Bueno, aqui les dejo algunos reviews de como se vio la SAMC desde el extranjero y ademas sirve para recordar un FIESTON, les aconsejo que ingresen tambien en los links de las notas ya que hay lindas fotos. De yapa una nota con el amigo de Javi (Digitaaaaal), Ferry Corsten.
http://www.ibiza-voice.com/news/news.php?id=491Nikki Wright of IMD, London, was in Buenos Aires for the debut South American Music Conference (SAMC: 10-11 December) and this is what she, and some others, said about it…
Nikki Wright: “It was very exiting being part of the first South American Music Conference, and there were press representatives from: France, Italy, Spain, the USA and the UK – all eager to see what this new event was about…
“There were a small number of stands representing local companies, such as record shops, radio stations and magazines, although this is an area which will undoubtedly develop as more companies get involved as the event grows. The seminars were well attended and well thought-out bringing together local and international DJs and music industry professionals to discuss topics such as: technology, DJ agencies, festivals and record labels… (There were even headphones for the delegates and seminar speakers to wear, for translations, so that language wasn’t a barrier.)”
Christian Smith: “I just wanted to thank everyone who was involved in putting the first South American Music Conference together in Buenos Aires. The panels were interesting and I enjoyed participating and giving my input. Usually panels (especially the ones in Miami at WMC) are very boring, but the people in Buenos Aires showed a lot of enthusiasm and I was really happy to be a part of it. Now to the party… The venue reminded me of the I Love Techno event in Belgium. I played in the techno room with my good friends Barbara, Chris, Richie, Marco etc, and the room was going off like crazy. I have played Argentina a few times before and know how the scene is dominated by ‘progressive’ DJs (or shall we call them ‘regressive?’). Thankfully the organisers had the courage to put on a variety of DJs and made the line-up of this party very interesting. The party held about 25k people (excellent considering it’s the first time) and all the rooms went off. I had a blast and am looking forward to the second edition! ”
Ferry Corsten: “It was one of the most energetic parties of this year. It was just amazing to see the energy in the main room, where I played, especially since this was the first time that this event has taken place. I can’t wait to go back.”
Judge Jules: “The SAMC event was every bit as good as the best festivals that the UK and Holland have to offer, which in its first year is an amazing achievement.”
Jody Wisternoff (Way Out West): “Yeah, I had a fantastic time – a very enjoyable weekend away in sunny Argentina! The event was extremely well organised with a massive venue, a beautiful crowd and great hospitality! Let’s hope that this becomes a regular event.”
Misstress Barbara: “I really had an amazing time and DJ set in Buenos Aires at the SAMC. I think it's about time that we brought our music there. It's a beautiful place and the people really like to party and dance. It's about time that South America featured more in our DJ travel plans!”
Smokin’ Jo: “A great event, I'll definitely be back!”
Tall Paul: “I thought that the SAMC was very well organised and I enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish. The crowd was great and the organisers did a fantastic job – see you next year, hopefully!”
http://www.fly.co.uk/fly/archives/20...argentina.htmlBuenos Aires has long been regarded as the dance music centre of South America. After jockeying with Brazil and after hosting Creamfields Buenos Aires in 2002, Argentina has finally solidified itself as the capital of electronica in South America.
Despite a larger quantity of people in Brazil, the scene is a lot more advanced in Argentina
Many saw the SAMC as the chance for Argentina and South America to become firmly established in the global calendar. Gustavo Sofovich, event organizer and producer commented on his idea and projections for the future:
“Having lived in Miami, I saw the model that is the Winter Music Conference. So why not create a South American conference like Miami, so that DJs, promoters, record labels, club owners could come together?”
Attended by fans, musicians, DJs, producers, radio programmers, fashion designers, distributors, music publications, music schools, record labels, event organizers and club owners the Conference gave many the opportunity to network and discuss the local and international industry. Elio Riso (Argentine DJ & producer) commented on the importance of the SAMC for South America:
“I believe it’s very important for South America that there’s a conference, especially since for seven or eight years there has been the Winter Music Conference in Miami. Now the industry can begin to look at South America a lot more. Despite a larger quantity of people in Brazil, the scene is a lot more advanced in Argentina. I think the crowd is here tonight, to see both the international and south American DJs — the DJs are giving it their best, as is the crowd.”
