After a break in 2011, we're back with a vengeance. WMC is twice as long this year, so we've decided to make The Dirty Dozen into The Dirty (Two) Dozen. For those not familiar with the concept, the following is a list of parties that will hopefully keep you going at just about every hour of every day in Miami this year. There are gaps for sleep (rarely) and a few more than two dozen parties listed here (oops), but we figured you wouldn't mind us fudging a little bit with something like this. See you in Miami!
Go on, get a bit nostalgic. It just wouldn't be WMC without Danny Tenaglia after all. The New York City native has played at every single Winter Music Conference since the second. He'll kick things off in 2012 with a set that promises to go well into the early hours of the morning. What can you expect? A satisfying seven hours of deep house, tribal, techno and disco. And tons of good vibes.
Miami Tip #1
Seems like an obvious one, but we've learned this one the hard way: Use sunscreen early and often to avoid a painful couple of days.
It's a party. On a boat. What more could you ask for? Oh! There's the music. The promoter triumvirate of Un_mute, Miami Techno Central and Aqua Elite will bring Jay Haze and more to the waters. He'll bless the Tikki boat with his vibrant and diverse brand of tech house and techno, a four hour voyage of South Beach waters complete with palm trees and sand, as if you never left the beach. Except you did, and you're on a boat. Support will come from Inxec, Mobius Strum and Ray Okpara.
Once you're back on land, continue to get your 2012 WMC feet wet (metaphorically in this case) at Shine at the Shelborne South Beach. You can't go to Miami without checking out Shine, and what better time to visit than to hear the classic Chicago sounds of the legendary Derrick Carter? This one goes all night, with Carter supported by Def Mix's Hector Romero and Pacha Ibiza resident Jonathan Cowan.
Miami Tip #2
Found a good party in the chaos of Miami? Our best advice is to stay there. Just because your friend texted you that it's going off somewhere else, doesn't mean it'll be that way by the time you get over there.
Did you remember to sleep? You might want to take a short nap, but by noon on Sunday you should head over to the National Hotel. Soulistic's pool party is an all-day affair, and with food and drinks available at the venue you'll never even have to leave. WMC's only appearance from South Africa's Black Coffee is in the cards, meaning you'll get a nice dose of funky, soulful house. He'll be backed up in a deep house style by his countryman Culoe De Song and LA's Marques Wyatt.
Miami Tip #3
Pace yourself. Too many ravers go hard on the first couple of days in Miami and can't put it together for the home stretch. Make sure to drink plenty of water and get rest when you can.
Monday afternoon: It's time to go to Ocean's Ten for International House Cartel's massive thirteen-hour party. It'll be pure house vibes with an absolutely stacked lineup that includes Piranhahead, Ray Vasquez, Stacy Kidd, Duce Martinez, Lou Gorbea, DJ DatCurlyGirl, Marcuis Wade and too many others to list.
Once you've had your fill of the International House Cartel, later (we're talking late
) get yourself to Treehouse, one of the WMC's most popular and certainly unique clubs. Paris' We The Brand showcase will feature a three hour set from DJ Sneak, so if you didn't get enough house from your previous twelve hours, you'll get a hearty plate of the meat-and-potatoes stuff here. Support comes from Honey Dijon, Hector Moralez, Phil Weeks and others.
Miami Tip #4
Like a lot of other cities, Miami has seen an explosion in food trucks over the past few years. Follow their movements at MiamiFoodTrucks.com
or hit up old standby La Sandwicherie
for some cheap eats.
It's Tuesday, so it's high time you head over to the Electric Pickle. All the way in from—you guessed it—London, the Air London booking agency present a stacked multi-room showcase including Brit house star Simon Baker alongside New York's MANIK and Chicago's Kate Simko among many, many others, for a diverse night of music at one of Miami's most infamous and well-loved venues.
Later in the evening and early into the morning get on over to the legendary SET for the Saved party. If you're unfamiliar, Saved is the label run by Nic Fanciulli, and his WMC showcase will include sets from the man himself, Detroit veteran Stacey Pullen, Moon Harbour head Matthias Tanzmann and UK hotshot Subb-an. The second room, programmed by Labryinth Productions, will meanwhile feature a host of newcomers like Ultrasone and Arado.
