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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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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.

2019: Predictions and so much more

Hello 2019!

We’ll get right to it. 2019 feels like a no bullshit year anyways.

Our 2019

As we’ve said multiple times, 2019 is our year. Starting next month, we’re introducing our own monthly events. On top of that, we’re planning for a big show in March followed by a collaborative event in the summer. One thing we’ll say moving forward is that we’re as excited as ever. The grind will not stop.

Guesstimates

Two weeks into it and it’s already time to predict the whole year? Fuck we guess so. We did a little rundown of where we want to be, what we want to see, and a couple extras. To start off with we’ll do our favorite: events.

If everything goes according to plan (which we know it will), we’ll have monthly events along with quarterly festivals (March, June, September, December). The first date we’ll need to mark in our calendars is February 9th. Follow that up with the following weekend, February 15th-17th, and you got yourself a great time. Why, you ask? IIIpoints of course. Feb. 9th you’ll find out about quickest through our newsletter (subscribe below)!!

We skipped January for a reason. It’s like us, it’s a slow month to get the motor going for the rest of the year. By March we got all four wheels cranking. Miami music week takes the stage from March 25-31st and before the main event, we’re thinking of making this Spring Break, dare to say it, legendary. We’ll keep you updated as the time nears.

April-December goes something like Rolling Loud, a sh*t load of stuff to do before and after, our quarterly and monthly events as well as amazing events executed by our collaborators. Rather than get into the details, we’ll save both of our selves and leave it with the “we’ll keep you updated if you once again, subscribe to our newsletter”. ;)

Highlights

How can we make a list of predictions without the highlights? Your right, we can’t. Three events we’re genuinely, very, very excited to see this year are IIIpoints, Ultra and the Art Plug Powerhouse. Here’s why:

  • IIIpoints : Three things. Vibe, line-up, people. IIIpoints is all about the culture. From marketing to artists, they know everything about Miami and what our music scene needs. This years line-up is one of the craziest things we’ve seen. C’mon, Erykah Badu and A$ap Rocky performing on the same day? It’s a weird musical paradise that we think could be better than heaven. Three words. Can’t. Fucking. Wait.

  • Ultra: Ultra 2019 specifically. The move to Key Biscayne is to say the least an interesting one. We’ve kept up with their drama and after a lot of debate, we’re happy that they’ve finally confirmed a location. Too bad that there’s only three lanes in and out of the 100,000+ person festival.

  • The Art Plug Powerhouse: Like most, we slept on last years Powerhouse during Basel. This years a whole lot different. First they’re hitting Palm Beach for the Palm Beach Art Fair. Fingers crossed they’re doing more before Basel. P.S. Marcel Katz/The Art Plug is the owner and head honcho of the Powerhouse, we’re saying “they’re” because like everyone else, he’s got a team. Shoutout to the UMAMI crew.

South Florida Takes Gold

It’s not surprising to predict that SoFlo will do something record breaking this year, whether we like it or not. To keep our priorities straight, let’s explore the improvements we’re hoping to see throughout the 305.

  • Public Transportation. Rated as one of the worst in the state and country, Miami needs some better transpo. Having more buses are good, having a metro across Julia Tuttle would be better. We’ll see what happens with the Turnpike going into the Everglades first.

  • Sea level, please don’t rise. Warmer weather throughout the winter going into the summer doesn’t make for low electric bills, let’s hope we can use our scarves one last time! But, seriously, we need to start taking good environmental care of our community.

  • Learn how to recycle. You got me into it. The Miami New Times reported just a couple weeks ago that less then 20% of what you’re putting in your recycling bin is actually getting recycled. Contamination is the main issue. Basically, keep the dirty pizza boxes and make some art, they’re destroying your whole hard worked bag of recycling.

  • Rap. Last year we lost X. It was a blow to the whole South Florida music scene that we don’t think everyone’s recovered from (we haven’t). As X’s legacy lives on and his Members Only project is waiting to drop, we’re eager to see the new wave of Florida raised talent. Robb Bank$ and Wifiisfuneral promised a project and already delivered. They’re going on tour next week! Lil Pump, SmokePurrp (now with Gucci Gang lol), Kodak Black to name a few are on our list.

To make the message clear: these are only a couple predictions. We’re not covering sh*t of what we would like to write about. As the year gets going we’ll keep you updated. You know, you just have to sign up to our newsletter (below).

Would love to include your recommendations and ideas of the Magic City’s prosperous 2019 once you send us an email at umamimusic305@gmail.com. You can also go to the “Contact Us” tab and fill out the form. As the saying goes, “as long as you get it done”.

