UR ENTERTAINED: Red Bull’s Culture Clash Rocks Miami
Written by S. Renée
Grand Central was a complete madhouse last Thursday evening as music lovers of all genres were swept off their feet by the sounds of Red Bull Music Academy’s Inaugural Culture Clash Miami. A celebration of diversity in sound and culture, four internationally-known and well respected DJ collectives competed in four rounds of music brilliance, leading to a decision by the crowd of the crew that was most deserving of the winning title. Caribbean/Reggae crew Black Chiney/Eccentrix Sound (Miami), Bass & Dubstep crew BassHead Music (Miami), Hip Hop and EDM crew Slow Roast Records (Miami/Los Angeles), and the Moombahton Massive crew (Washington, D.C./Los Angeles), went round for round, not missing a beat, in hopes of snagging the coveted first place prize.
Each crew was taken on a four round journey: “TEMPERATURE’S RISING” was worth no points, but got the audience in the mood for what turned out to be an amazing night. Each crew played a 7 minute set of their best tunes, in hopes of winning the crowd over early. “THE SELECTOR” round saw Moombahton Massive as the winner, gaining 1 point for their presentation and song selection. The next round, “SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY,” proved that Slow Roast Records was the best at interpreting another crews sound, earning them 1 point, as they were challenged to duplicate Black Chiney’s rhythm, while BassHead and Moombahton stepped into the others shoes. The fourth and final round, “THE DECIDER,” showcased each crew in a final, 7 minute round worth 2 points, putting them to the test in a “is this your final answer?” show down. Only dub plate specials and exclusive live performances were allowed in this round, no regular records. By show of applause, cheers, hoots and hollers, measured by a decibel meter, the crowd voted
BassHead Music as the ultimate champions, after their special guests served up a hefty portion of Miami music history, including surprise performances by the 69 Boyz and the “Mayor of 305” himself, Trick Daddy. The other crews special guests were no frowning matter – Slow Roast dug JT Money and Noreaga out from under a rock, while Black Chiney and Eccentrix Sound brought out their international cohorts, Major Lazer’s Diplo and Walshy Fire, to a huge uproar of appreciation from the crowd. All-in-all, Red Bull knows how to throw a party! The crowd was crazy amped, the music was superb all night long, the DJ crews were excited and brought the crowd in on the fun, and most important, people of all creeds, shapes, sizes and colors joined together in one room to enjoy the one thing that’s universal between all humans – music.