HARD Miami - Diverse Rowdiness

March 29, 2016 -

Daily Beat Staff

Cameo nightclub after day 2 of Ultra Music Festival was a party to remember. The maze-like setup of the club added to the overall feel of the HARD Miami 2016 night event. Downstairs in room one hosted the likes of Drezo, REZZ, JAUZ, Boys Noize, and hip hop legends 2 Live Crew. Night Bass held down room two with its leader AC Slater, Bones, Tampa’s Landis LaPace, and Dirtybird guests Shiba San and Justin Martin.


One enters the upstairs room directly into the party; an elevated DJ booth facing a tight dance floor with VIP tables lining it. A quality sound system was put to the test with the dark synths Night Bass notoriously throws down. Justin Martin played his regular funky style but still threw in some heavier stuff, including a trap VIP of his classic “Don’t Go.”


AC Slater brought the house down immediately. Throwing down his LA-based house tracks, the label head represented his brand properly. Hard hitting songs featuring grungy, dark and strange synths has become the Night Bass signature sound. I would almost call it Americanized UK Garage. “Got Damn” got the crowd jumping off the walls when AC wound it up high and brought the bass in heavy.


Over in the main room, you could view the booth from both high and low quarters. The upstairs portion wrapped around the edges while the main floor looked like it traveled back for miles. The stage was pretty small to be quite honest. It looked like a tiny window, but seemed to fit a good amount of people nonetheless. Even past 3 a.m. everyone seemed to be holding strong and enjoying the music as if they hadn't already danced all day in the sun.


My favorite sets of the night via main room were easily by REZZ, Boys Noize and JAUZ. Canadian, female rising star, REZZ, made it look effortless throughout her entire performance. She threw down her usual dark, psychedelic beats with grace. For only a 20-year-old DJ/producer at the time, this chick has some serious talent and should be one to watch in the coming years.


Boys Noize brought the funky, old-school techno vibes of which MMW attendees deeply appreciated. It was enlightening to have the chance to finally see him in a club setting over a festival. After getting to witness him perform at Delano Beach Club a day prior, it was dope to experience him in a completely different setting with an entirely different group of DJs.


JAUZ obviously brought the heat per usual and had the whole room in an uproar within minutes. Things got extremely rowdy, very quick - so rowdy that DJ Snake, Snails, Datsik, ETC! ETC! , Ookay and several other special guests showed up to do a surprise b2b2b2b2b.


After being at Ultra all day, then raging at Cameo all night, you could say I was pretty exhausted. Either way, I still had a hell-of-a-time. Shout-out HARD presents for continually putting on some of the most amazing shows - MMW wouldn't have been as fun without it. This one is on my list again for next year.

Co-written by: Brandon Sutton
Photos by: OHDAGYO Photography & Stegra Media

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