OWSLA at Red Bull Guest House 2014
Photo courtesy of Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
Raise your hand if Miami Music Week kicked your ass. Two hands up right here. My friends and colleagues had warned me it would be tough, but never did I expect the 15+ parties to take such a toll. Luckily, I got out alive. You know what they say, Red Bull gives you wings. Thankfully, I drank plenty of it at this year’s Red Bull Guest House.
On Friday, the Gale Hotel served as home to the OWSLA dawgs. The boundary pushing David Heartbreak kicked the afternoon off as the roof quickly reached capacity for the day. David’s sound has been recognized as not falling into any single genre, which is what has helped give him the reputation of the innovator that he is. I highly recommend checking out his Foundation EP that was released last year if you haven’t already.
At this point I was already starving as it’s very easy to forget to eat during this hectic week. Averaging one meal a day was all the norm while in Miami. Fortunately for my stomach of mine, I got invited to eat some delicious grub that had been prepared by DJ Craze courtesy of Traktor Cooking. The mysterious meat and carb filled rice was all I needed to aid me in my continuation of drinking for the day. All honesty, that shit was unreal, easily the best meal I ate all week.
After a miniature food coma, I continued back up to the roof where Milo & Otis were going b2b with What So Not. What a treat this was to get a special preview of what we can expect from the Mothership Tour. The three were all fun and good tunes as they took over the pool party. It’s easy to see why Skrillex would want these guys on tour with him. They are quickly paving the way for this scene, and from the looks of it, they all work really well together. I will note, on this particular day, Emoh of What So Not’s hair was an aqua blue.
Continuing the rooftop music-filled shindig was the opinionated and very gifted producer, Kill the Noise. Between his recent work with Skrillex and his upcoming tour with Mat Zo, this guy is keeping busy. KTN’s set was the perfect soundtrack for the crowd as they loosened up and Kirill got to work capturing those ratchet moments.
As the sun beat down on the Gale Hotel, I was really regretting not wearing a swimsuit because it was so fucking hot. Jealous of the ones taking advantage of the pool, I decided to settle for the free ice cream that was being served by some very spirited workers decked out in the best outfits I had seen all week.
After an hour or so, Kill the Noise handed the party over to Beni of Jack Beats. With the recent release of their Beatbox EP, compilation album, and upcoming North American tour, it is safe to say that Jack Beats are officially back. The signature wompin’ sounds filled the air as the sun prepared to start setting, and I began drinking my fourth Red Bull of the afternoon.
Still buzzing with excitement from the release of his Recess album, Skrillex’s performance had to be one of the more anticipated moments of the day. The OWSLA label daddy hopped on to wrap up “The Ill Shit” with Jack Beats and quickly turned the Red Bull Guest House into the most desired place to be.
Bouncing with energy, Skrillex opened up with the “NRG” remix he did with Kill the Noise and Milo & Otis, easily to become one of this summer’s anthems. His set had to be one of the best ones I heard all week. Nothing about it was predictable. On top of playing most of the material from his album, Sonny threw in a lot of other new tracks that were unidentifiable (thanks for nothing Shazam). I was just blown away by his performance and couldn’t help myself from dancing along with the small rambunctious crowd that had formed in front of the booth.
Closing out my time at Red Bull Guest House for the day was the bass-heavy Yogi. By that time, I had made it downstairs to watch people as they frolicked about and played ping pong. The sun was setting and the intimate atmosphere became even more intimate as the party came to a close. The people and the music that were brought to the Red Bull Guest House that day all serve as a reminder as to why OWSLA is boss.
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