Explore 35 Years Of Winter Music Conference With Jason Bentley-Curated Spotify Playlist

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 |

Winter Music Conference has partnered with Jason Bentley and Spotify to create a playlist that takes listeners back over the past 35 years of the ground-breaking conference.

Jason Bentley curated the playlist on Spotify that has over 100 tracks from the past 35 years. Take stroll down memory lane with classics by the likes of Daft Punk, Orbital, MK, Joey Beltram, Robert Owens, Ron Trent, Phuture and others.

Jason Bentley is a DJ, radio host and music curator who became well known as a DJ and music director on KCRW in Los Angeles. He left his position at KCRW last year after becoming a mainstay in electronic music radio, but still hosts his own show Metropolis each Saturday night. He has his own electronic label Secret Technology and serves in a music advisory role with ArcLight Cinemas.

Bentley has done a whole host of exciting projects outside of radio and DJing. He served as A&R at Maverick and Island Records, music supervised the Matrix trilogy and TRON Legacy with Daft Punk, and does consulting for advertising, video games and live events.

Stream the full playlist now and check out the Winter Music Conference website for more information on panels, sanctioned events, parties, mentor sessions and much more.

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Winter Music Conference will return to The Faena Forum in Miami Beach on March 16-19 to celebrate 35 years.

We also decided to chat with Bentley to get more information about the playlist, how he chose the songs and some of his favorite memories from WMC.

  1. What are your first & favorite memories of Winter Music Conference?

Giant Step would always put on a great hotel pool party every year, and one time Pete Heller (of UK production duo Farley & Heller) was playing a hotel pool, I think it was the Raleigh Hotel on South Beach, and all of a sudden it started pouring rain. So Heller, sensing that the event was shutting down as everyone took cover, mixed right into his track “Big Love,” which is one of those euphoric house anthems. It has a looping organ part and some surging horns – total classic. Anyway, me and my friend Gary Richards (aka Destructo, Hard Fest founder, AMF, etc…) jumped onto some lounge chairs and just kept rocking out in the downpour. It was just one of those moments of unbridled joy in music. I always think of that when I hear “Big Love” to this day.

  1. How did you pick all of these tracks for the playlist?

I’m pretty good at building sets and playlists from years of DJing, so it was a just matter of following that train of thought. Compiling this list was a fun trip down memory lane for me, and every record is like a musical postcard from the past. I’m sure there are records I missed, but it’s important for people to remember that this is a personal selection from experiences as a DJ and music fan. It’s not based on data or analytics or meant to be everything to everyone; these tracks are hand-picked from the heart.

  1. How has MMW / WMC been viewed by a tastemaker like yourself when it comes to new records being broken?

It did used to seem that specific records would “break” out of WMC, but I think digital distribution has changed that. Miami in March is still a special time and place to see how new ideas react, but gone are the days of labels circulating promo only test-pressings to DJs to create an early buzz. I think something has been lost along the way, and technology has played the disruptor once again, leaving us to find ways to adapt, but it probably makes gatherings like WMC all the more important.

  1. What current projects are you working on now?

I am at WMC this year to promote my KCRW radio show Metropolis, my electronic label Secret Technology, and a music advisory role with ArcLight Cinemas nationally.

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I first went to WMC ’87, the year I started Big Beat. It was an incredibly inspiring congregation of indie labels, DJs, artists, songwriters, producers and dance music lovers dedicated to breaking and discovering new music. WMC has been instrumental in furthering the dance and electronic cause; keeping the community connected, vital and relevant, and serving as an amazing springboard for talent. It’s a fantastic crucible for the future of dance music. Long may it live.

Craig Kallman

CEO & Co-Chairman Atlantic Records, Founder Big Beat Records

If you want to know about our industry from the people that make it happen then go to WMC. It’s an accelerated masterclass in all things dance music.

Carl Cox

DJ/Intec Records

Winter Music Conference is my ground zero. It has always provided the perfect storm of opportunity and excitement for up and coming artists, including myself back in 2003, where I first caught a glimpse of how it felt to have an audience respond to my work. Over the years, I’ve always made it a point to have WMC in my calendar because that’s the spot where everyone congregates and you can feel it in the air. Creativity, brother and sisterhood, FUN and most of all the chance to come together as a community and celebrate the reason we are all here—the music.”



Winter Music Conference was the cream of the crop of conferences. Every label owner, label A&R, DJ and artist knew they had to go network at the Fontainebleau where the conference was hosted. The conference was not only one of the most important time of the year as it relates to dance music but it was also a place where records were broken and became summer hits. Some of my best DJ memories are from the events I played during WMC in the last 20 years.

Erick Morillo

DJ / Producer / Label Boss - Subliminal Records

I feel fortunate to have been part of the first-ever WMC. Over the 35 years, it has grown to give us an international forum where we exchange music and ideas. As an attendee and host of many of the award shows, I am proud each time I see new young talent emerge and then become world-renowned. We all have so many Winter Music Conference moments of hearing a seminal breakthrough record for the first time as well as a new DJ with star quality. Magical moments in my career.

Daniel Glass

Glassnote Records