White Party Musical Lineup: 2017

by Scott Holland

HotSpots! Magazine

Sunday November 19, 2017

Next week, Miami Beach will once again usher in thousands of party going revelers from around the world for the 33rd Annual White Party Week.

As usual, the event organizers have an amazing array of musical talent lined up to keep the masses dancing throughout the long weekend, which happens to coincide with Thanksgiving weekend. Here is a look at some of the DJs they have in store for you. For a complete listing of DJs, Events or to purchase tickets, go to: WhiteParty.org.

DJ Paulo

During the past few years this truly international DJ (originally from Portugal) has planted himself firmly among the ranks of headlining DJs, performing at some of the world's largest and most prestigious parties: Black and Blue Montreal, New York's Saint at Large Black Party, just to name a few.

PAULO's credits include official remixes of Madonna's "Living for Love", Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", Christina Aguilera's 'Not Myself Tonight' (#1 Billboard), Chaka Kahn and Mary J Blige's 'Disrespectful' (#1 on Billboard).

Co-founder of Pure Music Productions, Paulo has built one of the hottest independent record labels; providing top-10 progressive tracks on Beatport and various digital download sites. Paulo's remixes, edits and mash-ups or as he calls them: "a little something I threw together" are coveted by fans and DJs alike.

Danny Verde

Today, Danny is one of the most sought after DJs and remixers on the International and U.S scene. Hailing from just outside Milan in northern Italy, Danny currently resides in Miami, Florida where his new HolaB Studio is located. He is a master in all aspects of music, including House, dance-pop production, DJ, song writing, keyboardist, and vocal arrangements. He has remixed some of the biggest pop stars of our time including Cher, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Avicii, Selena Gomez, The Wanted, Mary Lambert, Nick Jonas, and Scissor Sisters just to name a few. Since coming up the ranks in the last few years, Danny has had no less than thirteen #1 Billboard Dance hits and his winning streak of #1s shows no sign of slowing down. Most recently, his remix of Mary Lambert's Secrets took the latest #1 spot. As did heartthrob Nick Jonas's Jealous which Danny produced with his partner Steven Redant as the duo team of Bent Collective. His continued work on projects for the likes of Donna Summer, Katy Perry, Ricky Martin, Clean Bandit, Leona Lewis, and even Renee Santana (niece of legendary Carlo Santana), truly reflect the diversity of his experience and range.

Currently Danny is booked nearly every weekend at some exotic location around the world. In the past few years, he has headlined Miami Winter Party, Purple Party Dallas, Palm Springs White Party (once as a solo artist and once as Bent Collective), San Diego Pride, SFO's HERO, Magnitude, and ARMORY parties; and several Int'l events which include Bangkok's Songkran, Sydney Mardi Gras both at the legendary HOME and the actual Mardi Gras Part at RHI , Beijing's Destination, Sao Paulo's The Week, Rome's Europride, Vancouver Pride, and Mexico City's Pink Party, and Montreal's Black & Blue, and Mykonos's Excelsior. In September 2014, Danny was the first Int'l DJ to ever play a gay event in Vietnam!

DJ Joe Gauthreaux

As one of the most sought after DJs in the industry, DJ/Producer Joe Gauthreaux (pronounced GO TROW) has a resume full of club appearances and main events that spans the last 15 years - with the list ever growing.

Now in his mid-30's, the New Orleans native began his career there at age 20, and he quickly became the resident DJ at Johnny Chisholm's famous Oz Nightclub in the French Quarter. After years of "paying his dues," Joe became in demand at Circuit events and at nightclubs around the world as club goers recognized his ability to offer a diverse musical experience, which sets him apart from most of his peers.

Whether you are expecting big anthems, house rhythms, progressive beats, or tribal drums, the legendary DJ/Producer Joe Gauthreaux will have you experiencing a musical journey you won't ever forget.

DJ Isaac Escalante

DJ Isaac Escalante, renowned Mexican DJ and Producer, has taken over the musical scene of Mexico City, Sao Paulo , Rio, Florianopolis, Bogota, Montreal, New York, Miami, Tel Aviv, Hawaii, Rome , Lisbon , Amsterdam, Toronto , Atlanta, Los Angeles, Madrid, Barcelona and many other cities since his first gigs at 16, where he mixed at private parties and fashion shows.

