Recap: What So Not @ Grand Central 8/8

August 12, 2015admin



After seeing Flume kill the Grand Central dance floor this past June, I knew I had to go back to see another Aussie DJ, What So Not, do his own show at the magical Grand Central venue. Not sure what those Aussies drink but their DJ’ing skills are pretty wild.

What So Not performed at this year’s Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago and even though I was there, I couldn’t make it to his set because if you know anything about music festivals, scheduling conflicts can be a real pain in the a**. So when I heard he would be in Miami a week later, I made sure my name was on that guest list and I made it a mission to snap some pretty cool photos (that I hope you enjoy below). After a few wristband mixups and the usual befriending of body guards, I made my way to the press pit (and eventually onto the stage) and felt like I was, in some small way, a part of the show. Shout outs to my bodyguard homies for making it all possible!

I drank a few energy drinks to stay awake for What So Not’s 1:30am set. Those babies kicked in as he walked on stage and just like the crowd, I was all over the place! Dancing on my own while photographing one of my favorite DJ’s. Not too shabby for a Saturday night. The barricade crowd was so fascinated with my camera (haven’t you seen a Nikon before?) enough to ask me to be their personal photographer. There are a few I absolutely love, but no amount of skill could make everyone look fabulous, sorry.

Back to the music. What So Not welcomed Miami with his Aussie accent and immediately got everyone on their feet. He played new tracks, old tracks, and even a unique remix of Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s “Lean On” (which had me jamming all the way through). The visuals were very mesmerizing and there was lots of spontaneous flashes into the crowd right before he dropped those major beats for added emotional flare. It’s hard to not compare What So Not’s show with Flume’s performance (knowing their past collaborations) but I was satisfied with everything I heard and saw. And so was the audience.

What So Not graced the stage from 1:30am to exactly 3:00am and then his opening act came back out to feed some more dance moves into the crowd till about 5:00am. After the show, some lucky fans even got a chance to meet the man of the honor (lucky). The show had a lot of energy, the crowd was going hard all night long, I got to be a professional photographer, and I managed to snag some pretty great pics. All in all, it was a great night. Grand Central is definitely a venue that never disappoints. Can’t wait to catch Seven Lions and my man Duke Dumont within the next few months!