Winter Music Conference: A Mecca for New EDM Sounds

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Words by Chelsea Whitaker

Winter Music Conference (WMC) has become the official Spring Break of the EDM community, bringing together DJ’s, artists, and music industry professionals together in sunny South Beach, Florida. Workshops, album premieres, and of course parties, were all on the agenda. There was not a quiet spot in Miami all week, and various EDM beats constantly filled the air along Ocean Drive.

One of the highlights was an exclusive listening party for Afrojack‘s anticipated new album, “Forget the World”. This will be the first full length studio album for the Dutch DJ, who has made his mark by remixing the likes of Madonna and Beyonce while also co-producing and writing hits such as “Titanium”. The album is a musical journey across genres, touching on deep house and even trap with a song featuring Snoop Dogg. The album will no doubt connect to core EDM fans, as well as gain radio traction across the country.

Along with listening events, club takeovers acted as live showcases for top label talent. The Brooklyn based Fool’s Gold – headed by DJ A-Trak, threw some of the wildest and most talent-packed events. Top DJs including Loudpvck, Gladiator, High Klassified and Nick Catchdubs, hit various stages over 2 nights of parties, all hosted by A-Trak. The label set itself a part from the EDM madness with a Rap Party featuring Just Blaze. The packed event mixed songs by A$AP Ferg with classic Duck Sauce tracks, blending two worlds which are destined to collide in a big way this year.

Smaller parties acted as showcases for upcoming talent. Fresh from his Ultra set, DJ Max Gold, set himself apart from the mix by not only being the youngest guy at the Shore Club Red Room (he’s 16), but by bringing a unique sound of tribal-meets-trap to the turntables.

Overall, WMC is a talent showcase and a networking party, rolled into one. Every mic, and every party was a chance to become the next club star. A random rapper hopped on the mic, spitting over EDM beats on the top of the Cleavelander at 2am while the ocean wind blew the entire crowd into frenzy. This epitomized WMC 2014 in one moment – genres mixing, random talent and, of course, Miami.

NYC: RBMA ‘Culture Clash’ @ Roseland Ballroom – May 9

 

It’s going down tomorrow night at the Roseland Ballroom! The seemingly unstoppable Red Bull Music Academy is keeping up the month’s momentum with yet another dose of their incomparable programming; The May 9 Culture Clash event (originally launched in London in 2010) will feature heavyweights spanning genres and generations to bring guests the ultimate live music battle with mashups sure to induce the ill screw-face.

Performing are Federation Sound, Trouble & Bass, Just Blaze & Young Guru, as well as Que Bajo?! Sound system culture is the unifying force, but there will only be one winner. Prepare for these guys to fully bring it, as contestants have been known to bring in secret weapons (aka special guests) not to be missed. The evening will be hosted by none other than the venerable Miss Info.

Event Details
Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash
May 9, 2013
8P-1A

Tickets: $10 (All Ages)
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Roseland Ballroom
239 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

NYC: ‘Offline’ with Q-Tip @ Irving Plaza – Sep 22 + Live Mix from August Party

 

For September, the legendary Q-Tip will be hosting his uber poppin’ monthly party Offline on a Saturday! This week on September 22 join us for a supreme selection of funk, jazz, hip hop, salsa, and Latin records.

Last month, we had over a thousand people grooving into the night, including Jairobi, Just Blaze, DJ Cassidy, and Gabrielle Union. Before heading to this week’s party, might we humor you with the soundtrack for your pre-party bedroom dance party? Enjoy the mix from our August party below!

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Event Details
Offline with Q-Tip
Saturday, September 22

Doors: 10:30 PM

Advance tickets: $20
Door tickets: $25
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Irving Plaza
17 Irving Place
New York, NY

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Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights & Early Mornings Out Today

Marsha Ambrosius‘ (of the classic soul duo Floetry) highly anticipated solo album Late Nights and Early Mornings was released today, featuring the hit single “Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)” and another single currently climbing the charts, “Far Away.” The emotionally charged video for “Far Away,” conceptualized by Marsha and directed by her manager Julius Erving III, touches upon society’s current ills of bullying, gay bashing and suicide. By being honest and aware in her approach to creating timeless music, Late Nights & Early Mornings offers a candid glimpse of Marsha’s life and perspectives as she takes the reigns as the primary songwriter and producer of the album. Collaborations with musical peers Alicia Keys, Dre & Vidal (producers of “Say Yes”), Just Blaze and more add a raw and edgy vibe to the reflective and soulful album.

Marsha Ambrosius – “Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)”
 

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