Diskolab hosted the Miami edition of Green Velvet’s La La Land at the Delano on Saturday March 30th. Artists that were included in this carefully curated lineup were: Eskuche, Mihalis Safras, Doorly, Prok | Fitch, Layton Giordani, Sonny Fodera b2b Dom Dolla, Patrick Topping, Gorgon City, and Dajae in addition to the headliner which consisted of the dynamic duo, Green Velvet and Claude Vonstroke. Both headliners are respectively known for being the boss man of their own labels: Relief Records and Dirtybird Records, they are also known to move crowds and keep the dance floors grooving into the night.
Known for taking listeners on a journey into “La La Land”, Green Velvet says, “Good vibes, fun and love will surround them as they dance poolside in the sun. Partying in Chicago during the birth of House and given my many years in the House/Rave scene, I want to give my fans an experience that is true to its roots and at the same time filled with life changing surprises. I want my fans to feel transported to a place only experienced in their dreams. I hope to see you soon in…La La Land.”
Although this promise was kept to the partygoers inside, partygoers outside felt the complete opposite. Things may not have gone as planned as there was a massive wait time starting at 4pm. I directly made my way to the table on the side to get my credentials and soon after I was told that the venue was at capacity and the fire marshals were inside so they wouldn’t even give me a wristband because it was not guaranteed that I would even make it in L. This brought back memories of last year where the same issue happened. After two hours of trying to be patient and talking to everyone possible, I made it to La La Land.
Sonny Fodera was b2b with Dom Dolla who made his Miami debut and definitely did it in style. The crowd went wild when the Biscits Remix of Route 94’s “House and Pressure” dropped. Patrick Topping kept the momentum as he started playing his own “Be Sharp Say Nowt” which set off a round of co2 cannons at the front of the stage during the gospel wails in the song. The Delano during sunset is always a beautiful sight overlooking the beautiful Miami scenery.
London producers, Gorgon City stole the show and guided us through an unforgettable journey of their catchiest tunes. “Mumma”-Jacky & Holmes John and the Terrace Dub of “Blame” from their Escape album featuring the vocals of Josh Barry kept us on our feet. Green Velvet’s solo set consisted of Dajae’s vocal elements during tracks like “Deep Dip”. Green Velvet can be found with a celebratory champagne glass at almost every show, even while busting out his signature moves and dropping his stand out collaboration with Prok & Fitch called “Sheeple”. His other collaboration with Eats Everything “Complex” and his big room banger with Chris Lake “Deceiver” made for a stand out show. Once Claude VonStroke joined to match the energy, the vibe at the Delano was unstoppable. I couldn’t give you an answer if you asked me to name a better duo. Playing as their joint alias, “Get Real”, they played tracks like “Walay (My Bae)- Claude VonStroke and “Maae”-Descartes. During the half way point of their highly anticipated b2b, “La La Land” starts playing and Green Velvet gets on the headphone mic to sing the lyrics. The party-centric track goes hand-in-hand with the fun loving vibe at La La Land.
The time I spent at La La Land was a time filled with the best house and techno music that kept us on our feet. This was one of the best parties I attended during Miami Music Week. La La Land definitely did not disappoint and I can’t wait to see what Green Velvet does to outdo himself next year.