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.

Nile Rodgers, #Offline Guest of Honor | Celebrate His Legacy: Madonna – “Like A Virgin” + Join Us @ Output, NYC – Sep 25

 

For the upcoming September 25 installment of our weekly #Offline party with Q-Tip at Output, we have the extreme pleasure of welcoming legendary musician, producer, guitarist, and songwriter Nile Rodgers as our guest of honor. To celebrate, we’re taking it back to some of our favorite Nile Rodgers tracks in the days leading up to the party.

Today’s tune is “Like A Virgin” by Madonna (we’re a little too excited about this one). Produced by Nile, the song was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.

September 25′s #Offline will also be featuring the venerable DJ Spinna as our guest on the turntables. Do not miss this night, folks!

About #Offline
Presented by Giant Step and featuring Grammy award-winning music icon Q-Tip as the resident DJ, #Offline is your chance to unplug, unwind, and get down with some undeniable tunes. Treat yourself to the very best in modern and classic music and come enjoy a night that’s previously been attended by Dave Chappelle, Estelle, Sanford Biggers, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Large Professor, and James Poyser, amongst other notable greats!

Event Details
Giant Step Presents #Offline w/ Q-Tip
Special Guest of Honor Nile Rodgers
& DJ Spinna as Guest DJ

Wednesday, September 25
Doors 10PM

Tickets: $15 (advance)
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Output
74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

#Offline party flyer after the jump

Video: Meshell Ndegecello Speaks on Various Music Icons

 

BET sat down with the uber talented Meshell Ndegeocello recently for her quick thoughts on music icons she’s worked with and met. Meshell quietly, humbly, and honestly answers her brief takes on Chaka Khan, John Singleton, Queen Latifah, Prince, and Madonna.

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Video: Sky Ferreira – “Sad Dream”

 

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So, this little Sky Ferreira lady totally rocked out to her hipster Madonna vibes in that last “Everything Is Embarrassing” video we posted. Kinda ruled, didn’t it? This time in her new video for “Sad Video,” she’s got a little Fiona Apple thing going – how is it that this tiny lassie has got such a thick honeyed voice? We just wanna squeeze it all day long. Love.

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