My third WMC was bittersweet for me. A lot of great music and great friends, but with some hiccups along the way.
Landed stoopid early (red-eye) at FLL only to realize my wife, Natalie, was having an allergic reaction to something. She had hives on her face and chest. Beyond that, she was getting over a cold and I was just getting spanked by the same cold that I caught a few days after her. We rented our car (a piece of shit Dodge Caliber) and headed toward SoBe. We got into town early, so we grabbed some supplies, including Benadryl, had breakfast, and finally checked in. We took a short nap, woke up, ate lunch, and took another nap. Woke up again to find the hives had spread to Natalie's upper arms and back. More Benadryl and a trip to Nikki Beach to catch some of Flying Circus. That venue sucks after sundown.
The hives are now growing and spreading all over Natalie's body. She heads to Urgent Care in Brickell with the rental car while I meet with a few LA friends for breakfast at Big Pink. Natalie calls me as breakfast finishes. She needs to drive back to SoBe so I can drive her back to Urgent Care so she can get a shot of Benadryl/Corizone. We get back to our condo and she takes a nap. Wake up and time for Cadenza/Desolat @ Shelborne. Natalie decided at the door that she couldn't hang in the sun with all the hives and antihistamines running thru her body. She goes back to the condo and I hang out for some unbelievable music. The two of us both made it to the Space Terrace that night for Lawler and company. Whoever played before Lawler set him up perfectly. Then we got to hear some of the nasty techno that has made him one of our favorites of all time. In the Techno Loft, Timo Maas threw down the best set I've ever heard from him. Definitely a great night. To top it off, we missed all the rain from that night
I'm sick as a dog and Natalie's hives are still progressing. WTF did we do to deserve this? I met with a few TAs for a board meeting (epic FAIL btw) then Natalie and I grab some eats. We eventually make it up to Eden Roc for Circo Loco around 6:00pm. We ended up meeting some friends and hung out with them on the grass with some really cool people we had just met. We left there after a few hours to get ready for Burridge/Howells @ Aero Bar. This was the first party at which we knew nobody. We hung out there from 1:00am til about 5:30, then picked up Ammora and headed to Get Lost.
Get Lost was an absolute madhouse. I've never seen so many wrecked people in one place in my life. We showed up @ 6:30 just in time to catch Art Department live upstairs. Great start. Droog was laying down some great deep tech house beats downstairs. Then the sun came up and the crazies got, well, crazy. We were able to hang til about noon before Natalie, Ammora and I had to tap out. Wish I could have stayed. Natalie and I went to sleep, then woke up and at a nice dinner on Lincoln Rd. No partying for us this night.
Woke up nice and early to go to Sunday School 4 Degenerates. This was easily the BEST PARTY OF CONFERENCE for us. We showed up around 9:00am and the party was already in full effect. Caught up with Benji and a few other TAs and chilled on the couches for a few. We heard some truly amazing music from the likes of Soul Clap, dOP (best set of the conference for me), Troxler, Burridge/Howells, Osuna, Agoria, and many others. Natalie and I left around 9:30 to meet with some other friends in SoBe. Headed back out with said friends to Karu & Y for the Mixology party, which was dead. So our friends went to Shine for Sander and we walked up to BAR to see that Hot Natured was done. We didn't realize it had been moved to Electric Pickle. So we went to our car just to realize that some ghetto mother****** had thrown a rock thru one of the windows. We called it a night at that point, needless to say.
Took care of the busted ass rental car and hung out at the condo.
Everglades! We went on an airboat ride and took pictures of a couple alligators, some turtles, and a bunch of sawgrass. Then we flew home.
Listening to trance music turns you into a fucking idiot.
Space Dolphins EP on Beatport
January 2011 Promo - Deep Tech House
Viva La Tech Guest Mix (September 2010) - Tech House/Techno