Niko Javan's #Yoppin Wednesdays Party:
A Video and Photo Recap

Niko Javan, the boss of #Yoppin.
Niko Javan, the boss of #Yoppin.
Photo by Rob Portal

"It's kind of like Jim Morrison if he had a laptop," says Niko Javan.

The Miami music producer and member of rap duo O'Grime is talking about #Yoppin Wednesdays, a new party that he launched at South Beach spot Haven last week.

Named after his "Yop = Your own path" saying, Javan's third day of the week is a synesthetic wonderland. Club music. Ambient soundscapes. Trippy visuals. And friendly strangers. All blurred together.

We went. It was bonkers.

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On the topic of #Yoppin, Niko says the term originated from an old episode of the Jenny Jones talk show, in which a drill sergeant scorns a misbehaving young boy and asks him: "Do you think you bad?"

To which the boy answered, "Yop! Yop!," while nodding his head passionately.

"To me YOP always had a grimy connotation," explained Javan. Now the meaning has changed. According to Niko, "Yoppin'" is the journey to discover and define "your own path."

Niko dreams of booty queens made from bananas, mangos, and other ripe fruit.
Niko dreams of booty queens made from bananas, mangos, and other ripe fruit.
Photo by Rob Portal

As a party, #Yoppin Wednesdays is the place where hamburgers are bigger than life. Where skeletons spray AK-47s and twerk in the desert. Where bananas receive oral pleasure from strange creatures, while fruits and veggies have orgies.

Picture Kim K as a mermaid in the deep abyss of South Florida, surrounded by sea life.

Those are just a few of the many graphics that covered the walls during Javan's set.

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Javan immersed in the moving painting from his Trench EP.
Javan immersed in the moving painting from his Trench EP.
Photo by Rob Portal

A night on South Beach with Niko Javan is similar to a state of psychedelic trance, as narrated by Tom Wolfe.

"I've been a visual artist my whole life and Haven really enhances that aspect of my artistry," he says. "I don't think #Yoppin Wednesdays will attract the Midtown Miami crowd, but I do think a lot of high rollers will be in attendance. The venue is where brain surgeons bring their side girls. I just need to work super hard and make tons of graphics."

Niko and L.Rey, AKA O'Grime.
Niko and L.Rey, AKA O'Grime.
Photo by Rob Portal

Niko's got serious plans for #Yoppin.

He hopes to turn Wednesday nights at Haven into a showcase for his mind's most outlandish fantasies. "Futuristic music and magical imagery," he says.

"I just need to keep building my track list and high rollers will see the visuals. I see it as an introduction to South Beach. If it stays consistent for year or two it'll be epic."

Niko Javan's #Yoppin Wednesdays Party:A Video and Photo Recap
Photo by Rob Portal

For now, Javan's easing into the trippiest shit.

Take Heliconia, a new three-track EP that he's been working on.

"This is the kind of music that I would like to play at the Fillmore one day, maybe even accompanied with original visual illustrations," he says. "The song goes from a classic rock Eagles record to an EDM twerk beat."

At some point, these experiments will surely get blasted on a Wednesday night.

But how will Niko know when the moment's just right?

He'll hear that "Yop! Yop!"

-- Rob Portal

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#Yoppin Wednesdays. Every Wednesday. Haven, 1237 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. The party starts at 10 p.m. and there's no cover. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-987-8885 or visit havenlounge.com.

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