If two heads are better than one, then two DJs on the decks are twice as fun to watch. From Cosmic Gate to Dada Life, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano to the reunited Gabriel & Dresden—DJ duos are now hotter than a Vegas summer. Get to know a few more of the pairs frequently spotted side by side in Sin City.
The Crystal Method
Ken Jordan (left) and Scott Kirkland are the OG Vegas DJ duo. Graduates of Vegas and Rancho high schools, respectively, they’ve long since migrated to L.A. But these hometown heroes still play the occasional gig on their old stomping grounds. They return for the upcoming Identity Festival (IDFestival.com) at Mandalay Bay on Sept. 5. TheCrystalMethod.com.
Creating the most significant online electronic dance music retailer is no small feat. But Shawn Sabo (left) and Brad Roulier not only made their mark with Beatport.com and on the Denver nightclub scene, they stepped into the booth and the international spotlight as well. Putting their own twist on commercial party music—and those snazzy space suits to boot—Manufactured Superstars are raking up residencies around the country, including one right here in Vegas at XS. See them next on Aug. 28 and Sept. 4. ManufacturedSuperstars.com.
If you thought DJ duos were entertaining, it gets even better with this pair of doppelgängers hailing from Manchester, England. Known for their wild, high-energy sets, which frequently see Allister (left) and Marc Blackham climbing atop the booth to hype the crowd’s energy even higher (and sometimes, much to the female club-goers’ delight, taking off their shirts in the process), the twins are regularly seen at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, with their next gig poolside on Sept. 2. ECTwinsMusic.com.
So many reasons for the ladies swoon, there’s got to be something for the gents as well. Twin Aussie sisters Mim (left) and Liv Nervo got their foot in the door writing songs for the Pussycat Dolls, David Guetta and Kelly Rowland, even K-E-dollar sign-H-A. They’ve also toured with Paul Oakenfold and Britney Spears. (Check out their full interview, “Simply Irresistible,” from the Aug. 11 issue of Vegas Seven.) If that isn’t impressive enough, the Nervo sisters have added a Wynn Resorts residency, including Encore Beach Club on Sept. 1 and Tryst on Sept. 2, as well as the Sept. 5 Identity Festival. NervoMusic.com.
Captains of Industry
Things got yacht-ical every Sunday this summer at Marquee Dayclub thanks to Graham Funke (left) and StoneRokk with their weekly Regatta Chic residency. With the original boat-themed pool party in Vegas, these S.K.A.M. Artists brought their quirky blend of music to the booth, playing anything and everything from rock and reggae to disco and dance—and it worked. Partygoers also got in on the nautical action with captain’s hats, rubber duckies and even incited an impromptu flash mob in the pool with “YMCA.” Pool season’s nearly over but “your favorite DJ’s favorite DJs” have more upcoming gigs, including Sept. 4 at Stateline’s Vex Nightclub. TheCaptainsOfIndustry.com.
Alex “Annexx” Clark (left) and Oscar Molina might just be the Vegas DJ duo you don’t know you should know. While playing deep global house around town might hurt some acts, Spacebyrdz strikes the right balance of beats and stands strong as an exception to the rule in a city where electronic dance music is still heavy on the commercial sounds. Previous residencies include Seamless, Revolution, Drai’s and Jet. You can catch them 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Sept. 9 and 24 at Vanguard Lounge, 4-7 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Artisan Hotel’s Artisan Afterhours and 3-6 a.m. Sept.17 at Savile Row. Spacebyrdz.com.