Miami Mayor: Ultra Music Festival must update safety plan to prevent coronavirus outbreak

Ultra Music Festival is two weeks away, and as concern over the coronavirus grows, many aspects of how the festival and the City of Miami will prepare are still up in the air.

Ultra fans have been anticipating the festival’s return to Bayfront Park, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said they’re working with the festival to prevent a potential outbreak.

Suarez also said that Ultra comes with special challenges because it attracts people from over 100 countries around the world.

“We’re monitoring on a day-to-day basis right now,” Suarez said. “Right now, we don’t have any cases in the city or in the county, but what makes Ultra different, like I said, is that it is an event that brings people from across the world. I mean, according to their website, 105 countries.”

Ultra did not provide a comment on what they will do in regards to preventing the spread of the coronavirus, but Suarez said government officials at every level are taking steps to prevent people from high-risk areas from travelling to South Florida.

“The airport,  and with the federal government, are analyzing whether people can even travel from those countries, so irrespective of whether they have bought a ticket, irrespective of whether they have any infectious condition or not, they may not be allowed to travel from that country,” Suarez said.

“We have been preparing for this for approximately two months now,” City of Miami Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Zahralban said. “We have protocols in place. This is not the first emerging infectious disease that we have dealt with, and typically, what we do is modify those policies and procedures, so that they are adaptable to the specific virus.”

The festival is also required to update their safety plan, and it will be up to the city to decide if that is enough.

Suarez said, “In terms of our response at this point today, we are working with them. They have to update their safety plan, and based on that, if it’s to our satisfaction, we obviously have input as to whether or not we approve their updated life safety plan, and that’s something our fire department has done a magnificent job, I have to say. On getting ready for any potential outbreak, we’ll be analyzing it with their organizers.”

The mayor also added that the festival poses special challenges to city leaders.

“It’s particularly different because many of those mass aggregations, as opposed to say, for example, Miami Heat games, Wynwood or any other area where there is a mass aggregation of people, are specifically from people who are traveling to Miami, so there’s a lot of components that are involved,” Suarez said.

It remains unknown when the festival needs to present their updated safety plan, which city leaders will have the final say on.

Ultra is set to begin on Friday, March 20.

Original article: WSVN

“Fuser” the next Guitar Hero but for those who want the festival DJ experience

Fuser, a game that will turn one’s wishes into a reality. The creator of it all, Harmonix is one of the leading independent studios when it comes to capturing that brand of thrill, and is perhaps best known for cluttering apartments and basements everywhere with its highly successful Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises.

Fuser will include more than 100 songs that players can mix in real time, grabbing the vocals from Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” and mashing it up with the guitar from The Clash’s “Rock the Casbah” and the bass line and drums from 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” As you play, and take request from festival attendees, you can throw in a little “Stir Fry” by Migos and a drop from “Good As Hell” by Lizzo. 

check the trailer out below and tell us what to think.

10 best Skrillex songs we still jam to today

Not going to lie, but all of these tracks bring me back to some point in my life. Skrillex has definitely put his own twist into dubstep and EDM in general and has become one of the top DJ´s this scene has ever witness.

These are believed to be some of the best Skrillex songs heavily played today:

Skrillex – Rock N’ Roll 

Skrillex – Kill Everybody

skrillex scary monsters and nice sprites

Skrillex – First Of The Year

Skrillex – Cinema (remix)

SKRILLEX ft. Sirah – Bangarang

Skrillex ft. Damian Marley – Make It Bun Dem

Skrillex ft. Ellie Goulding – Summit

Skrillex – Levels (remix)

Skrillex – promises (remix)

EDM sub-genres – a new ravers guide

What’s your favorite sub genre in EDM? Or are you like me that likes everything? I’ve listed a few below without going to deep into the EDM realm where there’s no coming out of. Let’s look at several of the more popular EDM sub genres we hear at music festivals today.

Trap

EDM trap is a style of electronic dance music (EDM) that originated in the mid-2000s and early 2010s. It blends elements of trap music, an offshoot of Southern hip hop, with elements of EDM like build-ups, drops, and breakdowns. A variety of artists spurred trap’s move into pop and EDM

Techno

Techno is a genre of electronic dance music that is characterized by a repetitive four on the floor beat which is generally produced for use in a continuous DJ set. The central rhythm is often in common time, while the tempo typically varies between 120 and 150 beats per minute

Dupstep

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London in the late 1990s. It is generally characterised by sparse, syncopated rhythmic patterns with prominent sub-bass frequencies.

House

House is a genre of electronic dance music characterized by a repetitive four on the floor beat and a tempo of 120 to 130 beats per minute. 

D&B

Drum and bass is a genre of electronic music characterised by fast breakbeats with heavy bass and sub-bass lines, sampled sources, and synthesizers. The music grew out of breakbeat hardcore. The popularity of drum and bass at its commercial peak ran parallel to several other homegrown dance styles in the UK.

Trance

Trance is a genre of electronic music that emerged from the British new-age music scene and the early 1990s German techno and hardcore scenes. At the same time trance music was developing in Europe, the genre was also gathering a following in the Indian state of Goa.

Hardstyle

Hardstyle is a Dutch electronic dance genre mixing influences from techno and hardcore. Early hardstyle typically consisted of an overdriven and hard-sounding kick drum with a lot of sustain, with intense faded or reversed basslines accompanying the beat.

Big Room

Big room house is a subgenre of electro house. Since the mid-2010s it has become a popular form of electronic dance music. It gained mainstream popularity after artists like KSHMR, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Blasterjaxx, Martin Garrix and R3HAB began infusing it into their musical style.

