With Carl Craig, Hot Since 82, and Andhim
Ice Palace Film Studios, Miami
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Deep Dish is officially back. And the Grammy-winning house duo's Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week reunion at Ice Palace Film Studios proved to be nothing but sheer perfection.
"I'm so excited! I've been waiting eight years for this," an hyped-up Deep Dish fan told us, as he anxiously stood in line to enter the Palace. But he wasn't the only party person trying to keep his head from spinning.
The night was set to start at 10 p.m. with Carl Craig, Hot Since 82, and Andhim getting the crowd prime and warm. And then after eight years and five hours of waiting, Deep Dish finally took the stage at 3 a.m.
Thousands stood in awe, as if they were witnessing a musical miracle unfold before their eyes. Taking in the moment, they stared at Sharam and Dubfire's silhouette and recorded a piece of history on their iPhone.
Sharam Tayebi and Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia parted ways in 2006, only a few years after winning a Best Remixed Recording Grammy, to pursue their solo careers. While Sharam took the path of pop, turning Madonna and Cher chart-toppers into dance-club hits, Dubfire took the edgier route.
Earlier this year, the two began a mysterious "countdown to Miami" via DeepDish.com, timed to run down to zero during the final weekend in March. That, of course led to speculation that the award-winning DJs would be reuniting for Ultra Music Festival.
The excitement began brewing, but then something even better happened -- Sharam and Dubfire revealed that they would be holding a stand-alone, one-night reunion show during WMC and MMW, which brought us to downtown Miami on this fine March evening. Or was it morning?
The LED screens flashed like lightning strikes, the bass dropped, and the crowd got its party on.
Throughout the night, house heads chilled in the courtyard to drink rum and Coke, relax on the hammocks, veg out on a bean bag, sit on the benches, or smoke a blunt.
But they all quickly got back on their feet and went inside for some more Deep Dish vibes.
"They just know how to capture your attention," said a freckled man with serious moves. "It's a very special bond."
For the next five hours, the duo spun their classics like "Chocolate City (Love Songs)" and "Stay Gold," and even gave us a taste of "Quincy," their latest single.
And like any DJ team that's reunited for the first time in almost a decade, Deep Dish kept the music going for over five hours.
"What's up Miami?" said the night's master of ceremonies on the mic. "Give it up for Deep Dish!"
Sure, the thousands of party animals dwindled down to several hundred by daylight, but the intensity of the last of these holdouts matched the vivacity of the early-morning ragers.
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But with the excitement of Sharam and Dubfire joining forces once again and Deep Dish's unrelenting energy all night, what else would you expect?
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