Avicii, Hardwell, Oakenfold, Digweed, Kleinenberg, Sneak – the biggest stars on the planet look back at an incredible week in Florida

It was the year Miami not only set the benchmark for EDM in the US, it was the year that we all finally realised that America is here to stay. In a massive way. Commercial on one hand and the underground on the other, the split has happened so quickly and it has left a lot of people scratching their heads wondering just how America, yet again has grabbed all of the headlines in our music world. And what is going to happen next. For those around the globe unable to be there, the live streaming was fascinating – nowhere more so than at Ultra. Hundreds of thousands of kids screaming their heads off to DJs and producers to, well let’s be honest, they didn’t have a clue who they were. No drugs, little alcohol – just pure American enthusiasm rejoicing in a new tag to hang their stars and stripes on. Fuck it. Let them join our parade. The more the merrier we say. DMCWORLD interviewed Sasha two weeks ago, he remarked how although he knew it was going to happen in the States, he didn’t think it was going to happen so quickly and so fast after a false start a decade ago. Wolfgang told us how he was one of the crowd down the front in the 90s at raves in America but never really thought it would be like it is now, the scene has just exploded. Dance music is the new pop music in the US. It’s as simple as that and we are watching very carefully how this billion pound industry will develop there.

Here…DMC checks in with some of our friends from around the world to see just what rocked their boat in what has already gone down as the best week in dance music history. You weren’t there? Well, there’s always next year…

Interviews : Dan Prince and Guy Garrett

Amba Shepherd

 Tune of the week

Greyhound SHM

DJ set of the week

Ferry Corsten & John Dahlback at Space

Party of the week

Mixmash Pool Party at The National

Favourite memory of the week

UMF CAN YOU FEEL IT Movie Premiere

Amy Thomson

Tune of the Week

Galantis; Tank and Miike Snow Devil’s Work The Dirty South Remix…sorry I can’t choose between them

DJ Set of the week

Pete Tong playing 3 hours of the sickest dark disco I have ever heard him play

Party of the week

HyperColour with Maya Jane Coles / Eats Everything and friends

Memory of the Week

Getting whisked out of clubs to watch the Djokovich win the Sony Ericsson Tennis Open and sitting with Pontus from Miike Snow in the emergency room when he fractured his hand figuring out if we could score some Vikadin!

Anna Wall from Defected

Tune of the week

Intruder (A Murk Production) – ‘Amame’ (Dyed Soundorom Remix) – this is the one that really shone from the remix package in everyone’s sets last week
 
DJ set of the week?

Maya Jane Coles @ the Last Resort party, The Villa on Sunday – what a way to round off an incredible week! She played as the sun set, and the crowd were going wild, everyone hugging, high fives etc…epic!!
 
Party of the week

La Tour with Carl Craig, Guy Gerber, Radio Slave, Nina Kraviz etc. – the first Shelbourne pool party of the week that I attended, the vibe was amazing!
 
Favourite memory of the week

DJing myself alongside Kevin Saunderson for the Defected Showcase on the top of a Penthouse on Washington Avenue for a live broadcast for the Mixmag DJ Lab

Avicii

“Got no words for how amazing tonight at Ultra was! Big thanks to Madonna, Ultra and especially everyone in the crowd for this experience! Love u guys!”

Bart B More

Tune of the week

Horsepower – Let’s Do It

DJ set of the week

Djedjotronic & Strip Steve b2b

Party of the week

Miami Noize – Boys Noize Records ast Mamushka’s

Favourite memory of the week

The tag team DJ sets with Harvard Bass

Bassjackers

Tune of the week

In My Mind (Axwell Remix), that went insaaaane every time someone dropped it

DJ set of the week

Dada Life at the Musical Freedom party, Arkadia. So much energy and so many phattt tunes…

Party of the week

Kings of Ace Poolparty at The National Hotel. Our agency’s own party and our first Miami gig ever. Amazing atmosphere, beautiful people. Couldn’t wish for a better start of our first mmw…

Carl Kennedy

Tune of the week

Some tune called ‘Once Upon A Time’ got played by Morillo, Tiesto, Calvin Harris – but my tune was Alexandra Burke feat. Erick Morillo ‘Elephant’ Synpho’, the Nympho mix was pretty big

DJ set of the week

Jazzy Jeff

Party of the week

Subliminal at Amnesia Pacha pool party at the Shelbourne

Favorite memory

“Falling in love !!!!”

David Jones

Tune of the week

Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound

DJ set of the week

Sebastian Ingrosso from SHM as Club set and Robbie Rivera as Beach Party.

Party of the week

Juicy Beach was the best party and Ultra the best Festival.

Favourite memory of the week

Robbie Rivera and Roger Sanchez B2B at Nikki Beach. People go crazy!

Dimitri Vegas

Tune of the week

Jacob Van Hage & Dyro – EMP…has worked great in every set of ours! So glad we signed that track!!

DJ set of the week

Really loved Sunnery James & Ryan Marchiano right before us on Ultra…really original set and they left the crowd in a perfect state for us to take over…

Party of the week

Dirty Dutch at Amnesia was off the hook, also DimMak at Mansion… crazy!

Favourite memory of the week

The week was full of them, our own party at Mokaï that was sold out with an amazing crowd…our set at Juicy Beach was insane…Amnesia too…Ultra..next level…can’t wait for next year!

Disco Fries

Tune of the week

7 Dolla Bill – What So Not

DJ set of the week

Bart B More vs. Harvard Bass at Kill Your Idol

Party of the week

There were a tremendous amount of great events, but our personal favorite was playing the Lincoln Road Records event alongside Tommie Sunshine. The energy was unreal

Favourite memory of the week

Being able to talk face to face with so many of the fans and DJs we hear from all of the time online. Its nice to know there are actual humans behind the twitter handles

DJ Mes

Tune of the week

DJ Dan Vs DJ Mes – Don’t Hold Back

DJ set of the week
DJ Sneak Vs. DJ Dan @ ‘House Guests’ party

Party of the week
Guesthouse Music ‘House Guests’ party @ Love Hate

Favorite memory of the week
Hanging with J Paul Getto at Peurto Sagua and buying them their first ever Cafe Con Leche which then turned into 3 Cafe Con leches…talk about a coffee buzz!

DJ Sneak

Tune of the week
Sally (that girl)  – Nohe Gomez ~  Magnetic Recordings Sampler 2012

DJ set of the week?
DJ Dan vs DJ Sneak @ Love Hate, epic to say the least

Party of the week?
HouseGuests @ Love Hate – seriously the most packed, hot, wall sweating,  smoked up, banging ass party of the conference for me

Best party
‘House Guests Party by Guesthouse Music’

Favourite memory of the week

“Spending whatever little time I had free with my parents, brother, wife and new baby. Family WMC.”

Eats Everything

Tune of the week
Jessie Ware – Running (Disclosure Remix)



DJ set of the week
Craig Richards at Get Lost



Party of the week
Dirtybird BBQ, no contest

F

Favourite memory of the week
Not being allowed to DJ at Mokai with James Zabiela and Deetron because I had shorts on!!! They would not let me in the club!!!

Eibhlin (Hed Kandi)

Tune of the week

Intruder-Amame (Murk feat. Jei)

DJ Set of the Week

Umek for Toolroom Knights at Cameo Club. He absolutely smashed it!!

Party of the week

Hed Kandi at Nikki Beach (I’m not being biased!!. The atmosphere was electric and the people were so amazing!!

Favourite Memory of the Week

Treasure Fingers dropping ‘Blowin Up’ at Nikki Beach. The crowd went absolutley mental!! I’ve been to so many events around the world but that gig at Nikki Beach had so many spine tingling moments – memories I will treasure forever!!!

Funkerman


Tune of the week
Tunes…?

DJ set of the week
DJ’s…?

Party of the week
Parties…?

Favourite memory of the week
No memories whatsoever

GND Records

Tune of the week

The Sneekers – Teddy (GND Records)
 
DJ set of the week

Shinichi Osawa in Tokyo last Weekend
 
Favourite memory of the week

Breakfast with my girlfriend

Gregori Klosman

 Tune of the week

 Nari & Milani ‘Atom’

 DJ set of the week=

 Dada Life @ Absolut Party

 Party of the week

 Dirty Dutch at Amnesia

 Favourite memory of the week

 When I dropped my new track NUMB3R5 with Chuckie at Amnesia

Guiseppe Ottaviani

Tune of the week

Paul van Dyk & Giuseppe Ottaviani – A Wonderful Day (from PvD’s Evolution album)

DJ set of the week

Paul van Dyk Live for the Evolution album launch event at Ice Palace

Party of the week

Global Connection at Dream Nightclub

Favourite memory of the week

The very cool and kinda unusual 2pm DJ set I played at the Armani Exchange Store

Hardwell

Tune of the week

Ayro & Rene Kuppens RAID [Revealed]

DJ set of the week

Dannic at Revealed Label Night @ SET

Party of the week

Ultra Music Festival.

Favourite memory of the week

“Partying with Tiesto in the booth at Liv

Hector Romero

Tune of the week

Miami Vice Feat. Amy Douglas ‘Little Haiti’ Murk Miami Heat Mix – Nervous Records

DJ set of the week

DJ Master Kev at the Sobe Live Party – he turned it – then

Party of the week

Don’t mean to toot my own horn but the Def Mix Party at Shelborne Poolside was pretty special.  David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, Quentin Harris, Terry Hunter and myself really brought love to the masses that sunny day

Favourite memory of the week

Seeing young kids dancing to classic house tunes at the 3 Kings Party with Louie Vega, Tony Humphries and David Morales. Good to know the House Classics can make the new generation boogie.

Helena

Tune of week

Metropolis – Guetta & Nicky Romero

DJ set of the week

Steve Angello at Space

Party of the week

Size Records at Space

Best memory

Dancing for 12 hours straight as music was so good at Space till midday when the sun was overhead

Human Life

Tune of the week?

Fur Coat feat. Cari Golden – You & I

DJ set of the week?

MK – saw him multiple times it was amazing to see him DJing after all his amazing productions over the years

Party of the week?

The Pyramid Club @ Mamuska’s… I played as well as Tensnake, Fred Falke and many more

Favourite memory of the week?

Forgetting everything that happened and then remembering little bits throughout the next day

Jacob Van Hage

Tune of the week

SHM – Greyhound

DJ set of the week

Sander van Doorn ASOT

Party of the week

Ferry Corsten – WKND at Space

Favourite memory of the week

Doing a last minute set at the Sander van Doorn secret Showcase after Fire Beatz

Jamie Lewis

Tune of the week

I don’t wanna mention one of our tracks from the Purple Miami Sampler, so think there was more than one Track that I liked and heard by different DJs Audiowhores – Sometimes was one of the most played, with a great impact! Also different tracks by Liquideep such as Alone and Feel it and they also performed live – really good to see. Something different also Oliver $ – Doin Ya Thing. Even if a bit older but it was a party killer everywhere!

DJ set of the week

Too many classic and old sound DJ sets, that’s why I have not really a favourite DJ set to mention but Louie Vega always does his great performances with innovative breaks and mixings with acapellas grooves and create live new songs this is what I call DJ set.

Party of the week

There was Afternoon Deeelite always happy and lovely people and a mixed crowd from all over Europe and the rest of the world that gives a international vibe to the party. This time it was on a new spot at the Ocean 10 direct at the ocean drive with more space than the Plaza Garden on Collins – a good choice. And also to mention the first Traxsource rooftop party at the Red Steak House Really good idea from the Traxsource crew where all the label bosses and Important Djs enjoyed 5star food drinks music with very interesting discussions. Lets call it TMC Traxsource Music Convention

Favourite memory of the week

Every day was beautiful weather and also to be Invited to the WMC Panel for the first time to talk about SOUL IN MY HOUSE. It was very interesting to talk about the future of Soulful House – how it was and how it will go moving forwards

Jochen Miller

Tune of the week

“Jochen Miller-Zodiac, got to test my new baby out at the WMC, and it rocked!!
 
DJ set of the week
Sander van Doorn @ Ultra Music Festival.
 
Party of the week
Ultra Music Festival!
 
Favourite memory of the week
The entire week!! Sunshine, great crowds, amazing vibe all over Miami, us DJ’s visiting each other’s gigs to show support and enjoy one another’s music, it all came together last week! It was epic!

John Digweed

 Tune of the week

Electric Rescue – Lilli

DJ set of the week

Jozif on the sunset cruise

Party of the week

The Vagabond on Saturday night – great crowd and vibe all night long

Favourite memory of the week?

Playing 5 gigs in 4 days and playing different sets at all of them

 Jordy Dazz

Tune of the week

Jordy Dazz – OMG (Revealed, unreleased)

DJ set of the week

Hardwell @ Ultra

Party of the week

Ultra

Favourite memory of the week

Hardwell dropping my new track OMG at Ultra 🙂

Junior Sanchez

Tune of the week?

‘Atom’ by Nari & Milani

DJ set of the week

“Carl Craig at the Shelbourne Pool.”
 
Favourite memory of the week?

“What memory! lol…”

Koen

Tune of the week

Mark Knight ‘Alright’

 DJ set of the week

Umek at Toolroom Knights

Party of the week

Juicy Beach

Favourite memory of the week

The goosebumps I’ve got after the punters’ feedback when I dropped my newest track ‘Gulfstream’

Liz Miller (Big Beat)

Tune of the week

Cedric Gervais ‘Molly’
 
DJ set of the week

Skrillex at Ultra
 
Party of the week

Last Resort at Villa 221
 
Favourite memory of the week?

A friend’s failed stage dive at the OWLSA party at The Raleigh

Mason

Tune of the week?

Tony Senghore & Cristian Dinamarca – “Feelsso” (Animal Language)

DJ set of the week?
Eats Everything at Dirtybird BBQ in Villa 221.  
Party of the week?
Hard Miami at Grand Central – rave galore

Favourite memory of the week?

Seeing Kraftwerk play live at Ultra Festival.  Although some 18 year old silicon ravers were wondering where the bigroom beats were, all producers were standing in line with goose bumps

Mauritzio Gubellini

Tune of the week

Nari & Milani – Atom

DJ set of the week

Steve Angello 5 hours set @ Space

Party of the week

My gig at Juicy Party @ Nikki Beach with Stefano Pain and Nari & Milani

Favourite memory of the week

Hearing my tracks with Nari & Milani – UP & SLASH and with Delayers – BOOST played by many big DJ’s

Nicole Fasano & Steve Forest
 
Tune of the week

Atom by Nari & Milani
 
DJ set of the week

Avicii
 
Party of the week

Ultra Music Festival
 
Favourite memory of the week

The Avicii Ice Cream bus giving free ice cream in Miami

Nicole Palazzo (DMCWORLD Competition Winner)

Tune of WMC

Danism – Love The Way (Crazy P Remix)

Party of the week

Sasha, DJ Three, & Guy Gerber at Shine followed by after hours at Danny Tenaglia & Friends @ Ice Palace
 
DJ set of the week

Seth Troxler at Ice Palace
 
Best memory of WMC

Having a dance party with my best friend Steph, Claude Von Stroke and Justin Martin of Dirty Bird

No Artifical Colours

Tune of the week

Gavin Herlihy – Get Loose ( Original Mix ) rocked it every time

DJ set of the week

Seth Troxler & Guy Gerber B2B @ The Wall

Party of the week

OM Records @ Villa221 was cool to put see so many of our friends play, great sets by  Wildkatz, Miguel Puente, Alexis Raphael & Maxxi Soundsystem

Favourite memory of the week

Goldie bringing his baby to Dirtybird BBQ

NO_ID

Tune of the week
Miike Snow – The Wave (Thomas Gold Remix)

DJ set of the week

Axwell played a killer set at Amnesia. From very groovy uplifting stuff to banging crowdpleasers. Very inspiring!

