Winter Music Conference is the oldest platform and anual gathering for DJ, artists, industry delegates, music enthusiasts and pretty much everybody involved in any way with House Music. It takes place in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. It offers over 400 events including seminars, workshops, events and parties (day pool-parties, or night-club parties) in which over 1900 DJ’s and performers take part and over 100 000 visitors.
It started all the way back in 1985, when House Music was just beginning to gain popularity in the States. It was established with the soul purpose of helping people from industry to converge, exchange knowledge and skills about House Music and DJing.
Events at WMC
International Dance Music Awards
One of the biggest events at WMC, as well as the world of House Music is the IDMA (International Dance Music Awards). IDMA includes 57 awards categories, and honor artists in exceptional achievements for the House Music genre. Over 2 million people voted in the pole for Lifetime Achievement, which went to the deceased Godfather of House Music, Frankie Knuckles. The awards serve as the official highlight of the Winter Music Conference, and a more formal gathering of the Electronic Music artists and industry’s professionals.
DJ Spin-Off is for those who want to show off their DJ skills in one of the Official WMC competitions. It takes place over the course of 2 days, and includes Beat Matching, Scratching, Spinning, and other categories. Judges decide the winners of the Spin-Off, by looking for best Intro, Technical abilities, Tricks, Blending, Timing, Juggling, Showmanship, Audience interaction, Creativity and Outro. The competition includes prizes which are provided by the industry’s leading manufacturers. If you wish to find more information about the event or how to sign up for next edition’s DJ Spin-Off click here.
Remixing and Editing Workshops
In the Remixing and Editing workshops, new-coming DJ’s and artists can learn how to use DJ equipment, DJ software and programs, how to set up their equipment and tech tools to fill their needs, for what to look into a track, and how to systematically work on remixing it. This event is one of a kind opportunity for young artists to engage with and talk to industry’s professional producers, programmers, DJ’s about remixing, using DJ software and audio programs. The event is divided into 2 half-day workshops including Remixing and Editing (Introduction for beginners) and Remixing and Editing (for Intermediate/Advanced artists). The events sale out quick, so be sure to secure a place there by buying an early WMC badge. For more information about the event, dates and more click here.
Music and Industry
As the Music industry has changed rapidly in the last 10/15 years with technology taking over, WMC offers seminars which aim to reflect the status quo of the House Music and Music industry in general. The topics and discussion are also broad, and not specified within one music genre, meaning it is open for people with different tastes and interests in music.
Innovations in DJ and Production Technology
In recent years technology and digital mixing have for good (or some argue for bad) changed the whole art of DJing, Mix and Producing. In this seminar, WMC aims to explore all new innovations and digital technologies in Electronic Music and bring in once place industry’s leading developers and manufacturers to participate in a discussion about the pros & cons and new options of technology vastly penetrating the industry. In addition, the panels guests will be available for any questions visitors might have.
WMC Official Parties
WMC offer a diverse and enormous choice of workshops, seminars and panels. But people also go there to let loose and party everyday of the WMC week. Everyday there are day-parties, pool-parties, night-club parties mainly in Downtown Miami Beach. Record Labels, DJ’s & Clubs organize music events to showcase their music, debut their new albums/tracks and bring joy, unity and happiness to the thousands of people dancing under the sun (or moon). If you wish to subscribe to WMC’s Mailing List and receive updates regarding upcoming events and everything else surrounding the week House Music takes over Miami, click here.
WATCH THE OFFICIAL AFTERMOVIE OF WMC 2014 BY DJ MAG.
Visit Winter Music Conference
In order to attend the WMC’s official events you have to download a form, fill it out and register online, by email or fax. To do that click here. Having a WMC badge gives you access to Official Workshops and Exhibits (except the Remixing & Editing workshops), DJ Spin-Off’s, Seminars & Panels, Poolside Events, South Beach Sessions as well as smaller entry fee for the WMC’s Official parties.
HOW TO GET THERE
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If you wish to book accommodation online, you can do that through WMC’s Official website. Click here to search for hotels from WMC’s partnership network.
Hope you have enjoyed our review of Winter Music Conference, and to see you there next time.
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