written by Michael Rain
AM Only held one of the most epic & talked about events ever during this year's Winter Music Conference in Miami Florida: “One Night Only” which is AM Only’s annual event that showcases the very best of their artists, their newest productions, their live acts, and their performance innovations. The event was sponsored by Rhythmism.com and presented by two NYC dance music titans, Made Event and Pacha NYC.
This year it was set in a spacious 42,000 square foot venue, Karu & Y, located in the heart of Miami’s entertainment district. Founded in 1996, AM Only has grown into an industry powerhouse, representing some of the world’s most distinguished electronic musicians. Rocking from 10pm to 12 noon, more than 40 of AM Only’s most accomplished artists performed dynamic DJ sets & fresh productions throughout the two indoor rooms and the vast roped off outdoor area. Founded in 1996, AM Only has grown into an industry powerhouse, representing some of the world’s most distinguished electronic musicians.
”From the icicle chandelier sculpted by Dale Chihuly to the waterfalls and reflecting pool by the entrance, the water and glass throughout the space set the fluid mood and futuristic backdrop for today's and tomorrow's biggest dance music stars.” - Karu & Y
Press & attendees were given an experience that many of them will never forget. Room One presented a jaw-dropping performance by the #4 DJ in the world, ATB who is arguably the most skilled Trance DJ around.
Room 2 had its performance stage at audience level. You could literally reach out and touch the DJ if you were in the first few rows. It was a remarkable sight to be able to see close up all of the equipment the DJ/Producers performed with during their live sets. Equipment included mixers by Techniques, turntables by Pioneer, and Mac Pro laptops. Sequencing & mixing programs including Abelton Live 6.0 & Serato were displayed close up by artists who DJ’ed on the stage.
Room 3 was an outdoor experience like nothing else. A tent enclosed beautiful gardens with running waterfalls offering a Shangri-La experience for fans while listening to amazing minimal techno sounds.
Artists featured in the line ups for the 3 rooms included a live DJ set by Bad Boy Bill, a live DJ set & video show on 8 plasma screens by mainstream icon Benny Benassi, a tag team performance by Charle Feelgood & Donald Glaude, a live DJ set by DB, a live DJ set by music producer’s Dirty South, a two by four performance with new productions and sounds by DJ Dan & Ubzerzone (The Digital Mix), stellar DJ sets by King Britt & Fedde le Grand, a tag team performance by Nick Terranova & Austin Leeds, a live DJ set by Richard Vission, a live trance music DJ set by Serge Devant, a live tag team performance by sweetish house musicians Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso, a very rare appearance and live DJ set by the number 4 DJ in the world ATB, a live laptop symphony performance by BT, a live DJ set by Dave Ralph, an exclusive DJ set by one of the most skilled mixers in the world UK’s own Eddie Halliwell, a live DJ set by John Askew, a live DJ set by Marco V, a live DJ set by Sander Van Doorn, a live audio visual performance by Second Sun, a tag team performance by Adam Beyer & Paco Osuna, a tag team performance by Adultnapper & Alexi Delano, a live DJ set by Ewan Pearson, a live DJ set by Green Velvet, Guy Gerber (live), a tag team performance by JDH & Dave P, a tag team performance by Josh Wink & Steve Bug, a tag team performance b Layo & Bushwacka!,a live DJ set by Loco Dice, a live DJ set by Marco Bailey, a live DJ set by Marco Carola, a live performance by Mathew Jonson , a live tag team performance by house vixen Misstress Barbara & Mr C, Paul Ritch (live), and a tag team performance by world renown DJ Richie Hawtin & Magda. What more could you ask for?
Karu & Y reached full capacity from 10pm-12 noon. Fans were treated to one groundbreaking artist performance after another for 14 hours. Exclusive & lavish VIP sections were roped off in designated areas of the venue that provided VIP’s the finest of foods, beverages and the opportunity to meet and great with many of AM Only's featured DJ Producers throughout the event. Among the World famous Dj’s who were spotted mingling with the audience, were ATB, Benny Benassi, DJ, Dan, & Sander Van Doorn. A very elite backstage hosted celebrities and industry professionals mingling in this exclusive environment.
“It was a once in a life time experience having the opportunity to chat with Benny Benassi face to face about my favorite track Satisfaction, it was so cool!. – Margo Jarin (“One Night Only” attendee & 15 year electronic music fan)
AM Only’s “One Night Only” event, was one of the main highlights of this year's Miami Winter Music Conference. AM Only and their artists are clearly dedicated to offering nothing but the best to the electronic music industry and it’s loyal fans. No overwhelming sponsorship presence, no corporate banners on stage, only great DJ performances, and great energies were present through out the event. The programming was as diverse musically and culturally as one could desire. “One Night Only” indeed left us all with a taste for what AM Only and their talent has in store for 2008 and will serve as a standard for how a successful event at the Miami Winter Music conference should be done.