Ten Miami Musicians Who Got Their Start at Bardot
During its four years of bringing musical talent and drunken debauchery to the Magic City, Bardot has attracted some of the best indie, hip-hop, and electronic artists to its floor-level carpet stage.
While the club has hosted national acts, including Florence Welch, Mayer Hawthorne, and Starfucker, it's the local artists that have made the Wynwood hotspot what it is today, or as resident DJ Ynot put it, "the go-to stop."
As a stepping stone to musical success, many Miami musicians got their start playing at small music venues like Bardot.
In the spirit of its fourth birthday, here are ten local Bardot favorites who've made it in the 305, according to the club's David Sinopoli.
"I always like the first performances of bands because it's rawer and you sense a little bit of nervousness," admits Sinopoli.
"The first time Krisp performed at Bardot, they had Kryogenifex come in and do the whole smoke thing," he describes.
Today, the "indie rock, disco, new wave and dream pop" band has opened for LCD Soundsystem and other acts of the ilk, and released their first single with Sweat Records' in-house label, Sutro, earlier this year.
"Psychic Mirrors had a release party [in late August 2011] and came in through the back door with Ghostbusters back packs on," laughs Sinopoli.
"They played the theme song and rolled onto the stage almost like a conga line."
Maybe their funky ways and ability to keep the crowd on their toes is what makes Psychic Mirrors a 305 staple.
"They're the bomb and have new music coming out that's incredible," fesses Sinopoli. "[Their performance] is different every time."
Sinopoli isn't the only one who thinks they're "incredible." In 2011, Rolling Stone premiered ANR's video, "It's Around You" on their site.
You know you've made it as a musician if you make it on Rolling Stone.
Nacho Londono's Project
"I've watched him kind of evolve from Arboles Libres to Eagle Chief and now he's doing his solo thing," reminisces Sinopoli.
Being an ever-growing talented artist is a sure sign of success.
"I've watched a lot of the DJs evolve, and some of DJs have gone through upper levels and are starting to get attention from around the world like Dude Skywalker," says Sinopoli.
"Amtrac's originally from Kentucky," admits Sinopoli, "but he's [a part of] Miami [his management team, Super Music Group is based here.] He's on tour with Kaskade. He started off playing small shows with us."
"We had Purity Ring in 2011. It was one of their first shows ever," recalls Sinopoli. "Seeing them at the main stage at Coachella [this year] was awesome."
"We've had Miami classics like... Jahfe," explains Sinopoli.
The 305 legends are locally and internationally known for spreading their reggae vibes and words of wisdom across the world.
The kid may be in his early twenties, but he's been mastering the keys since he was 11. And just this year, he released his first EP, Velvet, which won him the musical favor of Pharrell and Kastle.
Looks like a bright future is ahead for the young Austin Paul.
Mike Diaz AKA Millionyoung isn't from Miami per se (he's actually from Coral Springs), but the artist, who started off his career uploading songs on the web, has definitely made a name for himself.
From the time he became an Internet sensation, Pitchfork gave him a positive review and Millionyoung became a huge hit with the hipster crowd, snagging a deal with Old Flame Records.
Looks like Millionyoung's landing in the stars.
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