Miami Beach, Fla.—After a year of separation, the Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival, which highlights Miami Music Week, have found some common ground in 2012. Or at least, their events will overlap enough for participants to enjoy both.
Their past differences aside for the moment, this week will see a more concentrated schedule of DJ- and dance-industry events—and it seems to be a welcome change for many. As always, DJ Times will be there, taking in all the action.
First up, the 27th Annual Winter Music Conference will run through March 25 with many of the events housed at The Beachplex, a new, custom-designed, air-conditioned tent complex. Stationed on the beach at 21st Street and Collins Avenue, The Beachplex is the result of a partnership between WMC and the 10th Annual Funkshion Fashion Week and Eventstar.
WMC 2012 will include a week of industry seminars and panel discussions, the 27th Annual International Dance Music Awards, official poolside events, South Beach Sessions, the Record Collectors Show, WMC Rocks, trade show and exhibits, DJ Spin-Offs and the VJ Challenge.
As usual, DJ Times will have a major presence at WMC. The magazine will maintain a dedicated exhibition booth on March 19-20 and on Friday, March 23, DJ Times Editor Jim Tremayne will moderate a “Featured Q&A” with legendary producer BT (aka Brian Transeau). Additionally, on Tuesday, March 20, he will participate in the “PR & Social Media” panel.
Miami Music Week (aka non-WMC-specific events) will see dozens of round-the-clock events featuring dance music’s biggest stars. On Wednesday, March 21, DJ Times—along with many others—will walk the red carpet at Bayfront Park’s Klipsch Amphitheater for the world premiere of “Can You Feel It—The UMF Experience,” a film that documents the rise of Ultra Music Festival and the rising global phenomenon that is EDM. The film will be released nationwide to 500 theaters the following day for a special one-night-only showing.
Then on Thursday night, March 22, DJ Times will serve as media sponsor for the week’s main bass-music bash, The 3rd Annual SMOG vs. Basshead Party (presented by Embrace). Held at Mekka in downtown Miami, the event will feature five separate, branded environments with talent that includes: 12th Planet (plus “special guest TBA”); Pendulum (DJ set); Dirtyphonics (DJ set); Zeds Dead; Goldie & Bailey; Dieselboy; Toddla T; and Trouble & Bass crew’s Drop the Lime, AC Slater, Star Eyes and The Captain.