Talk soon,

UMAMIWAY.

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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Bansky and Basel

Basel is over, traffic died down, and the weather got cold. We guess it’s time to stay in and write a blog. Forget the guess, we know. It’s time to reflect on the craziness of Basel, looking at one person in particular: Banksy.

If you looked at our Basel plans, we were packed. I mean REALLY busy. By the time Rakastella finished, we could barely walk! Sunday we made it to a couple galleries before hibernating Monday. No excuse for not writing about Basel already, just explaining why we might sound a little slow this morning.

Even though we missed the Banksy exhibit (c’mon we can’t do everything), we’re familiar with Banksy and his work. Our IG post over the weekend made quite a statement. We told ya’ll to not attend the Banksy exhibit. Why? Because he didn’t authorize it. He’s not making money off it and the exhibit is produced by his former artistic director, not his current one. Wanna know who his current artistic director is? Himself.

For those of you who don’t know much about Banksy, we’ll give you a little insight. Banksy is an English-based street artist. No one knows his name or what he looks like (Lowkey people do, they keep it on the DL). His name has gained a huge amount of recognition due to his political as well as social values. Through art, mainly graffiti, he tells a story about his opinionated views on police and government, challenging society to think outside of the box.

Banksy is far from the average graffiti artist. He goes above and beyond to prove his point. One time, he printed fake money which was used by hundreds in shops around England. Another time, he destroyed his own work of art. In both situations, he faced a challenge. His opinion vs. the norm. Now, and during Basel in particular, he faces the same challenge, his art vs. the world.

In Banksy’s eyes, art should be seen by everyone. There shouldn’t be fees to see artwork and people shouldn’t buy street art (which is meant for the street). Its a very good point. You wanna know why? Fine, fine. We think that the artist has the decision in 1.) how they want their art portrayed and 2.) how the art effects the world. Art in galleries is seen by less than it being on the street. No matter what you say, it’s the truth. Throughout a day, more people walk by a busy street than pay money to go to an art gallery. Banksy is intent on spreading his message through art and therefore, it should be displayed the way he wants it to, on the street.

Private collectors put together a collection of art Banksy didn’t approve of. I mean, it’s his, so of course he loves it. He doesn’t love the way it’s displayed and due to it’s display, the way it’s perceived. We thought this was a good way to end the Basel season and start the Netflix and Chill. Reflect on Basel and what it does for artists. On one hand its great, it brings the spotlight to creatives who otherwise might’ve not had it. On the other, it hurts artists that don’t want to be displayed that way. Remember that artists don’t need to put together a showcase, anyone who has enough art can. We can’t wait to have our own Basel next year and show Miami the right way to showcase art. Hella love for Basel but we’re happy it’s over. Time to get ready for the holidays.

Talk soon

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!

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

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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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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INVT

INVT=Innovate. The meaning of innovate is to create something new. New doesn’t mean never created before. It can be pieces put together to make a new product, it can be a different sound with the same beat or fuck us, it can be a new car. Creating something new takes skill, talent, and the right mindset. INVT has all that and more.

If you haven’t heard of INVT, you better go listen to our playlist “INVT: The Collective”! Their a duo compromised of Luca Medici and Delbert Perez (we’ll stick to Luca and Delbert). Both born and raised in the 305, they’re locals. Performing at our last show, VENTURE 2018, and as part of the UMAMI fam, we’re showcasing them this week. It’s the week before Halloween, might as well get spooky.

Luca and Delbert both started playing music in their youth (orchestra, jazz band, metal bands, all that good stuff). Connecting over skateboards, they became besties and started to produce. Short but sweet, INVT was born.

INVT has grown a lot in their recent years. More then talking about their past, both went to NYC for college (producing) and have recently returned to Miami for a gap year, we want to talk about INVT itself. What makes it special? Why do they do it? Believe it or not, it’s similar to UMAMI’s vision. Let’s get into it.

In our opinion, INVT’s a multi-disciplinary art project. They produce and play music, have their own clothing brand, AND make films as well as cover art. Two people doing all that? We know. They’re going for it. On top of that they’re creating a culture. INVT is meant to be a local, real brand that they’re shaping everyday. Check out their website and you’ll see what we mean.

