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WMC Party Review: Hard Miami

By Ryan Vasta posted Mar 27, 2014 at 06:01 PM

DJ Ryan Vasta was fully present at Grand Central for Hard Miami Wednesday night. Click ahead to see what he thought!


            Hard Miami returned for this year’s WMC, bringing some of the hottest acts in electronic music to Grand Central. Each artist had a 45-minute set, ensuring constant variety and fresh beats.

            Tchami started the night off right, immediately setting the vibe with sexy nu-disco and house grooves. He had the crowd moving from the start, providing a great warm up for the heavier bass acts that were to follow. The audience was warmed up and ready to groove when Zed’s Dead took the stage, wasting no time to amp the energy level up a notch or two…or six. They electrified Grand Central with their signature grimey bass, including songs like Adrenaline and Coffee Break, with the occasional dive into housier, electro beats. The highlight of their set was the closer, a new song featuring dreamy synth melodies blended with deep bass wubs.

            Boys Noize emerged as a creative outlier amongst all the bass acts, but the German producer truly held his own, keeping the energy levels high as he battered the crowd with hard, heavy house. He quickly had the crowd locked in and fully engaged, and we were dancing throughout his entire set. RL Grime followed, and brought the focus back to the bass. The audience ate up his set of hard-hitting trap and hip-hop remixes.

            For yet another consecutive year, Hard Miami has managed to produce a cohesive and diverse lineup of DJs that complements the WMC lineup just right. Shout out to Grand Central for housing the funky vibes and here’s to a great time next year.     

            This night, however, truly belonged to What So Not and Cashmere Cat, with their refreshing takes on trap. Although the crowd had started to thin out, What So Not, the collaboration between Flume and Emoh Instead, took the stage to raucous applause. Combining traditional trap with future bass and sensual synth melodies, What So Not created a captivating set. Their set included their ‘Get Free’ Remix, ‘Touched,’ and ‘Jaguar’ along with amazing remixes of hip-hop classics ‘Juicy’ and ‘Brass Monkey.’ Although the crowd was small, the energy was huge. Already a quarter to four, Cashmere Cat took the stage, opening with ‘Mirror Mau.’ He seamlessly mixed between laid-back, hypnotic tunes and energetic, future-trap beats. It was the perfect vibe for a late-night set. At this point, only the most dedicated fans remained, creating a very intimate feel.

            Every artist had a great set, truly stepping it up for WMC. Hard truly did save the best for last, as What So Not’s and Cashmere Cat’s unique sounds provided the perfect ending to the night.  


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