Giorgio Moroder on DJing, Daft Punk, Retirement: "Playing Golf Is Great but Boring"

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Giorgio Moroder.

"Hello, my name is Giovanni Giorgio. But you can call me Giorgio," he says before kicking off his hour-and-a-half set on the rooftop of the Gale Hotel on South Beach.

Reality is, the man needs no introduction. He's Giorgio Moroder, one of the 20th century's most influential record producers. He's worked with everyone from Donna Summer to Debbie Harry to David Bowie. However, the works that may have most firmly secured his spot in the pantheon of American pop culture are his compositions for films. Whether it be "What a Feeling" from Flashdance or "Chase" from Midnight Express or "Take My Breath Away" from Top Gun, you've encountered Moroder's work.

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Deep Dish - Ice Palace Film Studios, Miami

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Deep Dish
With Carl Craig, Hot Since 82, and Andhim
Ice Palace Film Studios, Miami
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Deep Dish is officially back. And the Grammy-winning house duo's Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week reunion at Ice Palace Film Studios proved to be nothing but sheer perfection.

"I'm so excited! I've been waiting eight years for this," an hyped-up Deep Dish fan told us, as he anxiously stood in line to enter the Palace. But he wasn't the only party person trying to keep his head from spinning.

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WMC and MMW 2014: Saturday Party Guide

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Photo by Lex Hernandez

Only 48 hours to go?

Well, hell ... It's time to pack ten parties onto tonight's plan.

From the Deep Dish reunion at Ice Palace to Boys Noize and crew in Wynwood, Maceo Plex and Miami's own Danny Daze at Trade, and inumerable other Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week throwdowns, you shouldn't have any prob packing your club sked.

Here are WMC and MMW 2014's ten best Saturday parties.

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Steve Angello & Size Records' #Decade Party - RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, Miami

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Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.

Steve Angello and Size Records' #Decade
RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, Miami
Thursday, March 27, 2012

Size Records is ten years old. And for its tin anniversary, former Swedish House Mafia member and label boss Steve Angello did what any dance music powerhouse might do -- throw a fuckin' rager in Miami.

But this just wasn't any silly party at some hotel or nightclub. Instead, Angello took over one of the city's most iconic landmarks, the long-abandoned RC Cola Plant, which is sort of Miami's answer to New York's now-gone 5 Pointz. It's a setting that you could see being regularly used for raves in a more anything-goes city like Berlin.

And while a bill that included Angello, Thomas Gold, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, AN21 & Max Vangeli, and more is nothing to scoff at, as a Miamian, I was excited to finally get inside this usually off-limits Wynwood locale.

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Avicii Hotel 2014: A 10-Photo Sneak Peek

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Welcome to the Avicii Hotel!

Of course, it seems as though the Swede himself is no longer enjoying accommodations at his own ultra-exclusive, luxurious lodging establishment. (He apparently checked out after canceling his show and rushing to the hospital last night.)

But yesterday, before all that drama, we here at Crossfade got a special tour of the Avicii-fied SLS South Beach Hotel. And since almost no one can afford the $800-per-night reservations, we brought back a nice 10-photo sneak peek.

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Skrillex' Good Times With Chance the Rapper, Zeds Dead, Ten Others - Wynwood, Miami

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Good Times, Day Two
With Skrillex, What So Not, Chance the Rapper, Zeds Dead, Amtrac, Jack Beats, Annie Mac, and others
Wynwood, Miami
Thursday, March 27, 2014

When Skrillex chatted with Crossfade earlier this week about his two-day Good Times block party, the Grammy-winning DJ said he "wanted to do something outside of the typical Miami WMC week ... something different, backyard style, where it felt like a party ... not really about production or anything else -- just the music."

And that's exactly what he and the rest of the OWSLA and Poplife crew brought to Wynwood last night.

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WMC and MMW 2014: Friday Party Guide

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Photo by Lex Hernandez

Too much party.

But that's not a bad thing. Obviously.

With only three days of Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week left, we here at Crossfade wanna be certain that you're living that club life to the max ... Which means ten parties per night, vodka straight from the bottle, and no sleep.

Here are WMC and MMW 2014's best Friday parties.

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Laidback Luke's Ultra 2014 Set and Kung Fu Class Canceled After Wife Goes Into Labor

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We were so stoked for Laidback Luke's Kung Fu Takeover class. Ditto his Ultra 2014 set.

But when an EDM star's wife (especially if she's DJ Gina Turner) goes into labor, he drops everything (even the drop) to speed home for the birth of his beautiful baby.

Just a few hours ago, the news of the little Laidback's arrival spread as the mother-to-be took to the Interwebs, joking about her condition via social media: "Yes. I'm posting this on twitter on the way to the hospital. Water broke."

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Armin van Buuren - Baoli, Miami Beach

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There's a nascent feeling among certain electronic dance music connoisseurs that DJs were better when they were anonymous.

Since the rise of the brutal grinds of dubstep and the polished populism of electro-house, DJs are in the public eye more than ever. They adorn mainstream magazine covers, walk red carpets, win Grammys. (Your grandmother even owns a Deadmau5 record. It's behind the Bobby Darin.)

In part thanks to the antics of a noted few, there is a fear that this belated acceptance by the mainstream has gone to some of their heads, mouse shaped or not, and diluted the overall quality of the music.

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Avicii Rushed to Hospital in Miami

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Avicii has been rushed to the hospital.

Tonight, the Swedish EDM superstar was scheduled to play the Ushuaia Ibiza stage at the SLS South Beach as part of his Avicii Hotel takeover.

But as a member of his team tells Crossfade: "He did get sick this afternoon. His buddy Alesso came to sub for him."

UPDATE Avicii has cancelled his appearance at Ultra Music Festival. Deadmau5 has stepped in as headliner.

UPDATE #2 Check out Crossfade's Ultra 2014 recap, "Deadmau5 Subs for Avicii, Plays 'Levels,' Pisses Off Tiesto for Being 'Sarcastic.'"

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