Day One — Panels, networking and more panels
The first day of the 2 day conference was primarily educational, consisting of a series of panels covering themes such as DJ origins, digital distribution, promotion, radio and agencies. With 600 attendees, both foreigners and locals were enthusiastic and eager to learn — one speaker commented that there were 20 times as many people in the audience compared to a similar panel at the Miami conference.
One of the most interesting panels saw Canada’s John Acquaviva, Germany’s birthday boy Chris Liebing, and the UK’s Omid 16B discussing the new technologies available to DJs with local DJs. Acquaviva mentioned the democratization of the music, explaining that technology has made mixing a lot more accessible due to software and price reduction — an issue that has significantly affected local DJs. As Carlos Shaw mentioned, with the prices of technology dropping, and the increasing amount of good software available online, the hardware divide has disappeared in South America — now the divide is talent-related.
samc2.jpgDJs also discussed use of the internet, the increasing lack of exposure given to B-sides (due to the increased use of mp3s), and the worthlessness of technology without an idea or inspiration. Omid 16B made a very strong impression on the locals, when he pointed out that for him, being a DJ was not just about money or fame.
“What I was trying to do on the panel was to explain that part of their oppression is due to the fact that they believe it exists. If you’re going to make your music based on that, you’re never going to make good real individual music. You’re always going to make music that somehow passes the pass mark to get you recognised. To really be something special, try to shake of all the negativity from the past, live in the present, and try and be creative with the present.”
Another important part of day one was the inevitable networking and contact-building. With many DJs, journalists and promoters having come to Argentina for the first time, it gave the outside world the chance to realize that there was good information and opportunities to be developed with the local scene. Liebing was one of the many DJs in Argentina for the first time.
“I think the music conference is a good thing to get people together to pass on information which would not otherwise be passed on at regular parties. But then again, you should not make it too theoretical — one convention like this a year in a region is enough, but the rest should be parties.”
Day Two — The Closing Party
Kicking off at an early 4pm, the second day brought 22,000 buzzed and enthusiastic fans to the port-side Costa Salguero complex by the Rio de la Plata. 4 huge air-conditioned dancefloors awaited revelers, as well as stalls, flamethrowers and jugglers. NY Producer Jim Welch was impressed with the fact that huge quantities of fans would move between rooms, searching out their DJs in an educated and dedicated manner.
The British press are very stuck in their ways, and don’t pay enough attention to what’s going on globally
The HOUSE room was host to up and coming Peruvian team Vich & Berger. Berger commented on his set (which included a roof-raising acapella from Iio’s ‘Rapture’) and the warm response he received from the local crowd:
“I’m not really sure if they were really knowledgeable about the music that I play, but at least I got a really good response. The people were dancing, smiling, they’re really nice & courteous compared to New York. People here are devoted to the music. They want to be there, they want to dance, they don’t care. You can play a track from 2001, and they’ll dance to it — they’re not like nerds — they will dance to anything.”
Locals Elio Riso and Luis Callegari took over, as well as international heavyweights such as Bad Boy Bill, Danny Rampling (who also played at Buenos Aires’ first ever Creamfields), Acquaviva, Smoking Jo and Pete Tong. He treated the masses to a typical Tong set, with remixes of Guy Gerber’s “Stoppage Time” and Eric Prydz’ “Call on me” leaving no doubt that a more popular touch was present at the SAMC. Acquaviva, having gained a lot of fans from his performance on the previous day’s panel, took over from Tong, playing a less commercial set which went down a storm. The US’s Green Velvet finished off the lineup, playing to an exhausted but up-for-it crowd.
