Miami Music Week

by: Barbie Bertisch

Dance Music Mecca

Winter Music Conference (or Miami Music Week) is a week of over-indulgence in music, parties, art, food, drinks, and beyond. The week brings countless events throughout South Beach and Downtown Miami, and culminates with Ultra Music Festival. While most people are quick to judge and call it a cluster of half-naked teeny boppers in furry boots and pacifiers, there’s certainly about 90,000 of those at Ultra, you shouldn’t pass on it simply because you’re sick of Armin Van Buuren.
 
Miami’s WMC has been going strong since 1985, and gave electronic dance music a big platform on the shores of sunny Miami. While you’re still sleeping off the night, an actual conference is going on at Miami Beach Convention Center. Producers, promoters, radio personalities, DJs, and label reps meet to discuss the artists, trends, and venues making waves today.
 
How should you take on the week? Avoid the Vegas-style super clubs and seek-out the underground parties and warehouse raves. Also, carry earplugs wherever you go, hydrate like water is going out of style, have cash on hand, and pace yourself—no one wants to be the amateur. This is truly a week of converging crews and styles. You’ll come across black t-shirt techno snobs, deep house heads, classics guidos, candy ravers, and more. Tip #1: always keep an open mind.
 
Eat, sleep, rave, repeat.

HOTELS
  • The Standard

    Perfect for the more intellectual music consumer, and in typical Standard fashion, this beautiful getaway has more low-key events. Between their classic lazy Sunday BBQ and varied musical guests, there’s something for everyone at this high-end spa hotel.

  • W South Beach

    The W Hotel is known for glitz and glamour, and they’re not shy with WMC lineups, either. In the past, they have teamed-up with SiriusXM to book big EDM acts like Axwell & Ingrosso, Armin van Buuren, and Duke Dumont. Think big, think loud, definitely exclusive.

  • Surfcomber

    The Surfcomber is yet another classic WMC hotel, with past events including DJ Mag and Pete Tong. What’s more “conference” than that? Fans of early 90’s house, Vegas-style pool parties, and banging bass music all gather at this Collins Avenue staple.

  • Sagamore

    This normally quiet and zen-y hotel turns the volume up to eleven during WMC. RedBull Guesthouse took over the Sagamore last year with a wide array of top-shelf acts of all genres–from psychedelic disco DJ Harvey, to prolific remixer/hip hop producer/dance music legend Kenny Dope–and everything in between.

  • Deauville

    The Deauville is the very official WMC hotel, and is a must for classic house, deep house, and garage lovers. Events include discussions, pool parties, jazz clubs, radio streaming, and performances by dance music legends like George Clinton and Louie Vega. This may be a good place to party, but it’s definitely where the people who actually speak on the panels lay their heads at night.

  • The Miami Beach EDITION

    While the rest of South Beach is running around in neon, The Miami Beach EDITION Basement takes the cool-guy-route and books underground acts. With House legends like David Morales and Seth Troxler, EDITION delights us all with their carefully curated lineups and pretty amazing indoor plant game within the hotel lobby.

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