In the world of independent House Music labels, staying power is rare, and few outfits have had the ability to consistently release standout tracks while staying true to their vision and sound. Even fewer have had the sheer volume of hit records and breakout artists as Chicago's Large Music. Operating now for over 15 years under the leadership of founder Jeff Craven, Large Music's roster has become a who's-who of House Music. They have been behind an unbelievable number of songs that are now considered "classics", while at the same time releasing a constant flow of top-quality music, helping to break a new generation of artists. It's this combination of veteran legends and fresh energy that makes the Get Large Miami party one that we look forward to every year.
Get Large first hit South Beach in 2002, and has been a major conference event ever since. Gourmetbeats first attended in 2004, when those in the know could email to get on the guest list and receive a special "Large" pin in the mail. It's this sense of sincere community, even with Large's success, that makes this event really special and has helped to build Large's devoted worldwide following.
The event itself will be held at SoBe Live, and includes an exciting lineup featuring Deron Delgado, Jonn Hawley, Sonny Fodera, Nathan G, Jask, and a special appearance by Doc Martin. With Large's tremendous influence, we wouldn't be surprised if you saw some surprise guests behind the decks as well. For us, the Get Large event has been a gauge of what the new sounds and influences in house music are going to be for the coming year, and we're excited to see what they bring to 2012!
The Winter Music Conference is only weeks away and once again Gourmetbeats is here to help you navigate the hundreds of events that will be touching down on Miami's South Beach for this 10 day electronic music extravaganza. With dance music's influence taking a strong hold in the pop charts in 2011, it's sure to be one of the most well-attended conferences to date, and we'll be posting our picks of the most promising venues, labels and events in the days leading up to it. You'll be able to see them all compiled under the WMC2012 tag so stay tuned. We'll also have people tweeting and reporting live from the the streets to help you find those amazing moments that you can never really plan for!
One of the venues that consistently embraces the Winter Music Conference and is making a concerted effort to push some interesting sounds this year also happens to be one of Miami’s most luxurious. The Shelborne Hotel with its classic Art Deco styling, ocean-front location and stunning pool embodies what we think of when WMC season starts to roll around. First opening in 1940, one can imagine the classic movie stars that have walked these halls, and it provides the perfect backdrop for the WMC. We’ve seen some legendary moments at the Shelbourne pool in years past, and they look to only be upping the ante in 2012.
This year the Shelborne has partnered with DJ Mag and PioneerDJ to bring a tremendous lineup to both their outside pool location and to Shine, their indoor nightclub. On the surface it seems to have the same huge names that we would expect at a top-tier venue - Sasha, Sander Kleinenberg, Armand Van Helden – all great artists of course, however dig a little deeper and we see that they have really put some thought into this lineup, including breakout and legendary underground artists such as Solomun, Derrick Carter, Tiefshwarz, Dennis Ferrer, Josh Wink, Timmy Regisford, and Cajmere just to name a few. Looking at this lineup and that pool, you could probably spend the whole conference right here and be perfectly content. We will most definetely be spending some time at the Shelborne during the conference, and we expect to come back with plenty of great stories from this classic Miami locale.
Watch out for our rundown of where to go and who to see this year at the Winter Music Conference! Gourmetbeats will have a full staff in South Beach this year to bring you the inside scoop on the newest sounds, breakout DJs and top news from the 2012 WMC!