Future Bass

Future bass is an umbrella term of bass music characterised by less intense drops, pulsating synth chords, exotic percussion and sometimes brass sounds.

Mid Tempo Bass

Midtempo is a genre of Electronic Music derived from techno and Electro House, featuring dark atmospheres and tempos around 80-115bpm.

These EDM sub genre cover all bases especially from an EDM events stand point, but each one has its rabbit hole that you can go into for hours and discover other sub genres with crazy names.

EDCLV main stage designs through the years (2011-2019)

We take a look back at the main stages that EDCLV has had over the years. EDC is known for its festival decore and it’s awesome stage production. EDCLV is also known for its mega stage structures, which in my opinion are the biggest stages at North American music festivals.

Check out EDCLV main stages through the years and tell us your favorite one.

EDCLV – That one time I dropped 2 tabs

Many of us go the extra mile and like to take what I call “mood enhancers” when attending music events. I’m not here to say drugs are bad, but I’m also not here saying you should… just do you boo boo.

EDCLV 2015 was one to remember especially night #2…. before going any further I’ve done acid a few times, but never at a music festival among 100k other people….. with that said you can see where this is headed.

The adventure begins

I’m on the shuttle headed to EDC with my friend and a girl who’s now my wife/baby mama. My friend and I take our first tab and everything is great and I’m just there all smiles and pumped while everyone around me pregamed. An hour passes I’m not feeling jack so I decide to take another one. As we get off the shuttle I’m starting to feel the effects as we’re in the security line waiting to get in.

We’re in and the tabs are tag teaming me…. at this point all I could do was pretend to act normal. It was right after Flume into Pretty Lights when I split from my friend and headed off on an adventure with my now wife/baby mama. At the time this was the first time meeting her in person (we had a FaceTime relationship for months before meeting up in LV for EDC).

Another hour passes and I’m fully tripping. It ain’t even midnight yet and the LSD is kicking my butt royally. Walking in that intensely packed crowd wasn’t fun and all I could try doing was avoiding eye contact because people looked as if they had benjamin button. Being that it was the first time with my lady friend there was no hope in saving myself from a bad trip and no way of her pulling me out. She’s never tripped and basically compared it to being drunk (I wish it was that easy). At this point we’re on different levels and I’m just trying my best to enjoy the night all while pretending I’m handling things like a champ.

I finally grabbed a hold of myself while at the basspod stage and was able to focus it all on Excision. The wave slowly starts to return and everything around me started to seem weird again. This trip intensified and all I could think about was leaving. At this point I’d lost all sense of direction and felt stupidly confused. My lady friend being mad that we were going to miss Dash Berlin helped get us back to the shuttles and on our way to the hotel…. That walk to the shuttle was not fun and felt like a Spongebob episode. The 1 hour ride in the dark back was what I needed to feel better and get my mind back together.

Since then I’ve learned a lot and to never underestimate what I take.

Getter headed back to his origins of dubstep with this release

Getter hit a few rough patches and wasn’t himself, but as of lately he came out with a commitment that meant he would make music for himself and get back to when things were good for the super star. With the release of “Represent” I ‘like tell you one thing…. he’s found his way back to dubstep!

With this track paves a road for more to come from Getter and we will be here every step of the way watching.

here his new track below:

Porter Robinson & Madeon’s hit “Shelter” has gone Gold

This great track that always brings a tear or 2 to my eye has gotten what it deserves and that’s going GOLD!

Shelter, which came out August 11, 2016 has had a lot of great success with it being certified Gold by the RIAA for reaching 500,000 sales or equivalent. As the people continue to stream and purchase the song the only hope for it is to become platinum (1,000,000 sales or equivalent).

Insomniac updates including EDCLV lineup dropping 2/20 & more

Pasquale Rotella has been busy with a lot of awesome things in store for us! He took to Instagram to share the excitement and announce that EDC Las Vegas lineup will be dropping on 2/20 at 6pm pt Night Owl Radio.

25 years of EDC

Pasquale also goes on to mention that 2021 will mark 25 years of the EDC Brand and to expect a year long celebration to commemorate the big milestone.

Nocturnal Wonderland

The music festival might be heading back to Glen Helen due to the number in attendance at the venue this past year which wasn’t so good. Pasquale Rotella will be putting a poll up on his IG to get a vote on what to do in this matter.

Insomniac Passport

The first year was a success and there will be some expansion coming to the program that will benefit members.

EDC Orlando

Last year the music festival was 3 days for the first time ever. Prices for the event did not increase and the goal is to continue on the same path with no major spike in price since EDCO attracted more attendees (75,000 people a day).

Beyond Wonderland Pacific Northwest

Its almost been a decade since the last Beyond Wonderland in Seattle, but a comeback is definitely in play For the PNW.

Nos Events Center

Expansions will be made to Beyond Wonderland SoCal. Expect other changes for other Insomniac events held there.

Other updates

Expect improvements to the wellness programs especially when it comes to mental health. Insomniac also looks to improve on being environmentally friendly and will be implementing changes at upcoming music events.

Check out Pasquale’s IG post below for more info

Ultra Music Festival Lineup through the years

Ultra Music Festival first started back in 1999 on the beaches of South Beach in Miami, Florida. Ultra Music Festival quickly gained popularity and grew over the years and having to relocate several times in its history due to its fast success.

With the fast success and growing popularity in EDM, festival lineups grew and changed to adapt over the last 20 years. We’ve gone ahead and listed all of Ultra Music Festival lineups so you can check for yourself.

1999-2019