THE DALMAR GRAND OPENING

Downtown Fort Lauderdale threw an epic party at the city’s newest lifestyle hotel, The Dalmar. The grand opening party welcomed VIPs, influential residents, and celebrities. I was honored to be the first DJ welcomed to play at the hotel’s rooftop and lounge, Sparrow, to soundtrack the VIP afterparty.

Right before I kicked off the party at Sparrow, Flo Rida performed all his top hits on the pool deck overlooking the downtown skyline. There was no shortage of food, drinks or entertainment throughout the night. Looking forward to future nights at this amazing new property, thanks for having me!

– Photos courtesy World Red Eye – 

PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational returned for its 3rd year to Gulfstream Park with a $16 million purse, making it the richest race in North America. As one of South Florida’s most entertaining & glamourous day events of the year, I was beyond excited to return in full derby attire & provide the all-day tunes at the race’s VIP level, the Flamingo Room. Up & away from the wet weather, here VIPs enjoyed bites from some of my personal favorites, including Swan & Bar Bevy, and G.H. MUMM champagne. The race drew 10,000 fans, celebrities, horse racing elites, influencers and socialites even on the rainiest day.

At the end of a long but eventful day, there were two championship races with City of Light, ridden by Hall of Fame Jockey Javier Castellano, claiming the $4 million first place finish for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, and Bricks and Mortar, ridden by Eclipse Award-winning Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., taking the first place $3 million purse for the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.

Just off memory, we had Snoop Dogg, Dennis Rodman and Evander Holyfield in my room, and Mark Ronson even stopped by the booth for a quick chat, before he headed downstairs to headline the LIV Village Stretch. Many thanks again to The Stronach Group for the special invitation. Looking forward to making this a yearly tradition!

– Photos courtesy of World Red Eye –

PUMA SELECT STORE OPENING

Collaborating with a favorite artist in a festival or concert is great, but nothing beats an intimate experience. You can imagine how excited I was to hear the new opening of the PUMA Select shop in Miami’s Design District would include an over-the-top Big Sean appearance.

The shop featured Big Sean’s latest capsule collection and a chance for select shoppers to grab some of it before it launches on September 15th. I myself got to take home the iconic satin variety bomber PUMA jacket in the exclusive collection’s darker, monochromatic color palette… (Thanks for that PUMA!)

I provided all the Big Sean jams as guests eagerly waited in the custom built outdoor lounge just outside the new shop. When I dropped “Bounce Back” Big Sean drove right onto the event’s black carpet in an all-black Dodge Challenger, because how else would you arrive, right??

WHAT A YEAR, WHAT A YEAR… Thanks to Triton Productions for the plug & of course PUMA for the fresh fit.

– Photos courtesy of Triton Productions & PUMA – 

IRIE WEEKEND XIV

Another year of Irie Weekend in the books! Back for it’s 14th year, DJ Irie’s birthday turned celebrity weekend celebration brings Miami 3 days of day to night events all to support his charity the Irie Foundation, which seeks to empower South Florida’s at-risk youth to lead productive lives through mentorship programs, cultural experiences and scholarship opportunities. It’s both an honor & privilege to support him on his journey to bring experiences to children that might not have the chance to take part in otherwise, due to their personal circumstances.

Like every year, IW kicks off with a celebrity-driven golf tournament, which was taken for the first year to the all-new Topgolf in Miami Gardens. Bright & early, Celebrities such as Joey Fatone, Alonzo Mourning & more all gathered to play for charity. Of course, the E11even fam had to take golfing to a whole new level by transforming all three levels into a multi-level nightclub experience, including a special activation on the rooftop which I had the pleasure of DJing. The full day event ended with of  a concert stage rolled out onto the green by E11EVEN Music, with performances by Ludacris & Jamie Foxx.

The next few days followed with beach bashes & late nights/early mornings at both LIV & E11even and it all wrapped up on Sunday with a new addition to the weekend,  Turn Down For Brunch at the Fontainebleau. The menu featured a crazy array of items including Pink Waffles with Truffled Ranch Dressing, Bourbon Infused Maple Syrup, Edible Gold Dust, S’mores Ice Cream Paninis, and plenty of mimosas, (trust)! I provided the party vibes all day while  Jonathan Cheban, co-hosted.

Thanks to my amazing clients/friends at Artist Related & E11even for the inclusion all weekend long. And of course, big thanks to the busiest man I know, Irie, who always finds the time to put others first.

– Photos courtesy World Red Eye – 

MIAMI OPEN x MOET CHANDON

For years I’ve enjoyed the Miami Open as a spectator, this year I had the privilege of playing exclusively for one of my favorite brands, Moet, for the highly anticipated 2 week tennis tournament. Anyone attending the match in the open-aired stadium in Key Biscayne knows how unforgiving the heat can be… thankfully Moet Chandon setup an air-conditioned lounge with endless cold bubbles and music conducted by yours truly.

