While many music lovers flocked to Austin this year for the SXSW festival, the real party was happening down in South Beach. Every year for the past 23 years, large numbers of djs, electronic music producers, and party people from all over the globe have made there way to Winter Music Conference in Miami. The Winter Music Conference is an annual event that brings together the best of the best in the world's dance music scene. Residents know it as the time of year when the city is pretty much overtaken by djs. Every hotel and nightclub has a party going on with a line down the street. Just about retail store and restaurant has a set of turntables set up. You can't walk down the block without seeing someone like house dj Louie Vega or hiphop legend Biz Markie walking around dragging there dj bag behind them.
One of the funniest things about heading down to the conference is that you can't go anywhere without seeing a bunch of people from Philadelphia. It's almost as if every Philly-based dancer and music lover who could get the week off is down there partying like it's no tomorrow. As you can imagine, the club scene back home usually takes a big hit that week.
Philly is also well represented on the dj front. Every year, our hometown heroes have their hands in some of the biggest and best events in South Beach. This year Rich Medina tore it down with his mixture of afrobeat, soul, hiphop, and house at a bunch of different events, including the gigantic OM Records soiree and his own Afro Disco party. King Britt, Vikter Duplaix, and Dozia's Art of Seduction party was sexy enough to make people trade in their shorts and flipflops for white linens and high heals. The Sundae crew got some of their favorite house djs together for a crazy yacht party on a Sunday afternoon. Even hometown legend Dj Jazzy Jeff came down to do a big event with Common, Dj Spinna, Biz Markie, Mark Farina, and many others. What a week!