samc3.jpgOnly a few metres away, Room 2/3 hosted the PROGRESSIVE / TRANCE lineup of mainly international talent such as Lucien Foort, Way Out West (the only group to play “live” using instruments that evening) and well-known Argentina-fan Nick Warren. Full to the brim at 8pm, there was notable Argentine talent in Room 2/3 consisted of Aldo Haydar and Javier Bussola, the latter playing an amazing set which paved the way for Tall Paul. Many agreed that the best lineup was to be found in this arena, and few were disappointed. Brit Judge Jules certainly did not disappoint, with his set being one of the best of the night. It was predictable Jules — hard, deep and thumping trance, which was warmly received by the steaming Argentines who rarely see him in South America. Ferry Corsten, who is becoming a bit of a regular here in Buenos Aires, closed the night with an amazing 3 hour set which left the crowd chanting for more after his trademark “Rock your body rock”.
Room 4 (TECH HOUSE) showcased the South American talent. Chilean DJ Tony Mass, Argentina’s Tommy Jacobs and Dr. Trincado played to a devoted crowd till sunset. Evil Eddie Richards then warmed things up further for fellow Brit Justin Robertson, who handed over to a remarkable set by local Diego Ro-k. The home crowd literally gave it their all for the ‘Maradonna of DJs’ playing cutting-edge techno house. As one of the stars of the conference, many agreed that it is this type of genuine talent that the SAMC has helped expose. Diego was followed by yet another highlight of the conference — Tiga. Bathed in blue light, the crowd went crazy with the Canadian knowing exactly which buttons to push on his first visit to the country, playing an untypical but very danceable set. After these two awesome sets, Derrick May / Francois K had a difficult act to follow. Circulation finished off the steamy arena with a hard house onslaught till the small hours.
Last but not least was Room 5 which was full to the brim with the true TECHNO fans. Room 5’s temperature definitely surpassed the typical Argentine summer in this huge arena, with many fans literally just stripping off in the heat. There were also a high number of female DJs here — something that was lacking in the other rooms. Colombian Diego Mystick kicked things off, and was followed by a host of South Americans, such as Brazilian beauty Ingrid Chasseraux, fellow Brazilians Fabricio Pecanha and Anderson Noise. Argentine Dero handed over the decks to the northern hemisphere. Misstress Barbara and Magda played reasonably, before the highlights of the night arrived, with Belgium’s Marco Bailey being the first of four banging sets that made this arena possibly the best of the night. The roar of approval for superstar Richie Hawtin’s set was astounding, with this it being one of the four highlights of the techno room. Scandinavian techno idol Christian Smith kept up the pace admirably, with Chris Liebing stealing the show to end with a stormer that left the crowd exhausted after the 4-set mayhem. Liebing’s performance during the conference left a big impression that has not gone unnoticed — he will certainly be welcome in Argentina in the future.
With the event closing up, all internationals were full of praise for the Argentine crowd and Buenos Aires, and many were surprised with the friendliness and response of the punters. Roulier commented:
“It’s very overwhelming, very inspiring, because things like this don’t happen in North America. I’ve been absolutely blown away. I’m sure every single DJ would say the same thing — it’s way more than they could expect.”
Many also mentioned that they had learnt a lot from their time. Omid commented on what he had learnt from his time at the SAMC:
“We need to make a bit more of an effort in knowing what’s going on around the world. The British press are very stuck in their ways, and don’t pay enough attention to what’s going on globally. No agencies that I’m aware of around the world seem to be noticing these people and this amazing talent.”
As the early morning summer sun beat down on Buenos Aires, thousands of ecstatic but exhausted fans streamed out onto the streets of the city, to the many after parties around the city. The squinting eyes were accompanied by broad smiles, as they knew that Argentina was now firmly on the map. NY record label legend Jim Welch sums up his experience at the conference and what it means for the scene.
“It’s like the same thing that was going on in 1993 / 1994 in Europe, but in its own new and modern way. It’s incredible, and I really believe that as it develops, it’s going to give back to the rest of the global scene. This will happen every year from now on and it will get bigger and bigger I’m sure, inspiring artists from all over South America.”
Look out Miami!
