BOOHOO SWIM SHOW MIAMI SWIM WEEK

I couldn’t think of anything more Miami than a swim show at the iconic Versace Mansion during Miami Swim Week. So when Boohoo reached out to have me soundtrack their first ever runway swim show I was excited, flattered (and yea, maybe felt a little bit of pressure) but I quickly rearranged my schedule to make myself available to them. I understood the brand’s vision and turned around a playlist within a few hours (read that right… hours, not days) that was youthful, fun and fit the image.

The show was full surprises including a diverse group of models, including Tik Tok stars and social media influencers including Nikita Dragun. In the front row, Saweetie, Lele Pons and Austin Mahone to seat… and mid runway show – a live performance by Ty Dolla $ign. In true Miami fashion, the show followed with an afterparty & I shut the mansion down with a live DJ set featuring all the trendy bangers.

 

ART BASEL x RICHARD MILLE AFTER DARK

Wayne Boich’s annual Basel bash has quickly become my most anticipated event of the year! (Mostly, because Matt Brooks, leaves me literally in anticipation by never revelaing any of the event info prior to my arrival.) This year, the exclusive invite-only party was presented by Richard Mille, Don Julio 1942, and again partnered with one of my all time favorite brands, Armand de Briganc champagne. Celebrity guests included Dan Marino, Floyd Mayweather, Michael Bay, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Alesso were in attendance.

I kicked off the night with an old school hiphop & dancehall set before Ruckus took over the decks. Shortly after, Wyclef, Nelly & 2 Chainz graced the stage to perform all our favorite hits. Nothing beats an intimate concert overlooking the Miami skyline under perfect fall weather… grateful to have been a part of the experience another year!

BETTER NIGHTS BASEL x MICKALENE THOMAS

The last time I collaborated with mixed-media artist Mickalene Thomas was back in 2013, when arriving to DJ at her Brooklyn exhibition she asked if I’d come with her to Switzerland for Art Basel. For an entire week overseas, she gave me the great honor of being her “in-house” DJ for her commissioned installation, “Better Days” at the Galerie Volkhaus.

When I heard from her studio manager in New York about a continuation to her installation almost 7 years later, and her invitation to return as the house DJ, you better believe I was 100% on board!

Channelling memories of her mother during the late 1970’s (and now into the early 80’s) Better Nights, creates a communal experience that celebrates the collective idea of family in all its multi-splendoured form. For the exhibition, features a 1970s-style home replete with faux wood panelling, wallpaper, and custom upholstered furnishings featuring Mickalene’s signature textiles. The walls adorned with  her work and those of friends and contemporaries including Nina Chanel Abney & Derrick Adams among others.

The immersive installation kicked off Basel Miami Beach and remained open every night hosting some of the most exclusive private parties for acclaimed press, art collectors, and even a night dedicated solely to the executives of Dior and celebrity guests Pietro Beccari, Lenny Kravitz and Barbara Becker. My all-vinyl sets (which all exclusively for Mickalene) included a variety of 80’s R&B & funk to compliment some of the musicians who took stage like Jody Watley and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Words can never explain the magic that takes place inside Mickalene’s installations, but I’m forever grateful to have be a part of them. They are forever  ingrained in my memory and in my heart.

SPOTIFY x ANITTA

As one of Brazil’s biggest pop stars, Spotify wanted to further amplify Anitta’s album launch within the US with an event that celebrated the artist and her fans. Produced within a warehouse in the Wynwood Arts District, the raw space was transformed to include beauty bars, multiple photo activations and of course, a stage (with plenty of tropical foliage) for an intimate surprise performance by Anitta.

The one-night event gave fans the opportunity to glam up and get down like the Brazilian queen… Literally, with dozens of professional make-up artists on hand to customize make-up to wig looks. The guest list was kept relatively hush, to keep the event exclusive and intimate; Hence, preventing me from posting anything prior on any social channels… Sorry friends!

Despite a small thunderstorm that hovered over us before opening the outdoor stage, it was amazing to provide the music before and during Anitta’s performance which included just four tracks from Festa Kisses.

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 –