It doesn’t take a mathematician to see that Miami’s electronic music scene is beginning to add up to something. Between the Irregulars who make their home at Awarehouse and the regular core of racket-makers who can be heard everywhere from Electric Pickle to The Vagabond, they are enough in number to form a loyal legion. Take into account the co-conspirators and you’ve got a sum equal to if not greater than any other aspect of this polyglot metropolis.
So it only makes pitch-perfect sense that someone would come along to tap into that action. That someone is Ronald Miguelerena, who’s started an unquiet riot known as Handsome Beats Brigade. Loosely structured around the notion that inspiring minds can inspire in kind, HBB is bringing a whole new beat to the charitable works scene. It’s also proof positive that if you will it, they shall come.
Back in August, HBB staged its first big throwdown, and a far-flung crowd of next generation scenesters found themselves united in a way they’d never before experienced. Sure it was all kicked off by a set of unusually usual suspects, but by the time the last note faded from the bright night sky, each and every dance fan in attendance counted themselves charter members of this new and unique contingent.
On Saturday night, HBB will be bringing round two to the retro-fitted North Beach Bandshell, so I thought it wise we sat down with Master Miguelerena himself. Here’s what he had to spill:
Just what is Handsome Beats Brigade?
HBB is a growing collaborative effort which consists of electronically-inclined musicians, DJs, visual artists and others, who all gather on behalf of good cause. Each month we put together some kinda spectacle. It could be a videography exhibit, a fashion show, a music festival, or a combination of things. Whatever it is, all proceeds go directly to charity. In fact, we’ve made it so folks can follow how every cent of their ticket purchase or donation gets transformed into water and food for people in need.
Does HBB back a primary organization?
Yes, right now we are happy to feature The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) as our charity of choice.
How’d you come to connect with them?
Back in ‘04 I attended an event at Miami’s James L. Knight Center, which was sponsored by TPRF and Miami-Dade Community College, and where over $25,000 was raised on behalf of the Indian Ocean tsunami victims. I was very impressed by their mission, and by their method. I’ve been an active supporter ever since!
What is it about TPRF that you find so impressive?
TPRF provides humanitarian aid in an innovative, empowering and non-intrusive manner. The organization focuses on respecting people’s dignity, religion and culture, all the while creating valuable and sustainable help. They’re also completely transparent — Charity Navigator has given them a four star-rating for three consecutive years — and they support the likes of Mercy Corps, International Relief and Development (IRD), and AmeriCares.
Who are some of the acts and artists that have count themselves a part of Handsome Beats Brigade?
Weren’t some of them involved in HBB’s first blowout?
Yes: DJs Axiom and Sonic both spun, and Transoverload, organicArma and Niki Em all staged. Niki’s Project Ragatronic, I’m privileged to say, includes me on guitar, as well as multi-instrumentalist and producer Role, who’s also in Transoverload, which itself boasts OrganicArma’s Dharma on drums. It gets a little confusing, I know… We are all a big,happy family!
Will any of the aforementioned be playing Saturday?
Yes!! Niki Em’s back, and so are DJs Axiom and Axl, who’ll be joined on the decks by Le Brion, Tomaz and Fumes. Also performing will be Miami’s most fusionistic Xperimento.
Have you already slated a round three?
We have! On November 18th we’re bringin’ in Spam Allstars, Dusthead and Universal Citizens. I’m also trying hard to book Venezuelan rock band La Vida Boheme, who’ll be in the States collecting a Latin Grammy. Wish me luck!!!
In a sentence, what do you see HBB eventually evolving into?
A weapon of mass elation.
Handsome Beats Brigade: Heartbeats for East Africa Saturday October 22 at the North Beach Bandshell. For more information log on here.