Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio is a pop-culture icon, made famous by MTV’s hit reality series, Jersey Shore. His next big television venture, The Pauly D Project, chronicled the beginnings of his celebrity DJ career in Las Vegas. Now a Vegas nightlife vet, DelVecchio has some insight to share from the world of big-time nightclubs and pool parties. Fist pump with the man himself when he plays Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel on July 12 and September 5.
What are some of your favorite songs to play right now?
Right now DJ Snake is killin’ it. I’m lovin’ this song he did with Major Lazer, “Lean On.” That’s definitely one I can’t go a night without playing. I did a song called “No Tomorrow”; I produced it, and it’s actually my voice in the song. It’s super-high energy; in Vegas, anything with high energy gets the crowd going. For a third, I would have to say, “You Know You Like It.” It’s an Aluna George [and DJ Snake] song.
What do you listen to the rest of the time?
When I’m not working, I like a lot of hip-hop. A lot of trap music now, too. I listen to hip-hop in the gym. Like the new Drake album [If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late]. I have it on repeat.
When you have time off, do you ever hit any Las Vegas nightclubs?
I usually work on the weekends. The nights that I have off are usually during the week. It’s perfect, because my favorite DJs spin in Vegas: Diplo and Skrillex. They’ll play at XS on Mondays. I always check them out.
What’s your drink of choice when you’re out at the club?
I pregame at my house with Remix; that’s [my brand of pre-mixed cocktails]. Then at the club, some vodka and water’s pretty’s good. Because it’s summertime, so you gotta stay ripped up for the pool.
Are you more of a bottle-service kind of guy, or do you like to be out on the dance floor?
I like bottle service, because I can vibe with my friends and have a good time, drink some Champagne with them.
I know you put out a few singles and you’ve mentioned an album. What else do you have coming up?
I still want to continue—obviously—killin’ the nightclubs every single weekend. DJing all over the world is truly what I love to do. And Vegas is definitely one of my favorite places to DJ. I’m not just saying that ’cause I like your magazine. I want to continue droppin’ singles every now and then. I like to surprise people with them. Behind the scenes, I’m workin’ on songs and stuff like that. I just like to drop them as they come. Then, once I have enough, I’ll come out with an album.
What’s your timeline for that?
I actually don’t have a timeline. I like to go with the flow. I like the element of surprise and just hit ‘em with it.
Any future plans to go back on TV?
I definitely want to go back on television. There are some things in the works. You’ll be seeing me on TV pretty soon. I just can’t discuss what it is yet. We have to do a big release. Maybe we’ll do another one of these interviews when I’m able to talk about it.
Which do you prefer more: performing live DJ sets or being on TV?
DJing live. It’s my favorite thing to do. I’ve been DJing since I was like 14 years old in Rhode Island. I loved it just as much then as I do now. It’s a dream for me to be out here in Las Vegas, to see my face on billboards. It’s still surreal to me. I pass the billboards and take photos of them.