Eight glorious hours of sleep later, I woke up Friday afternoon. I had been looking forward to this day for months. I walked down to FYE on the corner of 5th and Collins to meet up with a couple of out-of-state friends. If you're on a budget, this is the perfect spot to check out your favorite DJ - always free, great lineup, not a smoky club, and an up close and personal experience. From there, we took a cab all the way down to 48th and Collins to board the private Sasha and Digweed yacht party hosted by Ruby Skye. Weeks later, and I am still in awe of this experience. I got signed in and loaded the yacht. Being the dork that I am, I wanted to see the DJ setup since Sasha's Maven was busted beyond repair. Off I go to top deck before the boat was packed. I had to stop on every level to admire the phenomenal decor that looked like it built for a king. Everything was pristine. Still in stock, I make it on to the top to check out the equipment then have a seat. Shortly after everyone boards, the boat takes off. With the sun beaming down on all of us, the music immediately starts and the courteous staff is spread out everywhere handing out cocktails. The wind was blowing so hard and the view was indescribable. It was five unforgettable hours of music, perfect weather, drinking, dining, dancing, and socializing. The sun finally started to set and the music started to pound. The only thing I could complain about was trying to choose between dancing, standing against the rail of the yacht to watch everything as we were passing by, or to continue chatting with all of the amazing people I met. The sky turned black and all you could see were the lights of downtown Miami. The boat started to slow down and you could tell the music was coming to a close. So bittersweet. Everyone involved in putting this event together deserves one millions pats on the back and I hope to be involved with anything they do in the future. This was not only my favorite event I attended during the conference, but in the top 3 of things I've ever experienced.
After the boat docked, I was pumped full of energy and ready to hit the town. I didn't even bother changing and headed straight to Club Azuli on Washington to check out Tom Novy and D Ramirez. I had obviously arrived too early because there wasn't a soul in the place so I went on downtown. I arrived to the AM Only party at Karu & Y around midnight and the lovely Helen let me in with no fuss. It was my first time checking out this club and I was quite amazed. The 42,000 square foot venue was packed full of chandeliers, waterfalls, and enough VIP tables to sink the Titantic. I met up with a long-time friend and fellow site writer, Zak Davis. We walked through all of the different rooms to check out who was playing when we arrived. Two of the top promoters in North America - Made Event and Pacha NYC joined forces and brought us the best line up I've ever seen during WMC. Zak was determined to get a table so we chased down a cocktail waitress, and finally got a place to sit for the night. With a club packed full of patrons, I happened to randomly run into a couple more friends from Nashville. It turned out to be a wonderful evening. Even though the party went until noon, I was completely exhausted by 6am and called it a night.