Zeds Dead will bring Wynwood to life when their Deadbeats tour hits Mana Wynwood on Sunday, Sept. 3. The Toronto-based DJ duo, composed of Dylan “DC” Mamid and Zachary “Hooks” Rapp-Rovan, have spent nearly a decade touring the world with their bass-heavy beats. The Deadbeats show will be a little different, though.
“What we’re doing in Miami will be the first time we use the stage production and setup that we’ve developed for this [show],” Hooks says over the phone from Toronto. “It’s not like the first ‘real’ Deadbeats show, but it is in ways the first one with our idea of what it should be.”
Hooks says the setup will have a backdrop and an LED wall, which will complement the DJ booth. There also will be an arcade machine.
In addition to music and an arcade, Deadbeats will incorporate visual art. During the day of the show, Hooks says he will spend the afternoon in Wynwood adding graffiti to a wall on the southwest corner of Northwest 23rd Street and Northwest Second Avenue.
The Deadbeats lineup showcases artists that are on Zeds Dead’s label, also named Deadbeats, or simply are acts they like. Champagne Drip, Eprom, Kayzo, Slander and Space Jesus are among the performers.
Zeds Dead established the Deadbeats label in March 2016, and 10 weeks ago launched a radio show by the same name. Hooks says “Deadbeats” is perfect for building Zeds Dead’s identity.
“You’re taking a word that has bad implications, like, ‘you’re a deadbeat,’ but we’re saying it in a good way,” Hooks says. “Like, if you’re trying to do something in the art world, people might look at you as a deadbeat while you’re trying to get there, but if you keep at it, you’ll persevere and you’ll be looked at differently, so just embrace the deadbeat.”
The Deadbeats show will begin 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., in Miami. The lineup includes Zeds Dead, Champagne Drip, Eprom, Kayzo, Slander and Space Jesus. Tickets cost $40. Go to blnkcnvs.com or Ticketfly.com.