Joonbug is proud to present our guide to the Winter Music Conference opening weekend. Saturday and Sunday’s star-studded lineup promises unlimited debauchery, mischief, and of course, brilliant techno music. So grab your skimpiest bathing suit, your highest stilettos, and your earplugs (for those of you who can’t handle bass in your face) and get ready to have your minds blown.
The event title says it all - a true invasion. The French DJ is a grandfather in the music scene, having produced for artists such as David Bowie and Cassius. Garraud plays traditional french electro house, and is known world-wide for his audio-visual combination shows which please guests’ eyes, ears, and souls simultaneously.
Progressive music label Yoshitoshi Recordings is at it again. The ever-producing label is throwing a lavish party at Miami’s newly renovated Mansion 360, and the lineup could not be more perfect.
Sharam’s name in Persian means shame or modesty, but this DJ doesn’t have much to be modest about. The Iranian-American progressive house DJ is one half of the Grammy award-winning duo Deep Dish, and his musical hits have ranged among traditional dance, underground, and top 40.
Producer and FJ Paul Ritch is similarly notorious in the electronic world. Hailing from Paris, Ritch uses minimal techno sounds coupled with energetic riffs to excite and ignite crowds.
There are some events that are just too good to only have once. Vitamin C and We R Miami recognized their success with Electric Beach, and are bringing back the annual event for another raging experience.
Nikki Beach is like a private island of upscale heaven. The immaculate, smooth sand runs between your toes as you dance the day into the night. Cabanas offer refuge for tired feet and mingling, and if you get tired of the South Florida sun (psh, as if!), make your way inside to the sleek, high-energy dance-floor.
The lineup for Electric Beach is:
HARRY CHOO CHOO ROMERO • JUNIOR SANCHEZ
• STARKILLERS • JOSE NUNEZ •
ATFC • MISS PALMER (LIVE PERFORMANCE) • ARMAND PENA
GEORGE ACOSTA • SAEED YOUNAN• TATIANA FONTES
ANTRANIG • KURD MAVERICK • PETER GELDERBLOM
• FEDERICO SCAVO • PLASTIK FUNK • D.O.N.S.
MATEO DIMARR • SEBASTIAN DRUMS • COCODRILLS
DANNY FREAKAZOID • DABRUCK AND KLEIN • DMITRY KO
2 ELEMENTS • JUSTIN SHEPPARD
& SPENCER GORDON• ERAN HERSH
NIKOLAS & ALBERT DAY • MARK M • DYNAMIK DAVE
DYNAMIK DAVE • VINICIO ROTELLI • JASON VERNAU • ALX
Riva Starr is an original. It’s not common to come across a DJ who can remix and rework any musical genre by adding a personal twist, but Starr has mastered the innovation craft. Known for his wildly colorful dance music, Starr continues to surprise fans with his “Snatch” - a term the DJ invented to describe his remixing techniques of snatching clips and pieces from different songs and mashing them together.
Starr will play alongside resident DJ Louis Dee at SET, one of the most glamorously sexy nightclubs on Miami Beach. Starr’s fusion beats are sure to light up SET and leave guests wanting more.
DJ Mag and The Shelborne have a special connection. I can’t put my finger on what exactly makes the musical conglomerate and high-end Miami Beach hotel mix so well together, but when the two team up, an unforgettable party is surely in store.
DJ Mag is bringing in Derrick Carter, American underground house DJ. His style focuses on 1970‘s African-American music, with incorporations of disco, jazz, soul and old-school hip-hop. Carter and his friends are skilled performers, known world-wide for their genre-crossing live sets that always aim to please (and usually do).
If you’re an out-of-towner visiting for Winter Music conference, you probably wont tire of the luxurious Miami Beach lifestyle and clubs too quickly. I mean, who can really get sick of champagne with sparklers atop, confetti blasting from exotically-decorated ceilings, and bottle girls who could easily be on the cover of Maxum.
But if you do burn yourself out, or if your pockets are begging for a break, or if you just don’t feel like getting glammed up every night, it’s time to head to Space. A haven for househeads that crave rave-style parties, Space’s multi-room indoor-outdoor venue provides an impressive lineup of DJs spinning simultaneously. So leave your Chanel bag and snobbish attitude at home, and head to Space for a sweaty night of pounding techno music.
