MIAMI SWIM WEEK 2017

Swim Week was a 6 day marathon and I enjoyed every sleepless minute of it!  For the past 3 years, I’ve been kicking off this city’s sexiest week of fashion with Miami Magazine’s annual opener “Splashion” sponsored by South Florida BMW Centers and previewing 2018 swimsuit collections by Peroni Emerging Designers’ Indah, Ola Feroz, Vilebrequin, and My Bestfriend’s Closet. This year, the show also collaborated with a presentation by the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders and I also had the privilege of sharing the turntables with fellow friend, DJ Irie.

 

Day 2 showcased one of the week’s most anticipated shows, the 6th Annual Peroni Emerging Designer Series at the Nautilus hotel. I was honored to DJ this event once again before viewing the runway show featuring 10 finalists including Bianca Coletti and 2016 Winning Designer Sea Jasper, all debuting their Italian inspired designs.

Newly added to my personal line-up this year, was the 7th annual Style Saves fashion show fundraiser which I’ve attended as a guest each year. Behind the decks this time, it was an absolute pleasure to play this sold-out event hosted by Rocky Barnes and Paulina Vega at The Setai, along with providing the runway music for designers such as  Alice & Olivia and ishine365.

Saturday & Sunday was fun under the sun with two amazing daytime events. Treats Magazine! brought some Swim Week paradise to 1 Hotel South Beach with an exclusive poolside all-white party. I was right in my element providing the poolside sound for hundreds of bikini-clad models and celebrity guests including Leo DiCaprio. To close up, I joined Peroni once again, at East Miami where Brickell City Centre retailers showed their latest summer styles.

Too many sponsors to mention all, but a special thank you goes to long-time clients Modern Luxury, 1 Hotel South Beach, Style Saves, Funkshion and of course, Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Can’t wait to do it all over again next year… but first, sleep!

– Pictures courtesy of World Red Eye & The Louis Collection –

 

MLB ALL-STAR WEEKEND

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game came to Miami for the first time this year to play its 88th annual game at Marlins Park, but the festivities began long before that first pitch.

I was honored to soundtrack a magical night that transported VIP guests from the Major League Baseball Association along with current MLB players for the exclusive “Dinner on the Diamond” event hosted by Bank of America. The event held at the Temple House was the perfect setting for projection mapping that allowed guests to actually dine on 7 different baseball stadiums across the US. Of course, the music was specifically selected to distinguish each state (Think Frank Sinatra’s New York New York, Tony Bennett’s I Left My Heart in San Fransisco, etc…)  Aside from an amazing dinner and cocktail reception, the event included a discussion panel with key & legendary players including Pudge & Alex Rodriguez.

NY&CO x EVA MENDES COLLECTION

It’s not your average store opening when actress Eva Menedes makes a personal appearance to commemorate her collaboration with fashion retailer, New York & Company. Born in Miami herself, it seemed only fitting for the actress to make her first red carpet appearance in six months in one of the city’s most iconic shopping centers, Dadeland Mall.

The store opened  with hundreds of guests lined up outside its doors & I was thrilled to provide the music, a mix of italian mambo & french pop, tailored to Eva’s taste. Thanks to my friends Think Red for the plug & for putting together another flawless production.

– Outfit provided by NY&Co – 

– Photos courtesy of Think Red INC –

PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL

This past Saturday, I not only attended my first horse race, I was also asked to take part of the star-studded line-up for the 1st ever Pegasus World Cup Invitational and what is now the richest horse race in the world. With over 12,000 stakeholders, celebrities, socialites and racing fans filling up seats at Gulfstream Park, it was the most highly anticipated match-up in Thoroughbred racing history between California Chrome and Arrogate.

I had the privilege of playing a set between personal favorites, DJ Cassidy & Ruckus inside 10 Palms that hosted more than 600 VIPs and A-listers including Vanessa Hudgens, Aaron Paul (GUSH), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Love her!), Gene Simmons (of KISS… legend.), Karolina Kurkova and Usher just to name a few. After the races, I took the main stage following multi-platinum artist Thomas Rhett while E! News host Maria Menounos reported live on NBC behind me. A huge Thank You to both E11evn & The Stronach Group for the honorable invite.

