Check out this Kelly Clarkson Remix I did with my good friend DJ Reidiculous. Stay tuned for more collabos with Reidiculous.
This year marked my 17th year going to Miami’s Winter Music Conference. Unlike in years previous, I only had 2 days to enjoy the convention so I wanted to make sure that I did as much in 48 hours as I could. My guess is that I’ll get about 6 hours sleep the entire time I’m down.
I land in beautiful Sunny Miami on Tuesday March 23 and head over to the Eden Roc hotel where the official WMC was held this year. The Eden Roc had just underwent some major renovations and it showed. The last time I was at the Eden Roc was maybe 10 years ago when WMC was held at the Fountain Bleu next door. I ran into Crooklyn Clan’s DJ Serafin along with DJ Dynamix from L.A. who had just placed second at the WMC DJ Battle. NYC’s Peter Parker had defended his title winning it again for the second year in a row. After hanging out at the Eden Roc, I decided to head out to my favorite Cuban restaurant in South Beach – Puerto Sagua on Collins.
Puerto Sagua has been a WMC tradition for many. They are known for #1 Ropa Vieja and my favorite #8 The Palomillo Steak with Black Beans and Rice. We had a nice crew of Folks there – DJ Speed(Chicago), Danny Diggz (Crooklyn Clan), and the NJ Crew John Farrugio, DJ Sir William, Tommy Dee, DJ X-Mind, and DJ Scooter.
After a quick stop at the hotel we started our evening at the Cameo Theater for the Defected/Strictly Rhythm party.
When we got there, David Penn was spinning in the main room while Yass was in the upstairs room. This party reminded me of the early WMC that I went to going back to 1993. It was a night of pure house music. No Progressive, Electro, Trance, but House Music. When we entered the upstairs room, Yass was spinning some 90s classics like The Bucketheads and CJ Bolland. Then out of nowhere, somebody started singing on the mic over a house track and sounded really good too. The crowd inside was definitely feeling it.
When we got back into the main room, David Penn dropped Dennis Ferrer’s “Hey Hey” and the people went nuts! He was also rocking Crystal Waters “Gypsy Woman” organ underneath it while working the track. This was the first time I heard “Hey Hey” but wouldn’t be the last time during my trip. After hanging out at the Cameo for another hour we decided to head to Mansion to listen to Benny Benassi.
When we got there, MSTRKFT was DJing. They played a wide selection from their own tracks to some electro and even some Dirty Dutch tracks. It would be the second time I would hear “Hey Hey” and the first time I’d hear Armand Van Helden’s remix for David Guetta’s “Memories”. The only complaint I had was the music at Mansion cut off 3 times during their set as if amps overheated.
Bennassi came on around 3pm and he started off really hard. At one point, he dropped a remix of Satisfaction and the crowd went banannas for it. Then all of a sudden, some MC got on the mic and started rapping. We heard “The roof is on fire” Ludacris “What your fantasy” and some other corny raps that this MC was doing. He was ruining the vibe. We look up on stage and there was Lil Jon. He get’s on the mic and hypes up the crowd like Lil Jon does with his signature “Yeaahh” and “Put your F@!king hands up” However, the other MC came back on and started yapping again. I could only take so much so we left around 430am. We headed back to the hotel and called it an early morning (6am) because I had to be at the Gansevoort hotel at 11am.
After a quick Disco nap, Day two started for me at 9am. I still had my mixshows to record and send. Thank you Miami Wi-Fi. We head over to the Gansevoort hotel for the SiriusXM – PachaNYC Pool Party. The Line-up consisted of Liquid Todd, DJ Chuckie, myself, Markus Shulz, Louie Devito, Above and Beyond, & Kaskade.
Backstage it was good to see some familiar faces like Allegra, Liquid Todd, Kim Sozzi, Former WWE Lilian Garcia, Hardwell, Roger Sanchez, Disco Fries & More. Doors were supposed to open at 11am but apparently, the firemarshalls wouldn’t allow them to open until they received the worker’s comp permit. So after Liquid Todd, Chuckie came on around 12:15 with the crowd outside waiting to get in. They finally opened the doors close to 1pm right when I was supposed to go on. However, I told Chuckie to stay on for a little bit more since many of his fans were waiting to hear him spin. I didn’t mind having my set cut short so I could hear Chuckie spin.
Chuckie had a nice set. Overall, he played a nice selection of vocals and Dutch House tracks. He played his remix of a new Toni Braxton single along with some new mix of Let the bass kick. He ended his set with his remix of David Guetta’s “One Love”.
