Anjunabeats Volume 10 Pool Party at The National, Miami 3/16 Reviewed
It was just the beginning of Miami Music Week but The National Hotel hosted a party to end all others. The crème of the crop showed up early Saturday morning to support the boys of AnjunaBeats – Beckwith, Jaytech, Andrew Bayer, Mat Zo, Norin&Rad, Seven Lions, and Maor Levi.
Beckwith, a deep house DJ/producer with AnjunaDeep, started the party at noon with his chill sounds to warm up the creeping crowd. Jaytech and Andrew Bayer followed. Andrew was rumored to have performed several unreleased tracks, perhaps from his forthcoming second album, due to release in April. Meanwhile, Matt Lange, an AnjunaDeep artist, sat nearby supporting his fellow colleagues. Mat Zo was lurking around the crowd waiting to take Andrew’s spot on the stage. Some fans took advantage to snap photos with the gracious young artist. Mat then got on to perform an amazing set despite being presumably, incredibly exhausted – the 22-year-old DJ had had a show at Mansion nightclub the night before that went into the wee hours of the night. The short and sweet 90-minute performance at the Anjuna party included his new collab with Porter Robinson, ”Easy,” of course. Mat then proceeded to the airport to fly to New York and perform another show at Pacha later that night. He then promptly returned to Miami the next day. Ah, the life of the world-class DJ.
Next up was the DJ duo Norin&Rad, who came into their set with “Love Comes Again” before playing their own take on Mat and Porter’s “Easy.” Seven Lions took the stage just as the sun went down and the night got chilly. Not to worry, as we were in Miami and he brought the heat to his set. Easily one of the more striking sets of the day, Seven Lions mixed trance with dub step and progressive and all around. One fan was overheard saying, “Now this is dubstep I want to listen to!” Maor Levi closed out the day just as Jono and Paavo of Above&Beyond arrived to congratulate their team on a job well done.