There's a saying: If your venue survives a year in Miami, it's a miracle.
The Electric Pickle has survived six. This party destination named the eighth best dance club in America by Rolling Stone has been home to some of Miami's best underground parties throughout the years.
"It's like a dream come true, we'd never thought it'd get this big," owner Will Renuart says. "It's like you have to pinch yourself to make sure it's actually real."
Hosting talent both local and national, the Pickle has become a place where huge names come to play intimate and often criminally underappreciated gigs. In May 2012, the club hosted a live set from Devonté Hynes, better known as Blood Orange, on the back patio for a measly $10. During WMC 2011, it was the setting a show from 2DIY4 label boss, the Bosnian house don Solomun, who went on to ring in NYE 2015 in style at South Beach megaclub Story.
"You have these guys and you book them based on your taste, rather than trendiness, and then you see them go on to get booked for $30,000 on the beach years later," Renuart says. "It's never been about being cool for us, we just book stuff we like and it happens to get big afterward."
With that kind of track record, as well as a reputation for supporting local talent through the years, it's easy to see how the Electric Pickle's sixth anniversary turned into a three-day bender.
Over the weekend, everyone from Millionyoung, Krisp, and Afrobeta to Osunlade, Thunderpony and SAFE founder Diego Martinelli laid down sets. And it all culminated with a packed Saturday-night blowout.
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Upon entering the Electric Pickle it's easy to see the vibe is different here from most other Miami clubs. The music cuts through the stereotype of big-room uhntz-uhntz in favor of some forward-thinking house or techno. You're more inclined to hear a Seth Troxler or Martyn track than a Swedish House Mafia or R3hab tune.
One of the most charming aspects is entering the venue, experiencing the laid-back ambiance of the club's downstairs lounge, and then heading to the upstairs party room for some thumping tech house (most of the time) or disco-funk jams.
The Pickle's Saturday-night blowout, its last of this sixth-anniversary weekend, was a victory lap, a celebration with a group of friends behind the decks warming up for DJ Three who was headlining the night. Diego Martinelli dropped the techno goods while Will Renuart walked around shaking everyone's hand.
it was a familial feeling above all else, like a house party full of old friends, just catching up and congratulating each other. The music matched the mood, with upbeat and melodic tech-house filling the club and the gorgeous upstairs party room lit by a disco ball surrounded by red glowing lights.
Throughout the night, it was a blissed-out scene as pretty girls danced and dudes with beards chilled.
There were sweet jams and tight transitions as Will took over for Diego before DJ Three finally stepped into the booth. Drinks in hand, people were feeling the music and it was kind of hard not to get wrapped up in the vibe, considering the venue and crowd. Each tune was more fitting than the last and everyone boogied into the wee hours.
By the time DJ Three was finished, it was morning, when people with grown-up jobs have to wake up and start dreading their day. But luckily for everyone at the Pickle, they could just dance till daylight amid Sunday-morning twilight, the perfect atmosphere for celebrating a Miami institution's "six magical years."
-- Steve Vaynshtok
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