So after getting down Miami Thursday and attending the Smog vs. Basshead event that night, we didn’t exactly have all the umph to get ourselves into the festival all that early the first day. After laying around in the sun on south beach for a good part of the day and taking in some much needed sun we didn’t get back to downtown till the early evening to start catching some sets. Regardless here’s a little sum up of what were able to catch:


Smog vs. Basshead:

This was a HUGE event for the 2012 Winter Music Conference that took place in Miami the night before the actual Ultra festival. Hosted at the Mecca Nightclub, this venue is known for it’s great vibes and raging club-goers, so needless to say did it get crazy. With artists such as Pendulum (DJ Set), Zeds Dead, Dirtyphonics, Savoy, Koan Sound, Gemini, 16 Bit, AC Slater and MANY more, this nightclub turned into one of the bassiest concert venues I have ever encountered. 5 different rooms of artists performing simultaneously created a vibe unlike any other, and it was surely a phenomenal way to start our adventure into the 2012 WMC. It would literally be impossible to list my feelings towards each artist I saw as there were over 50 artists who performed that night, but I will say that some of the biggest and raunchiest acts that performed were Zeds Dead, 16 Bit, Caspa, Gemini, Figure, 12th Planet, Dieselboy, Drop the Lime, and Caligula. Each one of these artists were able to set themselves apart from the others in their unreal stage presence, sounds, and mixing techniques. It was truly a mind-blowing event, and a great way to start our weekend. Here’s one of my favorite moments of the night:


Not all to sure where to really head when first getting in we wound up wandering over towards the main stage where Afrojack was about to start his set. I have always enjoyed his shows mainly because he just gets so into his DJ sets. Considering the size of the crowd, we decided to hang back and watch the 6’4″ Dutchman in the distance drop a set that got everyone buck wild as they prepared for the rest of the night. His set included some fresh new material along with some classics so be sure to check out his whole set over at our UMF 2012 Live Set post.

If you haven’t heard of the German electronic group Kraftwerk then you’re in the same boat I was in before wandering into their set Friday night as we figured out our way around the festival ground, familiarizing ourselves with all of the stages and locations. I was pulled toward them by a friend of mine that was ecstatic about finally seeing them and I couldn’t have been more surprised at what my ears heard. This trio is a pioneer in the electronic music scene, having been putting out music for nearly 30 years. Apparently I felt like it was a pretty special set to simply stumble upon, check out this snippet for yourself if you don’t believe me.

Pretty Lights: 
Having seen local Colorado producer Derek Smith throw down almost more than anyone I was hoping to see something fresh and new in his set closing the first night of the festivities. And I’m not sure if it’s a personal stigma or what but his set didn’t seem all that different than what he gave us all a few weeks back up in Avon for the 2nd annual Snowball Music Festival. You can catch what we have dug up of his set over at our live set post; though the set wasn’t identical by any means there wasn’t any new material that truly stood out (though we hope to see some new tunes in the upcoming months).

After Party : Skream & Caspa b2b at Grand Central:
Now I know that Skream and Caspa weren’t the only two to spin at Grand Central’s post UMF show, the night was also graced with sets from Diplo, Busy P, Nadastrom, and Drop the Lime (we just didn’t show up in time to catch their sets unfortunately). Walking into the small venue Diplo was in the midst of dropping Zed’s Dead’s “Undah Yuh Skirt” to close out his set, and it wasn’t long before two of dubsteps top producers came out to go track for track on a unique set. It was brought to our attention when the duo came out that it was the first time they had ever done a set track for track, that being said their nearly 2 hour set was off the chain. Full of banger after banger, here’s a video we found of Skream dropping his remix to Deadmau5’s “Raise Your Weapon” for us that night.

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