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Monday
Mar042013

Ultra Weekend 1 Highlight: MegaStructure Friday

15 years is a huge landmark for Ultra Music Festival. Starting as a single-day beach festival, the event quickly drew a larger and larger crowd each year. Not only has the scope of the weekend changed, but so has the vibe. Yet the one thing that will always keep Ultra as the premiere dance music event is its loyalty to the style of music that launched it, in the form of the MegaStructure stage. Miami has seen many scenes throughout the years, but this is 2013. It's about to peak, and I hope you're ready. 

Fatboy Slim

English DJ and record producer Norman Cook has been a world-renowned phenomenon for over two decades. As one of the major pioneers of the big-beat sound, Fatboy has held many pseudonyms over the years but always held true to the same sound that led him to top the US pop charts for 20 weeks ("Praise You") and to play for the Olympics ceremony last summer in London! From House to Funk to even a touch of Rock, Fatboy Slim experiments with different sounds, paving the way for many other artists to follow in his footsteps. For all you dance music lovers who have yet to experience in some Slim, get ready for a mega show at the Mega Structure!

Carl Cox

Another British DJ/Producer who's been taking over the world for many years, Carl Cox is the grandfather of Tech House, and the genre's most vibrant character. He has been part of the scene since disco and still going stronger than ever as one of earth's most prominent dance music forces. With a mix of passion, flavor, flair and soul, Cox holds a legendary Ibiza residency and a global radio show reaching millions of listeners. The Carl Cox & friends arena has been the spot to be the last few years I've been at Ultra, so I can't recommend anything more than catching his set Friday right before Swedish House Mafia! Prepare yourselves for the very best of what Ultra has to offer.

John Digweed

Another Brit, Digweed first started DJing at the young age of 15. From a weekly two hour radio show on Kiss 100 in UK, to holding a Saturday residency at Ibiza's Vista Club, Digweed has had his ups and downs over the years but has never faded into obscurity. In 2001 he was voted the best DJ in the world, though he held a coveted spot in the top 10 from '98-'08. As an artist with a stacked discography, Digweed has in recent years aggressively targeted the record sales industry, taking under his belt the commanding roll of Bedrock Records. His last North American tour was a huge success as he ripped through the nightlife of the USA with fellow House legend Sasha. Be sure to check out their mix below, it's widely known as one of the best mixes of our time.

Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones has taken the underground world by a rush in the past few years, jumping over hurdles to achieve his music success which culminates in this huge performance on Friday afternoon. The so-called "best DJ you didn't know" is a veritable Electronic Funk master, known for solid basslines and floor-shaking beats that'll be echoing all throughout downtown Miami. This will be a new set for me to check out at UMF this year!

Cassy

Cassy, a female conquering the game in a male-dominated industry, has been fiercely touring all around Europe the past decade. Yet another one of Britain's prize-childs, Cassy has been rippling waves of deep sound right into Techno & House lovers' ears through her high-energy impromptu spinning skills. 2013 is a huge year for the artist, when she will continue her residency at Panorama Bar as well as Rex in Paris and Trouw in Amsterdam. If you've lost your faith in the way dance music is going now, fear not! Cassy still uses vinyl.

Kryoman

When you put musicians and special FX experts together, this is what you get. The brainchild of Andrew Moore & Alejandro Gonzales, known as "The Robot" within dance music circles, was first conceived and built in 2005. The first kryogenic system of its kind, "Kryoman" is an animatronic robic embedded with sophisticated LED lights, 100mw lasers, and a pyrotechnics system to top it off. The robot has been on his tour for years, most notably accompanying talent such as Carl Cox for club nights at the famed Amnesia, Space, and Pacha in Ibiza. The future is here, and it's landing in Bayfront Park.

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By Brooke Forman

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