Miami Tip #5
Give yourself a budget and stick to it. Miami has a way of sneaking up on you cost-wise. Do your best to figure in all your potential expenses before going and adhere to a plan.
Hopefully you've managed to get a little bit of rest, because your Wednesday is packed. Things start at Flying Circus' fifth anniversary party at Villa 221. Though Circus was usually the first great party at WMC at its old home Nikki Beach, one look at the exhaustive lineup is proof that it hasn't lost any luster at its new home and time. This is the kind of lineup listed alphabetically because there are too many headliners to count—but you'll probably want to check out Radio Slave, Nina Kraviz, Martin Buttrich and Tiefschwarz at the very least.
Sick of staring at people playing records? Voodoo Tour will bring Brandt Brauer Frick to The Awarehouse, and you should bring yourself there sometime in the evening too. The trio will play their distinctive live set, a great palate cleanser after several days of DJ sets. After that go ahead and get right back on the horse with more excellent record mixing from Ripperton and Eduardo Castillo.
So you've heard some people play some instruments, now how about some real live singing? Next up you're going to Gavanna, for the club's only WMC event, where you can see Tensnake performing his blissed-out disco live for the first time ever in Miami, complete with vocal accompaniment from Toronto's Jeremy Glenn. Also on the bill are Simian Mobile Disco, Miguel Campbell and Miami's very own Danny Daze.
The night's not over yet: Revisit Shine for the WMC institution that is the Ovum party. In addition to MANIK and Luca Bacchetti, the Ovum party is the only time and place you'll hear sets from Poker Flat don Steve Bug and Ovum label boss Josh Wink in Miami this year. Considering they run two of the most respected labels around, it stands to reason they'll have plenty of exclusive music to air.
Miami Tip #6
Miami has seen a host of top-flight chefs descend upon the city in the past few years. Make sure to splurge one night on something special. Our pick? Chef Todd Erickson's small plates at Haven Gastro-Lounge
Remember last week when you were on a boat? Want to do it again? Of course you do. This time your seaborne cruise will be soundtracked by the Hot Creations crew, meaning you'll get sets from Danny Daze, Miguel Campbell and Hot Natured, the ultimate chill bro duo of Jamie Jones and Lee Foss. At more than $100, it may seem a bit pricey, but when you factor in the open bar, it should be obvious that this one is well worth the outlay.
Once you hit the shore, you're going to want to stumble on to A Sense of Danger's night at SoBe live for a 7-hour set from so-legendary-he's-beyond-a-legend disco magnate DJ Harvey. If you heard the marathon greatness that was his RA podcast, this is basically that...only five times the length. Expect to be treated to some euphoric disco, weird house and some of the deepest cuts you've never heard.
You'll end your night at the Electric Pickle at the Marcy All Stars party. Why, you ask? Um, have you seen the flyer? If you're a fan of the Wolf + Lamb crew, this one is for you, with a huge lineup including Soul Clap, Deniz Kurtel, Pillowtalk, Voices of Black, Tanner Ross and something called... Wuss + Lame. At the very least, come make sure that Deniz doesn't have any more rehab nightmares
Miami Tip #7
Plan your night in terms of location. Going back and forth from South Beach to downtown a few times over the course of an evening will kill your buzz and bank account in equal measure.
You're still awake, right? Well, you've hopefully had two afternoon boat parties by this point, but have you had one at 5:30 in the morning? Didn't think so! Just like Sunday at Panorama Bar transported to a naval vessel, you can catch Cassy DJing late into the morning, supported by Danny Howells and Dory. Word is that last year's Listed party was a blast, so make sure you don't miss this one.
What do you do after a morning of ocean-borne house? An afternoon of driving, dark techno! Time to flip your vibe with the CLR party at National Hotel for a healthy smattering of the heavy stuff, featuring sets from label head Chris Liebing and noise junkie Tommy Four Seven, in addition to Monoloc and Drumcell.
After all that techno, time to soothe your ears with Four Tet's only performance at WMC, at North Miami's Bardot. If the former "folktronica" producer isn't enough of a draw for you—though considering his recent Fabriclive
and work with Burial, it should be—he'll also be supported by one of the UK's finest and most fun DJs in the form of Jackmaster.
