With a 4th July weekend in full swing and no concrete plans, I decided on a little “staycation” in Miami Beach; I wanted the tourist experience I never had by being a local.
Now if a drunken European tourist with a fist full Euros asked me what the number one place to party is, the answer I would give my new drunk companion would be the famous club LIV inside the Fountianbleau Hotel. LIV has a love-hate relationship in Miami. Some would never dare step through the doors such a super club while others stroll in at ease to hear the hottest EDM DJs and hip-hop stars perform.
As I have thrown out my PLUR bracelets long ago and replaced them with black dancing boots and shirts cryptic techno record labels, a 4th July show with Kaskade just sounded right to kick f my “staycation.”
After the status quo laborious line to get in, I walked past the sharpest dressed doorman I have ever seen and entered the palace EDM, alcohol, and money. LIV is by far the nicest club I have ever been to. The domed ro is coated in LED lights that change color with every beat, while massive disco balls hang from the ceiling with aplomb. VIP tables decorate the second floor while regular ol’ folks went to the first floor white ballroom stairs to reach the bars and the packed dancefloor.
The sound system was all encompassing and as clear as a diamond. The opening DJ played modest EDM tunes and, at times, tracks that could almost pass for something, dare I say, “deep?”
Around 1:30, the former missionary and EDM argonaut, took the decks. The club was packed with vicious selfie-takers and Kaskade diehards. A simple “whats up, Miami?” was enough to shake LIV to its core, while security guards made sure to keep order.
Kaskade opened with “Disarm You” and continued to play his hits: “Atmosphere,” “Room For Happiness,” and his remix “Young and Beautiful” by the magnificent Lana Del Rey. He delivered anticipating buildups and euphoric drops all while a paroxysm lights and confetti rained down on the audience. Even the typical deadpan sound engineer was going at it. It’s clear Kaskade’s music has an almost intoxicating effect on his listeners. All a sudden, it felt like I was transported to when I first saw him back in 2012.
And like that, it was over. My sojourn stay amongst the rich and famous came to a close. Now did I have a paradigm shift that will make me want to ditch my techno church and go back to my EDM roots? No, not really.
However, one cannot deny how much Miami needs a place like LIV. While the politics dancing are clear, our more clandestine venues need the super-clubs and vice versa. They both lead to gateways music that would make the transition awkward had the other venue not be there — thus why LIV has hosted techno legends like Luciano and Richie Hawtin.
LIV will be closed for the rest the summer for a massive, grandiose renovation to celebrate their 10th anniversary. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see what comes out it.
My dancing shoes and debit card will be waiting.