Top Ten WMC Parties

Top Ten WMC Parties

by Emily Tan
03.19.2008

Clubplanet contributor Emily Tan (also a contributor for DJ Times and on-air host for SIRIUS Satellite Radio) gives us the word on the best parties to hit this WMC season.

We made it through the long, dark winter, and it's that time of year again where mojitos flow in the humid heat, clothes peel-off to reveal tanned skin, and the best and brightest electronic dance music DJs and producers descend upon South Miami Beach for five-nights and six-days of nonstop parties. And, oh yeah, WMC offers seminars, panels and workshops for aspiring DJ/producers who come to WMC to actually learn something. Winter Music Conference, now in its 23rd year, is officially based at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa (formerly the Wyndham hotel). Unofficially, WMC takes place a little further down on South Beach, and increasingly each year, in downtown Miami (24-hour liquor licenses have their appeal).
 
Everyone has his or her unique experiences from Conference, and to me, what began over 15 years ago as "all play, no work," has gradually turned over the years into what it is now, "all work, no play." Don't get me wrong; I'm not complaining. If I feel frustrated because I want to race down to Vagabond Wednesday night to catch Josh Wink's annual Ovum party but realize I won't get there 'til 3:00am because I'll be live on-the-air hosting SIRIUS Satellite Radio's "Miami meltdown" party at Club Nikki until 2:30am, well, then.....that's just tough noogies on me! After all, I'll be on-the-air on SIRIUS (AREA 33) while George Acosta, the Scumfrog, Murk and DJs from Ministry Of Sound spin, with Paul van Dyk and Paul Oakenfold both dropping-by to jump on-the-air with me, so it's not exactly a chore.
 
Someday, I'll slow-down. But until then, these are my Top 10 "Must Attend" Events for WMC 2008. Enjoy!
 
1) Armani Exchange Music Lounge Presented by Sirius Satellite [email protected] The Raleigh Hotel, Penthouse.
Featuring a steady lineup of the world's most renown DJ/producers giving live, on-the-fly interviews with AREA 33 on-air personality, yours truly, Emily Tan. Noon - 4:00pm on Wednesday 3/26, Thursday 3/27 and Friday 3/28 of WMC. Featured DJs include: Carl Cox, Sasha & John Digweed, Paul Van Dyk, Danny Tenaglia, Deadmau5, BT, Nic Fanciulli, James Zabiela, Kaskade, Ferry Corsten, Junkie XL, Princess Superstar, Cedric Gervais, Oscar G., Quentin Harris, Ivano Bellini, Steve Lawler, Dubfire, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero, Bob Sinclar...and many others. (For more information, visit www.sirius.com/area33.)
 
2) 6th Annual Club World Awards @ Set on Wednesday 3/26, 8 - 9:30pm.
Industry-only event featuring a who's who of EDM (electronic dance music) legends and the most important new-kids-on-the-block. Presenters include Danny Tenaglia, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero, Scumfrog...and many others. (For more information, visit www.clubworldawards.com.)
 
3) WTF? Launch Party @ Hotel Gansevoort South (roof) on Wednesday 3/26, 11am - 6pm.
The much-hyped, long-awaited offical "WTF?" launch party at one of Miami's most luxurious addresses. WTF? is the new EDM act comprised of international rock icon, Tommy Lee, hip-hop DJ-turned-electro-house DJ, Aero, digital wunderkind, Deadmau5, and production whiz, Steve Duda. Also featuring Club World Award-winning video-DJ, Roonie G. (For more information, visit www.electromayhem.com, www.myspace.com/wtfisthisstuff, www.tommylee.tv, www.djaero.com and www.roonietunes.com.) 
 
4) SIRIUS RADIO Miami Meltdown @ Club Nikki (Nikki Beach) on Wednesday 3/26, 9pm - 3am.
Live radio broadcast hosted by AREA 33 on-air personality, Emily Tan. Also featuring nonstop DJ sets by George Acosta, the Scumfrog, Murk, DJs from Ministry Of Sound, and others. (For more information, visit www.sirius.com/area33.)
 
5) Moodswing360 Official WMC Party @ Cameo on Friday 3/28, 10pm - 5am.
Featuring Moodswing360 artists: Tommy Lee and DJ Aero, Dave Navarro and Skribble, Skeet Skeet, Travis McCoy/Gym Class Heroes, J. Mello, and others. (For more information, visit www.electromayhem.com, www.moodswing360.com, www.djtimes.com.)
 
6) 10th Annual Ultra Music Festival @ Bicentennial Park, Friday 3/28 (4pm - midnight), and Saturday 3/29, (noon - midnight).
If you don't know what Ultrafest is, I really don't know what to tell you. Two days and numerous stages featuring what seems like every working DJ in town for WMC. (For more information, visit www.ultramusicfestival.com.) 
 
7) DJ TIMES Presents Oscar G. @ Cameo, Sunday 3/30, 10pm - 5am.
Deep, sexy, tribal house with an unending program of surprising musical delights. Featuring Oscar G. and friends. (For more information, visit www.djtimes.com, www.myspace.com/djoscarg.)
 
8) Nervous Records @ Nocturnal, Friday 3/28, 10pm - 5am.
Featuring Nervous Records' DJs, like New York's DJ Theo (13-year resident at Neptune's in the Hamptons) and many others. (For more information, visit www.nocturnalmiami.com.)
 
9) Ovum Records @ Vagabond, Wednesday 3/26, 10pm - 5am.
Featuring legendary acid-house and techno DJ/producer, Josh Wink, and friends. (For more information, visit www.ovum-rec.com.)
 
10) Dinner at Cafe Milano on Ocean Drive, any night you can get there.
 

WMC 2008 runs from March 25th - 29th. Visit
www.wintermusicconference.com for more information.

 

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