Review: Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy
Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy experience during Miami Music Week 2012 brought a plethora of talented artists and melodic beats that kept the dance floor moving. This special event took place at the legendary Bayfront Park Amphitheatre on Thursday March 22, featuring Above & Beyond and a quartet of producers from their scene-leading Anjunabeats label – Mat Zo, Arty, Jaytech and Boom Jinx.
The production of the event was simply outstanding. Group Therapy featured entrancing visuals, direct crowd interaction from Above & Beyond via live video messaging, and a captivating light show that greatly enhanced the euphoric mood created by the music.
It goes without saying that Above & Beyond put on a breathtaking show, although only two members of the trio were present at the event. A good portion of the set was centered around their critically acclaimed second artist album (“the biggest artist album of the year” – Mixmag), featuring hits like “Sun & Moon” and “Thing Called Love” – as well as their forthcoming single “Love Is Not Enough”. With flawless transitions and a set that intensified with energy throughout the duration of the performance, the legendary group turned the party started by the opening DJs into a full-blown rager.
Did anyone else in Miami catch Arty’s party-mobile cruising around Miami during Miami Music Week? It’s true, there is no party without Arty. Despite being only 21 years old, Arty should need no introduction, having taken the trance and house worlds by storm in the past 18 months – melding them together in a previously unforeseen fashion and releasing myriad top-notch productions. 2011 saw him rise to #25 in the DJMag Top 100 poll, collaborate with Dirty South, perform NYE in New York City for a sold-out crowd of 10,000 revelers, plus gain support from the likes of Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Swedish House Mafia, and of course, Avicii.
Group Therapy brought forth an amazing performance from the Aspiring DJ, featuring staples like “Kate”, “Mozart”, his “Calling” & “Rebound” mashup, current hit single “Trio”—available on Beatport now, and his recently finished collaboration wth BT & Nadia Ali. Once again, Arty absolutely annihilated his set and provided an extraordinary opener for the legendary Above & Beyond.
However, Mat Zo, also just 21 years of age had a set that arguably surpassed Arty’s prowess. Prior to this event I had very limited exposure to Mat Zo, only having heard a seldom few of his releases. I was aware that he was a great producer, but I felt—and still do feel—that Arty was superior in terms of production. However, my opinion on who was a better DJ changed only a few minutes into Mat Zo’s set.
Mat Zo make great productions, but his ear for sound contributes to his mixing ability and makes him an excellent DJ. Given that he is still so young and has limited DJing experience, the future seems bright for the aspiring artist. For those of you that were unable to witness his set, we’ve included a link below for your aural pleasure. Mat Zo & Arty are two artists you MUST look out for in 2012.