The Wynn nightclubs have had something like 80 percent of the world’s DJ population on lockdown through 2012, leading to such widespread, unforeseen changes in the nightlife ecosystem as overgrazing, soil erosion and remix depletion.
Now, according to published reports, Calvin Harris and Deadmau5 may be chafing under their exclusive residencies and looking to move onto greener, less-tied-down pastures. (Which are also subject to overgrazing. Step up your habitat-conservation game, DJs.) An unnamed “club insider” tells the New York Post’s “Page Six” that some jocks are angling to get out of their contracts so they wouldn’t have to be exclusive to any one Las Vegas venue. And waiting with open arms and turntables is, apparently, Angel Management Group’s Hakkasan, which is scheduled to open at MGM Grand in the spring.
If it’s true, it might, in theory, spell the beginning of the end for the big-time club resident DJ. If an increasing number of the top names start spinning up and down the Strip for the highest bidder, it could lead to a free-for-all. Considering a guy like Tiësto already averages $250,000 a night, that’s not unimpressive.
It makes sense, too, for the top names in the game to drive up prices while the demand is still there. It’s just that it’s a bit of a gamble—if the EDM bubble bursts suddenly, like if, say, Psy ushers in a wave of K-Pop mania or something—these guys could find themselves wishing they had a guaranteed payday.
On the one hand, it doesn’t seem like that could happen within the next year or anything. On the other hand, we just saw a Steve Angello baseball cap for sale at a local Walmart.
So, EDM is still cool, right?