Ultra Is Turning One of Its Most Popular Stages Into Its Own Festival

The Resistance Stage at Ultra Europe.
The Resistance Stage at Ultra Europe.
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Back in March, one of our favorite stages of Ultra Music Festival was the Resistance stage. We gushed over the giant terrifying spider and its unique DJ booth. It was part DJ set, part performance art equipped with its own choreographed show — weird in the best way possible.

But even without the spider, the Resistance stage — one of seven at Ultra — proved its merit in 2015, housing the festival's most interesting and pure house and techno acts.

Come October, the show that took up the smallest amount of space at Bayfront Park gets its own proper big-boy playground in Lima, Peru.

On October 14, Resistance goes solo as the first ever standalone event produced by Ultra that won't carry the well-known brand name. Headlined by the godfather of techno himself, Carl Cox, the event will be held on the beaches of the beautiful Explanada Costa Verde site. If you've got any vacation days, this might be a good opportunity to use them.

While details are still somewhat sketchy on the stage production, Ultra promises something “brand new” to help launch this new concert series.

What we do know is who else is on the initial lineup: Irish DJ Matador will be there as well as the globetrotting Nicole Moudaber, an Ultra veteran and good friend of Mr. Cox. More will be announced soon.

We spoke to Moudaber — who’s soon to be a Miami resident six months out of the year after buying a house here — about being on the inaugural Resistance Peru bill and about that one time she had to fight a bouncer at Trade.

On October 14, in Lima, you’ll be part of the first standalone Resistance event Ultra has ever hosted. What are your thoughts on being selected as one of the inaugural artists to participate in this new event series?
I’ve been playing many shows in Europe and in the States for Ultra, and this is going to be my second one with South America. I did one in Buenos Aires, but to do one now in Peru is very exciting — especially to be playing with my dear friend, Carl Cox. It’s going to be one for the books — that’s for sure.

You've played the Carl Cox stage at Ultra, and now you're joining him at Resistance. Tell us about your relationship with both Ultra and Carl Cox.
My relationship with Carl is definitely longer than with the Ultra guys, but I love each and every one of the Ultra team, including [Ultra cofounder] Russell Faibisch. We hang around together a lot, and I see all the boys from Ultra during my shows all over the world. I saw them two weeks ago here at Space Ibiza, and we got to hang. It’s like a family affair with the Ultra guys. Obviously, my relationship with Carl dates longer, and that is very solid. He was one of the first people to pioneer my music and really believed in me and support[ed] me from the beginning. We play together all over the world. I play his parties, he plays my parties in the States, and we do lots of back-to-backs all over the world. Unfortunately, now that his night at Space is shutting down this summer, we did our last back-to-back at Space three weeks ago. He has been playing Space for 15 years and I’ve played seven years with him already, and tonight is going to be my last show at Space Ibiza. I’m closing one more time [for] the legendary Terrace, so it’s going to be very emotional.

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In addition to past performances in Miami, you’re scheduled to appear at EDC Orlando this November. Do you have any crazy or wild stories from your time in Florida? It is a crazy and wild place, after all.
I do have crazy times in Miami for sure. I can’t list them because they’re embarrassing! I do remember hitting the bouncer once at Trade Miami because he didn’t know who I was. I was a bit drunk, and I got into a fight with him. People now call me "Ninja" in Miami due to that night. But I have to say, the moment EDC Orlando got announced, my Twitter blew up. People were so excited about it, which really got me excited, and so I can’t wait to play there. And obviously, it’s going to be a with a pinch in my heart because of the incident that happened at Pulse, so I’m definitely going to dedicate this set to everybody that was involved in that tragedy — it’s going to be for them.

Considering how many international dates you play, do you ever have time to enjoy new cities or countries? If so, what's one of the first things you do?
I don’t get to enjoy a lot of the countries I visit, unfortunately, unless I’m on a break, which doesn’t happen often. The last break I had was January 2015. I’m planning to have a break in mid-January 2017 for two months... When I travel, I try to find out from the promoters and the drivers that pick me up from airports about their culture, what’s happening. I always try to zoom around the city quickly just to have a quick look. Normally, I arrive in the evening and get out in the morning, so it’s a bit of an in-and-out job, so I don’t get to experience much, but I do get the feel of the people and the crowd. I do make an effort to have a chat with them at the end of my set and talk to them. It’s very interesting how cultures differ all over the world, but we do have one thing in common which is the same emotions and feelings about music and how we are touched by it, which I think is incredible.

What would you like people to know about you that no one ever asks?
A lot of people think that I drink alcohol and I get trashed — this is one part of the hate messages I get. Say I get sick and I miss a show; they come back and say, "Oh, yeah, you gotta get off the drugs." I don’t drink alcohol when I’m working and on the road; this is a big no for me. When I’m on the job, my team are also not allowed to drink, and that is a big rule that I have. No drugs and no alcohol — otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to do five shows a week. It would be impossible.


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