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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.

What's up, UMAMI?

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

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

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

So here it is: What we’re up to….

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2 Live Crew

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BALANCE

Hey fam!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BASEL 2018: Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BASEL 2018: Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Complicated

People are complicated, locals are complicated, Miami is complicated. With over 463,000 people in the beautiful city , it's hard to make it easy. Well, it can be done (Amsterdam has a population of over a million and we're smoking pot, drinking beers, having a great time). So if it's not population, what makes it hard for people in Miami to be nice to each other, enjoy the simple things in life and chill on the beach with a mojito every weekend..

If I could answer that I would already be a millionaire. Mind you I'm under the legal age to drink in these great "United States of America". 

I'll say this. In Miami, people are different. We don't like the same thing, we don't share the same religion, culture, or background and we weren't raised with the same values. I'm no expert on Amsterdam or Miami but I observe. I see that people in Amsterdam share something. "Well UMAMI, what does that mean?". Thank you self talking me. It means that in Amsterdam kids are raised to be social, adults care to talk to their neighbors (I know right, crazy stuff) and we all help each other. I just blew your mind. I blew my own. This is what Kendrick does to me. Fucking Kendrick, fucking Lamar. Master of all things music. 

Miami, as I've said and most people know (unless you're sleeping under a rock), has almost every ethnicity you can think of. We're raised differently. Different religions, different backgrounds, different economic situations, and ultimately, different cultures. I believe that's what makes us complicated. Simply with many complexities, we're different.

We want to bring Miami together. UMAMI is for bringing us together. We've heard from many communities but we need to represent everyone. Every community in Miami-Dade County (for now) should be represented, shown and participate. We're here for you!