Dreaming Big, Living Larger

It has been a while since DJ Markus Schulz’s 1998 hit, “You Won’t See Me Cry,” shot to the top of the charts, yet the German-born DJ remains relevant to club culture. He’s ranked eighth in the world by DJ Magazine, so suffice to say he is still going strong—maybe stronger than ever.

Schulz started spinning in the Las Vegas club circuit back in the ’90s, during Utopia’s heyday, and this weekend his odyssey continues at Rain.

The DJ superstar took a few minutes to talk shop with Vegas Seven as he prepared for his guest set at Perfecto.

Did you ever think you’d achieve such megastar fame?

Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would accomplish what I have accomplished. Back in the day I was hoping that I would be in the top 100, even at number 99, just so I could say, “Hey, yeah, I was in the top 100 one time,” and for this to have happened … is like nothing that I even remotely dreamt about.

You spend your days traversing the globe, playing the biggest and best clubs. After seeing what you’ve seen, what do you think about the Vegas club scene?

Vegas is now really starting to be credited as a place with not just bling bling but a really cool place to go clubbing. [Vegas venues] are right on the pulse of what all the other clubs are like in London, Amsterdam and NYC. … If you study the international scene, there are some exciting things going on, and I hope Las Vegas continues to grow in that direction.

How have things changed since you first took to the turntables?

Music has become so disposable. Previously, a track would live for three or four months in my record box before you even thought about it being overplayed. Today a track can be overplayed in as little as four weeks.

What advice do you have for aspiring DJs who hope to follow in your footsteps?

Make and play music from the heart and be original. When I started focusing more on setting a mood and my own style, that’s when my career really took off.

What’s your favorite track to play live?

Mike Foyle Presents Statica, titled “Deadly Nightshade.” When I play this track the room lights up. It’s an amazing peak hour track that has a big, big riff that people go crazy over.

As a child, what did you dream of being when you grew up, other than a DJ?

A famous basketball player. I’m a big Phoenix Suns fan dating back to the Barkley era.