A New Year is upon us, and the neon lights are out.
The new year brings with it a new year’s resolutions.
With a new generation of music and a brand new vibe, Miami Neon lights up for the first time in 2018.
We caught up with the crew that created the city’s first neon lights, including producer/writer/producer Mikey V, DJ/producers Kofi Tymik, and producer/director, DJ, and DJ Nick.
We also talk about the upcoming festival season and what’s in store for 2018.
Listen to the full show here.MIDNIGHT: What did you guys come up with for Miami Neon?
MIKO: The name comes from our love of music.
Mikey is a DJ and producer that we met at an all-night party in Miami back in 2011.
I remember thinking to myself, I can’t make it to a party unless I get to a DJ show, and I didn’t have a car so I had to do this.
He got me into DJing and I got into writing.
I was doing this mix on my phone and I was thinking, What’s up?
So we went to a show at the Palace of Fine Arts in Miami and I’m like, This is what I’m working on.
I don’t know if it’s a song, I don.
But I’m just like, That sounds like a really cool sound.
That was my starting point.
I ended up making my own songs.
And it was pretty cool, I love that.
It was just really cool.
Mike was the guy who came up with it.
I’m not a very good DJ myself, but we had this party on a Friday night and it was so loud, so the guy next to me was like, “Dude, why are you standing on the dance floor with your face in the air?” and I just went, “Oh my God.”
He’s like, What the fuck?
I’m literally on the floor, I’m on my back.
I’ve never been in a club where I’ve been so fucking pissed off.
I went, Dude, fuck that.
That’s my first night in a nightclub.
Mike and I went to the Palace and we were there for a few minutes and he said, I need a break.
We were like, Shit.
I can work on something else.
And I said, Dude I’m gonna go get a drink and go to the club.
He said, Fuck yeah.
We just had a few beers and we got this big club.
And he’s like: Fuck yeah, go get another drink.
And so we got back and he goes, Fuck yes.
So we walked to the bar and we ordered a few shots and a bottle of whiskey and we went in.
I didn, I was just fucking on the bar.
He was like: Oh shit, I got some whiskey.
We went back to our booth and I took the bottle and I said: Oh my God, it’s really good.
I could drink this right now.
He went, Shit, fuck, you don’t get this shit.
I said fuck no.
We started talking about it and he was like Oh my god, this is the first night we’re doing it.
So I went home and I started writing this shit and I remember Mikey was like the one that said, “I have a story to tell you.”
I had a story.
And then I got the idea and I thought it was going to be about a young man who just fell in love with a woman in Miami.
It’s about his relationship with this woman and then he gets caught up in the music business.
He meets this producer, this DJ, who’s a big producer and a big DJ.
It all comes together.
So, Mikey, I think that story is what really got us started on the music side of things.
The music is the backbone.
It got us through the whole music industry.
It really was the thing that kept us going for a while.
I think it’s what kept us in this city.
We got to the point where we had a lot of money.
We could afford to get a studio, but it was all in the past.
We wanted to start doing what we love.
So when I got this offer, I thought, Fuck, I have a fucking story.
I have to tell it.
And we just did it.
We wrote this story and we’re writing it now and I feel like we’re on a really good track.
And if I could do it again, I would just be in it for the music.
I’d be doing it to make money, but also to get this story.MAD MONEY: How long did it take you to get to Miami?
MICHELLE: The whole thing was like 3 months.
MICHELE: That was a really, really, weird, weird time.