South American Music Conference
Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
10th & 11th December 2004
More pictures are at www.getpermission.co.uk/clients/samc/
Ryan Gawn is an Irish freelance journalist based in Buenos Aires. He can be contacted on ryangawn @ yahoo.co.uk
Argentina Dance Music Conference: December 2004
“The South American Music Conference will unite international prestigious producers, artists, musicians and other professionals. It is a unique opportunity to be part of one of the most important events in the worldwide electronic scene in a city that truly never sleeps.”
Reading the advance literature for South America’s first ever dance conference, it’s clear organisers are as ambitious as they’re enthusiastic, both qualities shared by most, if not all of the DJs booked to appear at the Buenos Aires conference. And headlining the conference’s main event, a four room 25,000 capacity rave in a conference centre on the edge of downtown Buenos Aires, are mainstream icons Pete Tong, Ferry Corsten and Richie Hawtin backed by regional stars like Diego Rok and Anderson Noise, plus a host of others. All have been coerced with five star hotels and first class air travel (save for the economy class media) plus the promise of four days of sun during the height of Argentina’s summer, just 16 hours away from Europe’s bleak mid winter.
Argentina: Chris Liebing
“I’ve never been to Argentina before, I’ve been to Brazil and Colombia; those are the only two countries I’ve visited in South America but it feels different here from the other countries, there’s a different vibe.”
Sitting on a sun-lounger by the pool of his luxury hotel, German techno producer Chris Liebing admits he’s relaxed as he polishes his tan and contemplates the night ahead. The day before he’s been speaking on a panel alongside his great mate Christian Smith, while tonight he’s up against the likes of John Acquaviva, Derrick May, and Misstress Barbara on the decks, not that he’s too fussed about his peers.
“I’ll get there a couple of hours before, watch the crowd and the other DJs then basically try to do my best with my own music,” he explains. “I always bring my own mixer and two laptops, one for Final Scratch and another for Ableton Live which I use for my sound effects.”
Less dependent on technical trickery is English DJ Justin Robertson, who’s brought out several bags of vinyl (including two in his hand luggage). Justin’s one of the more eclectic DJs on the bill though unlike Chris Liebing, has played here before.
Argentina: Justin Robertson
"I’ve been here six or seven times before, playing at Pacha then I was also over here for the Creamfields Festival then the Chemical Brothers’ tour about a month ago. I stayed in this hotel then too.”
Usually associated with Manchester, though nowadays living in West London, Justin’s already something of a local hero, though he admits he’s brought a wide range of music, just in case.
“I’ve always had catholic tastes, there are a broad spectrum of styles I’m interested in, but what you’d call it, I don’t know,” he laughs.
“Jacking house, acidy-things, electro-house, whatever that is, I don’t know. I’m not really sure myself what it is in a record that inspires me but there’s usually a little thread of something, somewhere. There’s a rawness or an energy; I like energetic, dynamic records.”
Spinning that evening, his thread sounds distinctly hard, as he ditches the eclectic stuff for tried and tested crowd-pleasing bangers. Justin’s spinning in the ‘tech-house’ room, though distinctions tonight seem superfluous; harder music appears to be the order of the night, which also poses problems further down the hall, for the likes of Danny Rampling, Bad Boy Bill and Smokin Jo in the house room, not that she’s overly concerned.
Argentina: Smokin Jo
“I was last here in March with Tiesto when I did a big tour with Heineken, the last gig we did was an outdoor party for 15,000 people which was fantastic, amazing.”
Saturday night’s rave opens at 4pm even if it’s not until midnight that the hall really begins filling up. Kicking off the internationals is Danny Rampling, who, going on at 7pm, has to contend with extremely sparse crowds and teething problems.
“I experienced constant technical problems with the equipment, the room itself appeared to be unfinished, there were very few props and lights, it was just a huge cavernous hanger,” Danny complains after the gig.
“I also began a really early set at 7pm which I was surprised about, and started with about 300 people in a room that held maybe 5,000. By the end of the set, we’d managed to pull in a few hundred, nevertheless it was difficult work,” says Danny.
