INTERVIEW: Bill Kelly – Winter Music Conference (2013)

James Brown was known as the “hardest-working man in show business,” and I would dub the title of “hardest working man in EDM” on Bill Kelly. The DJ/Record Pool Owner cofounded the Winter Music Conference in 1986 with Louis Possenti.? Nearly thirty years later, the annual pilgrimage to Miami Beach continues to be an essential stop for everyone in the dance music world, be they industry or punter.? Even with so many events going on concurrently, you will see Bill making the rounds everywhere? when he isn’t working diligently behind the scenes.

DJ Ron Slomowicz:? What was the inspiration to start WMC back in 1986?
Bill Kelly:? WMC was formed out of the need for a separate forum that would address the particular issues surrounding Dance Music. Up until that point there was only the NMS which had only one panel about dance music.

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NEWS: Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival announces dates for 2013

Winter Music Conference announced the dates for 2013 – March 15th – 24th. This continues last year’s expansion to two full weekends. According to the press release evens will take place as follows:

DJ Sets, Live Performances & Parties: March 15 ? 24, 2013
WMC Music Industry Program: March 18 ? 22, 2013
WMC Trade Show & Exhibits: March 18 ? 19, 2013
Ultra Music Festival: March 22 – 24, 2013
Club & Poolside Events: March 15 ? 24, 2013

Early registration for the WMC industry badge is available now for $235 through September 12th, 2012. More information is available on the Winter Music Conference website.

ASK THE DJ: Winter Music Conference Parties

Dear DJ Ron,

I’ve been getting your newsletter for some time now and remember you saying what a great time you had at the WMC 2006. I’ll be there this year with several friends. A question… “If you had to choose one place to party (that doesn’t require me to be a record executive to get in), what’s the absolute best place for an all night party on Sat. night?” Please don’t give me the canned answer… A club… Just one name… Please.

– WMC Partyman

Dear Partyman,

Winter Music Conference, to me, is as much about enjoying music that you love as well as finding something new. I can’t make a choice for you because I don’t know what you like.
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