Miami’s club scene makes whole city look bad

Kristopher Saad/Contributing Writer 

A lot of people here in Miami seem to think that life is much like your typical Miami night club: Nonstop dancing, superfluous drinking, booming loud music, strobe lights, showboating and self-obsessed debauchery. To a certain extent, some of these things do seem a lot like real life, but it’s a life of vapid and superficial existence.

This is the stereotypical Miami club scene, the one shown in movies and on TV. The one which many people from both here and abroad flock to in downtown and on the beach. It’s not enriching nor is it fun once you see past the fog machines and lazy drum machine beats. Once you do the math, figure out how many real friends, genuine lovers or life altering experiences you’ll get out of the scene. I guarantee there won’t be a lot. The clubbing scene in Miami is notoriously elitist and vain.

Almost everyone attempts to affect some kind importance or social supremacy. Money and power are king, even if people have neither, they pretend that they do. Many of the people who are into the clubbing scene in Miami are into mainstream electronic dance music. Here, DJ’s hit “play” on iTunes and stand around fist-pumping and dancing to their obnoxiously repetitive beats they’ve remixed without so much as touching their consoles. Yet the massive crowds at mainstream clubs go wild and regularly pay hundreds to see their favorite DJ. You hear the music blaring from car stereos, on the radio, on TV. It’s the music people associate with Miami culture.

The lifestyle this mainstream electronic dance music reinforces is that often cited prevalent Miami party lifestyle. A scene and lifestyle that embodies and exudes glitz, glamour, wealth and opulence. The people therefore, attempt to reflect some of the characteristics of the music themselves. You see it in music videos, promotional posters and at aforementioned clubs. The guy rolling up in the rented limousine with  a watch that is or made to look more expensive than a car , a $20000 suit, 4 bodyguards and inhuman swagger as well as the girls that crowd around him as he enters attempting to win a spot at his highly coveted private table and bottle service. Or the girl in twelve-inch, diamond studded heels and her faux Prada handbag who refuses to consciously acknowledge anyone who she perceives to be smaller than her, the girl which many guys will attempt to seduce through plentiful free drinks and engorged, self-centered conversation.

This is what the clubbing scene and music sells to its fans. It spreads the ideas of money and power being the most important things in life. This is why mainstream electronic “club” music, typical Miami dance clubs and the people who seek to live out that lifestyle are inherently bad for our reputation as an emerging world-class city. Their preferences paint a picture of the kind of people they most likely are: Self-centered, egotistical, inconsiderate, self-serving masses and it makes me sad. I am disappointed this is the picture people imagine when they think of Miami.

1 Comment on "Miami’s club scene makes whole city look bad"

  1. Yikes– sometimes the truth stings, but needs to be said. Is there anyone who actually DOES like this sort of club-glam, bottle-service culture out there? I can’t really imagine what those people are like in their daily life, yet they still show up to overblown nightclubs in droves.

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