This year, the Winter Music Conference took place from Saturday March 6 to Wednesday March 10 at the Wyndham Resort in Miami Beach, USA. The newM3 Summit took place from March 5 to March 9 in Miami Beach as well. I decided not to register for any of these two conferences.
I arrived on thursday evening to be able to relax on friday and get ready for all the parties. When I checked in at the hotel, my old friend KitCat from Germany bumped into me and we decided to go eating and chat. We both went to bed early as we had an ten hour flight behind us.
On friday I met austrian DJs and producers Sergio Flores and Jeremiah for lunch. We talked about their upcoming projects and I had the chance to listen to some of them. Later we went to Uncle Sam, the most important record store for house music during the conference. On the outside, I met DJ Tony Wilson and singer Keith Thompson. Later Lorenzo Al Dino from 7th District came by. We chatted for some time before we left to prepare for the evening. The evening startet with a dinner of the ever growing InDaMix family including MFSB (Frederic Messant) and his fellows, Luca Monopoli and Davide Maffei (Houseconnection from Italy) and Choco from Cardiff/Wales (a promoter and DJ). Later we've met the promoter from Defected Records and arranged a few things. The party I went for the night was the Yoruba Gotsoul Party at Goddess. JoJo Flores was rocking the floor with a hot set. I met many people at the club, including DJ Pope, Jesse Outlaw, Osunlade and many, many more. There was an amazing live performance including Osunlade, Erro and Tortured Soul.
Saturday I went to the beach first to relax a bit before I checked out the Soulfood 002 Party at the Riande Hotel. Franck Roger, Dino & Terry, Marlon D amongst others rocked the spot and played some fine music. Lots of people showed up and I met many people I only had emailed before. I was leaving around seven to go back to the hotel to rest for two hours to be ready for the Soulshine Party. David Camacho played a fine selection of garage before Louis Benedetti took over.