It's over and done, but definitely not forgotten... well, depending on how hard you partied. Our Cooljunkie editor Marcos breaks down the best of the best from each day of conference. If you want to relive the highlights, this is the definitive WMC recap.
The Winter Music Conference Log: Day One
The time has finally arrived. Downtown Miami and South Beach have now been taken over by the electronic sounds provided by the best in the world. All the ladies are dressed to the nines while guys make sure that their stamina is at its best. Literally over one hundred parties will soon be in full affect, but with so much going on the Junkies had to pick and choose what events to attend. Attempting to hit up all of them is sheer suicide. Tuesday offered up some extremely interesting appetizers for the week, but it all started with Mansion.
Mansion: Lazaro Casanova, Benny Benassi, Fischerspooner, Boys Noize, MSTRKRFT
The line outside of Mansion had an extra special buzz this time around as the marquee lit up the night with the names Benny Benassi, Boys Noize and MSTRKRFT. Hundreds of visitors were trying to figure a way in, either through promoters, a friend of a friend, or sheer smart talk, but nothing was helping the cause since the venue was completely sold out for the night. Of course, this is never the issue for the Junkies. Starting up the night was Miami’s own golden boy, Laz Casanova. This was the best way to start up a night that would only get better.
The highlight of the night had to be Boys Noize. The German electro-tech producer had the crowd in the palm of his hands as remixes of Bloc Party and Justice blasted out of the speakers. The event attracted many of the so-called trendy, indie, hipster types that eat up the electro thrash sounds. As dance rhythms blasted out of the speakers, the beams of light sputtered around the club and illuminated the sweaty weaving bodies of those in attendance. Toward the end of his set, the MSTRKRFT duo, decked in full-on white apparel, crept up behind the decks, taking over the entire party with their supply of hits that featured tracks from their 2006 release The Looks. Although the Canadian duo hasn’t released too much recently, their agent made it known to the Junkies that everyone should look out for their iTunes release next week, which will most likely be the free download of the week.
This was definitely the place to be at and definitely the party to get things kicked up for the week. The rest of the Opium Group’s line-up looks extremely enticing to the Junkies, so be sure that we’ll be in attendance.
Automatic Slims: Pop Tarts 4 with Danny Howells
After coming out of Mansion the next best thing had to be everyone’s favorite Conference opener, Pop Tarts at Automatic Slims. Right across the way from Mansion, Automatic Slims was slammed from wall to wall as Danny Howell’s provided all the sounds. Now this wasn’t your ordinary Howell’s set, or the one that everyone is expecting at tonight’s Dig Deeper party at SET. The only tunes that were provided came in the form of 80’s and 90’s rock that ranged from Motley Crue to even poppier hits from Prince.
The no cover, no trouble, no dress code atmosphere was a great way to start things up for a week where the majority of the visitors will be taking out their shiny shirts and high heels. The checkered mini stage definitely added to the ambience of the night. At the end of it all, the people in attendance had to have left with the thought of what Pop Tarts had to offer the next year around.
All in all this was a good start for the Junkies. Although only a couple of parties were attended, this definitely will not be the case for the coming days. For tonight, SET, PawnShop, The Vagabond and Studio A are on the hit list. Not to say that we’ll veer off course and try on some other parties.
The Winter Music Conference Log: Day Two
[Article written in collaboration with Pete Tremblay]
Although the first day of Conference was a bit of a slow start, but a great one indeed, day two featured an intense thrashing of quality music, venues and a cast of characters that would put The Outsiders film to shame. The weather didn’t look as pleasant as it should at the start of the day, but in the end everything came together and the clear skies shone through, sans humidity, at the day parties attended by the Junkies. The first full day of Conference served as the true wake-up call for the weeklong event, and you can bet your ass that the Junkies were out in full force for it.
Shelborne: Sex on Wax, Canada Loves Miami
At this point in the day the weather may not have been the best, but those in the moderately sized crowd were still being troopers and nothing was going to get in the way of their party. Desyn Massiello, Omid 16 b and DJ Sneak were just a few of the DJ’s that provided the sound in a setting that was decked out in what seemed to be a tropical Chinese festival theme. Stick-on Canadian tats were donned on all the ladies naughty places, as the guidos were out in full force showing off their steroid infused physiques. These guys get a lot of flack and hate from the majority, but come on, what’s a good WMC party without one.
Everyone was definitely enjoying the music as hips swayed, arms waved and heads bobbed. It’s funny how these things are called pool parties, but who actually goes into the pool? The Shelborne has some interesting parties going on the rest of the week. Let’s see if some catch our attention.
Nikki Beach Club: Welcome to Miami
Imagine this: Mix the dripping sex appeal of Los Angeles’ Fashion week with the class and reputation of one of Miami’s most posh Venues; add a hint of the white gauzy Latin flavor and hard bodied bikini clad beauties that South Beach is famous for. Now - Mix in a who’s who of worlds best DJ’s walking past you, drink in hand, Camera crews in tow strolling through an ageless, race less culture of audiophiles Expressing the elation that only the this music can bring in countless languages, Singing out in one voice “THEY KNOW WHAT IS WHAT BUT THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT IS WHAT – WHAT THE FUCK” and add a soundtrack of Mind expanding up-tempo house through 8 speakers surrounding the white sand of Nikki Beach’s outside Lounge.
Now add about 600 of WMC hottest denizens, 3 Native American Inspired stage dancers, and 35 waiters at your beckon call, and you have a basic idea of what Welcome to Miami looks like.
The real reason everyone has traveled from around the world to be here? The Audio-fuck they are about to enjoy that only WMC can offer.
The Vagabond: 12th Annual Ovum Party
The best way to describe this experience, (not just a party) would be to take Anne Rice’s world of the Vampire Chronicles, mix in a (nearly) bad acid trip and the haunting emotional solitude of an insane asylum. The completely dark room, lit only by the occasion green strobe, or a red hued back wall saturating the closed eyed intensity of those completely engulfed by Winks dark set.
The room’s energy carried over to