Fans of internationally renowned house DJ and producer Funkerman might be surprised to learn that house music wasn't always his thing. When the young Dutchman by the name of Ardie van Beek started out as a wee DJ some 20 years ago, he was consumed by the sounds of American hip-hop, such as Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim.


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FIFTY at the Viceroy Hotel

485 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Brickell


At the In Love We Play party, with Tom Novy, Massimo Martinelli, Mark M., and others. Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 23. Club 50 at the Viceroy, 584 Brickell Ave., Miami. Admission costs $30 for entry before 2 p.m.; ages 21 and up; 305-503-4400; At the Welcome to Miami: The Annual Beach Party, with Lil Jon, Tocadisco, ATFC, Paul Harris, and others. 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, to 5 a.m. the next day. Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $25 and up in advance from; ages 21 and up; 786-515-1130; At the MN2S 15th Anniversary Party, with Martin Solveig, Armand Van Helden, Alex Gaudino, and others. 9 p.m. Friday, March 26. Klutch, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $30 in advance from; ages 21 and up; 305-531-4643;

A great deal has come to pass since then, including a slew of international hits and the formation of Flamingo Records with friend Raf and fellow DJ/producer Fedde le Grande. Next up for Funkerman: the April release of his new album, House for All, which promises to be pioneering. "To innovate, you need to take risks, and that's exactly what I did on this album," Funkerman says. "House is my religion, but I don't want to be a prisoner of my own style."

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