Winter Music Conference 2011 Underway in Miami

Posted by Billyjam, March 9, 2011 04:30pm | Post a Comment

The Winter Music Conference 2011 (WMC), the annual electronic / dance music industry event in Miami Beach, FL, kicked off last night and goes through the weekend (March 8th - 12th) with an action packed schedule that looks like even more events (parties, panels, etc) this year than any previous year. Even though yesterday was the official first day, today and tomorrow is when most folks typically arrive in South Florida for this annual DJ/producer/radio/media dance music party event that each year conveniently happens within a week of (or overlapping) the more indie rock themed SXSW music & film festival in Austin, TX, which this year runs from Friday, March 11th to March 20th. Many artists and labels attend both events.

The $395 registration fee for the WMC 2011, while not cheap, does gain you admission to a lot of stuff for the five days, including some great DJ parties (countless pool parties) and many very interesting panels about music production and the ever changing music industry. Panels this year include topics like music distribution in the digital age, revenue streams, and one titled Innovations in DJ and Production Technology that is kind of a follow up to the recent NAMM convention in Anaheim with an examination of the very latest in the art of DJ themed production and digital mixing.

There's also panels about getting electronic music on radio that envelopes internet, satellite, and terrestrial formats; and the fundamentals of effectual and solid contracts, copyrights, licensing, online retailing, digital distribution and the intricacies of publishing laws -- all important legal stuff.

But the parties and the DJ showcases are often the most fun and also where much of the networking takes place. It's not always necessary to register for the conference when you can just pay admission (usually about $20 at the most) to the parties or, better still, get in for free oft times. Way too many to mention here, these parties include one thrown tonight (Weds, March 9th) by In The Groove Global for house music legend Todd Terry and his label inHouse Records. The impressive lineup of DJs spinning at this party, which will be at the Vagabond night club Downtown Miami, includes DJ Sneak, Junior Sanchez, Mattias Heilbronn, Norty Cotto, Rock-It Rockett, Benji Candelario, DJ Lucho, DJ Eric F, Pete G, Danny Genius, Oscar P, and Todd Terry himself. More info here. Couple of other parties worth mentioning include Friday night's Aint Nuthin But A House Party with resident DJ Jellybean Benitez and special guests Ian Friday and Jihad Muhammad at B&B and the And God Created Women party on Saturday at Yuca with DJs Francesca Magliano, Sabine Blazin, Kamala, and JenBlaze.  

For more general information on WMC 2011 click here.

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