You’ve seen our underground party picks for Miami Music Week, but now Jonny White of Art Department notoriety is giving his out on a silver platter. Whether you’re an underground vet or a new convert like myself, Jonny’s picks should serve as a solid map to navigating the deep and tech house scenes during MMW. Check them out below.
Ultra Music Festival usually takes places over a span of three days – six, as of 2013 – but remains relevant for 365 days a year. News surrounding the festival has dance music fans on their feet and excited for March — most of the time. The latest bit of controversy, however, was far less optimistic than the announcements of Swedish House Mafia’s finale or Deadmau5′ return. The two-weekend expansion that had been announced in October was found in jeopardy when the City of Miami’s commissioner, Marc Sarnoff, introduced a resolution that would’ve prevent Bayfront Park from hosting the festival’s second weekend. Despite arguing that “Ultra doesn’t bring a dollar to the city of Miami,” Sarnoff lost, and Ultra’s double-header survived the commissions vote.
But was Ultra really ever in danger? The statistics say no.
The same week that the Grammys fumbled its dance music nominations, voting has opened for its far more credible counterpart, Winter Music Conference’s International Dance Music Awards. The IDMAs annually showcase each of the moving parts that make up the sprawling global automaton we call dance music, from producers and promoters to clubs and software developers. Containing nearly 60 separate categories and a consistent emphasis on innovation, the IDMAs are one of the few dance music awards that command respect from both the industry and the public. Most importantly, you won’t find Al Walser on here. Unless you choose to write him in. In which case, God help you.
Today the official Winter Music Conference 2011 dates were announced, which are set to take place Mar 8-12 in Miami Florida. For those unfamiliar, WMC traditionally occurs the last weekend in March. So what’s the big deal in having it a full two weeks earlier you ask? Well for starters, it overlaps with another popular music festival in SXSW (March 11-15). Lastly and perhaps most importantly, all the awesome after parties that make WMC what it is, are still happening at the end of March. Confused? So am I. The date change has enraged many fans and DJs a like, including Steve Angello who just a few days ago announced his plan for a massive 14-hour party that was set to take place, yep you guessed it, at the end of March. He and other DJs went off on their Twitter account today.
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