Once you've heard Four Tet do his thing, time to return to The Treehouse for a night of dance music dichotomy. In one room, you've got guaranteed darkness from Items & Thing's Down & Out crew, meaning Magda, Marc Houle and Troy Pierce, while in the Life & Death room you've got more sanguine sounds from Tale Of Us, Clockwork and Pillowtalk doing a live set.
When you're done with that, end your night (or begin your morning) at Space for the Minus party, featuring label stalwarts Ambivalent, Hobo, Gaiser, Dubfire and, of course, Mr. Richie Hawtin himself. It doesn't matter what time you go, because this party doesn't even have an end time. It's Space and, yep, it's that kind of party.
Miami Tip #8
Tip. Most bartenders and wait staff have salaries that depend on your gratuity. Tip them generously (10% is low), and you'll find that the service will get better and better throughout the night.
Having emerged from Space, you're going to want to make your way to see Crosstown Rebels once again getting lost at Electric Pickle. If past years are anything to go by, this one should be a highlight of WMC. The Pickle—a "liquor-fuelled love machine" by its own admission—will see Damian Lazarus spearhead a massive bill featuring Art Department and Maceo Plex. Along with Craig Richards, jozif, Konrad Black and too many others to mention, it's no wonder that the roll call for this one dwarfs any other WMC event.
Looking for the perfect comedown from Get Lost? We suggest wandering over to check out Lee Burridge play Cafeina. The eccentric Brit's new label All Day I Dream is well-suited to Miami's laidback vibe and the open air terrace is a perfect recovery zone, although we doubt you'll want to do anything but dance with Burridge in control.
After a relaxed afternoon, James Zabiela will pick up the pace. The friends that Zabiela has surrounded himself for this one represents quite a variety of acts. Swiss turntable maestro Deetron is coming off a hugely successful mix CD in the Balance series, while Eats Everything had a breakthrough 2011 with the bouncy house of "Entrance Song." And that's not even mentioning the matter of the up-and-coming UK duo Waifs & Strays.
If you've got a taste for electro or something similar, this party is your pick of 2012. With Boys Noize headlining a bill that features speaker-bothering talent across the board, expect this one to get mighty raucous. Switch DJs, Spank Rock will be playing live per usual, and Boys Noize Records signees Housemeister, Djedjotronic and Strip Steve add support at first-time WMC venue Mamushkas.
Miami Tip #9
Looking for something off the beaten track? Our pick this year is Monkey Jungle
. Because nothing says hangover cure like more than 400 screaming primates and an almost equal number of screaming children.
Missed out on all the boat parties at WMC? This one may be your final shot. Luckily, the listed crew and Magnetic Grooves are pulling out all the stops for something called the Silly Sunday Soiree. You'll be able to watch the sun rise with a heaping of techno and house courtesy of M.A.N.D.Y., Audiofly, DJ T., Matt Tolfrey and many more over two levels and six hours. Be aware, though: This is one of the few boat parties without an open bar.
WMC and Ultra kissed and made up this year, and the timing couldn't be better. Electronic music is bigger than ever in the States, and so is Ultra. Those who are after the underground stuff at the festival will likely find day three most to their liking. The Crosstown crew will be in full effect with Art Department, Damian Lazarus and Jamie Jones, while Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles and Flying Lotus will also make appearances. For sheer variety, you can't do much better than Ultra.
With the end nearly in sight, Ron Trent seems like the obvious man to take things down a notch. Sunday night will see the Chicago icon ably supported by yet another legend, John Morales. New York City wouldn't be the same without Morales' remixes and "Deadly Medleys," so expect him to bring a collection of tried-and-tested tunes on the night. Not only will their sets leave you smiling, but both will help you reenergize and survive the remaining hours of WMC.
As one of WMC's major venues in 2012, it seems only fitting to recommend that you end things up at the Electric Pickle. The Giant Throbbing Electric Pickle party packs a long list of live shows topped by Tiger & Woods and Guy Gerber. If that isn't enough to whet your appetite, Benoit & Sergio will be debuting a new live show exclusively for the Miami crowd.
Congratulations, you've survived another WMC. Now...what about next year?
Miami Tip #10
Take it from us: Unless Bayfront Park is a radically different experience from Bicentennial Park, don't plan on getting a cab when Ultra is beginning or ending.
Already made up your mind how you're spending the WMC?
If not, we highly recommend checking out RA's Miami WMC Guide for full listings and lineups.