Tryst Nightclub is set to close its doors on November 7 after a decade of crazy parties, graced by countless DJs and celebrities, and with millions of gallons of water having been pumped through the club’s iconic waterfall. Resident DJ, producer and nightlife figure Dave Fogg has been along for the ride ever since the club opened.
What was opening night like?
I can barely remember! It was New Year’s Eve, and it was huge because it was the first nightclub in Wynn, and its first foray into the nightlife world [aside from its earlier incarnation, La Bete]. [On opening night] there were no superstar DJs. It was your normal Las Vegas New Year’s Eve crowd with myself, Justin [Hoffman] and maybe a few other guys manning the decks.
Do you prefer working on the ground or behind the scenes?
As a resident DJ, I’m onstage in front of thousands of people every week. What I do up there is for everybody, but I’ve always enjoyed working behind the scenes. Before Wynn, I worked as the music director for the Palms, and that was a great experience. I continue to work behind the scenes now, but not so much at the club—I work with some of our artists in Vegas. A bunch of them live here now, and it’s cool to see how they’ve all evolved through the years.
Who in particular have you enjoyed working with?
Diplo and Skrillex are definitely my favorites. I’ve got a neat history with Diplo; I helped him establish his first residency in town at the Palms when I was the music director there. He later ended up going to the Wynn as I did! (Laughs.) Now we’re both over there, and our friendship has continued.
What is your favorite Tryst moment?
Halloween, as an event, is really great every year. I know that’s not a ‘moment,’ but each one has been so awesome. We really used to go all out for Halloween, whether it was in contests, prizes, everything else … We had Beacher’s [Madhouse] one or two times, and it was really fun. Tryst was probably the first club to turn Halloween into an entire weekend by booking events. In fact, I don’t remember a time before Tryst when Halloween was celebrated for an entire week! The scope of the events and parties was huge.
What has been the biggest change in Tryst over the years?
The main change was in the bookings in talent. The EDM boom changed everything, including the whole layout of the place—so much so that they built a stage to bring everybody’s focus to the DJ. Before, the DJs were in the back—not in plain view. The stage makes the waterfall a cool backdrop, but design-wise, it’s stayed true to Victor [Drai’s vision].
What can we expect from Tryst’s closing weekend?
I’m DJing the very last weekend, which is cool because I helped open it and now I’m closing it. I’m honored to do it as a headliner. I’ve had a lot of memorable experiences at Tryst, and I’m sure others have as well. It’s important to keep memories of places like this. It may not mean much to somebody [else], but for the regulars and people who work at the club, the memories will transcend time and space, so to speak. Ten years is usually the time when something’s gonna get renovated, or just torn down altogether in Las Vegas, so it’s important to cherish things while they’re here because they’re a part of history.
What’s next for the space? Care to spill the beans on the new concept?
I actually have no idea! I’ve heard things tossed out there about a restaurant/nightlife combo, but that’s just what I’ve read. The only thing I know is that it’s closing. (Laughs.) They’re keeping it under wraps. Either way, it’s exciting.
What’s next for you?
I’m just going to continue DJing. These days, it’s rare to be doing something that you love as a job, and I don’t have any plans other than to continue what I love doing.