By the time Smokin’ Jo goes on at 11, the room is still less than full (Bad Boy Bill’s had further technical issues) however, by the time she closes her set with Tom Neville’s thumping high energy remix of Kelis’ Milkshake, she’s picked the vibe up significantly. Waiting in the darkened wings, meanwhile, is Radio 1 tastemaker Pete Tong, who’s killing time shaking hands and signing autographs to a small crush of fans at the front. A much bigger crush is to be found, however, in the centre’s massive ‘progressive’ room, where the likes of Way Out West, Judge Jules and Lucien Foort are performing, before crowds that will eventually swell to over 10,000 people.
Argentina: Lucien Foort
“South American crowds adapt themselves really fast to new kinds of electronic music, the kids are up for anything that’s really new. Whereas in England and Europe, people have been doing it for so long, it takes them longer to catch the new vibe. This is the place to try out new records.”
Although he’s one of the bubbliest and bounciest of DJs appearing on tonight’s bill, Dutch star Lucien Foort is proud to have never taken a narcotic in his life, so he’s presumably indifferent to the fact that the local rate for coke is just $US12 per gram. Drugs are conspicuously absent tonight, however, with the dominant intoxicant appearing to be beer.
Despite (or because of this) the vibe in the hall builds relentlessly via Lucien, Way Out West and Tall Paul and by the time Nick Warren takes centre stage to DJ, thousands start screaming as he drops one hard trance anthem after another (including even a pitched up 7 minutes of Hardfloor’s Acperience). Waiting in the wings, Judge Jules presumably takes note of the immediate lull in energy whenever Warren deviates forwards the eclectic, and unsurprisingly raises the bpm and the energy as he plugs in his CDJ1000s and switches off the decks.
Argentina: Judge Jules“Holland and the UK are market leaders in dance festivals, and the SAMC event matched the very best that the Netherlands or UK have to offer. In every department, ie staging, organisation, line-up, and most importantly crowd atmosphere, it was a superb event.”
Chatting days after the event, Judge Jules is ecstatic about both the reception he received and the conference itself, while he’s also managed to jam in some Xmas gift shopping, in common with most of the other DJs who’ve taken advantage of the incredibly cheap prices. Buenos Aires’ tourist centre is packed with leather goods shops and top quality steak houses and seems remarkably tranquil for a country that nearly collapsed economically just two years before.
Argentina: Jody Wisterhoff (Way Out West)
“Nick used to tell me years ago that Buenos Aires was incredible, with a really good atmosphere and it feels quite safe as well, wandering round the streets. It doesn’t feel like some other parts of South America, it feels like there’s quite a warm vibe here.”
Six foot tall, and certainly no shrinking violet, Jody from Way Out West doesn’t look like a victim but then neither does DJ Dan, when he chases after some potential robbers he meets in an after hours shop. Getting too close, Dan’s punched in the face, before the thieves escape though a more sinister incident occurs the following night, which hints at greater problems.
Setting off from an after hours clubs at 2am, I’m with Chris Liebing and a few friends and we’re wavering between strolling back to the hotel or taking a cab. Spotting a taxi after a couple of minutes rambling, we climb in cheerfully and he sets off into the night, turning right down a side street we’ve just been about to walk into. Immediately, the cab’s headlights illuminate a gang of street kids kicking a ball amongst themselves one block down, who immediately turn and fan out across the street, blocking off the taxi’s route. Just as quickly, the driver slams his foot down hard, accelerating towards the kids fast. Diving aside at the last minute it’s the kids who lose this game of chicken, though it’s a sobering thought that we were moments from walking right into their midst. Generally, BA seems a remarkably tranquil, welcoming town but like any big city, it clearly has its edges.
Argentina: Danny Rampling
“Buenos Aires is a very romantic city and has a very strong European influence. It’s extremely cheap; you get a lot for your money, certainly compared to what you spend in Miami- my God!”
Danny Rampling has a few complaints about the overall conference (principally that the organisers should have brought all the delegates together to one central meeting event) though is upbeat about the event’s future, not least compared to the Miami Winter Conference, which he first started visiting in 1992.
“Miami has become a complete rip off, the hotels charge double, club door staff are dreadful; they’re incredibly rude. There’s all that VIP shit, the limo crap and that isn’t what the Miami Music Conference is about, that isn’t what house music is about, getting out of a fucking limo with a load of supermodels, that’s not where it’s at, at all,” says Danny.
