Pasquale Rotella’s Industry Awards

Illustration by Yann Legendre

Illustration by Yann Legendre

Insomniac’s founder and CEO made the Billboard Power 100 this year—sort of the Forbes 100 of the nightlife scene. And he belongs there. Rotella, 39, is the creative visionary behind the world’s largest electronic dance music and arts experience in the world, producing an average of 12 large-scale festivals each year—including Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas—and hundreds of club shows. All in all, he entertains nearly a million people annually.

Singularity and Hardwell

RISING STAR DJ AWARD (TIE)
“Singularity won our EDC 2012 Discovery Project, and he is so talented. I am so proud to have had anything to do with introducing him to the dance community, and I love watching as his career takes off. And in terms of whom I think will take over the world, it’s really exciting to see Hardwell on the brink of exploding into mainstream music as Calvin Harris and Avicii did.”

Marquee Nightclub

BEST VIP EXPERIENCE
“The operators at Marquee have some kind of fairy dust that makes you feel like royalty, but I know how hard they work to ensure that everyone who walks in has an incredible experience—VIP or not. Marquee also has the best sound system. It sounds good in there. Damn good.”

Jason Strauss, co-owner of Marquee, Tao and Lavo

LAS VEGAS’ TOP NIGHTLIFE MOGUL
“Jason is the trifecta we all aspire to be: a wonderful host, a people person and a good businessman. And not bad looking at all.”

Light Nightclub

BEST PRODUCTION VALUE
“The collaboration between Light and the visionary team behind Cirque du Soleil is a real turning point for the future of high-end clubs here. It is like a true fantasyland with state-of-the-art visual design, lighting, sound and incredible performers. Hopefully after this I can actually get a table there.”

The Laundry Room

BEST PLACE TO DISAPPEAR
“Exclusive, hard to find and low key, with great drinks. It’s my personal rabbit hole.”

Twerking

TREND THAT’S GOTTA GO
“Drop it like it’s hot, do the humpty-hump, Macarena … Do anything else, but please stop #twerking.”

The Peppermill

BEST AFTER-HOURS BITE
“This place has great food with an expansive menu that ensures you’re covered no matter what your late-night cravings are. Plus, the people watching there is incredible. And before you go out, you’ll find great food at Lavo. I will eat every delectable bean and pea on my plate just to get to those fried Oreos. They are to die for!”

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