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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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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Wynwood has it all... right?

When you have nothing to do in Miami you go to Wynwood. There's cool people (for the most part), some bad ass graffiti, a bunch of bars and restaurants to devour (and great drunk at) and our favorite, all types of people. As we speak I'm sitting at Panther, enjoying a cup of expertly brewed coffee. I mean it better be if I'm paying $6 a cup. 

Wynwood has been through a lot. 20 years ago, Wynwood was a community of locals and even though it's hard to believe, gangs. A typical day in Wynwood  included shootings, an occasional robbing and definitely no tourists. We fast track 20 years and here we are. A bunch of tourists taking pictures, many gallery owners who are leaving because as they say, "people are coming to Wynwood to party", and a used to be hipster community that's turning into Miami Beach. So wtf happened? How did we go from gangs to then a hipster community to now a tourist hotspot. 

Goldman. Tony Goldman. That man right there made Wynwood what it is. He's no artist, no musician and honestly nothing besides an entrepreneur. As you can already tell, I'm not too big of a fan. Why you ask? Haha you don't wanna start down this road but I'm going there! No stopping UMAMI once we get started!!!!

Goldman is a genius. He bought all the property in the Wynwood area, kicked all the locals out and told them to get lost. My favorite story is one I heard from a local, living in Wynwood 20 years ago. She said a lot. I'm telling you a lot, some of which I didn't need to hear (how her brother went to a store that morning and forgot milk for example).

She woke up one morning with a paper on her front door, basically saying that in a week a bulldozer was coming to tear up her home. Great news huh? Anyways, she couldn't believe it (same). She went to the city of Miami, asked what this all was about and to her suprise found out that our man, Goldman, bought the property. With just a weeks notice she had to find a new place, move all her shit out and go on her merry way. 

After hearing this I dug a little deeper. As I suspected, she wasn't the only one. With the beginning of Wynwood, Goldman went on a torment of kicking people out of their homes, knocking them down and building galleries, artwalks, etc. Yes, we approve of the art but no, we can't approve of locals being moved deeper and deeper into Miami. 

This happened, Wynwood came and it was great for a while. Locals loved it, there were some great hole in the walls, graffiti instillations, art galleries and Miamians finally had a place they could call home. As usual, Wynwood started being in all the "Lonely Planets". Slowly but surely, tourists flooded in. Look, before you start thinking we don't like tourists, we don't, but we see their value. Miami can't function without them. We need tourists for our economy, for our city and ultimately, to keep Miami "lavish". What sucks is that they, even though most don't admit it, change everything. Wynwood became overcrowded and people started seeing Wynwood less for locals, and more for parties. Again, that's cool, it's just not what Wynwood was intended to be. 

I'll stop myself here, let you get your head around what I'm saying and continue another day. I don't want to say tomorrow because I know I'm going out tonight. As we all know, who knows where I'll end up? 

                THE GOAT TONY GOLDMAN

                THE GOAT TONY GOLDMAN