The very mention of the name Miami instantly conjures up visions of sun-kissed beaches, scantily clad but oh so beautiful people, sultry palm trees, hot and humid temperatures, decadence and hedonism in every shape and form, Don Jonson lookalikes driving high powered speedboat, loads of charlie and the precence of shady gentlemen with lucrative South American connections. Very Disco for sure... But it is also the nest of the famous deep kicking Miami Bass House sound which enhanced House music in the early 90’s and boosted the local scene to an international level. So, the decision to hold the ‘Premier Dance Music Conference For the World’ in such a location really came as no surprise. What is more surprising for the larger public is that this event has been in existence for 18 years and goes from strength to strength each year.
The Miami Winter Music Conference (WMC) brings together all the movers and shakers involved in the dance industry world wide for five electronically charged days (and nights This year it will be from March 6th to the 10th in Wyndham Beach Resort ; Miami, Florida. It is one of the two such conference (with the more recent ADE in Amsterdam) to attract the big name deejays, artists, producers, labels, audio software and hardware companies, music websites, etc... in one place for a huge meeting of like-minded souls.
However, it has to be said that is only in the last 5 years that it has become THE definitive direction for dance music as we know it today. This is the event that brings together deejays normally found mixing far and wide to meet up and exchange ideas and demos. Partying is mandatory in such a up for it location and the poolsets are legendary as are the hangovers sported by the deejays and other such delegates and performers. Some describe WMC as reducing the whole Ibiza summer scene into 5 crazy days, such is the energy of the event.
More recently the commercial element has surfaced, so that the general public can now take part. It is for this reason that the UK Radio 1 management now send the whole of their dance team to Miami and broadcast live on www.bbc.co.uk/radio1. However, it has to be said that deejays, producers and artists look to deliver their biggest tunes at Miami, hoping they will become this summer’s hits played everywhere on FM stations, in Ibiza of course and in clubs around the world. Such pressure spawns a feeding frenzy from the record companies desparate to sign That Tune, the subsequent crossover to main stream radio play is a bonus to all. The auction that surrounded Ilio’s Rapture being a classic example, eventually being signed by MOS.
So the message is simple, if you are not in Miami in March, then you cannot yet counted as a big time player in the music business scene. So it’s natural that Belgium’s premier deejay agency ‘Deejaybooking.com’ is showcasing its best at this year’s closing party on March 10th at Tantra – Miami as it already did successfully in September at the Amsterdam Dance Event.
Deejaybooking.com is an international deejays agency based in Belgium but showing up on internet to provide a better and complete information. For each of the deejays you can find there a bio, a discography, a picture and a mix ... free to listen. About 15 years of House music related bookings made it one of the strongest name on the European scene, thus is Deejaybooking.com also present at the main dance music conventions in Amsterdam and ... Miami.
About the deejay line-up of the night, who can forget last summers biggest dance hit E-Samba produced by Vito Lucente under the name of Junior Jack? Along with his deejay-partner Nicolas Scaravilli aka Kid Crème, they have been storming clubs across the world including a year at Ministry Of Sound in London, and a summer residency with Defected label in Ibiza in 2003. This resulted in the accolade of Best Newcomer and Summer Anthem voted by DJ Magazine at the DJ Awards held in Pacha, Ibiza in September. With the recent release of Junior Jack’s debut album ‘Trust It’ in February 2004, Miami looks set to take off and put Belgium firmly back on the international dance scene.
Along side Junior Jack and Kid Crème, The Closing Party to be held at Tantra Club will guest Paul Johnson (the precious hitmaker of the Chicago House scene) and K-Alexi, Dr Kucho (from Spain... the father of floorbanger ‘Belmondo rulez’), DJ Pierre (more than a legend, one of the early founders of the House sound), Rune RK aka Artificial Funk (from Denmark), Harrison Crump (the finest tunes and the widest soul from USA), Jules Spinner – Bhangra Nights (UK keeps shakin !) and DJ Prinz (our very own Café d’Anvers resident).
Other names known to the Belgium scene who will be showcasing their sets this year include Dimitri from Paris, John Digweed, Sander Kleinenberg, Ferry Corsten, DJ Dan, Miss Kitten, Tom Stephan, Josh Wink, Armin van Buuren, M.I.K.E., the Gigolomaster DJ Hell, Ritchie Hawtin, 2 Many DJ’s (Belmondo parties, Gent), and the beloved Felix Da Housecat. Who’s missing??
We really hope you all recovered a good shape after your nights in Goa in February. In Miami, expect mayhem, no sleep, but loads of good memories.
And the dance world waits in eager anticipation, so next stop will be Ibiza from May to September!
For an overview of 2003 issue, check this link at eye.net