The lineup is as follows:
Terrace: STEREO PRODUCTIONS presents IN STEREO
THE CUBE GUYS
Loft: STEREO PRODUCTIONS presents IN STEREO
OSCAR DE RIVERA & ISMAEL RIVAS
Main Room: S.K.A.M. feat DJ IRIE, STONEROCK, DJ FIVE, ROCTAKON, ERIC CUBEECHEE & RADAMAS
Danny Tenagelia made it big in the '90s and never stopped. New York born but Miami-grown, the house DJ has transcended standards with his eclectic mixing of bassy underbellies, light and upbeat vocals, powerful chords and classic club beats.
When he first developed his recipe for success in 1993, it was a musical style unheard of and openly welcomed. Nearly three decades later, Tenaglia continues to lay down his heart-racing, blood-pumping beats worldwide. Come to The Surfcomber Pool to see Tenaglia and friends spin their freshest mixes for all to enjoy.
When you’re on a relaxing vacation, waking up before noon might be the last thing on your to-do list. But for this killer lineup, well, I might just camp out the night before.
Def Mix is legendary. The record conglomerate is over 20 years old, but continues to transform and stay one step ahead of the newest trends. With DJs David Morales (co-creator), Frankie Knuckles, and Hector Romero on their roster, the conglomerate has successfully held residencies across the globe, released countless number one hits, and helped to shape what we know today as house music.
Alongside underground/pop-music pro Quentin Harris and house originator Terry Hunter, this is a seriously stellar lineup that any electronic fan would be a fool to pass up. It’s not every day that so many legendary DJs play together in one venue, and with every performer having added their own flare to the house music world, this legendary meeting of the minds is almost too impossibly perfect (almost).
After two nights of WMC madness comes Sunday, the day of rest... or so we thought. Although Winter Music Conference events will still be going strong, the coordinators decided to slow it down a bit and give everyone’s muscles, brains, and voices a rest with a day of lavish pool parties.
Forget college pool parties with scantily-clad girls sipping on cheap beers until they stumble over their towels and into the pool, these pool parties are the real deal. Each venue is extravagantly decorated, not to mention staffed with the most beautiful and attendant bottle girls you could ever imagine. Enjoy lounging in the Egyptian-cotton cabanas or dip your feet in the perfect-temperature pools. These pool parties will give you a chance to catch up on some much needed R&R to the background of some of house music’s greatest talent.
It’s German house DJ and producer Tom Novy’s birthday, so WE R Miami Productions & TPC Music have teamed up to present the Sexy and Wet Rooftop Pool Party.
Club 50 is The Viceroy Hotel’s exclusive spot, located on the 50th floor of the hotel (hence the name). The rooftop view overlooks Miami’s brilliantly bright skyline, and gives New York a run for its money in holding the title of “the city of lights.” So if an exquisite all-night pool party is your idea of a good time, head to Club 50 and soak up the sun.
Waveform Recordings’ very own superstar Victor Calderone will blast his sexy and sultry mixes at The Surfcomber Pool, adding booming house and darkly-twisted techno along the way. Calderone is undoubtedly one of the biggest, best, and most influential house DJs in the game. His original approaches invite listeners to challenge their ideas of house music as they melt into his tribal-beats, and eclectic remixes of artists such as Madonna and Sting.
Calderone & Friends will play at The Surfcomber Pool, a venue not to be missed. Between deliciously-tropical poolside drinks and a breathtaking view of South Beach, The Surfcomber is the place to be this Sunday.
DJ Black Coffee is a breed all his own. The Afropolitan-house DJ has defied an already defying genre of music, choosing minimalist beats and focused tones to create his masterpiece mixes. Black Coffee’s use of live instruments intwined with his tastefully-placed melodies have skyrocketed him to the top of the Afropolitan-house world.
Come out to The National Hotel this Sunday for a day where funk, soul, and house come together in a beautifully-cohesive musical medley.
The dynamic duo of pool parties are at it again. DJ Mag will be celebrated yet another extravagant pool party at The Shelborne, this time hosted by La Tour and taking on a progressive house meets techno vibe.
Detroit-based techno-producer Carl Craig will be spinning his jazz-and-soul-inspired music, along with Nina Kraviz, Radio Slave, Tiefschwarz, Martin Buttrich, Alex 47 and Jonathan Cowan.
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