5 DJ Legends You Can’t Miss at WMC
March 13, 2017
While your feeds and emails are flooded with guides upon guides to WMC and Miami Music Week parties, we want to spotlight the people behind the actual music at each of these getdowns. It’s important to note that among the world-famous artists coming to Miami in the coming weeks are some of electronic music’s legends like Carl Cox, and Benny Benassi –game-changers in their own right. We’re talking about the ones who aren’t playing to crowds at Ultra or spending their days at pool parties on the beach. Below are just a few names you can’t overlook:
King of House in Miami, Louie Vega has decades of musicianship under his belt. From being one half of Masters at Work to sharing the same blood as Hector Lavoe of the Fania All-Stars. Outside of being a local heavy-hitter, Louie Vega only comes out to play when it’s extra special and what he’s got cooked up for this WMC/Miami Music Week is definitely there. He’ll be orchestrating his own Soulfrito Get-Down Jam where live musicians come together under his rhythms, a Flashback party featuring the best 80s sounds, and a Stone Soul Jam alongside a live performance by soul legend, Roy Ayers.
If the name looks familiar, there’s a reason. Although Paul Oakenfold is known as a powerful force in Trance Acid House music, he’s also a music phenom that’s played a huge role in a variety of genres. A fact you most definitely didn’t know is that he’s responsible for signing up-and-coming acts like DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince and Salt-n-Pepa in the 80s when working for Champion Records. But aside from that awesome bit of information, he’ll also be in town next week playing his trademark tunes for all to hear.
If you’re talking about legendary House DJs, we can’t have a list without taking it back to the city where it all began: Chicago. Representing the musical capital are the Chosen Few DJs, masters in their own right. Not only have they been at the forefront of the genre in Chicago, but even Obama himself congratulated them on the 25th anniversary of their yearly picnic. Three of the DJs will be throwing it down this Sunday for the House Collective 2017, Wayne Williams, whose mentor was the late Frankie Knuckles, will be leading the pack.
Getting more funky, Jellybean Benitez is another legend gracing Miami this coming week. The aforementioned acts are prophets in the realm of house, but now we’re moving into the freestyle world where anything goes. Among his many accolades and historical collaborations, it’s essential to mention that he was behind Madonna’s very first album and produced Whitney Houston’s “Love Will Save The Day”. Now that we have your attention, you should pay your respects to the man in person at the Feel The Spirit party on Monday.
A powerful pair of hands in the Techno and Tech House scene, John Digweed, alongside another British legend, Sasha, is responsible for rising Progressive House to international acclaim with his many successful nightclub parties across the pond. Although he’s played in Miami quite a few times and namely at the late great Vagabond, Digweed is always a can’t-miss when he does come over here for a show. This MMW he’ll be headlining the Bedrock Showcase at Treehouse with an extended set that will definitely educate.