DJ Isaac Escalantes House, Tribal and Electro House mixes capture the dance floor of Mexicos #1 DJ Club, Club Living, every weekend, where thousands of music fans enjoy his talent and craft.

For Isaac Escalante the musical experience goes beyond the dance floor, being responsible for the production of such tracks as: Cheater (2005), Latin Army (2005), Leroy (2006), Took My Heart (2006) Laguna (2006). Monaco (2007), Fresh (2008), Zambomba (2008) Galaxy (2009) Love me (2010) and remixed tracks for artists like Ronen Mizrahi, Bruno Renno, Edson Pride , Fc Nond, Altar,Mickey Fridman , Dan De Leon, Avri Levy and more.

Isaac has conquered the world market. In less than a year he has become one of the most important international DJs in Latin America. He is one of a very few International DJs that obtained a residence at the best and biggest club of south America, "The Week".

Talent, wit, experience and an incredible talent for music, has been Isaac Escalantes trademark for many years.

DJ Kev-J

Born on 30th June 1992 Kevin J started his journey in the entertainment line at the age of 16 following the footstep of his cousin and brother and soon became one of the most demanded DJ'S in Singapore.

Kevin J has been the resident DJ of two leading Bollywood Night clubs in Singapore: Magic Carpet and Club OMG. Kevin has the ability to read the crowd and play accordingly. His music is magic and it's his passion too. Kevin is also a Guinness World Record Holder for the longest club relay session which he broke on the 9th August 2014 (Singapore National day). He has played in United States, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, India and Africa. He has also started producing his own music which is full of dance beats and energy.

DJ Dan Slater and DJ Cashmere Wray will be headlining the Muscle Beach Party on Sunday, November 26 from 1 to 9 p.m.

DJ Cajjmere Wray

Hitting hard in the clubs with great remixed hits such as Jennifer Lopez "On The Floor" [Island/Def Jam Records], Rihanna's "Only Girl (in the world)" [Island/Def Jam Records], and belting diva Christina Aguilera's "You Lost Me" [RCA Records], Cajjmere Wray has proven to be a much needed staple in the studio for today's ever changing electronic dance music scene.

DJ Dan Slater

After years in the club scene as one of the most in demand dancers and show producers, Dan's love of music eventually lured him onto the decks - and this new chapter has gained him the attention of promoters and clubbers around the world.

He kicked off his DJ career as winner of the Sydney Mardi Gras DJ Spin-Off Competition. Since then he has gone onto sets and residencies at some of the best clubs and parties in Australia including Daywash, Beresford Sundays, BEYOND, The Emerson, Stereosonic, Home Nightclub, Hugos, Connections (Perth), Room Service, Gigolo and Halloween Whores. A recent highlight included supporting Sneaky Sound System at a secret event.

In just over a year, Dan rocked dance floors across the country - and at every event he was immediately re-booked. His upbeat chunky house sound brings a European energy to his sets - Dan proves himself extremely adept at reading a dance floor and adapting the vibe to the crowd.

Dan completed his first European tour in 2013 that saw him spin at clubs in Frankfurt, London, Paris, the legendary Paradise Club (Mykonos) and Copenhagen. 2014 saw a jump in Dan's profile - having headlined the Hordern Pavilion at Sydney Mardi Gras, PAPA Party (NYC and Sydney), Big Gay Day (Brisbane) and Big Gay Out (Perth). An epic three-month tour quickly followed seeing Dan playing clubs and events in New York, Tel Aviv, Denver, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, Nice, Mykonos (XLSIOR Festival), London, Munich, Paris, Milan, Dubai, Singapore and Bangkok.

