Red Bull Guest House wraps its second year in Miami
Red Bull Guest House wraps up its second year in Miami
For the past two years, Red Bull Guest House has invaded Miami with some of the week’s most eclectic, cutting edge, and buzzworthy parties held inside its doors. This year a motley cast of characters – ambassadors from all corners of the dance music world – descended on the Gale Hotel in South Beach for a collection of parties that overshadowed much of the Miami Music Week buzz. Over the course of the next four days the hotel would be transformed with day parties and after hours debauchery, a seemingly never ending cascade of patrons flooding the hotel to catch their favorite acts and rub elbows with some of dance music’s most prominent figures.
The Rooftop Retreat
Every day, from 2 to 8 PM, the Gale’s rooftop pool was overrun by an array of talents. Thursday saw the Hot Creations crew opening the week’s events with a deep house laden day party that featured Lee Foss, Jamie Jones, Anabel Englund, Art Department and more. A sensual start to what would turn into an all-out party on Friday and Saturday, the Hot Creations crew passed the torch to the OWSLA camp for the second day of debauchery atop the Gale Hotel.
While thousands of fans descended on Biscayne Boulevard for the first day of Ultra, the real party was in South Beach, tucked neatly away at the Red Bull Guest House. Skrillex and the OWSLA crew stormed the Gale on Friday with an arsenal of future house, garage and bass music in their back pockets. Australian trio What So Not brought the Southern hemisphere to South Beach with a set that perfectly complimented the budding anticipation of a weekend’s worth of music in Miami. It’s an undisputed fact that tracks like “High You Are” and “Jaguar” were designed to deliver summertime vibes. In sharp contrast to the sun-kissed trap stylings of What So Not, Kill the Noise threw down his patented brand of dirty electro house while David Heartbreak and Yogi provided a hip-hop touch to the day’s showcase. Not to be outdone, Skrillex’s performance was an engaging collection of Recess originals and a wide variety of music from the depths of his digital crates.
Mad Decent Mayhem
Diplo arrived Saturday with a collection of Mad Decent talent in tow. A strange amalgamation of sounds that represented the Mad Decent mantra, Saturday on the roof was a party for the ages. Savage waves of bass flooded out onto Collins avenue, drawing in mobs of people that swarmed security and the entryway, all desperate to make their way into the weekend’s most rowdy event. The “surprise guest” at his own showcase, Diplo’s energy was unmatched for the remainder of the weekend at the Guest House, but it was performances from Zeds Dead, Riff Raff and Trinidad James that really set the tone for Saturday’s takeover.
Unwinding with Moroder
Giorgio Moroder and A Club Called Rhonda played in sharp contrast to the debauchery facilitated by Diplo less than 24 hours prior. Although not as rowdy as the Guest House’s previous two parties, Moroder, Tensnake, Goddollars, and Paradise held down the rooftop for the showcase’s final day. A collection of disco house gems and charming grooves helped patrons unwind after burning the candle at both ends during their MMW benders. The perfect comedown to a weekend’s worth of excess, A Club Called Rhonda served as the ideal experience for those looking to dance and sway their way into the final hours of Miami Music Week.
The Breakfast Club brings the underground
For the truly bold, the Red Bull Guest House hosted afterhours events from 2:30am – 7am every night from Friday to Sunday. The Breakfast Club overran the inside of the Gale with underground sounds from some of IDM’s most ardent supporters. Friday morning saw Richie Hawtin and the M-nus Records contingent take over with a selection of gritty techno and tech house at the hands of Paco Osuna, Gaiser, Matador, Julian Jeweil, Nsound, Joop Junior, Justin James, and Marc Faenger. The quintessential afterhours extravaganza, Hawtin and company’s addition to the Guest House established the ideal techno touch that Miami Music Week’s 24/7 party atmosphere requires.
While Hawtin and crew brought techno to the Gale during night one of the breakfast club, PMR and LuckyMe changed the event’s identity dramatically on night two, bringing in the talents of Cashmere Cat, Jacques Greene, Cyril Hahn, Julio Bashmore and more. In sharp contrast to the first afterhours event, Saturday night was framed by sex-fueled bass lines, R&B remixes and tasteful downtempo offerings from the dueling imprints’ arsenals.
Diddy and Gerber debut 11 11
With all eyes on Miami Music Week, the Bad Boy Records founder showcased, for the first time, his collaborative work with Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber, unearthing nearly 2 years worth of songs for an intimate selection of fans and industry executives. It was the pivotal moment for the Red Bull Guest House and one of the most important moments to come out of Miami Music Week. According to Diddy the album is genre-less – “It ain’t for everybody” – noting that the music was not for fans of EDM but rather “demented, after hours minds,” a concept that was embraced by the crowd without hesitation as the party went deep into the morning hours.