After Chuckie, I got on deck to spin. I noticed they had Four CDJ-2000 CD players along with the Pioneer DJM-800 mixer. No Serato for me today. I was ready to go with my USB Stick at hand. However, when I got on, I noticed they didn’t have the CDJs linked so I wasn’t able to use my USB stick for the other decks. It kinda defeated the purpose really. Luckily I had an MP3 CD with me. I opened my set with my remix of Funky Green Dogs “Fired Up” which seemed fitting being that we were in Miami – Home to Oscar G. Because I gave half of my time to DJ Chuckie, my set was cut a little short – like in half. I didn’t mind really. Just the fact that I got to DJ between Chuckie and Markus Schulz was good enough for me. Markus and I go way back before he became the International superstar that he is now. I remember when he was a Mixshow DJ in Scottsdale, AZ programming syndicated mixshow HOTMIX. It was so good to see his career really take off.
After hanging out for a while to hear Markus Schulz, I headed off to the Raleigh hotel for my interview with MTV news.
Once I got to the Raleigh, there were several DJ/Producers that were being interviewed. Cedric Gervais was just finishing up his interview with Robbie Rivera up next. Adam from MTVnews is a good friend of mine who was conducting all the interviews. When it was my turn, I talked about what I had seen so far at this year’s WMC and what else have I been up to. Then after my interview I got to hear Cedric Gervais, Robbie Rivera, DJ V-Scratch/Flipside from the Jump Smokers spin. I also ran into singer Jes, Tommie Sunsine, UK Producers Bimbo Jones, Vic Latino, Tony Arzadon, and others.
So after a long day at the Raleigh it was back to the hotel for a quick shower before starting my last night of WMC.
My first stop of the evening was dinner at Casa Tua. This place is one of Miami’s exclusive restaurants where you typically need a reservation weeks in advance. I was lucky to be invited by promoter Bobby Shaw. The guests of the evening included Billboard DJ/Producers Dave Aude’, Gary Givant, T-Pro, Mike Cruz, Mixin Marc, Dave Canalte, Twisted Dee, and guests. After a great time catching up with everyone, I headed out to the Solmatic/GHR party. I decided to walk there not realizing how far it was. 40 minutes later I get to the party.
The”I love Miami” Solmatic Party was at the Cassanova Lounge and featured the GHR DJs Nick V, Eddy Santana, Richard Vission, Dave Aude, Alex Gaudino, Bart B More, and others. I also got to catch performances from Blake Lewis and Luciana performing her single “I like that”. It was a packed house and everyone DJed very well. I got to catch Dave Aude, Alex Gaudino, Richard Vission, and part of Bart B More’s set. I also got to see some old friends in the building including DJ Lynnwood, E-Rock, Trevor Simpson, along with Capitol artist Lolene with her Sexy self. After the Solmatic party it was off to see Roger Sanchez at Mansion.
Once we got to Mansion, it was a madhouse. Tickets were sold out and the only way you were getting in was being on a list. Luckily Jermaine (Roger’s road manger had taken care of me when I saw him earlier at the SiriusXM Party). Once inside it was mayhem. Typically, this is one of my favorite parties of WMC. However, I didn’t care much for Mansion as a venue. I just didn’t feel like this was the best place for Release yourself. Nevertheless, I heard Roger play his new single “Get together” which samples the B-52’s “Love Shack” After a while, I headed out and decided to hit up another party.
I met up with DJ Flipside and DJ Speed (Chicago) and we went to Blue Lounge to hear some House music. I wasn’t quite sure which party this was but they were playing some deep and funky house. It was now 5am and decided to get a quick bite to eat at Five Guys Burger. Finally, I headed back to the hotel, packed my stuff, and left Miami.
So that pretty much rapped up my 48 hours of WMC.
Top Songs of WMC 2010
(Songs I heard or was talked about)
1. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey
2. Kaskade -Dynasty
3. David Guetta – Memories (Armand Van Helden Remix)
4. Roger Sanchez – 2gether
5. Peter Lutz – The Rain
6. Suzanne Palmer – Big Love
7. Steve Smooth – So High
8. Benassi feat. Estelle, Apl d Ap, Jean Baptiste “Spaceship”
9. Robbie Rivera Mixin Marc – Juicy Anthem
10. Laidback Luke and Steve Aoki feat. Lil Jon “Turbulence”