Above & Beyond on We Are All We Need and the "Push the Button" Ritual

Above & Beyond's Tony McGuinness, Paavo Siljamäki, and Jono Grant.

Strolling through the streets of New Orleans, Tony McGuinness can't help being charmed by the crumbling, romantic building facades as they peer through the bayou mist. He's going Insta-crazy, taking and uploading pic after pic.

"I'm a huge fan of faded grandeur," he says. Maybe that's why, as a third of celebrated progressive trance band Above & Beyond, he's dedicated his life's work to beautiful, lush, slightly melancholic songs about love and longing.

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Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin on Dirtybird Records' Ten "Booty-Shaking" Years

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The Dirtybirds: Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin.

A full decade after Dirtybird's very first record, it's easy to forget how drab and somber electronic dance music culture was during the 2000s.

Cold, soulless minimal techno served by po-faced DJs was still the order of the day for a scene that took itself way too seriously and had seemingly forgotten that dance music is supposed to be, well, fun.

But since 2005, San Francisco DJ-producers and Dirtybird masterminds Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin have been here to inject some much-needed levity and party mojo into the scene with their own fun-loving, self-styled brand of electronic sleaze.

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Eats Everything Talks Edible: "Expanding My Dance Music Horizons"

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Eats Everything, AKA Daniel Pearce.

It's been one hell of a meteoric rise for Eats Everything, AKA Daniel Pearce, since 2011's explosive "Entrance Song" catapulted the UK DJ-producer to the top of the international charts, landing him DJ Mag's prestigious annual Best Breakthrough Producer award.

Hardly a flash in the pan, Pearce has continued going from strength to strength since his auspicious debut with piping hot releases on esteemed house labels like Dirtybird, Pets, and Hypercolour. He's even expanding his singular creative vision with Edible, a multi-faceted brand concept, part label, part international party series, and all-around artistic forum.

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Steam Miami's WMC 2015 Party Lineup


It may be Steam Miami's first Winter Music Conference, but the downtown club builds steadily upon old Vagabond tradition. The new leaders are veterans of the scene, and already, the week is slammed with showcases and old favorites.

From Sunday, March 22, through Friday, March 27, it's going to be Steam's two venues engorged with 50-plus DJs and hundreds of tweaking beat addicts. Prepare your body for 50 shades of house and bass so deep you might drown. Keep your head above water and check the schedule.

The 2015 program features lineups on both the outside patio of LOT 14 and indoor shenanigans by the classic bar. As the week grows, so do the events, turning into a stream of indoor/outdoor double-stage behemoths. Back, too, is the annual STACKED event, standing as the only 18 and over event of the week.

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Miami Music Week Hotel 2015:
A Six-Day Takeover of the Delano South Beach

During the last week in March, MMW and Ultra will host a pop-hotel at the Delano.

Four years ago, Ultra Music Festival made waves when it split from the usual date range of Winter Music Conference. Traditionally, the festival and the conference took place during the same week. In 2011, though, the two entities feuded and scheduled separate stretches during the month of March.

Thus, the Miami Music Week was born, and over the years, clubs, promoters, the media, and fans alike have embraced the moniker.

Now, the folks behind Ultra and MMW are ready to take their brand one step further, announcing the first-ever Miami Music Week Hotel, a takeover of the Delano South Beach with six days and nights of pool parties and club bashes with Bob Sinclar, Dirty South, Oliver Heldens, Robin Schulz, and dozens of other DJs.

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WMC and MMW 2015: The Parties Announced So Far

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There's still another month until Miami degrades into a giant Winter Music Conference/Miami Music Week mess, but the list of parties is already longer than the city is wide.

We can tell you from experience that such a list is daunting, especially when it's scattered around the Interwebs. How are you ever going to know what's going on? Never fear; Miami New Times is here.

We'll be updating this list until the final untz knells, so keep coming back, and let us know if you've heard of anything we don't have covered. Then, let us in, because we earned it.

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Space's Miami Music Week 2015 Lineup

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Grab your MMW gear. It's time for a trip to Space.

Space may be the final frontier, but it's one of the first places on the list of must-sees for any Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week aficionado.

It's not just a nightclub. It's a dance music institution. It stands to reason the downtown monolith would book a serious roster for the most important and fun-packed week in the EDM industry.

Who will grace the Terrace until the sun comes shining through? Who will be holdin' it down in the Loft until the last raver hangs up their tired glowing gloves?

Check out the cut Space's full MMW 2015 lineup.

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Dipset's Reunion Tour Coming to LIV Miami for WMC and MMW 2015

Dipset's Freekey Zekey, Jim Jones, Cam'ron, and Juelz Santana.

Dipset warned you.

Last month, the Harlem rap crew dropped a comeback track, hollering "Have My Money." And later this year, Juelz Santana, Cam'ron, Jim Jones, and Freekey Zekey will be putting out a new Dipset mixtape with bold-name cameos from Funkmaster Flex, Swizz Beatz, DJ Khaled, and DJ Mustard.

For now, though, the Diplomats are coming to collect their cash. And they're plotting a reunion tour. There's even a Miami show going down at our city's only $40 million club, LIV, during Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week 2015.

Just check the cut for Dipset's dates so far.

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Hard Miami Announces 2015 Lineup: Maya Jane Coles, Destructo, Eight Others

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Destroy the dance floor with the Hard crew during WMC and MMW 2015.

So Hard.

Now in its fourth year as a Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week mainstay, Gary Richards' annual multi-day mini-fest, Hard Miami, has not softened.

Since 2011, Richards -- the Los Angeles DJ, producer, and superpromoter also known as Destructo -- has spent WMC and MMW destoying the dance floor at downtown Miami's Grand Central with his crew, his favorite DJs, and thousands of his most rage-ready fans.

For 2015, Hard Miami is back. And so is Hard Pool Party. Just check the cut for party details, ticket info, and the lineup so far.

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Red Bull Guest House 2015 Announces Label Showcases

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There's no shortage of exclusive parties come Winter Music Conference/Miami Music Week, but one of the most drool-worthy is, hands-down, the Red Bull Music Guest House.

In 2015, the winged energy drink is taking control of SoBe's Sagamore, aka the Art Hotel, and it's packing the spot with four days and three nights of stellar programming. Before the light turns off for good, seven labels will have given it all they've got. We finna go HARD, show some Troxler Titties, and spend all our Young Money.

Start texting your connect now.

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