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(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.

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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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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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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