Miami Music Week, Day One: Lil Jon, A-Trak, Tommy Lee Light Up LIV

Kirill Bichutsky is the most prominent nightlife photographer in America. Virtually every night of the week, Kirill's job sends him to the most exclusive nightclubs photographing unapologetic celebrities and beautiful party revelers. So when it came time to head down to Florida for Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival, MTV News was happy to have him as part of the team. His complete works can be found at

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I landed in Miami and headed straight to the DJ Mag pool party at the Shelborne where I caught up with A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs (they run Fools Gold, the biggest little record label in the world), Armand van Helden (the other half of Duck Sauce), James Zebiela and Dennis Ferrer. Fast forward three hours, and we're doing shots of Don Julio with Luciano at the bar (guess he wanted to check out the spot before his gig on Thursday). And as all good things must come to an end, it was time to leave the growing group of half-naked drunk girls to their merry ways and head over to LIV.

I've been to LIV many times, but this was a sight to be seen. The line to get into the party extended into the street. After a few lies and name-drops, they finally let me in to document the debauchery that is LIV: loud music, bright lights and sweaty girls. I'm not the best judge of what makes a house music DJ good or bad, but I am one to judge a good party, and this was it. Tommy Lee, Tiësto, Afrojack, A-Trak, Lil Jon and probably more of the who's-who were all on hand to witness Laid Back Luke absolutely destroy LIV.

My good friend and travel buddy Wynter Gordon ("Dirty Talk") was supposed to perform, but due to a freak snowstorm in New York, she wasn't able to make it. I wish I could have stayed longer, but my arm was literally about to fall off from holding a camera all day, and besides — this was only day one.