Brin Abel: Miami’s Foremost Vibe Orchestrator 00:00
My thing is bless 100 percent. Bless is a term that we use in Jamaica a lot. We use that for hello, we use that for goodbye. It’s probably my favorite word. I say bless more than anyone I’ve ever met.

Brin Abel can literally feel the music. After moving here from Jamaica in 1990, he started producing effects for different music acts. These days he works at Basement Miami — a club in the basement of Miami’s Edition Hotel that features an ice-skating rink and bowling alley — orchestrating killer light shows for all of the DJs that come through.

While his son’s eating ice cream upstairs at the hotel, Brin is downstairs keeping the vibes irie with his team. CONVICTS sat down with this legend and got his word on bowling in Jamaica, seeing the color of music, and his philosophy of production.  

CONVICTS

Hey man. To start can you introduce yourself?

BRIN ABEL

I’m Brin Abel and I’m the Entertainment and Technical Director for Basement Miami.

CONVICTS

What are the best things about working at Basement?

BRIN ABEL

One of the best things about working here at Basement is that it’s an empty canvas for a producer. We have minimal decor so we can change the attitude and vibes of the place. Every day a different thing is happening. I’ve done here hundreds of shows over the past three years — I can’t even count the number of shows that we’ve done so far — but this is by far the best venue to work in.

It’s an empty canvas for a producer. We have minimal decor so we can change the attitude and vibes of the place.
CONVICTS

What mindset do you bring to your production?

BRIN ABEL

To be honest with you, I have a philosophy: I’m playing the second role to the DJ. So basically I treat every DJ with the same amount of weight. It doesn’t matter if it’s a superstar or if it’s open-mic DJ, I treat them with the same amount of weight.

CONVICTS

What’s special about Basement Miami?

BRIN ABEL

Well first of all, we’re the only venue that has a bowling alley and ice skating. That appeal is so different than anything else provided. We also have a team that works really, really, really well together. I would describe this buzz as a kind of troll chaos. Very organized chaos.

CONVICTS

What’s the bowling alley like?

BRIN ABEL

I don’t even know if there’s a bowling alley in Jamaica, for real. People come for the first time and their expression is just priceless. It’s got Mario Kart vibes. When you get strikes all of the lights go popping off and do all kinds of crazy stuff.

CONVICTS

Are you much of a bowler?

BRIN ABEL

I have to tell you a secret. If it was for my bowling skills, I would not be able to work here. I am the worst bowler.

I have a philosophy: I’m playing the second role to the DJ. So basically I treat every DJ with the same amount of weight.
CONVICTS

How important is it to have a good production team?

BRIN ABEL

The first thing is to have competent teammates. I personally don’t micromanage. I like people to know what their roles are. Once their roles are set, I let them do what they have to do because I believe that they will be able to do it even better than I envisioned.

 

CONVICTS

Do you have any kind of personal philosophy?

BRIN ABEL

My thing is bless 100 percent. Bless is a term that we use in Jamaica a lot. We use that for hello, we use that for goodbye. It’s probably my favorite word. I say bless more than anyone I’ve ever met.

I can hear and see the color of the song. That is how I interpret what it is I’m willing to do.
CONVICTS

How long ago did you move here from Jamaica?

BRIN ABEL

I moved from Jamaica in 1990, so I’ve been here for 28 years. Wow.

CONVICTS

Does your family live here?

BRIN ABEL

Yes, yes my entire family actually lives here. They live up in Broward, not so much South Beach. They’re not beach people, they’re church people. My son is here a lot. When I’m working, he’s upstairs doing his homework and eating ice cream in the market. He’s very well treated here. He gets a chance to meet a couple of stars here and there, so yeah he’s got a good life. Life is good.

CONVICTS

Lastly, how do you work out how the lights and production come together with the music?

BRIN ABEL

Depending on the energy of the song, the content of the song, I can hear and see the color of the song. That is how I interpret what it is I’m willing to do. I’m also a musician, so everything is very percussive. Everything is on time. Everything is on the beat.

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