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Review: Dissident / AVA Recordings Party @ White Room 3/27
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Dan1584
On Thursday night my friend and I attended the Dissident / AVA Recordings party at The White Room.

This event was a little surprising because all the acts were back to back, meaning they DJed in groups. A pleasant surprise mind you, something different!

The order of the night was...

Matt Cerf & Shawn Mitiska
Kenneth Thomas & Noel Sanger
Gareth Emery & Andy Moor

We arrived right at 10pm when it started and were pretty much the only people there. The club was pretty cool, small but decent. There were 3 rooms, the outside was the best though. They had a projector on the building playing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly... WTF that was about was beyond me, lol.

Shawn and Matt showed up within the hour. I met Matt Cerf for the first time, Shawn I have known for years. Met some other cool peeps too. Soon enough Shawn and Matt went on for there set, the attendence was minimal but there were still some people, I coulda cared less since I was ready to dance and enjoy myself regardless, but I was bummed for all the DJ's and the event itself since the proceeds went to charity. Anyway...

Shawn and Matt threw it DOWN as usual. Heard some Squash 84, Kosmas Epsilon, Vantem, Jay Lumar, Michael Cassette. Was a good set, I didn't want it to end! Then KT and Noel came on. KT was bringing the heat, Noel had some iffy transitions but he threw it down too, they put on a good show as well and luckily at that point a little more people showed up, but still the attendence was very very weak. Last but not least Gareth and Andy came on and tranced it up. Gareth owned the decks with the tracks he was laying down, Andy not so much. Was a good time. We left a little early though... well it was late up early into the GE and AM set.

Overall... I had a great time. Got to dance my ass off, get financially raped at the bar with $8 drinks, hang out with Shawn and my friend, and see some DJ's I've been interested in seeing live (KT and GE). Was a good time, just was bummed about the turn out, thought it woulda brought in aa decent amount of people.
JD8180
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Originally posted by Dan1584
get financially raped at the bar with $8 drinks


:haha: :stongue: nocturnal that night was charging $8 for a bottle of water. $8 drinks is actually a really good price in miami. the average in most clubs i'd say is around $11-$15.
ctt300
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Originally posted by JD8180
:haha: :stongue: nocturnal that night was charging $8 for a bottle of water. $8 drinks is actually a really good price in miami. the average in most clubs i'd say is around $11-$15.


Yep, here's the drink price breakdown from my WMC events:

Space/Parkwest: $12 drink/ $7 water

Karu & Y Ultralounge: $15!!! drink/ $7 water

Metropolis: $15!!! drink/ $7 water
Dan1584
I NEVER buy water at a bar, I always just ask for a cup of iced water and it's always free.
noelsanger
I just want to say thanks to everyone who came out. It seemed like everyone was having a great time, despite the relative lack of turn out...

to my eyes this week, all the smaller parties were weak, while the giant mega shows charging 100 or 200 bucks at the door seemed packed. i think that kind of crazy greed is what killed a lot of the smaller events, with the economy being what it is and people budgeting, etc. its also antithetical to the whole ideal of dance music: i have always thought of it as inclusive, not exclusive. but to charge 200 atthe door for armada dn 120 for deep dish on the space terrace can only lead to a type of elitism that will kill dancemusic as we know it.

anyway, if it hadn't been the singlemost stressful day of recent memory, I might have enjoyed it too. But (badly) organizing all of that and losing thousands of dollars had me in a bit of a state. I'm not sure how I pulled my head together to play at all tbh =)

anyway, I am now glad this week is over. I want to go home and see my kids.

respect.

noel
ctt300
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Originally posted by noelsanger
I just want to say thanks to everyone who came out. It seemed like everyone was having a great time, despite the relative lack of turn out...

to my eyes this week, all the smaller parties were weak, while the giant mega shows charging 100 or 200 bucks at the door seemed packed. i think that kind of crazy greed is what killed a lot of the smaller events, with the economy being what it is and people budgeting, etc. its also antithetical to the whole ideal of dance music: i have always thought of it as inclusive, not exclusive. but to charge 200 atthe door for armada dn 120 for deep dish on the space terrace can only lead to a type of elitism that will kill dancemusic as we know it.

anyway, if it hadn't been the singlemost stressful day of recent memory, I might have enjoyed it too. But (badly) organizing all of that and losing thousands of dollars had me in a bit of a state. I'm not sure how I pulled my head together to play at all tbh =)

anyway, I am now glad this week is over. I want to go home and see my kids.

respect.

noel


Man you couldn't more spot on. Overcharging like that to the empth degree is just completely anti-dance music...especially when they already had the event "sold out..." i just saw all of this coming when i saw Wantickets post that more tickets were suddenly avaliable, but for maybe before 2AM entry as opposed to the previous before 3AM tickets... More than greed to oversell like you're an airline...Fly Club Space and Parkwest airlines... I think the people that got screwed the most were the event-hopping type who wished to catch all of their favorites wherever they were spinning...
JD8180
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Originally posted by noelsanger


the only problem is, in miami there are always those meat heads that are more than willing to blow thousands of dollars at clubs getting tables and all, not even knowing who the dj is. all in the hopes that a girl may notice him and he can invite her into the table. i'm sorry but no matter how much of a fan you are of armin for example, i can't see how a normal person could pay $200 just for a regular cover charge. :crazy:
1drp4fn
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Originally posted by JD8180
the only problem is, in miami there are always those meat heads that are more than willing to blow thousands of dollars at clubs getting tables and all, not even knowing who the dj is. all in the hopes that a girl may notice him and he can invite her into the table. i'm sorry but no matter how much of a fan you are of armin for example, i can't see how a normal person could pay $200 just for a regular cover charge. :crazy:


EXACTLY!! thats why we had to hit up SVD @ The Fifth after Armada tix broke triple digits just to f'n get it!
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