“Going up against Miami is going to take some years to establish, however, Argentina as a country is a very welcoming place,” he points out.
“It was great to be taken to Argentina, I always love going there and overall it was a very enjoyable trip- having four days in the sunshine and taking it easy out there was great,” he adds.
Judge Jules is similarly optimistic about the Conference’s future.
“Buenos Aires is very European in flavour, with the majestic avenues of Madrid and Paris clearly having had a strong influence in its planning and design,” he says.
“If the event organisers manage to attract music business interest from a wide genre base, then their chances of long term success in challenging Miami must be very strong.”
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)
http://www.spraci.com/news/articles/1529.htmlFerry Corsten Interview
South American Music Conference Closing Party
Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
11th December 2004
Ferry Corsten closed the Progressive / Trance lineup at the first South American Music Conference. His appearances in recent months in Buenos Aires have created quite a following, and the 7,000 people that packed into the arena were left with no doubt that the Dutchman will return. Ryan Gawn spoke to Ferry about the conference and his experiences in South America.
You’ve become quite a regular here in Argentina, was tonight any different to any other nights you’ve played with Heineken?
Last time I was here, there was a party that was all about me – Heineken presents Ferry Corsten. Tonight I was part of the big lineup, a really incredible lineup with some really good DJs and so it’s always different. There are people who come for this DJ, people who come for that DJ, and people who come for me. It was great.
You seem to be quite comfortable here – your Spanish is going well and you’re very receptive to the crowd. It seems like they’ve taken you under their wing. Do you feel that or do you feel at home in other places?
To be honest I feel more at home over here in Argentina, than I would in Spain for example. I feel like the people over here are very warm and receptive compared to other people.
For Buenos Aires the conference is very important – it’s competing with the likes of Miami, Detroit…
To be honest, the event that I saw tonight, the size of it, the way it has been organized, I honestly think this is the best of all of them. This is the first time. Normally the first time, some things go wrong, but tonight, the amount of people, the organization was so tight – amazing – it was beautiful. So I think for South America, this is a massive new development in dance music.
There is the view that some local DJs were maybe displaced by international DJs. What do you think about this?
I would say to the national DJs; don’t feel like you are displaced by anyone. Yes, of course, my spot could have been filled with someone else from Argentina. On the other hand, this whole event (with the international DJs) opens up the market from Argentina to the rest of the world. It gives a lot of the nation guys the exposure they would not normally have. For example Hernan Cattaneo is already doing really well in Holland as far as I know, because of Thirst. With this event, there may be a lot more national DJs who get exposed to the world. Don’t see it as a threat, but as an opportunity. International DJs come over here and they take their story back home, saying that Argentine DJs are amazing etc – it’s an opportunity.
Some DJs have mentioned that there’s a lack of Latin influence at this conference. We could be anywhere right now. What do you think about this lack?
It may be very international, and not so Latin, but I see this as an opportunity. Of all the Latin American countries, this is probably the most forward thinking country, and forward thinking cities. This could be a very good chance to just put Argentina and South American artists on the map. I’ve received a couple of demos from Argentine DJs and artists. They’re really good, honestly, maybe not quite up there yet, but with the right tweaking they will be great music. I think Hernan is a good example – he is doing really well in Europe, really good in Holland, due to events like this.
Due you use opportunities in Argentina to be creative or do you stick more to the normal set you do? Do you save the creative stuff for home?
It’s very important to try to give your creative side. This is my second time here, so it’s very important that people get familiarized with who Ferry Corsten is, so I play what Ferry Corsten is all about. The old stuff, also the newer stuff, and I’m not going too far into the new new stuff. I’ll play what people know, let people get used to me, and as soon as I get a feeling that people know what Ferry is all about, then I’ll start my new stuff. I played my real set, but the unreleased or experimental stuff I would keep for somewhere else at the moment.
Thank you Ferry.
Ryan Gawn is an Irish freelance journalist based in Buenos Aires.
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