No time to wallow in the wake of December’s party madness. The new year is upon us and aspiring producers and DJs are being called upon to make the leap from the ‘Play House’ to playing live on stage at Ultra Music Festival this March in Miami FL USA. After 13 years UMF has established itself internationally with attendance numbers peaking in 2010 with more than 100,000 clubgoers making the pilgrimage to Florida. As a way of thanking their supporters, UMF organizers have announced their first ever UMF Remix Contest with the chance to remix Afrobeta’s ‘Play House’. First place winners will be given the opportunity to perform live on stage at the next UMF in March. Additional prizes including SoundCloud accounts, a record deal and Beatport vouchers. The contest will run until February 15, and winners will be announced March 1.
The remix contest is not only a great reference for the winner but is also a rare chance to play for thousands of people and to start building a reputation in the global dance music scene. UMF is one of the leading global festivals with serious artists like Carl Cox, Tiësto, David Guetta, Empire of the Sun, Armin van Buuren, Pendulum (Live) and more. Afrobeta’s 2010 EP release ‘Play House’ is a track that leaves a lot of space for creative interpretation, challenging the status quo with layer upon layer of sound that blends funky synths, head-bopping basslines, electro house, bilingual lyrics and serious attitude. Inspired by a mutual love of classical songwriting, Cuban pastries and dancing until 5 am, Afrobeta was formed in 2006 by the Miami-based avant-dance duo Cuci Amador and Smurphio. Their live performance of ‘Play House’ to a sold-out 2010 Ultra Music Festival was colorful, crazy, passionate and explored Miami’s clash of cultures with jamming sounds and a fantastic video light show.
Click here to go directly to the remix contest: foem.info.
Overall, the UMF remix contest weighs in pretty good for the winners with prizes including at least one release of the winning tune on Do IT Records Miami, SoundCloud Premium accounts, Beatport vouchers – plus the gig experience at UMF.
Promoters of the Ultra Music Festival have also announced that they will be expanding the festival to a massive three-day event this year and have now unveiled initial details of its highly anticipated line-up for the festival’s 13th annual installment set for Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, 2011 in downtown Miami’s Bicentennial Park.
UMF 2011 will feature headlining performances from world-renowned electronic producers, DJs and live acts including the return of the legendary Tiësto on Friday, March 25; deadmau5 – whose critically acclaimed album 4×4=12 is taking the dance/electronic music world by storm – on Saturday, March 26; and U.K. electronic pioneering legends The Chemical Brothers – who recently garnered a Grammy-nomination for their album Further—on Sunday, March 27 with their mesmerizing live show.
UMF will continue to diversify by showcasing a wide array of indie-rock and live electronic acts this year, including Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, CSS, Klaxons, Chromeo, STS9, Simian Mobile Disco and !!!, as well as legendary dance pop act Erasure and ahead-of-the-curve live electronic performances from Crystal Castles, Röyksopp, Trentemøller, Sander Kleinenberg and Hybrid.
In 2010, UMF had its most successful year with two sold-out days drawing over 100,000 people, featuring more than 350 international leading electronic music performers DJs and cutting-edge bands. With the continued support of the biggest artists in the world, UMF is positioning itself to be the leader of the live music festival scene in North America with the first major U.S. festival of the year. And the winner of the UMF Remix Contest? Up there with the giants. Not a bad New Year’s resolution to have.
The current line-up for UMF 2011 is as follows:
TIËSTO, CARL COX, DEADMAU5, THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS (LIVE), DAVID GUETTA, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, PENDULUM (LIVE), CRYSTAL CASTLES, RÖYKSOPP, CUT COPY, TRENTEMØLLER (LIVE), ERASURE, CHROMEO, MSTRKRFT, BOYS NOIZE, LAURENT GARNIER (LIVE), FERRY CORSTEN, BENNY BENASSI, AFROJACK, RUSKO, STEVE AOKI, WOLFGANG GARTNER, STS9, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, CSS, KLAXONS, SANDER KLEINENBERG (LIVE), ROGER SANCHEZ, !!!, SUB FOCUS (LIVE), SKRILLEX, NERO, HOLY GHOST!, CLAUDE VONSTROKE, HYBRID (LIVE), MARTIN SOLVEIG, CHRIS LAKE, GUI BORATTO, MR. OIZO, TINIE TEMPAH, JORIS VOORN, SUPER MASH BROS. , FUNKAGENDA, ALEX GAUDINO, DAEDALUS, AFROBETA.
More information @ www.ultramusicfestival.com.