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Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive at Grand Central for Miami Music Week

See the full 35-photo Hard Miami Moombahton Massive at Grand Central slideshow.

Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive

With Diplo, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, and others

Grand Central, Miami

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Better Than: Seven hours of reggaeton and sirens.

Back in the fall of 2010, Dave Nada played some slowed-down Dutch house at his little cousin's party. A couple years later, the sound that pumped out of those fateful speakers is one of the hottest flavors on the EDM scene.

Yeah, we're talking Moombahton. And it's been adopted by some of the biggest names in the game, becoming so popular with bass crowds that Hard Miami and Mad Decent dedicated an entire night of insanity -- Moombahton Massive -- to its lazy rhythms, with one of the illest lineups to grace the Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week schedule.

Our ears are still ringing, bro, but it was worth it.

Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive at Grand Central for Miami Music Week
Photo by Ian Witlen

When we got there, we

found New York's Codes getting down and dirty, matched with Atlanta's moombah

man Bro Safari and Miami's own up-and-coming superstar JWLS. It may have been

Massive ground zero, with four hours of big-name moombahton sets to come. But

already the place was going off hard.

Inside, Grand Central

had been decorated to look like a damn Mexican birthday party with colorful

streamers and animal piñatas hanging above everyone's heads. Members of the

crowd beat at the papier mache donkeys with whatever they had until they came

tumbling down, becoming makeshifts souvenirs.

Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive at Grand Central for Miami Music Week
Photo by Ian Witlen

Tittsworth and Mike B hit the decks for

the next epic pairing. Of course, putting DJs on shared sets was the only way

to fit so many headliners into one night, and it's always cool to see

talented people work off one another.

Dave Nada entered the

building and got the star treatment as Tittsworth grabbed the mic and made sure

everyone hailed the king. Nada basked in the adoration with his hands up,

like some kind of disco Jesus greeting his flock.

Raging with (thee) Mike B and Dave Nada.
Raging with (thee) Mike B and Dave Nada.
Photo by Ian Witlen

Portugal's Buraka Som

Sistema tore up the stage next, hyping the crowd with loads of hip-hop-infused

moombah remixes like "Ass," and "6 Foot 7 foot." Of course, they dropped their

hit "Hangover" and had the place in a jungle-beat frenzy before handing them

over to the capable hands of "the world's crunkest DJ," AKA Diplo.

 

The Mad Decent head

honcho had the craziest set by far, kicking things off with a little bit of

House of Pain's "Jump Around" before going into his newest single "Express

Yourself." Just like in the song's new music video, Diplo had girls jump up

onto the stage to show off their best booty clappin' skills. But he got more

than he bargained for and had to stop the track before it even finished.

Diplo and the Moombah mob crash the stage.
Diplo and the Moombah mob crash the stage.
Photo by Ian Witlen

"You gotta clear the

stage. It might collapse," he said. "There are too many guys and too many girls

not dancing good enough."

His set went all over

the place, as Diplo tends to do, dropping everything from hip-hop remixes of

songs like "Stupid Ho" and "Pass The Dutch" to big originals and collabs like "Slight

Work" and "Amplifier." He even went hard in the paint, taking his shirt off and

swinging it around his head.

For his big finale,

though, he just dropped "Pon De Floor" and sent the whole place into a

jumping, daggering fever. Then it was straight into a moombah remix of The Police's

classic "Roxanne." But he played "Express Yourself" one more time before

leaving, jumping up on top of the decks and demanding to be joined by girls who

could "actually dance this time."

Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive at Grand Central for Miami Music Week
Photo by Ian Witlen

Mr. Dillon "Don't Give a Fuck

or Shit" Francis introduced himself to the house and he jumped straight into a

brand-new song about music being dead. The best thing about Francis is his

penchant for getting totally weird -- plus his gnarly take on the moombah sound.

He mixed that fresh-from-the-studio track into his recent remix of Clockwork's "Hulk" before stopping the music and grabbing the mic.

"I don't give a fuck or

shit about anything," he said, then started bringing in the teasing first notes

of his huge jam "I.D.G.A.F.O.S." When the melody came in, the crowd went

bonkers. A kid in the front was waving his homemade I.D.G.A.F.O.S. t-shirt like a mad

man.

Besides his signature banger, Dillon played all sorts of

weird, fun tracks like "Big Bad Wolf," "Did It On Em," "L'amour" and a slick

remix of 1997's "Your Woman."

Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive at Grand Central for Miami Music Week
Photo by Ian Witlen

With an hour left to go

by 4 a.m., the crowd was winding down. But that just left more room for the

real freaks to get their groove on. And of course, there were people who just

had to see the man Dave Nada get up and do his thing, paired with moombah giant

SABO and Miami's local hero DJ Craze.

The three worked their

way through a dark and heavy set, with Nada MCing from time to time to keep

people hyped. They brightened things up with the upbeat track "Schlachthofbronx"

and got messy with a scorching rework of, once again, "Jump Around."

But all good times must

come to an end. And all rage kids must get some sort of sleep to make it

through the rest of the week.

So, off to home and bed time did we go. But

seriously, our ears are still ringing.

Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive at Grand Central for Miami Music Week
Photo by Ian Witlen

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: Having father of the genre Dave Nada play a closing

set to a dwindling audience seemed a bit unfair.

The Crowd: Hundreds of moombah freaks doing their best to make booties clap and dutties wine.

Diplo's Setlist Highlights:

-"Jump Around"

-"Express Yourself"

-"Stupid Ho"

-"Amplifier"

-"Intergalactic Planetary"

-"Que Que"

-"Galang"

-"Slight Work"

-"Rack City"

-"Pass the Dutch"

-"Fix Up, Look Sharp"

-"Hold Yuh"

-"Original Don" (Flosstradamus Remix)

-"Niggas in Paris"

-"9 Piece"

-"Pon De Floor"

-"Roxanne"

-"Express Yourself" (Reprise)

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