6 Mar

As the greatest month in the US for Electronic Dance Music is upon us, it is time to take an in-depth look at one of the most important events in Miami, the Winter Music Conference: 2012. This is the show where the pros go.

Having started in 1985, 2012 marks the 27th anniversary of the Winter Music Conference, which occurs this year, Mar. 16-25. Unlike a pure music festival, it reflects its title, being a conference made up of seminars, workshops, parties, and most importantly networking.

The conference is mainly focused in gathering up artists, A&R, labels, promoters, and others that work or have business ties to the industry.

Let’s take a look at the top #5 must do’s at WMC 2012:

#1: 27th Annual International Dance Music Awards

This is the biggest event of WMC, hands down. All types of awards are given out at the IDMA’s. Anything from Best House Track to Best Podcast. Last year the IDMA’s resulted in over 2 million votes from all over the globe.

Key awards/results to look for this year are Best Solo Artist: will it be David Guetta, Skrillex, Avicii or Kaskade? Best Global Record Label: who wins between Anjunabeats, Toolroom Records, Aramada Music or Ultra Records?

If you attend WMC but don’t make it to the awards show, you will have definitely missed out.

#2: The Recording Academy & WMC Producers Forum

This is a panel that is made up of artists and producers. They will share their thoughts and opinions on the current EDM scene. Discussions will be mainly focused on the business side of the industry and developments and trends with the production side.

The forum will be a great event to hear what artists think of what is going on; you’ll hear the numbers side and the creative side.

#3: WMC Opening Pool Party

Well, once you make it in town and have gone through the opening day motions, you might as well head out that night to a party and great music.

WMC Opening Pool Party takes place on Fri. March 16 at the Surfcomber Hotel Pool area and features Miami favorite Robbie Rivera. There are about 9 or so other regional DJs that will be performing in addition.

#4: WMC 2012 DJ Spin-Off

Whether or not you’re into scratching, this is an event you will not want to miss. This will feature DJs from all over. They will be judged by a panel of experts and celebrities. Based on previous success, WMC has made this a two-day event.

This event will be entertaining and exciting to watch, and you’ll get to see which up and coming DJs have some true scratching skills.

#5: Record Collectors Shows

Even though the world is going digital, there is still demand for vinyl, whether you’re a collector or actually are still utilizing it. You never know what genius sample you might dig up from a 1977 record that will be the next #1 hit on the house charts on Beatport.

This show will take place March 24 at The Beachplex. If you plan on buying a lot of wax, plan on being strong as hell or hiring a crew to carry out your possessions.

If you still haven’t purchased your registration to WMC, don’t worry, as you still have some time to do so.

To register, click on the following link:

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