In middle ’90s, the Winter Music Conference in Miami was a hit and run affair. One chance in the year to party with all the hot labels, djs, journalists and lovers of dance music who made the pilgrimage to the scuzzy sex n sun of South Beach to get some white label vinyl love and shake the hand of heroes. Hardkiss parties were a fixture. Intimate and away from the glitz, at a dive bar or out-of-fashion dumpy venue. We hit Miami WMC seven years in a row without cameras or iPhones. Just records and a few friends who conveniently loved music and wanted to stay up all night with us.
I remember who was in the jacuzzi as the sun rose. Between the fits of laughter, it wasn’t very flattering. Hallucination kids from Tampa, DJs from Back to Basics in Leeds and LA label honchos of the Moonshine varietal. I left a piece of my heart in Miami and Miami stayed in my tonsils for weeks after returning to California.
Couldn’t tell you who came to any of our parties. But I’m prepared to bet that it was a cross breed of early electronic music and house fanatics from around the world some of whom are now household names.
Here’s a vinyl DJ mix that I put together that brings me back to those times. This is something like what you would have heard at a Hardkiss Party at Miami WMC in the ’90s. Featuring Future Sound of London, Hawke, Rabbit in the Moon, Prefab Sprout, Electrotete, Tony Senghore and Chicken Lips.