Seeing where they’ve come, we know these two are putting in work every minute of every day to bring their brand to life. Their music, as well as everything they do is exactly what they call it, innovate. It’s different, new, and it’s Miami with a twist. Let’s call it the new “underground Miami”. It has that down to Earth real Miami- MSG gang type shit- with that tropical coconut and palm tree vibe. The biggest shocker of them all is that these guys are barely legal!

The future looks mighty bright for the one and only INVT. They’re finding a new sector in Miami’s music scene thats going away from the norm. We’re motivated by what they’re doing, we respect, and fully support their movement. You should too.

FOLLOW @INVT305 AND @UMAMIMUSIC305 ON IG, FB, TWITTER, ALL THAT BULLSHIT.

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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.*

Miami through music

Music tells a story. It tells the listener where the artist is from, why the artist made the music, when the music was made, the culture behind the music and the style the artist associates it with. Through a song, we can identify who the artist is, or at least make a good guess to his/her upbringing. 

What I find most interesting about music is it's cultural aspect. Culture is defined as "the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society." Through music, we can identify someone's culture, meaning where and what they grew up around. 

UMAMI's playlist, which we release every other Monday, is the definition of associating music with culture. Our goal is to identify the best artists in a certain community/city and put their music in a playlist. This playlist is found on iTunes, Spotify, and Soundcloud, in which the links are posted under the "Playlist" tab. 

Why is this important? We want to share Miami through music. By listening to music from each city in Miami Dade-County, we not only realize the amazing artists that either grew up or live/lived there, we understand that cities culture. With over 30 cities in Dade-County (36 if you wanna be exact), there's a hell of a lot of culture to understand (and make playlists for). 

To give you an example, we started our playlist idea with a place that has "talent that rivals any other neighborhood in the world", Carol City. Carol City is a neighborhood in Miami Gardens, known for importing crime and drugs to all of Dade-County. What we found, besides the obvious Carol City High School that brought together notable rappers such as Denzel Curry, Twelve'len and just about everyone, is the huge amount of rap "all stars" that came from this infamous drug community. I'm talking real all stars, not no TMZ bullshit. I'll put these guys up there with Eminem, Dr.Dre, Tupac and Biggie type deal. Rick Ross, Gunplay and SmokeGhostPurrp. If you haven't heard of these guys you need to crawl out of that rock you're living under and check out Carol City X UMAMI!

Digging just a little deeper, we wanted to know why this violent community made such great rappers. Listening to the rappers, their lyrics revolve around the crime they're associated with. Why did they start rapping? They were making money, doing what most to everyone does in poverty, sell drugs and just about anything else for money. Why would you go to making music, which has no guarantee for making money or success?

Bingo! I know why. Remember Carol City High School? Good. It's where all these amazing artists went to. Living in Carol City, the environment or the "hood" as Denzel Curry says it, makes amazing musicians. Since I haven't lived in Carol City, let me let the expert, Denzel Curry, take a swing at the question: 

What is it about the neighborhood that's led to so many musical artists?
I just think it's the environment. All of us went to Carol City High. Even Flo Rida went there. I think just by the programs that were there and the activities, and the outside activities, the hoods and everything—it just really made the people what they are today. - Vice.

Through music, we can understand so much about a city that we don't even have to visit it (even though we highly encourage it!). Go check out our playlist Carol City x UMAMI and let us know what you think, what we could/should change and if you feel you now understand one of the biggest melting pots in our county. 

*If you're interested in learning more about Carol City and it's rappers, Twelve'len recently released a great video with Red Bull entitled "Definition of a Florida Boy". Enjoy!*

                                                                                              Cover Art by Victoria Frank. 

                                                                                              Cover Art by Victoria Frank. 

Two hands is better than one

Hola amigos(as)!! 

Hope we've all had a great summer. Ours has been mostly work. Ok, fine. You got me. We've had a party here and there, but its mostly work. 

Before we get into it, I want to hear about your experiences this summer. Has summer 2018 been as great as you wanted it to be? We've been scrolling through those Instagram (IG) stories and some of you, I'm not gonna put you on the spot, look like you're having a blast. Comment and tell us what has been the best part of your summer! We want to know. 

Me and the crew have been as busy as ever. We're proud to say that UMAMI music is expanding to include a customized playlist, Youtube channel and the infamous Twitter. God I hope we get to tweet with President (or lack thereof) Trump. 

Throughout our journey, we've learned many, many things. One of the first lessons, which I'm sharing today with everyone, is that "teamwork makes the dreamwork". Yes, its corny as fuck, but its also the truth. Having a team to help you create your dream, in whatever field that might be, is as smart as apple pie.

