Well my friends it is that time of year again. Electronic music producers, Djs and remixers from around the world will descend upon sunny Miami for the 26th annual Winter Music Conference 2011. The five-day event will be held on March 8 – 12, so remember to mark your calendars. The WMC will feature exhibits of new products, DJ gear, recording equipment and much more. In addition to the exhibit hall, vinyl enthusiast will be able to browse vast collections of records at the International Record Collectors Show. It’s a great opportunity to meet with 12″ record dealers from around the world, as well as brushing elbows with fellow crate diggers. Another aspect of the WMC is the South Beach Sessions (SBS), which consist of seminars, networking events and panels that focus on remix techniques and music production. If you’re looking to get signed or simply seeking advice from seasoned professionals, there will also be demo listening events. In addition to the industry schmooze-fest there are countless pool parties and evening events featuring DJs and talent from around the world.
Highlights from WMC 2010. Clip courtesy of ADVRKL.
Last years event attracted 100,000 attendees, 1,909 artist and DJs and 3,763 industry representatives from 70 different countries. Furthermore, one of the most anticipated events at the core of the Winter Music Conference, is the International Dance Music Awards (free to all badge holders of WMC) will feature 57 award categories (place your vote here by February 18th). Originally there was some concern that the 13th annual Ultra Music Festival (also held in Miami) would cause a scheduling conflict for many of the performers, promoters and nightclub owners, but apparently the event has now been scheduled for March 26-27. Ultra will feature Steve Aoki, Carl Cox and Roger Sanchez to name a few. Tiesto will also be a part of both events as a headliner for Ultra Day 1 and as a nominee in several categories at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA).