Winter Music Conference 2005
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by Lana 'Kit' Towne
The trip began with a host of problems including bad weather, computer glitches, and back ups at Hartsfield Jackson airport but that didn't bother me, as I was looking at a beautiful week of fun in the sun, shopping, lots of great music... Winter Music Conference 2005. The flight took off over an hour late and was a fairly turbulent. The fasten seat belt sign stayed on for the first thirty minutes or so, but after that it was mostly smooth sailing. Once we landed, our baggage was some of the last to come off the planecausing momentary concerns, but we managed to make it to South Beach with everything. Getting back on track, I received some good news on a phone call in the cab ride from Miami airport to the hotel to start it off right.
After checking into the hotel, we were pretty hungry so I freshened up, got dressed and went to get something to eat. We had a phenomenal dinner at an Italian restaurnt called Escopazzo, and then a quick meet up with Brett and some deejays to find out where they are playing later. The night started out at Spin for Resident Advisor featuring Infusion and Hernan Cattaneo. One funny thing about Spinit registered as Club 112 Miami Beach on my credit card statement (even though the address for Spin is 320 Lincoln Road). I was a bit overzealous so we got an early start and actually got to the club at 10:30 p.m. (whoops!) which meant we got to hear the opening deejay, Bill Patrick. And uhmm yeah, that's about all I can say for him; it wasn't painful but it wasn't pretty.
Then however, Infusion came on. I like their stuff and I was interested to see what their live act was like. The three of them took the stage with total energy and enthusiasm. They opened the set by saying something like "For the next hour and a half you are in Australia where the parties go all night and the drugs are cheaper..." Or something close to that. There were maybe 20 people on the floor during Bill Patrick's set and the vast majority of them were just standing; but when Infusion came on the crowd completely rushed the stage area. I understood why in about fifteen minutes. Infusion is one of those groups that just rocks it out, as they threw down one banging track after another without any pause in between. About forty-five minutes into the set, they played this track called "Do To You" (I'm not a trainspotter...) that absolutely destroyed the place. It was just hard and yummy. And of course, they played a ten minute extended version of "Girls Can be Cruel" which had everybody dancing and waving their hands in the air.
When Hernan came on, I was hoping he would play the more melodic tracks he seems to favor sometimes. Instead he pushed the tempo up even further, but the energy didn't feel right. We decided to venture out and give something else a shot. We made our way to the infamous B.E.D. for Pig and Dan, and as it turned out Brett was standing outside talking to Dan when we walked up, so no lines and no problems there.
B.E.D. is a very cool place. "Bed" mattresses, pillows and cushions line the entire club. I liked the fact that there were places to sit because I was totally exhausted after the workout Infusion gave me (I'm getting old!). It was Pig playing for the most part, while we were there, and he had some great stuff. It was sort of proggy, glitchy and dark. Still fun, but in an intelligent/heady way; very different than what we had just been listening to. The whole Blueprint contingent was in attendance which made for a lot of craziness. My one complaint is that once I caught my second wind there was very little room to dance. Everywhere I went I was in someone's way. At least it seemed like most of the people were listening to the music even if they weren't dancing. We headed out about 4:15 a.m. to get a late night snack and decided to forgo techno at Space, because we knew Sven is playing later in the week, elsewhere.
A few more pictures from Tuesday...
Infusion - Girls Can Be Cruel
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