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On tap at Shine this Saturday is a friendly reminder that Winter Music Conference is on its way. A bit early, yes, since WMC doesn't officially kick off until March 24, but any excuse to get two of Saw Recordings' standout acts to South Beach will work.
First and foremost, the imprint's "official WMC warm-up" party spotlights the DJ skills of Bronx-raised Hector Romero, who copilots the Saw label with Satoshi Tomiie. Romero is just one of the crowd when he spins, all smiles and hoots and hollers, but he does love the business side, having learned the ropes from Def Mix Productions owner Judy Weinstein. Uninterested in throwing his hat into the producing/remixing ring, Romero is content in his dual role as record exec at Saw (a spinoff of Def Mix) and world-traveling DJ (he regularly appears at venues such as Filter 14 in New York, Stereo in Montreal, and Locomia in Portugal).
Joining Romero will be Lexicon Avenue, a UK-based DJ and production team comprising Scott Bradford, Chris Scott, and Mark Armstrong. The trio from Newcastle has kept northern England's clubbers moving for more than a decade with its close involvement in the legendary Shindig club night. The team also spins the world over and has produced tracks and remixes for a multitude of labels, including Renaissance, Yoshitoshi, and, of course, Saw.