Party of the week
Axtone Surfcombor Poolparty 26-3-’12

Favourite memory of the week
Swedish House Mafia playing our remix for ‘Henrik B & Rudy – Leave A Light On’ at the Masquerade Motel! Goosebumps all over the place!!

Paul Oakenfold

Tune of the week

Calvin Harris ‘Feel So Good’

DJ set of the week

Cole at APA party
 
Party of the week

The Perfecto psrty at Arkadia – pure underground and cuttiung edge

Favourite memory of the week?

“The Soho House party with people jumping in the pool.”

Paul Thomas

Tune of the week

You couldn’t walk out of your hotel without hearing ‘Levels’, but for me it was M83 – Midnight City (Eric Prydz remix)

DJ set of the week

Sasha at Shine on Saturday night

Party of the week

Toolroom Knights at Cameo. Totally insane right from the beginning

Favourite memory of the week

My set at Ultra. It was my first time there so it was pretty special

Richard Dinsdale

Tune of the week

Richard Dinsdale, Henri Leo Thiesen & Robbie Senza “Shake WHat Your Mam Gave Ya”Tanzanite Records
 
DJ set of the week

I would have to say my set at Ultra Music Festival. It was amazing and really hope I get back there next year
 
Party of the week

Welcome To Miami at Nikki Beach. It was such a good atmosphere to start off the parties at WMC
 
Favourite memory of the week

Meeting loads of people you work with in one week and having such a laugh

Robbie Rivera and Roger Sanchez at Nikki Beach…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be6qJN9EKr0

Robert Tammens from Spinnin Records

Tune of the week

Sander van Doorn feat. Mayaeni – Inside [Doorn Records]

DJ set of the week

Really enjoyed Guy Gerber’s set at the Pete Tong pool party at the Surfcomber Hotel

Party of the week

Ultra Music Festival, what a crowd!

Favourite memory of the week

We had a great week with the Spinnin’ team – lots of meetings and some great parties!

Sander Kleinenberg

Tune of the week

Nervo – You’re Gonna Love Again (Pleasurekraft Remix)

DJ set of the week

Loved what Alex Dimou was doing at Shine on the Sunday. House, disco, breaks, very original bootlegs…it was all in there

Party of the week

That’ll be the THIS IS Miami closing, which is the annual closing event @ Shine by THIS IS Recordings

Favourite memory of the week

Playing Back2Back with Funkagenda for the very first time. We will definitely do this more often!

Sean Tyas

Tune of Week

John Dahlback – Escape
 
DJ Set of the Week

Really dug Tommy Trash at the national Pool Party
 
Party of the week

PvD Evolution Night at Ice Palace
 
Fave memory

The breakfasts at Jerry’s!

Sebastien Drums

Tune of the week?

“Sander van Doorn feat Mayaeni “Inside”

DJ set of the week?

“Nervo @ Juicy Party / Nikki Beach

Party of the week?

“The STEALTH Pool Party at Arkadia. Unreal!”

Favourite memory of the week?

Playing football with my mates in the hotel hallway after returning from the STEALTH Pool Party. Craaaaaaaazyyyyy!!!

Shawnee Taylor

Tune of the week

There were so many!! ‘Feel So Close’ because I heard it everywhere I went!!!

DJ set of the week
Todd Terry at the XMIX Party

Party of the week?
Subliminal Session at Amnesia

Favourite memory of the week
Performing “COLORS” at the Ultra Music Festival! WOW!

