Article and Photos By: Maria Farias
The Blue House was once again the place to be to ring in Miami Music Week. Sea to Sun Recordings unofficially launched Ultra Music Festival with a high profile showcase and a guest list featuring some of the industry's hottest talents during Global Frequency Miami 2011 at Tom Lord-Alge's private residence.
A variety of styles were represented at the showcase. Trance, house, and even the once-underground but now thoroughly mainstream dubstep made an appearance amid tubs of Mike's Hard Lemonade and Mike's Hard Punch and a gourmet cuisine prepared by Lisa Lord.
Hosted by the four-time Grammy Award winning producer Lord-Alge (Steve Winwood, Chicago, Hanson, Marilyn Manson, U2, and Weezer, among others) and global trance star Sylvia Tosun, the party featured sets from BT
, Alex M.O.R.P.H.
, David Vendetta, Sted-E & Hybrid Heights, and Sea and Sun recording artist and key player Anton Bass.
Tosun, founder of Sea to Sun Recordings, has a knack for picking out the best and brightest in the in industry. Not surprising, from a pop icon who has scored half a dozen hits on the global Dance Club Play charts, including her No.1 Billboard Club Play anthem "Push n Pull.” Her latest EP launched in September, with a little help from her co-host behind the controls.
"Sylvia is a one of a kind talent," says Lord-Alge. " The quality of her voice and songs really inspired me to get involved with this project. To be able to guide her and turn these dance hits into pop sensations is an absolute pleasure for me."
BT, who was recently nominated for in the Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 2011 Grammys for These Hopeful Machines, headlined the event. His set served as a preview of his UMF Radio Stage spot on Friday, and main stage appearance on Ultra Music Festival’s closing night. Speculation abounds BT will incorporate dubstep into his set, because not only he did play a few wobbly tracks, but jammed to them as well.
Machines represents some of the best work of BT’s career. Polished and perfected tracks like "Le Nocturne de Lumiere," demonstrate why he’s a composer’s composer, and is studied by producers worldwide.
Alex M.O.R.P.H. kept the crowd going with his extraordinary productions and remixes. The German trance artist brings a lot of promise to a once dying trance scene. Beginning as a small independent artist, Alex M.O.R.P.H. has morphed into one of the most prominent trance DJs and producers in the world. He joins Armin van Buuren's “A State of Trance 500” tent on Saturday.
With all the glitz and glamour expected from a chic industry party on the cusp of the globe’s premier electronic festival, the Sea to Sun family confirmed they are at the helm of a great boatload of talent.
David Vendetta & Sylvia Tosun "World Keeps Turning"