March 18: Review of Day 3 @ WMC 2012

(March 18, 2012: Martin Buttrich, LIVE at the Shelborne)

Day 3 was an all day rager, beginning at the Shelborne for the “Carl Craig & Friends” Pool Party. We arrived just as Martin Buttrich began to play (a live set). The music was really sexy and chill but still danceable and upbeat. As the crowd began to grow, Radio Slave stepped up on the decks and turned up the volume about twofold. Then, he hit everyone with a tsunami of bass. As the party heated up and the sun went down, Tiefschwarz taught us all a lesson with some old school beats and prepared us for the main event, Carl Craig.

After a whole day of chill tech house, I was prepared to see one of my favorites, Nicole Moudaber, shut down the Surfcomber pool party. By a stroke of luck, we arrived at the Surfcomber as she took the decks and a second burst of energy shot through my veins. I was completely blown away by Nicole. She is by far one of the best deejays I’ve ever seen, and here’s why:

1- She SMILES. I hate when a deejay doesn’t look like they’re having fun, makes me feel awkward.

2- She TEASES. And I mean big time. She’ll take out the bass for a full 32 bars and make you beg for it.

3- When she does bring in the bass, she throws it in your face and causes an eruption of cheers from the crowd.

4- Her energy is palpable and she celebrates with the crowd.

5- Her song selection couldn’t be better. She doesn’t give you an opportunity to rest, but only to shake harder.

So it’s suffice to say I’ve developed a little dj crush on Miss Nicole, but how could I resist the way she shakes out her curly fro after her song transitions? Too cute!

Nicole nailed it as closer and I left the place wanting more more more more MUSIC!

Nicole Moudaber @ the Surfcomber Hotel, March 18, 2012

To watch videos of Martin Buttrich and Radio Slave, visit my Youtube page

March 17: Review of Day 2 of WMC

Saturday was all about the Surfcomber, where Danny Tenaglia hosted his “Be Yourself” pool party featuring Miami’s finest such as Patrick M, Coco Drills, Wally Lopez, Mind Control and, of course, Danny himself. (stay tuned for video clips)

March 16: Day 1 Review of WMC

I could smell the excitement of WMC permeating throughout south beach as internationally renown artists and well connected industry leaders started to flood the island. Bikini clad women and juiced up gorillas began to crawl from under their lairs and rage like there was no tomorrow.  Although things will begin to get crazier and more congested throughout the next few days, the traffic was nothing short of the usual car-infested Miami standard. Once we finally parked and found our way around to Collins, where most of the pool parties take place, we headed to the Shelborne to check out Oscar G & friends. Luckily for us, Oscar G took the decks as we reached our destination and he was nothing short of fantastic. His set for the most part consisted of house music with little glimpses of moombahton.  He kept the energy alive and made incredibly smooth, and seamless transitions that were hard to establish. We were all into it, and the aura buzzing around the place gave me a satisfied indication of the life-changing week that’s about to unfold.

Oscar G spinning at the Shelborne (WMC March 16, 2012)

(caption: March 16, 2012- me pointing to Oscar G spinning poolside at the Shelborne)

2012 Winter Music Conference Dates Announced

The largest US conference devoted to electronic music is expanding to 10 days in 2012. From March 16 to 25, WMC 2012 will take over Miami in what promises to be an endless array of events that combine music, technology, art, fashion, and, yes, conferences.

That means WMC will once again occur at the same time as Ultra Music Festival, which is scheduled for March 23 to 25.

It seems organizers are finally listening to some of the criticism that has been thrown its way the last few years, mostly that it’s losing ground to other national music gatherings like SXSW while its local relevancy has also dwindled.

For the past few years, Ultra and the surrounding parties seemed to have eclipsed WMC, with the week resembling more MTV Spring Break than an actual music conference.

In a press release, co-founder Bill Kelly explained WMC’s expansion as “an easy decision given the high demand of artists, businesses and industry delegates. Miami Beach and the greater Miami area boast some of the most celebrated event and club venues as well as the hotels and resorts that comprise South Beach’s famed Art Deco District. Hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and every sort of possible entertainment venue are filled to capacity during WMC Week to the point where five days just wasn’t enough.”

In addition to the sanctioned parties and club events (which will supposedly go on for the entire 10-day duration of the conference), WMC will also introduce events like Music Meets Fashion (March 16 and 17) and WMC Rocks (March 23 to 25). We are really excited for WMC Rocks — not the name, though, that could be changed — which is being described as “indie rock meets electronica programming.”

Badges are now on sale via wintermusicconference.com for $275 (that’s an early-bird rate, so don’t expect it to last for long) and includes admission to the conference, sanctioned parties, pool parties and more.

I just got my badge!

Which means I’ll be bringing all of my followers LIVE COVERAGE of the WMC festivities!