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Miami Music Week

It’s that time of year again! Pool parties, boat parties, 24 hour bangers, and just about everything in between. We’re excited to kick off this week by telling you about our plans, from start to finish. Here’s our 2019 MMW schedule:

  • Monday, March 25th: Strange Bass WMC Edition - Fully diving into the early 90's rave scene & DIY culture, this edition of Strange Bass will feature a variety of genres from some of South Florida's most talented musicians. *

  • Tuesday, March 26th: Onur Ozer, Taimur & Desyn by Un_Mute & The Selectors - After the amazing Detroit Love boat party on Tuesday afternoon of MMW we are heading over to The Electric Pickle to continue with master selectors Onur Ozer, Taimur, and Desyn for whats to be the last conference of the best sounding room in Miami.

  • Wednesday, March 27th: PRISMA Artists MMW Showcase by Link Miami Rebels - Prisma Artists is having their first ever showcase on the globe and they have chosen Floyd Miami to be the birthplace of it all! Their roster is slammed with talented musicians across the electronic spectrum. This lineup they've brewed for Miami shows the firepower this crew has to offer.

  • Thursday, March 28th: Detroit Love feat Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, and Matthew Dear - After-hours @ The Hangar (2:30-9 AM).

  • Friday, March 29th: Lucid WMC/MMW - 3rd annual Lucid Rave and pajama party presented by Internet Friends, Untitled Miami, and Late for Work. Locals on locals on locals on locals. Villain Theater, 11-4 AM. $5 w/ RSVP, $10 @ door. *

  • Saturday, March 30th: Space Invaders presents Saturday MMW 2019 - Saturday night of MMW Link Miami Rebels will be hosting a massive night, morning, and afternoon where all rooms at Club Space will be open to dance and explore.

  • Sunday, March 31st: MMW 24hr Closing Party - Sunday, March 31st we will be closing off another monster MMW week with our biggest party yet! You do not want to miss this one, the line up is literally unreal!

    For those of you who aren’t interested in exploring the club scene, here’s a list of FREE events throughout MMW: Guide to Free Miami Music Week 2019 Parties.

    Finally, here are a couple events that don’t go into the deep night:

  • Thursday, March 28th: Sunset Sessions with Dave Sol & Friends, 5-10 PM, The Standard. Free w/ RSVP. *

  • Friday, March 29th: Colada Sunrise featuring bbq, spirits, and a bunch of local DJ’s. 10am-7pm, North Shore Open Space Park. FREE! *

We aren’t putting multiple events a day (since there are hundreds) because we, like you, don’t want to be overwhelmed. Take Monday and Tuesday off (if you need it), come Wednesday and we’re going full party mode! Have a great MMW and remember to drink water, eat food, and c’mon: take care of yourself!

Love from the UMAMI Crew.

P.S. Everything with a * does not require ID ;)

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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.

III POINTS, WE LOVE YOU

Hey fam! Happy February. It’s weird to say that we’ve been busy but what can we say? We always are. Today marks the day that we’re on another grind: get these fucking events going! Why? Well we’ve been held back by venue owners, speaker rentals, partners, and all that stuff ya’ll don’t need to worry about. What we all need to worry about is iii Points, not only an inspiring festival full of creative and most importantly, local people, but a festival that this year, did it all.

We were lucky enough to attend all 3 days of 3 points (see what we did there). Friday’s headliner was Tyler, Saturday Beach House and Herbie Hancock, Sunday was full of legends: Erykah Badu, Egyptian Lover, A$AP Rocky, Danny Daze, David August, DJ Koze, lets stop there before we take up a whole page. It was a musical masterpiece to say the least. Our experience, which is what we want (and can talk about), is heaven (if there is one, of course).

The day before iii Points was a stressful one for one main reason: weed. We needed it. Once we settled that we focused on our schedule, made conveniently using the iii Points app. Just for reference, the two essentials to iii Points are weed and schedule. The rest’ll be history.

Moving forward to something more educational, our first day (and last) were an absolute blast. We posted our full schedule on IG for Friday. Mostly house and techno music, we focused on the isotropic and boiler room stage. The main stage, called Mind Melt, was shaking with Tyler and a special appearance from the man himself, A$AP motherfucking Rocky. Crazy. That’s that.

Saturday and Sunday were a lot of the same. House, techno, house, hip-hop, bands and to add to the mosh posh: Valentine’s Day weekend. iii Points, in its decor and music, made love a vocal point. For crying out loud, we left Herbie early to go to Masego. If you weren’t at his set and you didn’t feel the love, well, you had to. It was really a joy and eye-opener.

Summaries sound boring. All in all, boring. In conclusion, yawn. Let’s go with “a heavenly weekend”. From music choice to stage design, sound, lighting, vendors, merchandise, venue, and even security, we can safely say iii Points did an amazing job. If you’re convinced on going to iii Points already, you can stop here. You have the 2020 vision that Ms. Badu (and the poet who introduced her) stated. For those of you who need more info, details, a little kick in the ass to get to Mana next year, here’s our breakdown on what they did well, how they did things different, and why iii Points is different than anything else.

  • Music: We read an article in which co-founder David Sinopoli said “we want 50% local, 50% big names”. He explained the idea behind it: Put someone on stage who brings a large crowd (meaning big name) right before or after a local act. By doing so, you're attracting a larger audience, most who’ve never heard the local act, to interact and listen to locals. Genius. Line-up was on point by the way.

  • Stage: iii Points 2019 had a couple of major revamps: different date and a lot more stages. Six stages made up the festival this year spanning all of Mana Wynwood. Isotropic was our favorite with Door IV being the lesser of the great. Our opinion: keep making stages original and stop being modern. We don’t want the black stages with curtains, we want something new and creative. Just like iii Points is.

  • Vendors: Throughout the festival there were art instillations, food vendors, clothes, bars, buses, and even a little market called Little Spati. A little birdy told us the food was programmed by someone different this year. Even though we don’t know who it is, job well done. The food was delicious. Clothing stand and the extras were cool, but our eyes were set on the weed maps bus. Not only a dope idea, but a useful one.

  • Merch: Cool. Very cool. Wanted to buy a long sleeve but they closed before we could make it. Made us think of a system that attendees should be able to buy before and pick up later. That way we can all party and deal with business in the morning.

  • Venue and Vibe: The two v’s go together, don’t they? Mana Wynwood is conveniently located and has been/still is the perfect place for iii Points. Storage containers, wooden structures, lights, and a disco ball only made Mana shine “brighter than a diamond”.

  • Security: We know you guys don’t really care about security but you’ll care about this, iii Points doesn’t give a shit about weed. Put it in your pocket gentlemen, you don’t have to tuck and go for this one.

A festival comes down to being together with people, listening to amazing music, and having a memorable time. We can say that iii Points needs to work on having less technical difficulties, time management skills, and nitpick points of improvement but, for this festival, it isn’t worth it. All the artists showed up, nothing really went wrong, and everyone had a great time. iii Points, we have the 2020 vision, we love you, and can’t wait to be doing what your doing <3

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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!

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.*