Steve Aoki at Rok Bar, with bottle service
Day three in Miami: Wake up bright and early feeling fresh and well rested.
Decide to stroll over the Miami Beach Resort & Spa, which is where the conference headquarters are. In one of the room they were screening Dub Echoes, a documentary about, you guessed it, dub. Interesting, but sitting in a dark room while there's a party outside seems a bit wrong.
Outside there was booming dubstep being spun by Mala, which sounded amazing under the burning afternoon sun. The dubstep continued with Moldy, but started to get itchy for something a bit more uptempo. Outside ran into Hali and Mike Gibbs again, who had great things to say about the Minus party they hit the night before, and were on their way to the Ghostly boat cruise (which they later reported to be a dud).
Over at the other end of the beach wandered around a few hotel pool parties until stumbling on the Stones Throw shindig at the Raleigh. Lots of gritty hip-hop and funk being played there, and some battling breakdancers. Ran into many of the same Toronto characters that were there the day before, as well as Alisha of Soulutions. Nice to escape pounding house and electro for a few hours.
Grab some dinner and then continue my wandering. Stop for a few drinks at a cute little pub where some Miami locals were throwing a drum 'n' bass party for Bassdrive.com. More on the smooth and soulful side than the hard end of d'n'b.
Walk over to Rok Bar, where a crowd is gathering outside for the MSTRKRFT hosted party. Luckily see Jesse Keelor as he's getting there and he escorts me inside. Later someone tells me, "I'm surprised you got in, usually this club only lets in rich guys and hot girls". Considering that the minimum for the bottle service boothes is about $5000, that's not surprising. Steve Aoki played an unannounced set, and seemed peculiarly reserved by his standards. Guess that stage diving doesn't seem quite as appealing when the DJ booth is so high in the air.
Had every intention to hit something else that night, but suddenly it's very late and I remember how early I'm going to have to wake up to make my flight home.