I'm not here to bore you with a greater good lesson about how teamwork makes everything more feasible. That's for school. I'm here to share my personal experience on running UMAMI in the Magic City, the city that never sleeps, the 305, the orange capital of the US, Miami. 

Miami has two underlying factors that go into everything. Money and connections. Luckily for us, we have private investors that make the first one easy. The latter is a little more complicated. 

Being 3 months old, we aren't a household name (yet). Locals have no idea of what we stand for, what we hope to do and what we, ultimately, will do. As we expand, that'll change. This is where we're  having fun. Expanding and working together with people who share the same common goal. For us, that's UMAMI. Me, on my own can't reach the same people my crew can. I don't know how to design like my crew can, I can't make videos like my crew, sound, lighting, stage design, bla bla bla. Without them, I can't do much. Without me, they can't do much. With each other, we can do anything.

For my fellow creatives out there, I want you to turn off your "do it yourself" blinders and think about it. Whether you're an artist, musician, writer, dancer, actor, businessman/woman or anything in between, stop trying to do it all. I learned this the hard way. The fact is: you can't. 

Surround yourself with people who see your goal, look further then today and your idea that "what I think is best". Yes, it might be the best to you, but is it the best for your work, for your company, for your future? Find people who are experts in their field who can help you create. Miami is full of selfish bastards who don't stop cutting me off no matter what time it is, but there's also those great, amazingly talented motherfuckers who see the beauty in what you're doing!

Fuck I'm getting deep. My point stands, finding people to help you might not be the easiest, but it gives the best outcome. I love my crew and I thank them each day for their contribution to UMAMI. 

*If you wish to help out and be part of the crew, go to our "team" tab. If there's nothing there that tingles your senses, contact us through the contact form. There's all types of ways you can join the UMAMI Wave!*

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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Locals are life

What's up fam! It's been a hectic week. CONNECT, take-down, and getting ourselves out of sleep deprivation to planning our next event. Let's just say we're staying busy. 

Through the chaos, we keep being asked "UMAMI, what keeps you going?". Let's talk about what keeps the train from derailing. 

We love people. No, not you, you fucking tourists, we love people who are local. 305, 786, 954, that's us. Bringing together locals, helping locals, and seeing the work pay off makes what we do worth it. We don't care about money. Money isn't important right now. We're young, we're motivated for change and, to us, change is everything. Changing perceptions, opening up locals eyes to more than the Miami traffic and hot weather, it's a movement for embetterment. 

CONNECT saw many new faces, most of whom we had no idea would show. INVT, Chaoscanine, Pagoda Media, Rollingbliss fest and Miami New Times to name a few. We're blessed to have such influential and great figures already supporting our goal. Their similarity? Locals. Every single one of our 300+ attendees were Miami driven, either raised or living in. Bringing together these creative, innovative and multi-talented people who before our event, had no idea who the other was. THAT is what we do it for.

"Why though, UMAMI? Like, why, like, do we have to bring together locals?" - Attendee at CONNECT. Thanks attendee from CONNECT! Your single question just put us on a hunt for reasoning. Don't get me wrong, we know why, it's just great to hear the question that brings it all together. 

Bringing together locals is like making a soup. Yes, you can make a chicken soup with broth, chicken and some vegetables. But, a real chicken soup is more. Noodles, spices, herbs, salt and pepper. The best soup has it all. 

Miami is already a bitching good soup. I mean, we already got those little Jewish dumplings in there. What we're lacking is a great community to display this beautiful soup in. The amount of talented artists and musicians in Miami is gargantuant. We would go as far as to say that the pure talent outweighs Los Angeles. The biggest difference between the two? Los Angeles has the outlets for young creatives, Miami doesn't. 

UMAMI is an outlet for creatives, a place for locals to interact and, a beautifully directed and seasoned chicken soup. We're doing it for local talent, for Miami to be known for what we already have yet lack to show, and for Miamians to have a great night, realizing the artistry that surrounds them. The underground will rise out of UMAMI like the Phoenix rising out of the ashes.

Till next time.

Note from the Author: I brought up money for multiple reasons. Miami lives on money. Think about it, talk to locals and find out for yourself. If you're living in Miami, the first, or one of the first topics of conversation is, and will hopefully not be in the near future, your paycheck. It's sad to say that money determines what people think of you, their life choice and for UMAMI, their plans to slide to our next show. If you're reading this, I know I'll see you soon!

 

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CONNECT

Good morning, afternoon, and evening. I'm not sure which one it is. Time gets confusing. 

