Ryan Perrings never envisioned a career in nightlife when the New Mexico native decamped to Las Vegas after high school to study family law. “At the time I wanted to live in an international city, and I knew it had to be Las Vegas or New York, but something just drew me [here],” Perrings says. Once bitten by the hospitality and entertainment bug, the UNLV student quickly changed his career trajectory. Today, Perrings is one of XS’ top lieutenants. Since that club arrived on the scene nearly six years ago, Perrings has risen through the ranks, growing from VIP host into one of the club’s artist relations specialists and ultimately into his current role as an entertainment and programming manager. We caught up with Perrings to talk transition, his new role at XS and making artists happy in their homes away from home.
Executive titles mean different things to different nightclubs. What do you do?
I am responsible for event programming and bringing acts to XS. I book the talent, artists—meaning DJs, rarely performers—and coordinate events with our marketing team. I reach out to agents and management and initiate conversations to establish deal points. From there, we find a date that will work, come to an agreement, and I oversee the advancing of shows and take care of the artists once they get to town.
What do you mean by “advancing the show”?
I oversee flights, accommodations and that an artist’s rider is met both in the venue and in their room. I make sure that every aspect of their experience is taken care of from the moment they land.
What’s a typical night at XS like for you?
Every night is different. It’s all based on what the artist wants to do, but we always have someone greet them at the hotel and make sure that their check-in process is smooth. Certain artists will want to go to dinner, while others will just want to sleep. From dinner I walk them to the venue and get them to the stage. After the show, I take them out of the venue smoothly and get them back to their room.
What do riders usually entail?
Special meal requests and specific bottles of alcohol that they would like to be waiting for them in their room or at the club.
How many people are involved with this process?
It varies quite a bit. It could be as simple as just [me] and the agent, but sometimes it’s our managing partner Jesse [Waits], an agent, manager and even the label at times.
What’s your role in event production?
We always want to curate the best events in the market, which is a challenge, because you always have to be innovative. We try to tailor to our guests’ desires. [For example,] we built up our Mad Decent Monday party with Diplo, because it really resonated with locals. And its growth over the past couple of years has been amazing to watch.
Describe your transition from VIP host to artist relations manager.
They’re very similar positions. In both roles you’re looking out for people and making sure they have a good experience. With artists specifically, our goal is to always make them feel at home. They constantly tour the world, and Las Vegas may be the place they spend the second-most time outside of their home. That’s why it’s very important for us to ensure they have a great experience and feel comfortable while on property, and that they want to come back.
How do you make a road-weary DJ feel at home?
Familiar faces always help. We have a really strong team that has built personal relationships with the artists, and repetition helps. When our artists come to the Wynn, they have places they like to eat at and people they like to see.