A killer year followed in 2015, with Dan spinning at Winter Party Festival (Miami), White Party Palm Springs, FRESH at Greystone Manor (LA), Hydrate (Chicago), Matinee (Las Vegas & San Diego), The Week (So Paulo), and a return tour of Asia and Europe. 2016 started with a bang with Dan headlining The Beach Party for Winter Party Festival (Miami), spinning at The Manor (Fort Lauderdale) and returning to White Party Palm Springs and Hydrate. 2017 has had Dan spin in North and South America, and Europe!

Dan's foray into the studio for production has seen him produce remixes for Cher, Carmen Elektra, Britney Spears, Paulini, Ultra Nate and Marcia Hines.

Abel will take over Noche Blanca at Cameo on Sunday November 27, from 9-12 and then again a late night set. DJ Tom Stephan will spin in between.

DJ Abel

Born in Brooklyn New York, and lives in Miami, Abel had a mix show on Miami radio at age twenty, but it was his residencies at South Beach clubs such as Paragon and Salvation that established Abel as the after-hours king. One of the best known and most respected deejays on the circuit, Abel credits his incredible success to two words: cha-cha. "You gotta give them the cha-cha," he says. "Nothing gets the ass shaking more than Latin beats."

With his explosive amalgam of heavy tribal beats and diva anthems, Abel has headlined nearly every circuit weekend and party, and regularly showcases his legendary prowess with residencies at Alegria, Salvation Saturdays, One Mighty Weekend and Atlantis Cruises.

His many compilations include Circuit Sessions, Vols. 2 and 6, The Party of a Lifetime, Alegria, Alegria Musica, and Alegria Universo.

DJ Tom Stephan

Tom Stephan is an artist who truly marches to his own drum. The US-born UK-based DJ has been in-demand internationally for well over a decade. Tom has headlined the world's most highly regarded parties and clubs from Pacha NYC to Stereo Montreal to Ageha Tokyo, while holding down residencies at DISH and BRUT in London.

In the studio, he's among the most accomplished, with a discography of original and remix work that reads like a who's-who of global dance music producers: from Basement Jaxx to Beyonc, Missy Elliot to Major Lazer. Best known for his "Superchumbo" moniker, Tom sound was born out of the NYC after-hours scene and has now merged with his home base in East London. Come hear for yourself why Tom Stephan is heralded as one of the best in the game. He will round out the White Party Week lineup, brining things home at Action, White Horizons on Monday November 28.

With a line up as strong and deep as White Party has instore, we don't have space to cover every single artist that will play throughout the week. However, also expect local South Florida talent like Hansell Leyva, Isaac Escalante, Jalil Z and many others. Stay tuned to Hotspots, next week we will bring you the party line up and tell you more about this special party for a cause.

DJ Alyson Calagna

DJ Alyson Calagna's dancefloor is where faith and fable; gods and goddesses; and discovery and desire meet in a new truthology of sound.

The outer-national DJ is the pioneer behind the sound of "Omtronica," mixing sexual, sensual and spiritual rhythms with tones of empowerment and ecstasy. From beats of shared consciousness to the tribal ballet of contemporary longings, Calagna's unique blend of organic sound, poetic wisdom and modern pulses combine to bring the listener to center of their conscience and the heart of the dancefloor.

With an international list of appearances - across the United States and in Brazil, Mexico, Montreal and beyond - Calagna has perfected a sound that is globally influenced and instantly recognizable. Her music has appeared on NBC's Trauma and MTV's Cribs, she has had releases on major dance labels such as Nervous, Stereo Productions, Intenso and Star69. She has also headlined some of the world's biggest dance and circuit events and regularly plays too sold out crowds at some of the largest venues around the world including Pacha, Space, Crobar, The Government and more. Critics have lauded her for discovering an unmistakable "sound of her own," and she has garnered a dedicated following in nearly every corner of the world.

Calagna's album, "Omtronica: Music for the Seeker," marks the debut release of her new, Eastern-influenced sound. Part yoga retreat - and part South Beach heat - "Omtronica" reinvents the dance experience as a soulful labyrinth winding toward awakening, revelation and power.

By creating a world both personal and external - of both breathing and breathlessness - Calagna, and those tuned into her, become lamas of the mind . . . the mantra . . . the mat . . . and the floor.

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