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Dancing Through Miami with @kygomusic, the Pied Piper of Island Resort Jams

To see more of Kygo's tropical dance photos, head over to @kygomusic on Instagram. For more music stories, check out @music.

It's warm, breezy and there isn't a cloud in the sky. It's almost 3 p.m. in the heart of Miami's South Beach. Outside the Surfcomber Hotel's lush pool and beach yard, nearly every DJ in the world roams the vibrant strip. It's Thursday of Miami Music Week 2015, and Ultra Music Festival kicks off in 25 hours. The secret guest at Pete Tong's All Gone pool party could be anyone, but when 24-year-old Shikita Vuntarde sees who it is, she'll cry.

"It's my first time seeing him live, so I'm super pumped. I'm freaking out," Shikita says. She's front row center and has no plans to leave. "[His music] is unexplainable because it comes from the heart –– it comes from deep down, and you let it all go. It's problem-free music."

Shikita is not alone. She stands proudly among the millions of fans of Norway's brown-haired golden-child, Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll. Known to EDM super-fans and industry execs as Kygo (@kygomusic), he leads the charge on the so-called "tropical house" movement. He's the Pied Piper of island resort jams. His music is the sound a piña colada would make.

On paper, Kygo is the hottest-rising electronic star since Swedish DJ Avicii. The comparison would make the 23-year-old happy, as it was Avicii who first inspired him. Now, Kygo can't go 10 feet without someone asking for his picture. But that doesn't stop him from taking a fair share himself, mostly of crowds screaming and dancing in unison at his shows. Today, he's being followed by two cameramen. When he finishes DJing for the sun-drunk masses, he'll be shuffled to a radio interview, rushed through a meeting with Pioneer DJ, then off to rehearsal for a special showcase.

To think, a year ago, he was just skipping class.

"I was studying finance, accounting," he says from the backseat of a car. "I went to one or two, and then I figured like this is not going to work because I was focusing on music."

It was around this time that he got a call from Myles Shear, an upstart Miami-based manager who would help veer his career toward total scene takeover. It's not hard to pick Myles out of the crowd. Kygo wears a black and white jersey that says "Kygo" on the back. Myles' matches in one that reads "Manager Myles."

"He was really good looking," Myles jokes. "Seriously though, I heard his music and I was like, This is amazing. I didn't realize what it would come to, but I heard it and wanted to push it."

The push is real. Billboard magazine called Kygo "Dance Music's Next Superstar" last October, and every dance music blog on the Internet has the kid on a close watch. Still, the plan is to be more than an EDM star. He's primed to be a pop sensation, hence the move from DJ to live performer.

"I've been thinking about it for a long time," he says. "I'm originally a piano player, and I'm more into the production side, not the DJing." He learned piano at six but picked up DJing a year and a half ago. Whatever he lacks in experience he's more than made up for in media hype.

It's interesting to watch him, the young man at the eye of a marketing storm. He remains humble and appears truly unmoved by the forces at work around him. At rehearsal, people move swiftly to rebrand the rooftop venue with Kygo's X-mark logo. His name must be seen from any angle by the business insiders who attend, but sitting at his piano, the man of the hour seems blissful and at peace.

It's not really a question. Kygo will be a superstar. He's attractive but not too pretty. He's kind, quiet and happy to be here. His melodies are stylistically inoffensive and idealistically untroubled, perfectly "problem-free" as his fan Shikita says. As an artist, he won't rock the boat, but he'll provide the soundtrack for a perfect sunset sail. Add to that the weight of powerful players behind his meteoric rise, and you've got an unmistakable recipe for success.

Whether you dig his style or not, you can't fault the guy. He's living in an absolute dream.

"When I see people dancing and going crazy, I start laughing," he says. "I just want to make good music, basically, and continue making music for as long as possible."

– Kat Bein for Instagram @music

#music #kygo #edm #ultra miami #coachella #avicii #deep cuts #instagram #instagram music #photography

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No Road              A film by Andy weten,  with Aurélie

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Skating Into Art with @flaviosamelo

To see more of Flavio's photographs, follow @flaviosamelo on Instagram.

Growing up, São Paulo photographer and visual artist Flavio Samelo (@flaviosamelo) was different from most kids in Brazil. "I never liked soccer, or any group activities where everyone seemed to think alike," he says. Instead, he was drawn to more individual activities like skateboarding, which he does not consider a sport. "We cheer for our friends when they land a trick, but we don't fight with other skaters because they are from another town or play on another team," he remarks.

Despite finding a sense of belonging in the skating community, Flavio discovered early on his friends were much better skaters than he was. "It was a little bit embarrassing," he says. "I remember one day my friend Kamau suggested I take photos of us skateboarding. That was back in 1992, and until this day that's basically what I do – photograph my friends while they skate." Photographing skaters comes with it's own challenges, with no margin for error. "You have to be very quick. Sometimes the skater is trying to get a trick right for hours and you cannot miss the chance to capture that exact instant."

For Flavio, who's 39, skateboarding photography is not just his profession, it's heavily influenced his perspective on his hometown, which he shares through photographs and geometric visual art. "As I would walk through the streets to take photos, I started to notice things like graffiti, pichação and the brutal socioeconomic differences," he says.

He also started to notice the city's architecture, which he defines as oppressive. "There are no more houses, and everything is getting torn down to make way for buildings. This is a city that hasn't had any real urban planning in a century."

When it comes to his art, Flavio hasn't lost the same self-criticism that once depreciated his skateboarding skills. "I don't know how to photograph as I'd like, I don't know how to paint or film. What I do care about though, is bringing the vision in my head to life, somehow, in whatever way possible. For me, an artist's work is an extension of his or her life. My work is totally an extension of what I see and the places I go."

#photography #art #skate #street art #graffiti #urban #flavio samelo #sao paulo #brazil #latin america #user feature #instagram #brasil

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPcolorfulcooking

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram's Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend's project every Friday.

This weekend's prompt was #WHPcolorfulcooking, which asked participants to take photos of healthy food using colorful ingredients. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

#photography #weekend hashtag project #whpcolorfulcooking #food revolution day #healthy food #instagram

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