Sidney Samson

Tune of the week

Sidney Samson – Get Low
 
DJ set of the week
 
My set with Lil Jon at Utra-Miami, was so much fun!

Party of the week

Kings of Ace at the National

Favourite memory of the week
 
The first goal I scored against Sweden in the djfootball games

Simone Vitullo

Tune of the week

PIRUPA “PARTY NON STOP”
 
DJ set of the week

Loco Dice B2B Marco Carola at Space
 
Party of the week

Luciano at The Shelbourne Pool Party on Friday
 
Favourite memory of the week

Andrea Oliva (new talent) played everywhere….

Stacey Pullen

Tune of the week

Stacey Pullen ‘Circus Act’ forthcoming on Blackflag Recordings

DJ set of the week

Stacey Pullen, Nic Fanciulli, Matthias Tanzmann 3way B2B2B

Party of the week?

Marco Carola Presents Music On

Favourite memory of the week?

Asking Konrad Black if i could borrow his Native Instruments Audio 8 interface because I was missing mine and he said that he was missing his as well, what a coincidence

Stafford Brothers

Tune of the week

Molly – people were talking about it….

 DJ set of the week

Tommy Trash

Party of the week

Chuckie at Amnesia

 Favourite memory of the week

Watching the sunrise and wondering where the week went

Stefano Pain

Tune of the week

Nari & Milani ‘Atom’

DJ set of the week

Axwell at Amnesia

Party of the week

The Juicy party with Robbie Rivera, Bob Sinclar, R3hab, Nervo, Tommy Trash, Bassjackers, Nari & Milani and me! An amazing night

Favourite memory of the week

When Calvin Harris played my new track ‘Go!’ at the Axtone party. Excellent reaction. Go!

Thomas Sempels

Tune of the week

Eric Prydz Call On Me (Sem Thomasson WMC Refix)

DJ set of the week  

Fanciulli at the Pete Tong Pool Party

Party of the week

CR2 & Fly Eye Records party at Mansion

Favourite memory of the week

Calvin Harris opening at Masquerade Motel on Saturday

Tim Mason

Tune of the week

Third Party’s new one, only heard it once but f*** me!

DJ set of the week

Calvin Harris at Masquerade Motel. He REALLY smashed it

Party of the week

SHM after party at The Wall Lounge (SHM playing in a 300 cap club!)

Favourite memory of the week?

Seeing my boys South Central get up on stage with Steve Aoki as he introduced them as his new signing to Dim Mak

Tjerk Coers (Armada)

Tune of the week

W&W – Shotgun

DJ set of the week

Armin van Buuren Mainstage

Party of the week

Mainstage Closing Party

Favourite memory of the week

Chills chills and more chills on my arms from the great music and atmosphere

Todd Terry

Tune of the week

Duck Sauce “Calamari” UNRELEASED

DJ set of the week

Justice’s set, and Skrillex jumping in with 12th Planet at Ultra on the Saturday Party of the week? XMIX Party @ Shelborne Friday 3/23, Armand, J Paul Getto, Junior Sanchez, DJ Dan, Felix, Harry Cho Cho…and me Todd Terry.

Favourite memory of the week

The bus and boat with the crazies on the way to Ultra, A black man could not get a cab in Miami so I took Public transportation, 4 Real

Treasure Fingers

Tune of the week

Franky Rizardo ‘Real Love’

DJ set of the week

Jacques Lu Cont @ Fool’s Gold / Grand Central

Party of the week

Hard 2 Leave @ Gold Rush Sunday

Favorite Memory of the week

Finally getting to see Kraftwerk play

Zepherin Saint / Tribe

Tune of the week

‘Shana Out’ DJeff Remix

DJ set of the Week

Jose Marquez

Party Of the week

Tribe Gets Deep

Favourite memory of the week

Bohddi Satva in the dancers Circle at Tambor battling it out with Deborah Contan (one of Atlanta’s Champion dancers)