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  Raves.com @ the Miami 2003 Music Conference

Crystal Method at the DanceStar Awards

 

PEACE, LOVE & BEATS
is a documentary shot following us around in Miami during this year's conference by Resolution Digital. Stay tuned for screening and DVD release info!

 

Seb Fontaine at Ultra

 

 

This year's music conference in Miami was definitely different than years past. For one, myself, the Raves.com staff, and a few of our friends were filmed non-stop for the entire week for a documentary called "Four on the Floor." They followed us females on our escapades as we worked our way through six days of parties, interviews, meetings and mishaps. It made for an interesting trip! Two cameras, a sound guy, the of CEO of Raves.com and Resolution Digital (the film company producing documentary) were also in mix, riding around with us in a stretch SUV picking up DJs, artists, execs ad random people, interviewing them about the Miami experience. Keep watching Raves.com as we'll be posting our video interviews here in the weeks to come!

So what did we learn? Well, some of the valuable things I'll take away from this year is that getting into packed parties with a crew of nine requires front door skill and back door boldness! That some of the world's top talent can make amazing beatbox noises with their mouths... or make none at all be just as impressive. Thank you for the breakdown Pete Tong! That Liquid Todd armed with a hidden microphone is downright dangerous and had us laughing so hard we dropped the camera (it survived). And that despite all that was and is going on in the world, artists and DJs are still out there doing what they do best: making music and uniting people through song and dance. If everyone could live by the spirit and essence of dance music, the celebration of life and communal rituals, the beat of that drum - or bass - maybe would bring peace a little closer.

The war was the undercurrent that tugged at our toes, but the music floated on its regular course. Our printed out itinerary of parties totaled 64 pages, not including the text message updates Annalee kept getting on her phone. In fact, text messaging gets the number one slot on our list of Miami memories!

THINGS WE'LL REMEMBER FROM THIS MIAMI

  1. Text messaging to find friends in loud clubs
  2. The lobby of the Sagamore hotel watching BT walk in with his Boston Terrier, followed by Christopher Lawrence with baby and wife in tow, Pete Tong, Jason Bentley and then Angelique. That was some three minutes!
  3. Sipping some blue beverage in the Giant penthouse that made us forget the rest of Friday night (vague memories of Johnny in a superhero cape at Danny Howells later that night)
  4. Beach at sunrise... six times
  5. DanceStar Awards fireworks and us going to war at the same moment
  6. No taxis... ten block walks at 7 every morning
  7. Opening night Hooj party... um, that's all we remember
  8. Watching P. Diddy dancing in the DJ booth to his remix (one of our top tunes of conference)
  9. Six guys named David
  10. Hearing the records of conference

And the record of conference for this year is... (the envelope please)... well first I have to talk about this concept. One of the driving forces behind our documentary was our quest to find the record of the conference. Did we succeed? Well, we asked every single one of the sixty plus interviews what their thoughts were on the elusive but omnipresent tracks. For our picks after culling our favorites from their pointers towards records of excellence, see below!

OUR TOP 5 MIAMI TUNES FOR 2003

  1. Paul van Dyk "Nothing But You" - this was our magical Miami moment, the last song at the last party of the conference, we walked right into it and it changed our lives forever. Really!
  2. Puff Daddy "Let's Get Ill" - as Musik reported, "Subliminal Sessions was, of course, rammed and wins 'Miami moment' so far: Erick Morillo was DJing as P Diddy himself walked in, fresh from his DanceStar USA gig, prompting Erick to spin Puffy's new track 'Let's Get Ill' immediately, which in turn sparked universal room approval." 'nough said!
  3. Static Revenger feat. DJ Angelique "Everyone" - we may be a bit biased about this one but its a perfect summer anthem!
  4. Paul Jackson "The Push"- half of the group Kidstuff, this tune turned heads as a Pete Tong Essential tune but ripped it up when Seb Fontaine dropped this scorcher.
  5. Motorcycle "As The Rush Comes" - Gabriel & Dresden join forces with a singer named Jes Brieden for this not-to-be-missed track that Armin van Buuren just made his tune of the week on his radio show.

Myself and all the raves.com staff would like to thank everyone who made this trip and documentary not only possible but downright fun: Gavin Lloyd, Mike Burns, Johnny Jos, Resolution Digital and of course Ripcurl and Vitaminwater (we never could have survived without their cute outfits and yummy water?)... and a huge thanks to Angelique, Alexandra, Annalee, Terryn and Shawn Wallace for all their hard work (and signed releases)... and to all the promoters, PR people and everyone else that participated and made it possible!

-- written by Jennifer Warner

 

OUR MIAMI 2003 PHOTO ALBUM
All photos by Shawn Wallace unless otherwise noted

Christopher Lawrence

DJ Dan and Shawn Wallace


Fireworks at the DanceStar Awards

Josh Wink and BT between Ali and Sharam of Deep Dish -- photo courtesy DanceStar

DJ Sammy in the press tent after winning a DanceStar award -- photo courtesy DanceStar

Dave Aude at the Moonshine release party

Deepsky -- photo courtesy DanceStar

Josh Wink at Ultra

Judge Jules apres interview

Rob Evanoff (AllAboutDJ.com) & DJ Keri

Sander Kleinenberg

Sasha & Digweed at Ultra

Steve Levy of Moonshine Records

DJ Hyper at The Hotel after our interview

Covering the red carpet at the DanceStar awards, Asst. Director Johnny Jos and Jennifer Warner photo: Rob Evanoff

We love our sponsors! Johnny becomes super Ripcurl Girl (www.ripcurl.com) at the Giant Penthouse. photo: Rob Evanoff

Raves.com staff Shawn Wallace & Jennifer Warner

in the bottom of our bag...

 

DON'T MISS OUR INTERVIEWS WITH ALL THESE ARTISTS & DJ'S HERE ON RAVES.COM IN THE WEEKS TO COME!

 

 

 

 

 

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