Miami Music Week is always a week of pure madness and constant partying. From March 21st to the 26th, there were an array of events to attend that ranged from pool parties in South Beach to after-hours in downtown. Sometimes there are so many events to choose from in one day that you just have to pick one and run with it – Thursday night was one of those nights. Being the day before Ultra, of course, Thursday night was going to be stacked. Deadbeats definitely brought the bass and a level of rowdiness and energy you don’t often see at events.
The massive event took place at Soho Studios and was a collaboration with the heads of Deadbeats themselves, Zeds Dead and fellow Shark Squad leader, Jauz, who were also headlining the night. They brought out a couple of their talented friends along for the ride, which resulted in a variety of unexpected b2b’s and glimpses of new music yet to be released.
Doors opened around 10 PM, and the first one on the decks was Nebbra! He played a future-bass heavy set that had everyone in their feels – yet still enjoying themselves dropping tracks like “On The Moon.” Wrapping up his set around midnight, I knew that it was only the beginning and bombs were about to start dropping.
The surprise b2b’s began to come into play with NGHTMRE being the surprise guest playing alongside Ghastly and Mija. Playing everything from A Day To Remember, to Drake, to Zomboy – they certainly did not stick to one particular genre. Boombox Cartel made an unexpected appearance during their set playing his collab with NGHTMRE “Aftershock.” It was a fantastic fusion of music that left everyone mesmerized as interesting artwork illuminated from the LED screens behind them.
Around 1 AM, the first headliner of the night, Jauz was ready to hit the decks. Fellow Shark squad members screamed with joy, and they began to shuffle the night away. From playing some of his classics like “Can’t Feel The Volume” to some of his most recent releases like “Claim To Be,” Jauz’s performance kept everyone on their toes with his infectious basslines and doing his own MC’ing. Out of nowhere, another unexpected guest makes an appearance, including none other than Netsky and Joyryde for a mini B2B session, which excited the crowd even more.
Up next on the roster was Zeds Dead, who immediately opened their set with bombs filled with bass that had everyone on the rail headbanging into another galaxy. The Toronto duo brought a filthy set that was comprised of songs off their latest album called “Northern Lights” and other songs that were released from their label’s first compilation album. Their production was also phenomenal. The two headliners, Zeds Dead and Jauz, returned to the stage for a phenomenal b2b set playing everything that was bass-influenced, from headbanging to some dubstep to shuffling to some bass house, at 4 in the morning the crowd was still hanging in there.
Last but certainly not least, Herobust went b2b with Troyboi and Grandtheft serving us with some more punchy bass and did not have any plans of slowing down until 5AM when the event finally came to an end.