Miami Music Week 2012 [PHOTOS]

DJs & Music Lovers Flock To South Beach

Article and Photos by Paul Konikowski, CTS-D

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Every year in March, thousands of disc jockeys, record label producers, and electronic music fans travel to Miami Beach, Florida (a.k.a. South Beach) for what is collectively known as Miami Music Week.  In addition to the official Winter Music Conference events, International Dance Music Awards, Miami Fashion Week, and Ultra Music Festival, there are literally hundreds of unofficial parties at the nearby South Beach hotels and clubs.  Here are some photos showing the audio, video, and lighting equipment used at a few of these surrounding events:

Dim Mak Showcase at Mansion featured Datsik, Felix Cartal, and Steve Aioki
Dim Mak Showcase at Mansion featured Datsik, Felix Cartal, and Steve Aioki
Dim Mak Showcase at Mansion in Miami included lots of digital and analog eye candy
Dim Mak Showcase at Mansion in Miami included lots of digital and analog eye candy
Kid Enigma at SoSound Recordings Party, Beach Plaza Hotel
Kid Enigma (@kidenigma on Twitter) at the SoSound Recordings Party, Beach Plaza Hotel
Mau5trap Pool Party at Fountainbleau
Mau5trap pool party at Fountainebleau featuring Deadmau5, Moguai, Steve Duda, and Feed Me
Line array speakers and bar underneath the stage at the Mau5trap Fountainbleau party
Line array speakers and bar underneath the stage at the Mau5trap Fountainebleau party
Plexiglass floor and video walls of DJ booth at Mau5trap Fountainbleau pool party
The DJ booth at the Mau5trap party included a Plexi-glass floor and video walls on four sides
Feed Me performs at the Mau5trap Fountainbleau Pool Party in Miami Beach
Feed Me performs at the Mau5trap Fountainebleau Pool Party in Miami Beach

Social Media Tools

How To Make Your Own Internet Meme

By Paul Konikowski

If you are over the age of 30, you may have no idea what a meme is.  So let’s start with a quick history lesson: The word meme (pronounced meem) is a shortening of the ancient Greek mimeme, which means “something imitated”.  A meme in its simplest form is an idea passed from person to person, that spreads through society. But nowadays, when most people say meme, they mean a humorous internet meme.

Slowpoke Meme
Slowpoke memes are used with old news, to make fun of folks who missed the boat More on Slowpoke

A typical meme consists of a photo or cartoon along with a caption that acts as the punchline of the joke. The caption is generally placed directly over the photo in white text, and often split into two segments, so that half of the text is at the top of the photo (setting up the joke), and half of the text is at the bottom of the photo (the funny part).

Memes are extremely popular among high school and college students who use Facebook. Memes are often about current events, and generally use a single meme character which matches the joke text. These characters can be celebrities, cartoons, animals, or just random photos of people.  It’s important to match the type of joke with the proper meme character.  For example: Scumbag Steve would leave you the end slices of the loaf of bread, whereas Good Guy Greg would never do such a terrible thing to his friends, or even strangers in society.

One of the most popular meme themes lately has used a black background with six photos to describe what you really do for a living vs. what people think you do.  I made this one using marketing engineer meme

So far, memes have been limited to humor and sometimes political satire.  But who says that they can’t be used for marketing?  What better way to reach a younger audience than through humor that gets passed virally through Facebook and The Twitter? Why not use memes to promote your events, products, services, or causes!

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Most Interesting Man Meme I made about the 2012 Winter Music Conference

The easiest way to make a meme is to use a website like  First, review the meme characters and decide which one fits your joke.  Next, review this particular character in depth to make sure someone else hasn’t created a similar meme.  You want to be original. Then simply type in your text and save it as a jpg image.

Google+ users can also create memes using its online photo editor. From your Google+ home page, click the camera logo to the right of Share what’s new… and choose the photo or graphic you want to use for your meme.  But before you post the photo to your stream, click Add text and type in your joke caption using the three boxes marked Top text, Middle text, and Bottom text.  The default font is white Impact, which is used for most memes, but you can change the font by clicking the T button. Last, use the Center, Left, or Right Justify buttons, if needed.

I also suggest checking out TheDailyMeme to stay current on meme trends and characters.  Don’t be a Slowpoke!