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WMC 09: Bring on the VJs

WMC 09 VJ Challenge

WMC 09 March 25

Ten top visual talents from across the globe competed head to head in a VJ challenge as about 200 spectators looked on at WMC 2009.

Hosts VJ Psyberpixie and Felix Sama introduced the rules and, alongside judges consisting of Lars Schlichting (DVJ Vision-Advanced Visual Stimulation), Dan Tait, Johnny Duece (DVDJs) and myself (Experience Jockey), had the unenviable job of ranking some of the best visual talent on display at the Winter Music Conference - VJ Challenge. Click here for photos.

Two VJ booths contained a pair of interlinked Pioneer SVM-1000 mixers - stage left featuring 3 DVJs, stage right featuring a sole DVJ and space for laptops and accessories.

WMC 09: And so it begins

WMC2 - 2005

WMC 09 - March 25

Madness ruled Wednesday at the Shelborne Hotel pool -- beer (at $10 a pop) was flowing and bikinis glowing as hundreds of sweaty bodies hopped up and down blissfully to throbbing tribal and house beats.

The scene definitely had the feel of an extended Spring Break, where getting wasted and posing provocatively for pictures with friends often took precedent over actually paying attention to whether or not the music was actually decent.

Which it was. Veteran local DJ Ivano Bellini has said that the focus of Winter Music Conference over the years has changed from a chance for house-music industry professionals to network and exchange their promos.

Spending some time with a Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian

This past Friday night proved to be a packed night at SET as hundreds of fashionistas and their arm candy of choice stopped by for the 944 magazine hosted soiree, “Flavors of Fashion”, featuring a fashion show by LeI Marco collection and an array of signature cocktails featuring Grey Goose vodka flavors in celebration of spring styles and current cover girl, reality star and socialite Kourtney Kardashian.

Even though the “Keeping up with the Kardashians” star caused quite the stir as fans shot pictures of her when she arrived wearing a short Cavalli dress at the event, the sweet and friendly starlet stopped for a few to chat with the media – even stopping to smile and snap pictures with some – to tell us what she loves about Miami’s vibrant nightlife scene.

What do you love most about Miami?
I am obsessed with Miami! I come here at every chance I get with my sisters. The weather is amazing; there are good restaurants, great beaches and a great nightlife scene. I love it when it’s really relaxed and there are hardly any people and hot, perfect for the beach. But it is great to see the party scene when it’s crowded.

Do you look forward to coming here a lot?
Yes, definitely at any chance we get! Currently we are obsessed with the Fontainebleau, it’s a great hotel and we’ve been staying there. I actually got this Cavalli dress at the hotel’s boutique tonight; it is so cute and has a great selection.

Do you have any other favorite boutiques in Miami that you would recommend ladies visit?
I love Atrium.  They have the best bikinis and cover ups on the beach. I love them! It’s a great store.

What are some of your favorite Miami restaurants?
I love Sultan Kabob on the beach, it’s delicious. When my sisters are down here with me I love to go there. I’m also obsessed with Nobu and Prime 112, like many people. The sweet potato mash is out of this world! There are some places I’m dying to try out, though, such as Phillipe and Prime Italian. I want to go to Phillipe so bad!
I was here a couple of weeks ago for a benefit with my sisters and Kim and Reggie said they loved Prime Italian. Been dying to try it ever since!

So, should we expect you back in Miami soon?
Yes! We have so many friends here and it’s the perfect place to come relax.

- Aurora L. Rodriguez

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