March 12, 2013  |   News

WMC 2013 Preview

Two huge music-related events are happening in America this week and next, so we thought we should shed some light on them and give you a taster of what’s happening at both. In this feature we’ll be previewing South By South West (aka SXSW) in Austin, Texas and Miami’s Winter Music Conference (or WMC as it’s know). Both events attract a huge turn out from the electronic music industry, and it’s often the case that industry figureheads will hit both events as their start and end dates are so close together.

Right after SXSW, WMC takes the baton and runs with it. In Miami the main focus is supposed to be the series of conferences that take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center… however, each year the conferences are eclipsed by the huge amount of parties that take place in and around South Beach and Downtown Miami. The beautiful surroundings of sunny South Beach are impossible to resist and everyone who’s anyone in the world of electronic music descends on the city every year to spend the week tanning, partying and playing music. The list of parties and superstar DJs to see is literally endless, from Cocoon Heroes and Hot Creations through to Nervous Records and Pete Tong, everyone who’s anyone will be there. We’ve put together a list of some of the highlights from this year’s party calendar…

Friday 15th March

Made In Miami with Oscar G, DJ Sneak and Friends
Oscar G and the Nervous gang get Miami off to a sprint start with house gangster DJ Sneak at the Shelborne, that’s along with Miss Jennifer, Cocodrills and Lazaro Casanova. A great way to hit the ground running.
Shelborne South Beach
1801 Collins Ave
Noon – 10:00pm

Saturday 16th March

Def Mix Takes Over Miami at The Vagabond
Def Mix legends Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and Hector Romero form an awesome trio and they’ll be rocking things Downtown at the Vagabond, a brilliantly dark and seedy bar. Don’t miss it!
The Vagabond
30 NE 14th St
10:00pm – 6:00am

Black Butter Records Showcase
Rudimental, Kidnap Kid and Bondax will be representing the UK’s very own Black Butter at this showcase to be held at Bardot. Should be a bouncing little party.
34th Miami Ave
10:00pm – 4:00am

Sunday 17th March

Blue Marlin Ibiza presents Snatch! Feat. Riva Starr
Friends of Point Blank Riva Starr and Jesse Rose headline this party at the swish Delano Hotel on Collins Avenue. The early start means you’ll be able to sun yourself around the pool while the Snatch! crew drop beats until midnight.
Delano Hotel
1685 Collins Ave
4:00pm – 12:00am

Monday 18th March

Maya Jane Coles One Night Only Miami Headline Exclusive
Maya Jane Coles makes her one and only headline appearance in Miami at the fantastic Electric Pickle. She’ll be representing alongside newcomers Dusky, Lauren Flax and Lazaro Casanova.
Electric Pickle
2826 N. Miami Ave
10:00pm – 5:00am

Apollonia & Mobilee
Two powerhouse labels combine for this scintillating party taking place further north along Collins Avenue at the small-but-perfectly-formed Treehouse club. The Apollonia boys will be live in full effect with their friends Chris Carrier and Hector Moralez, plus Mobilee boss Anja Schneider, Sebo K and Ray Okpara. Big!
Treehouse Miami
323 23rd St
10:00pm – Late

Behrouz & Friends with Seth Troxler & Ryan Crosson
Every year Behrouz gets some of his talented mates together for a late-night soiree at the plush W Hotel and he’s doing it again this year. Visionquest stars Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson join in the festivities this time around.
W Hotel
2201 Collins Ave
11:00pm – 4:30am

Tuesday 19th March

Mindshake vs. M_nus
Another team-up by two huge labels at the Treehouse… this time Paco Osuna and his crew get together with Matador, Hobo and lots more from the M_nus camp.
Treehouse Miami
323 23rd St
10:00pm – Late

Red Blue Classic Charity Basketball Match
This is going to be one of the highlights of WMC this year, a charity basketball match organised by Mr. M A N I K. The teams are made up of star DJs including The Martinez Brothers, MK, Lee Foss. Ryan Crosson (Visionquest), MANIK himself, the Blond:ish girls, Oscar G, Burnski, Russ Yallop, Jesse Perez, Jimmy Maheras and Matt Tolfrey.
Miami Beach Jewish Community Center
4221 Pine Tree Drive
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Axwell at W Hotel
As a member of the Swedish House Mafia Axwell took over the world and, now they’ve split, he’s still maintaining his dominant position as an exponent of the more commercial side of dance music. This should be a riot.
W Hotel
2201 Collins Ave
11:00pm – 4:30am

Wednesday 20th March

Heel To Steel Boat Party
Craig Richards and Seth Troxler celebrate the launch of their brand new vinyl-only label with a six-hour back-to-back session on the waterways of Miami. Goes without saying that you really shouldn’t miss this one!
Biscayne Lady
401 Biscayne Blvd
3:00pm – 9:00pm

