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 kirillwashere.com.
After catching five hours of shuteye, I headed over to the Fool's Gold Rap Party at the Standard docks. It was a breath of fresh air to get away from the claustrophobic crowds I had experienced so far, as there was a big open space with tons of hispters, DJs and industry types lounging around while listening to Nick Catchdubs, Busy P, Mehdi, A-Trak and Craze. The highlight of the party was making use of the empty outdoor bathtubs with the help of a few hot chicks.
Then it was back to the Shelborne for Luciano. When I say it was packed, it's an understatement. I could barely make my away through the crowd, so I made my way to the DJ booth, where Naomi Campbell was partying right along side Luciano. Of all the DJs I have shot, Luciano is definitely one of the biggest camera hams. Since I couldn't move around the party and my photos of Luciano were good enough for me, it was time to move on.
At some point during the day, I got word that Roger Sanchez was DJing a private party at Setai, so I was determined to sneak in somehow. Luckily, most places let you waltz right in with a camera (because everyone needs the press) and I was able to make my way to the DJ booth. Roger was killing it for a light crowd of sophisticated socialite types (all of whom seemed imported directly from NYC).
The final stop of the day was Arkadia, the basement club before LIV. I hate clubs with low ceilings, but the crazy light system and the phenomenal music cranked out by Eddie Thoneick kept me pretty distracted. Apparently, this was the party to be at, as friends were texting me to wait for them at Arkadia as they escaped the stuffiness of LIV.
I finished off the night with a sandwich at La Sandwicherie before getting my beauty sleep.