EDM, Art, Pizza, After Glow Festival by EQ Collective

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Steve Matousek, also known by his stage name SAEVEN, performs dubstep mixes and original music at the After Glow festival. Photo credit: EQ Collective

Student DJs joined Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Wuki on Saturday night from 5-11 p.m. to host the University of Miami’s second annual EDM festival, After Glow.

The stage, a professionally assembled set by Impulse, stood several feet above the crowd. DJs performed on a booth displaying LED graphics surrounded by speakers blasted at over 90 decibels.

“He was an awesome guy. The production was amazing,” Wuki said. “Probably the best college show as far as production goes.”

For the few senior DJs, it was the best set they ever played on. Many other DJs were freshmen, getting their first opportunity to perform in a festival setting.

“I’ll be dreaming about this for weeks,” said Steve Matousek, a fifth-year electrical engineering student at the University of Miami and president of Equalizer (EQ) Collective.

“I thought it was beautiful. I think they did really well. It was more than expected at a college event,” said Alex Green, a DJ from first year that has been happening for six years.

Streams of laser light streaked across the university’s Foote Green to the other end of campus, as smoke poured from fog machines. Flashing lights illuminated the crowd.

“You could stand anywhere on the court and it was a perfect moment,” Matousek said.

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The students dance to the “weird” set described by Wuki. Photo credit: EQ Collective

The students danced in front of the stage, some alone and others in groups, jumping and nodding to dubstep, house, hip-hop, trap and bass. Further on the lawn, friends lying on inflatable cushions

Students also enjoyed art exhibits, pizza and dip spots, and a bouncy house.

Among the attendees, many expressed their love for the festival and the genre.

“It really is the most underrated event at UMiami. You really have to get out here because it’s so much fun,” said health science student Nicholas Calzadilla.

The crowd grew throughout the night, peaking towards the end when Matousek, who goes by the name SAEVEN, performed. The festival ended with Wuki’s set. .

Wuki played his remixes of “Eye of the Tiger”, “Feliz Navidad”, “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” and “Circle of Life” alongside some of his viral sounds on TikTok.

Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Wuki watches UM's Foote Green in front of a crowd of college students.
Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Wuki watches UM’s Foote Green in front of a crowd of college students. Photo credit: EQ Collective

“I told you we were going to get weird,” Wuki shouted to the crowd.

Some students criticized the timing of the festival, noting its coincidence with finals week.

“If it was another time, it would be a lot of people who aren’t necessarily hardcore fans who would have come and still supported the club and supported the artists,” said one viewer.

Unfortunately, Foote Green’s availability and lineup has forced EQ Collective to have a limited number of options.

Either way, the festival has always been an opportunity for EDM lovers to come together and share the experience. EQ Collective members and viewers also noted that the festival was a chance to relax before really starting to study.

As EQ Collective looks ahead to next year, they hope to host a festival of similar caliber with a few minor tweaks.

“I’m super proud of everyone. These kids are amazing. Talent. Pure talent,” said Devon Green, vice president and social president of EQ Collective.

After Glow will also seek to partner with Canes Carnival to form a two-day festival, easing the transition between the two days and attracting a wider audience.

“I really hope we can get more organizations to represent themselves at this event,” Green said.

Matousek and Green personally thanked Hurricane Productions, SAFAC and their advisor for their help in preparing for the festival.

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