WMC 2013, Day 3: IDMA

The Winter Music Conference 2013 held its annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) on Thursday, March 21. Beachmonkey had 3 photographers on site for the event, with Mike Luczaj in the back with performers and presenters, hobnobbing with some of EDM's top stars.

Nile Rodgers of Chic received the Lifetime Achievement Award and a standing ovation. Armin Van Buuren appeared to win almost everything else. But for me, the big news was that Joi Cardwell won a well deserved award for her song, “Love Somebody Else.”

Joi and Happiness

Joi’s golden voice has been featured in all kinds of songs, from the deepest house to the most tribal of Circuit tracks (“Jump for Joy”). I spoke with her after the awards “Lots of things are moving in positive ways,” she said. We didn’t have time to fully explore what she meant, so I will get the full scoop on Ms. Cardwell in the near future.

Award for Live Music at IDMA?

I also spoke with Bopa King Carré (www.bopakingcarre.com), an intense musician who believes in, for lack of a better description, “mixed media” electronic dance music that combines life performance of music with DJ performance. I asked him about having an award given to such performers, and his answer was affirmative. “There is a natural re-evolution of live music within dance music,” he said. If anyone is going to make it happen, it will be Bopa and his fellow musicians.

Best Quote

The big winner of the night was Armin Van Buuren, who gave a quotable that I fully endorse: “Everything that’s bad in the world,” he said, “could be solved by dancing together.”

IDMA Winners

For the complete list of contestants and winners, click here.

Best Underground Dance Track

Au Seve – Julio Bashmore

Benediction – Hot Natured & Ali Love

Don’t Go (Dusky Remix) – Justin Martin

Just Let Me Dance (Maxxi Sound System Remix) – Scandal

Not Listening – Maya Jane Coles – WINNER

Party Non Stop – Pirupa

They Frontin’ Feat. Monty Luke – Catz ’N Dogz

Your Love – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Best Alternative/Indie Rock Dance Track

Blue Jean – Lana Del Rey

Flutes (Sasha Remix) -Hot Chip

Lessons In Love – Kaskade Feat. Neon Trees

Madness – Muse

Some Nights – fun.

Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye Feat. Kimbra – WINNER

Take A Walk – Passion Pit

Best Indie Dance Track

Howling (Âme Remix) – Frank Wiedemann & Ry Cumming

Inspector Norse – Todd Terje

Just Let Me Dance (Maxxi Sound System Remix) – Scandal – WINNER

Morgana – Life And Death

Point Of View – HNQO

You & I – Fur Coat Feat. Cari Golden

Your Love – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Best House/Garage/Deep House Track

Beg (Hot Since 82 Remix) – Yousef

Benediction – Hot Natured & Ali Love

Do You Want Me Baby (Dusky Remix) – Cloud 9

Infinity – Infinity Ink

Love Somebody Else Feat. Joi Cardwell – Maceo Plex & Jon Dasilva – WINNER

Not Listening – Maya Jane Coles

Thinking About Your Body (Louie Vega Remix) – Josh Milan

Underground (Dennis Ferrer Remix) – Nick Curly

Best R & B/Urban Dance Track

Hangover – Taio Cruz

Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys

Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself) – Ne-Yo

Make Me Proud – Drake Feat. Nicki Minaj

Next To Me – Emeli Sandé

Pound The Alarm – Nicki Minaj

Scream – Usher

Where Have You Been – Rihanna – WINNER

Best Trance Track

Concrete Angel – Gareth Emery Feat. Christina Novelli

Flying Blind – Cosmic Gate & JES

J’ai Envie De Toi – Armin van Buuren presents Gaia – WINNER

Must Be The Love – Arty, Nadia Ali & BT

Nothing Without Me – Marcus Schulz Feat. Ana Diaz

Suddenly Summer – Armin van Buuren Feat. Ana Criado

The Ocean – Paul van Dyk Feat. Arty

When You Were Around – Dash Berlin Feat. Kate Walsh

Best Progressive Track

Every Day – Eric Prydz

Flutes (Sasha Remix) – Hot Chip

Nothing Matters – Mark Knight Feat. Skin

Silhouettes – Avicii

Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris Feat. Florence Welch

The Veldt – Deadmau5 Feat. Chris James – WINNER

Torquoise (Guy J Remix) – Circulation

Years – Alesso Feat. Matthew Koma

Best Dubstep/DnB/Jungle Track

Bangarang Feat. Sirah – Skrillex – WINNER

Centipede – Knife Party

Decisions – Borgore Feat. Miley Cyrus

Diplodocus (Kill The Noise Remix) – Noisia

Elevate This Sound – Calyx & Teebee

Killin’ It – Krewella

Make It Bun Dem – Skrillex & Damian ’Jr. Gong’ Marley

Best Chillout/Lounge Track

Don’t Want This Groove To Ever End – LTJ Xperience

Lick It (Kaskade’s Ice Mix) – Kaskade & Skrillex – WINNER

Much Too Much (Zetandel Chill Mix) – Andain

Need To Feel Loved – Unclubbed Feat. Zoe Durrant

November Morning (Brandenburgisches Staatsorchestra Version) – Stimming

The Veldt (Freeform Five Mix) – Deadmau5 Feat. Chris James

We Must Go On – Pretty Lights

Best Break-Through DJ

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – WINNER

Eats Everything

Jamie Jones

Maceo Plex

Seth Troxler


Tale Of Us

Tommy Trash

Best European DJ

Above & Beyond


Armin van Buuren


David Guetta

Hardwell – WINNER

Swedish House Mafia


Smirnoff’s Best North American DJ


Danny Tenaglia



Kaskade – WINNER

Porter Robinson


Steve Aoki

Best Global DJ


Armin van Buuren – WINNER

David Guetta



Markus Schulz

Swedish House Mafia


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