This year’s Miami Music Week was truly an incredible experience, with people from all over the entire world packed into one big city for one specific reason: the love of house music! With parties literally going on every hour of the day, it becomes difficult to pick and choose between artists and venues. However, one of this year’s most spectacular parties was also the very first of it’s kind: the Spinnin’ Records label party called Spinnin’ Sessions at Nikki Beach! With an all-star line-up including Sander van Doorn, Cedric Gervais, Daddy’s Groove, Carnage, Hook n’ Sling, Showtek, Julian Jordan, Michael Calfan, Starkillers, La Fuente, and so many other great acts, we were amazed to also hear sets from surprise guests Nervo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and Moguai! Thankfully House4DJ had the opportunity to attend this massive event, and can report to you the details!
With short set times given in the beginning due to the huge roster of artists performing, each DJ typically dropped their latest and most popular tracks. Banger after banger was heard from everyone, and the crowd’s energy never faltered as their excitement kept growing to hear the next big act and their favorite tracks from them! Starkillers had everyone screaming along to his massive track Pressure, Carnage had the crowd in an uproar with Incredible, and Moguai devastated the audience with his bombs Mpire and Mammoth!
The dynamic Dutch duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano were the talk of Miami this year, bringing nothing but pure fire to every gig they had, which were many; bouncing through several gigs a day, from pool parties and nightclubs to the Ultra main stage, Sunnery and Ryan caused a ruckus and had the crowd going completely crazy! Dropping bombs like Joe Brunning’s Now Let Me See You Work and Gregor Salto’s Azumba, acapellas from Deadmau5 & Kaskade’s Move For Me and Afrojack & Steve Aoki’s No Beef, and mash-ups like Swedish House Mafia & Laidback Luke’s Leave The World Behind with the recent GTA, Henrix, & Digital Lab’s Hit It, the energy and vibe on the beach was unreal. Their massive timeless track Lethal Industry, always a definitive staple in their sets, brought the party to another level.
Mr. Miami himself, Cedric Gervais, took over the decks next, and played a fiery summertime mix as the sun was setting. The dancers took to the stage at the beginning of his set as he teased us all with his opening by dropping a brief snippet of his gigantic track Molly. Going quickly into a mix of bombs using his latest tracks like the collaboration with Borgore on Deception and the remix of Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness, as well as other original mixes like Cedaine, Cedric eventually gave the crowd what they were begging for by dropping Molly!
Next up were the gorgeous Australian sisters Mim and Liv Nervo, and the girls really did it with an impressive, groovy set as the atmosphere changed from beach party to nightclub as the sun was completely down and the stage lights were finally in full effect. Their original collaboration with Nicky Romero called Like Home and original mix You’re Gonna Love Again made appearances; also hyping the crowd up with Icona Pop’s I Love It, the tone was set and the energy was right just as the headliner Sander van Doorn was ready to take us home!
Sander’s energy flowed through the crowd as he kicked it off with his remake of the classic track Joyenergizer, a popular anthem at this year’s Miami Music Week, and the crowd was bombarded by beach balls as they danced and screamed, never for a second slowing down! Fan favorite tracks like Zedd’s Clarity and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s Wakanda, another huge anthem this year, made it into the mix, but it was really Sander van Doorn’s arsenal of original mixes that had the crowd roaring.
Original tracks like Koko never sounded more perfect than on the beach, and switching constantly between progressive and electro to straight house was really impressive, showing us all who exactly Sander van Doorn is. Hearing his recent straight house collaboration with Mark Knight and Underworld on Ten was awesome, but hearing him also drop Mark Knight and Underworld’s older collaboration Downpipe was just jaw-dropping, a personal highlight of his set. Other original mixes like Nothing Inside and the collab with Julian Jordan on Kangaroo also made appearances.
Spinnin’ Sessions at Nikki Beach Miami was definitely a highlight of this year’s Miami Music Week, and the amazing energy, crowd, and most importantly, the music, have added up to something truly unforgettable. With a showcase of various contributors to the label, and many of the tracks mentioned above having been released on Spinnin’ as well as Sander’s sub-label of Spinnin’ called Doorn, there is no question where Spinnin’ Records stands in the dance music universe. As one of the biggest and most well renown dance music labels in the world, Miami Music Week has only just ended and we already can’t wait to see what Spinnin’ Records has in store for us in Miami next year!
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