Being the cultural experiment for the up and coming arts district of Wynwood, Miami, III Points featured headliners concluded the festival on a high note. Considering this was the first time Miami has experienced the intertwining of music, technology and culture all within mere blocks of one another, III Points’ headliners, Jacques Greene, Jamie xx and James Murphy, delivered their prowess.
Performing at Soundstage at MANA Wynwood (a production village that is used for TV & film production, art installations, fashion shows and more), Montreal native Jacques Greene set the tone for the evening with a confluence of house and bass beats, along with sampling notable hip-hop vocals such as Drake. A strictly no laptop DJ for live shows, Greene seemingly tested the crowd throughout his entire set, and changed his tempo according to the influx of people.
Even though Miami has a preference for house, it seems that most were unfamiliar with Greene’s sound. The majority of the crowd was not particularly drawn to the music until in-house producer of The xx and favored remix artist, Jamie xx, turned things up a notch. Whereas Greene induced a mellower vibe, Jamie xx’s fondness of short loops and repetitive switches cut short the aimless wandering seen throughout the warehouse.
Nonetheless, age certainly played a role in the sound of each DJ, and was most apparent with the set of music prodigy, James Murphy, former front man of LCD Soundsystem. While Greene’s and Jamie xx’s set were equally compelling and showcased what makes each artist so unique in today’s scene, Murphy’s set pushed the envelope. He threw the audience a curveball by incorporating samba elements and other Latin beats, all while bringing back musical artifacts of funk, disco, neu-disco, and house spanning the 1970s to the 90s. While it was almost certain that the crowd weren’t used to what Murphy was sampling, his set truly pulled in the drawn out sprawl of people and created an extremely intimate atmosphere.
Touching upon intimacy, this aspect was probably the hardest thing to achieve at Soundstage. Despite the growing consensus that III Points put together a solid collective of artists from each realm, the venue lacked the homey vibe that is reminiscent of the styles of dance music exhibited by the aforesaid artists. Acknowledging the fact that the venue encompassed various forms of art exhibitions, the large space almost made it seem like III Points didn’t initially live up to the hype that it was charged with. Either way, each artist’s set sure made up for its misleading appearance, as the energy of the crowd thickened throughout the night.