We've been working hard (or hardly working) for our first event July 6th. Our flyer has been released, we're twenty minutes from releasing the time table and things are looking a okay. Time to write a blog.

CONNECT was named connect for a reason. We don't do things just to do them. Actually, we do but that's mostly when we're either bored, fucked up, or something in between. Sorry mom and dad, its the way it is.

Connect is the basic idea of bringing together two things. You connect with people, with communities and, on the other hand, you disconnect from your phone when having sex. Well at least if you have a good sex life you do!

We thought of connect after multiple hours of brain storming. Connecting to my wifi, we realized the perfect name was right in front of us. Connect. It's our mission statement, our goal, and what we're doing all of this for. To connect people, locals and communities. Yes, we're doing it for the 305 but that's just the beginning. Cities across FL, the US, and the world need UMAMI to connect.

CONNECT is July 6th. We're bringing together the best of local creatives. I like to say creatives because it encompasses everyone. Anyone who starts a business, either as an artist, musician or entrepreneur has creativity. It's not all about having the best business strategy, knowing people, or the money to do so, its about having a creative idea and going through with it. Going through with it is a feat in its own that should be celebrated by all. 

Our flyer is under the "Events" tab. We hope to see everyone in the 305 there. To party, first of all, and, secondly, almost as important as the first, to connect. 

It's been a week?

Shit we've been busy. Already a week has gone by and we haven't gotten a chance to tell you the real truth, the whole truth, and the I don't give a fuck truth about Miami. Might as well get into it. 

We're in a time crunch. An event July 6th, promo event to the end of July and, with the time we have left, an elegant rager in August. It's been hectic to say the least. Answering emails, texts, calls, facetimes, checking stats, finding solutions to problems, this really doesn't stop. I'll tell you personally, if I didn't really want this, believe in it, and love it, I wouldn't dare to do it. It's a plethora of lists that never stop. Sometimes we have to take a break, look at some idiotic posts on Instagram, read the news (fake news for my Trump lovers out there), and write a blog.

Tonight's for reflecting. We're running back and forth trying to do the best for the community, for artists, creatives, musicians, entrepreneurs and, ultimately, people. It's a deed that most don't do. Not because they don't want to, but because the steps to doing so are ridiculous. 24 hours work days (and weekends), being the happy, go lucky self you really are while maintaining a social life and family? It isn't ideal.

What I've learned most from trying to do this (I'll never say I did it, trying always has room for improvement, doing it doesn't) is balance. Life balance? Absolutely. It's that bullshit your mom and dad try to teach you but you never listened. You're stubborn, just like me, but you'll learn the hard way. I know I did. 

Balance is exactly what it says it is. Figuring out how to balance your work, with social, with family, with personal life is what makes Richard Branson, well, Richard Branson. Bill Gates, Bill Gates. Diplo, Diplo. Tupac, Tupac. Action Bronson, Action. Kendrick, Kendrick. I'll stop with Kendrick because, ya know, its KENDRICK.

After I did my "deeds", I know that I can work all day everyday. Of course I can. You can too. We're, after all, the most closely related to chimpanzees. If they can be trained to eat apples all day we can work all day. What I want to say, hopefully without ranting this time, is that working  non-stop isn't the solution. It doesn't even get that much done! 

The smart thing to do is...... and this is where my Miamians come in...... TAKE A CHILL PILL AND RELAX. For fucks sake, I'm minding my own business driving home on 95 and this pinga cuts me off to only get back in his lane, all while, texting his lesser important of 3 girlfriends. There I go again, ranting on like there's no tomorrow.

Working is great. It gets things done, it makes you money (hopefully) and it gives us a sense of fulfillment. We're opening your eyes up to more. At UMAMI we believe that once work becomes real work, like a 9-5 job you rather kill yourself then stay in, it's time to shut down. Don't actually shut down, close your computer, read those texts tomorrow and do what you feel. I know you always feel our events so we're talking about other stuff. "Walk" with that girl you've been wanting to hit up, watch your favorite series or who knows, do both at the same time!

Talk soon and see ya July 6th. Link listed below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-tickets-47389100074

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Wynwood has it all... right?

Good fucking Monday. I have this love, hate relationship with Mondays. Even though it doesn't get easier to wake my ass up, Monday has this "do nothing" aura that's great. We all know it yet don't admit it. Just one more of our social mysteries. 

We finished a week back with Wynwood, it's history, and how it's come to "Wynwood" today. Let's talk about Wynwood today, starting with what the hell it is.