The Modern Love Affair: Miami Edition
Radio 1′s Pete Tong headlines this awesome party, which will be slightly different to the previous night (hosted by Axwell). Art Department, Damian Lazarus and Luca C make up the rest of the chic line-up.
W Hotel
2201 Collins Ave
11:00pm – 4:30am

Mr. Nice Guy WMC Pastelito Party
Miami’s finest Jesse Perez holds a pastelito party together with his buddies Sishi Rosch, Leroy ‘Big L’ Brown and a whole host of local talents to get the dancefloor bumping in true Miami style.
Catalina Hotel
1732 Collins Ave
12:00pm – 8:00pm

Ram Records Showcase
Andy C continues to represent the drum n bass scene in Miami, this year enlisting Goldie, Ed Rush & Optical and an all-star cast of younger DnB talents to give Club Therapy a night to remember.
Club Therapy
60 NE 11th Street
9:00pm – 5:00am

Dim Mak Records presents Steve Aoki & Friends ‘Up All Night’
Dim Mak’s head honcho Steve Aoki brings in the big guns for his Up All Night bash. Eric Prydz, Gareth Emery, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are a few names on the list of big name DJs guaranteed to bring in a largely ‘EDM’ loving crowd.
Story Miami
136 Collins Avenue

Thursday 21st March

Dirtybird Players – Miami Edition
Claude Vonstroke and the Dirtybird hold one of the most talked about parties in Miami this year with the legendary De La Soul headlining! The usual suspects from the label will also be in attendance for what’s sure to be one of the best events at WMC 2013.
Villa 221
221 NE 17th Street
11:00am – 10:00pm

Klockworks Showcase with Ben Klock & Dvs1
Techno badboy Ben Klock will appear alongside DVS1, who appears exclusively in Miami at this party. Definitely worth a look!
The Station
62 NE 14th Street
10:00pm – 7:00am

Circoloco Miami
The famous Ibiza promoters descend on the Surfcomber once again for another epic beach/pool party. Seth Troxler, Martinez Brothers, Clive Henry and Dyed Soundorom are just a few of the well-respected names that appear on the line-up. Essential.
The Surfcomber
1717 Collins Ave
11:00am – 11:00pm

Friday 22nd March

Life and Death Manifests WMC
Italy’s premier indie dance label hosts a very special party at a very special venue – the Electric Pickle pop up Factory. A venue so exclusive that it has yet to be announced exactly where it will be, so make sure you watch this space for info. Tale Of Us, DJ Tennis, Mano Le Tough, the/das and lots more will on hand to provide the melancholy soundtrack to your Friday night.
9:00pm – 5:00am

Richie Hawtin presents Enter
It wouldn’t be WMC without a huge showing from Richie Hawtin. This year he takes the party away from Space and over to Mansion, where his Enter concept will be presented to the table service crowd at the infamous Miami club.
1235 Washington Ave
10:00pm – 5:00am

Born Electric Cruise
James Zabiela sets sail with a special showcase hosted by his recently-launched label, Born Electric. The line-up includes Eats Everything, Miguel Campbell, Four Tet, Tensnake and James himself, so it’s bound to be a big one.
Biscayne Lady
401 Biscayne Blvd

Hotflush Miami
Scuba takes over the Electric Pickle with his army of Hotflush soldiers, George FitzGerald, Dusky, South London Ordnance and Cirez D will be atacking the dancefloor at this intimate bash.
Electric Pickle
2826 N. Miami Ave
10:00pm – 5:00am

Carl Craig 4-hour set at Delano Hotel
Techno don Carl Craig drops a 4-hour set at the Delano Hotel at this special party. What more could you ask for?
Delano Hotel
1685 Collins Ave
11:00pm – 5:-00am

Saturday 23rd March

Crosstown Rebels present Get Lost Miami – 8th Session
Possibly the biggest and most ridiculous line-up we’ve ever seen, Get Lost’s 8th Miami Edition has moved home – from the Electric Pickle to the Ice Palace West to accommodate its increased size. To list all the names who are appearing would take forever, all you need to know is you must BE THERE.
Ice Palace West
71 NW 14th St;
Early Saturday am – Late Saturday pm

Sunday 24th March

Gipsy Music Agency & Half Baked Records Free Party
By the time you get to Sunday night, you’ll no doubt be spent… physically and financially, which makes this free party even more precious! Petre Inspirescu plays an exclusive 3-hour set along with appearances from RadioSlave, Seuil, D’Julz, Mike Shannon, Fred P. AKA Black Jazz Consortium and Adam Shelton.
Electric Pickle
2826 N. Miami Ave
7:00am – 11:00pm