Thousands of years ago, ancient Celtic and Germanic civilizations celebrated the first day of May -- a month eventually named for Roman fertility goddess Maia - with dancing, drinking, and general merriment. Christians came along and kind of ruined the whole pagan thing, but the tradition of May Day festivities survived.
Fast forward about fifteen centuries to 2013, and we're still getting down and dirty to usher in the warmer days of Springtime. Even though May Day has officially passed, Hypnotic Productions happily announced their eighth-annual Maydaze event at Club Cinema. Bass, lasers, and dancing beauties will all honor yet another joyous season of fertility.
They know that it's the fans that make their party dreams come true, and in order to please them, they must continually top each prior party with more lights, more sounds, and more energy.
"We always try to bring something unique and different to the table," said organizer and headliner Danny "DJ Xta-C" Colica.
"This year, we scheduled all of our main stage acts to be more of a live performance, a more visually and audibly stimulating performance, instead of just a regular DJ going up there and dropping tracks. Everybody that's up there has a uniqueness to their performance; they all have a visual entity."
And Maydaze 2013 is packing some serious heat. The line-up is stacked across three different stages, each designed to bring something special to your eyes and ears. Headlining the main stage is L.A.-based trap and moombah star ETC!ETC!, the mind-bending Mobius8 and his amazing Hydra, and Xta-C.
ETC!ETC! has blazed through the Beatport charts with his dark mix of hip-hop beats and dance music melodies. He's got the raw, street-savvy sound so many EDM fans are going nuts for. The chance to see him perform live is a rarity.
If you've been to Maydaze before, you might find the choice of headliner more aggressive and bombastic than previous years, which focused more on genres like trance and house. But hey, this is America, and even the rave scene runs on supply and demand.
"People seem to like the bass music lately," Colica reflected. "You've gotta give the people what they like. That's what it's all about."
Even more visually stimulating is going to be Mobius8. You've never seen a musician quite like him, because the electronic performance artist uses a unique system of lasers to give his music life. Born in Philly, this independent artist moved to Miami and invented his own organic interface: a giant rig he calls the Hydra, from which he can control loops, samples, and vocals with the wave of his hand. It's like nothing you've ever seen before.
"I have to say that I'm pretty excited to see how Mobius8 and the whole laser show works out," Colica admitted. He also promised that the entire place will be decked out in more lasers and pretty lights than Maydaze, or Club Cinema for that matter, have ever seen. "I've never actually seen ETC!ETC! live, so I'm pretty excited for that. And I'm personally excited to be able to perform, too."
Colica and his partner in crime, DJ Influence, are taking time out of busy tour schedules to play this, their favorite of the 12 or so annual events they head up. In fact, Maydaze 2013 will be the first show they perform together on their tour, which takes them all over Florida and the Southeast until they finish up at Sunset Music Festival in Tampa.
Rounding out the Maydaze line-up are five more incredible main stage openers, like Whi5ker5, with his crazy mask and sexy girls, and old-school South Florida favorite Mad Hatter, who will get the crowd primed and ready for the big boys. Not to mention seven more DJ and producer acts spread across the other two stages, filling Club Cinema to the brim with bangers.
The first side stage features bass in all its delicious forms. This is where they will blast you with the grimiest and dirtiest in dubstep, drum 'n' bass and trap with DJs Soular, SoundWav3, and more. But also worth a gander is the 1 UP Productions stage, bringing a bunch of local Florida flavor in every genre imaginable, boasting acts Dub Recon, DJ MuNkEy, and the Beattoven.
But music isn't the only thing revelers can look forward to. As with Maydazes of the past, Colica promises that they'll "definitely have a bunch of live entertainment."