Mad Decent at Red Bull Guest House 2014
Photo courtesy of Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
Last Saturday, the Gale Hotel in Miami served as the home to Mad Decent as the label showcased performances throughout the afternoon as part of the Red Bull Guest House. After spending some quality time there the day before, I was really looking forward to see what Mad Decent had in store.
Kicking the party off was Mr. Carmack. Better known for his insane producing skills, Mr. Carmack warmed things up as people quickly filled the roof. Heads up, this is one guy that you’ll want to keep your eye on this year. You have been warned.
As a fan of her recently released Just Like You EP, I was pretty curious and excited to see LIZ perform for the first time. The girl is talented, I’ll give you that.
Unfortunately, we had a few party crashers. The fire marshals quickly got to work right before the surprise b2b set. Luckily, ½ of the FWP team (myself) was already on the roof before it reached capacity. I was one of the fortunate few to witness the Mad Decent king himself, Diplo, go b2b with DJ Snake. Despite the small crowd, the two didn’t let this keep them from having a good time. They got a few ratchets dancing and even inspired some girls to start twerking (or attempt to, that is). That’s the sign that Diplo is in the building. Trinidad James also partook in the fun and sang us some tunes.
After Diplo and DJ Snake finished up, things got a little confusing as the party on the roof quickly became nonexistent. At some point, things got moved to the floor below. This is when Yellow Claw came on to perform and also when I realized I was trapped on the roof. Thank goodness my other half was not stuck on the roof and got to partake in whatever excitement was occurring on the floor below.
According to GPS, Yellow Claw got on the decks and the mix and kept the party going. The capacity was still an issue though, as people from the upstairs part of the roof (where the main dancing and partying was) were stuck since the downstairs part (where the party was moved to) was at capacity. Talk about a not so decent circumstance.
On the plus side, there was food! The Traktor Cookery was headed by Nicole Moudaber that day and consisted of prawns, honey ginger, and other yummy treats. Once she was done, another cook started making burgers for everyone to munch on.
Finally, the fire marshals stopped giving us shit and I was able to head downstairs where I caught Zeds Dead in the middle of a deep house set. This quickly brightened my mood. After jamming for a bit, the soft-spoken duo transitioned into a more upbeat and bass-heavy set. This got the crowd going as any negativity in the atmosphere quickly evaporated and good vibes spread throughout the dancefloor.
The Partysquad came on next. This is when I realized that I hadn’t eaten anything all day and, sadly, I was too sober to enjoy the performance that was before me. From what I heard though, it was a hell of a party. I was disappointed that I missed RiFF RAFF’s appearance, but I guess that’s what happens when you don’t plan accordingly.
Although an adventure, Saturday was quite special. Despite the capacity problems that arose, the afternoon was enjoyable and the music was a quality representative of Mad Decent as a label. Red Bull Guest House will always remain one of the hottest places to be during Miami Music Week, even when fire marshals try to put out the fire.