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Winter Music Conference: It's about the drugging and drinking and, oh yeah, the music

Dresden catches his partner's enthusiasm. "Instead of playing a song, he's saying, 'Hey, can I have the parts to your song?' By playing some or all or one of those parts, he creates a live remix."

Behrouz has already been there: "A lot of times, you travel with ten hours to kill on a plane. I got my laptop with me. You do your own edit of your song. You burn it, and five hours later, you're playing it in a club."

Thinking about it some more, Behrouz decides the problem with vinyl lies in baggage claim. "The negative thing with records is that the airlines lose your record bag," he points out. "Or other DJs see your records and steal them. Then I gotta play tonight and I don't have any music. I always have backup CDs."

Bunny, front man for Rabbit in the Moon, freaks out the freaks at Ultra.
Deirdra Funcheon
Bunny, front man for Rabbit in the Moon, freaks out the freaks at Ultra.
Above: He wants your sex: Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner. At right: A fairy gets ready to "rave it up" at Ultra.
Audra Schroeder
Above: He wants your sex: Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner. At right: A fairy gets ready to "rave it up" at Ultra.

Feed your head
The "South Beach Wine and Food Festival" was only two blocks down from all the madness on Collins Avenue -- it was actually held on a stretch of sand that began at 13th Street -- but it seemed like another world. For a $90 entrance fee, you could listen and watch a demonstration by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who was introduced to his admiring fans as "the man who transformed Japanese cuisine in America." Or you could wind your way through the massive, Target-sponsored tent.

Rapper/actor Ice-T was sitting near the entrance of the tent, signing towels emblazoned with the logo for his new product, Liquid Ice. "It's a better energy drink than Red Bull," he says, the gray hairs peppering his beard betraying his 45 years of age. "It tastes better, it gets your dick hard, the whole shit. You know, it's a fun drink, it's blue, mix it with vodka -- it's the bomb."

Of course, Liquid Ice is one of many enterprises both worthy and dubious that the O.G. has been affiliated with since he first made a cameo in the 1984 hip-hop exploitation flick Breakin'. How has he managed to stay in the celebrity game for the last two decades? "I'm a hustler," he says. "If I stop working, I die."

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