Poppin'. All I got for Wynwood (today) is poppin'. Tourists have flooded the streets, artists have only added more to the already full murals and the shopping never (I mean never) stops. Our view on Wynwood is simple. Its become a tourist hotspot and we should feel honored. 

Before we get caught up in our favorite, trendy spots,  I'd like us to see Wynwood from two perspectives. 1.) as a newcomer and 2.) as a local.

Newcomer: As a newbie to the 33127, it can be a little much. There's so much art that most don't know where to look! We take this as a bad thing (all these fucking tourists with their cameras!!), but ya'll know I think it's great. What community has such a vast array of murals, stencils, graffiti and portraits? I'm not asking about Miami, I'm talking about the world. Wynwood is one of the most active arts entertainment districts, period. With the addition of shops and food, it's a beautiful maze you don't want to get out of. 

Locals: Miamians tend to complain a little. Hey, it's not against you. I'm born and raised here too! In general, all locals have a complaint about tourists busting into their home away from home. Wynwood has seen it's fair share of locals. We started what has grown to be an international hub for art, culture and creativity. Now we see Wynwood as South Beach. Let's remind you that South Beach 30 years ago was a shit hole. Past 16th street (Lincoln Rd) and you'd have a hefty risk of getting shot. 

So, what can we do but get this all straightened out! We made a beautiful community that other people want to see. Through the years, we added more art, more shops and developed something that's never been done before. Why aren't we proud of that? Why let tourists keep us away from home? I have no clue. Yes, Wynwood is becoming too expensive, overpopulated and saturated in business. That isn't an excuse. That, young madam or man, is Miami. We made it. 

PS: Stay on the lookout for our view of Wynwood in the next 10 years. If we've developed what we have now, who knows where we'll be in 20. God I love mysteries. 

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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The most influential chef in the world.

I hate death. I don't think about it and I definitely don't look forward to it. Sadly, it's part of this thing we call "life". For some it comes early and for others, it comes way too late. I believe that life should be enjoyed until you can't anymore. Once I hit pain, please kill me. I'm not trying to have machines keeping me alive. My heart keeps me alive and if it gives up, I give up too. 

You know we always talk about Miami. That's what this blog is for: Have an open dialogue about Miami, it's people, how we communicate, why we communicate and how we can make it better (together!). I've steered off into different directions when I think it's necessary. Today, it's a new level of necessary. If we don't talk about this man, his achievements and how he changed the culinary world, we would be kidding ourselves. 

Anthony Bourdain, also known as Tony. If you haven't heard, he committed suicide last night in a hotel room in Strasbourg, France. Strasbourg is part of the North East province, right on the border of Germany. Once I saw the news, I  got goosebumps. As I'm writing this I'm getting goosebumps. Tony changed my life. His book, Kitchen Confidential, as well as his show "Parts Unknown" were instrumental in who I am today. He showed me the world as it is, in his eyes. I couldn't be more grateful. 

Tony did great things. I'm not going to bore you with his background too much.  He grew up in shitty circumstances. Struggling to get by, Tony turned to drugs. Heroin, cocaine, and a bunch of alcohol used to be his driving force. It's obviously not the best mix. Did it lead to his death? It might've, but one can argue that it made him the man he was. His life experiences, which there are countless of, made him see things in a new light. Especially food.

In his 61 years of living, Bourdain wrote and was part of 45 books, had multiple tv shows as well as working in over 20 restaurants. If that doesn't impress you, what will?

More than being a celebrity chef,  Tony brought together the world. His attitude towards food and people were like non-other. His willingness to try new things, experiment and do whatever the fuck he had to for the people were like non-other. Tony shouldn't be remembered as a chef, he's an ambassador of food, culture, and people. He realized the influence of food in culture and  was the first, in my opinion, to use it to unite the world. Something so powerful that we owe the culinary scene in Miami, and abroad, to him. Rest in peace you beautiful fucking maniac. 

Editor's Note: Tony's suicide is tragic. He's one of hundreds of thousands committing suicide each year (even though each case is different). The US has seen suicide rates increase by 25% over nearly two decades. Twenty-five states have experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%. Not only is this worrying, it tells us something about our society. Are the suicide rates as high in Europe? Asia? South America? We need to think about this. Guns are killing people and have become a huge national debate. Why isn't mental health? Mental health is killing people. We can't blame mental health on individuals. It's a disease we all deal with, even though we don't admit it. 

*How to get help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also can provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.*

 

 

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