Oliver Heldens may not have a set at Ultra Music Festival, but he made the most out of his MMW experience

Another year of Ultra Music Festival and Miami Music Week is officially in the books, and as the entire music industry, from artists, to managers, to agents, to fans, begins to recover and pull themselves together for the week ahead of us, we’re hunkering down at our desks to give those who could not make it out to South Beach an inside look at the wild, crazy week through the eyes of the future house flag-bearer, Oliver Heldens. Though the Heldeep Records founder was not slated to perform at Ultra this year, Heldens still made the trek down to Florida for a slew of Miami Music Week parties, including an inaugural headlining performance as his alter-ego, HI-LO, at the Heldeep Pool Party and a performance at the Sirius XM Music Lounge.

These spontaneous performances all over Miami is one of the best parts of Miami Music Week and Ultra, as the guest list across South Beach clubs reads more like a “who’s who” list in dance music, than a promoter’s contact list. With nearly everyone down in Miami, the week lays the groundwork for future collaborations between artists, and serves as a channel of inspiration, which Heldens can attest to, as his chance encounter with the progressive legend, Eric Prydz, inspired him to begin a track with Cirez D influences. If you weren’t fortunate enough to make it down to South Beach, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at Miami Music Week through the eyes of Oliver Heldens below.

On the Ultra boat w this legend @deadmau5 🙌🎶 #Miami

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😂😂😂 #MiamiShenanigans @steveaoki

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