It can be challenging to DJ consecutive days at an event without overplaying songs, but with such a versatile (and FUN) crowd, I never ran out of things to play and the crowd never stopped dancing. Huge thank you to ManMar Entertainment for the plug and shout out to Gabrielle Union for stopping by during the Women’s finals… Already looking forward to next year!

– Pictures courtesy World Red Eye – 

MIAMI SWIM WEEK 2017

Swim Week was a 6 day marathon and I enjoyed every sleepless minute of it!  For the past 3 years, I’ve been kicking off this city’s sexiest week of fashion with Miami Magazine’s annual opener “Splashion” sponsored by South Florida BMW Centers and previewing 2018 swimsuit collections by Peroni Emerging Designers’ Indah, Ola Feroz, Vilebrequin, and My Bestfriend’s Closet. This year, the show also collaborated with a presentation by the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders and I also had the privilege of sharing the turntables with fellow friend, DJ Irie.

 

Day 2 showcased one of the week’s most anticipated shows, the 6th Annual Peroni Emerging Designer Series at the Nautilus hotel. I was honored to DJ this event once again before viewing the runway show featuring 10 finalists including Bianca Coletti and 2016 Winning Designer Sea Jasper, all debuting their Italian inspired designs.

Newly added to my personal line-up this year, was the 7th annual Style Saves fashion show fundraiser which I’ve attended as a guest each year. Behind the decks this time, it was an absolute pleasure to play this sold-out event hosted by Rocky Barnes and Paulina Vega at The Setai, along with providing the runway music for designers such as  Alice & Olivia and ishine365.

Saturday & Sunday was fun under the sun with two amazing daytime events. Treats Magazine! brought some Swim Week paradise to 1 Hotel South Beach with an exclusive poolside all-white party. I was right in my element providing the poolside sound for hundreds of bikini-clad models and celebrity guests including Leo DiCaprio. To close up, I joined Peroni once again, at East Miami where Brickell City Centre retailers showed their latest summer styles.

Too many sponsors to mention all, but a special thank you goes to long-time clients Modern Luxury, 1 Hotel South Beach, Style Saves, Funkshion and of course, Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Can’t wait to do it all over again next year… but first, sleep!

– Pictures courtesy of World Red Eye & The Louis Collection –

 

MLB ALL-STAR WEEKEND

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game came to Miami for the first time this year to play its 88th annual game at Marlins Park, but the festivities began long before that first pitch.

I was honored to soundtrack a magical night that transported VIP guests from the Major League Baseball Association along with current MLB players for the exclusive “Dinner on the Diamond” event hosted by Bank of America. The event held at the Temple House was the perfect setting for projection mapping that allowed guests to actually dine on 7 different baseball stadiums across the US. Of course, the music was specifically selected to distinguish each state (Think Frank Sinatra’s New York New York, Tony Bennett’s I Left My Heart in San Fransisco, etc…)  Aside from an amazing dinner and cocktail reception, the event included a discussion panel with key & legendary players including Pudge & Alex Rodriguez.

NY&CO x EVA MENDES COLLECTION

It’s not your average store opening when actress Eva Menedes makes a personal appearance to commemorate her collaboration with fashion retailer, New York & Company. Born in Miami herself, it seemed only fitting for the actress to make her first red carpet appearance in six months in one of the city’s most iconic shopping centers, Dadeland Mall.

The store opened  with hundreds of guests lined up outside its doors & I was thrilled to provide the music, a mix of italian mambo & french pop, tailored to Eva’s taste. Thanks to my friends Think Red for the plug & for putting together another flawless production.

– Outfit provided by NY&Co – 

– Photos courtesy of Think Red INC –

PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL

This past Saturday, I not only attended my first horse race, I was also asked to take part of the star-studded line-up for the 1st ever Pegasus World Cup Invitational and what is now the richest horse race in the world. With over 12,000 stakeholders, celebrities, socialites and racing fans filling up seats at Gulfstream Park, it was the most highly anticipated match-up in Thoroughbred racing history between California Chrome and Arrogate.

I had the privilege of playing a set between personal favorites, DJ Cassidy & Ruckus inside 10 Palms that hosted more than 600 VIPs and A-listers including Vanessa Hudgens, Aaron Paul (GUSH), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Love her!), Gene Simmons (of KISS… legend.), Karolina Kurkova and Usher just to name a few. After the races, I took the main stage following multi-platinum artist Thomas Rhett while E! News host Maria Menounos reported live on NBC behind me. A huge Thank You to both E11evn & The Stronach Group for the honorable invite.

Photos courtesy of World Red Eye

MIAMI SWIM WEEK

Summer wouldn’t be complete without Miami Swim Week, a week full of bikini runway shows, celebrities & parties. First up, the annual kick-off event, Splashion presented by Miami Magazine. The eighth annual party & runway show was hosted by YesJulz and Uncle Luke at the W South Beach & even included a surprise performance by Kent Jones.

I spent the rest of the week soundtracking backstage sounds for all the models at L’oreal Professional’s activation, Hair Fashion Night. The global event takes place in 25 countries & considered the biggest night dedicated to hair trends from Beach Waves to Double Braids.

– Photos courtesy of New Times –