Photos courtesy of World Red Eye

MIAMI SWIM WEEK

Summer wouldn’t be complete without Miami Swim Week, a week full of bikini runway shows, celebrities & parties. First up, the annual kick-off event, Splashion presented by Miami Magazine. The eighth annual party & runway show was hosted by YesJulz and Uncle Luke at the W South Beach & even included a surprise performance by Kent Jones.

I spent the rest of the week soundtracking backstage sounds for all the models at L’oreal Professional’s activation, Hair Fashion Night. The global event takes place in 25 countries & considered the biggest night dedicated to hair trends from Beach Waves to Double Braids.

– Photos courtesy of New Times – 

IRIE WEEKEND IWXII

I was so excited & honored to participate in the 12th annual Irie Weekend for the 2nd year in a row! Not only do I get to contribute to my friend Irie’s charitable cause but I also get to experience the mother of all golf tournaments – win, win!

Hitting the green again at the iconic Miami Beach Golf Club, I opened the event right before the national anthem & DJ Irie took stage for his welcoming speech. I later played with a roster of talented DJs inside the VIP tent as celebrity guests including, Ray Allen, Alonzo Mourning, & Gary Sheffield slid through to cool off after a hot morning of hitting balls throughout the course.

The weekend rounded out with it’s annual BBQ beach bash at the Sherborne Hotel & the closing celebration at E11even with T-Pain, Ace Hood & other famous faces

– Pictures courtesy World Red Eye – 

 

OCEAN DRIVE MAGAZINE COVER PARTY

Local VIPs celebrated Miami’s fave gal & cover star Gabrielle Union at the Ocean Drive Cover Party at the Nautilus Hotel in South Beach. Of course, hubs Dwyane Wade and other Miami Heat teammates came out to support and I was happy to supply the sounds to keep them grooving all night long!

– Pictures courtesy World Red Eye – 

SOBE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

It was a foodie dream come true to be part of the many festivities that take place during the Food Networks’ South Beach Food & Wine Festival. This year, the infamous festival celebrated it’s 15th year and I kicked off the week at Paella & Tapas hosted by James Beard Award-winning Chef José Andrés at the SLS South Beach. It was hard to focus on music with the huge dishes of paella being freshly prepared in front of the booth. Still, I was able to spin a mix of crowd classics with a Spaniard twist, transporting guests to the streets of Sevilla without ever leaving the beach.

Next, was soundtracking two of the biggest & sold out events of the week. First up, Amstel Light’s Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray then, Meatopia hosted by Michael Symon & opening for American rock legend, the Allman Brothers Band. With over 5,000 guests in the festival tents each night, it was arguably the biggest crowd I’ve performed for to date. Thank you to all the sponsors… Can’t wait till next year!

– Photos courtesy of Getty Images & New Times – 

YSL x MIAMI HEAT x HYDE ARENA

It was exciting news to hear I’d be added as a Resident DJ to Hyde Arena roster this year! Who’s not a Heat fan & the energy inside this arena is intensely addictive.

Every game has been exciting on & off the court, with unexpected celebrity sightings & fans dropping into Hyde. We made our way into the playoffs and although we fell short to the finals this year, nothing can keep a true Heat fan down. Looking forward to a new season & many more celebratory game nights!

– Pictures courtesy of World Red Eye –

BELVEDERE x SPECTRE 007 FILM RELEASE PARTY

After performing for the Belvedere Roadshow at Temple House, I was invited to DJ the after party for the private screening of the  highly anticipated 24th Bond installment, SPECTRE, at the 1 Hotel Rooftop on South Beach. The red carpet event included an appearance by actress Stephanie Sigman, who plays the role of Estrella in the movie’s opening scene.

Bond girls kept the Belvedere 007 martinis flowing while I kept the party goers moving, mixing dance classics with some of the best of Bond theme music.

– Pictures courtesy World Red Eye-