With explosive bass drops and scorching beats, DJ Chuckie makes crowds go wild. Born Clyde Narain, the 38-year-old’s distinctive hip-hop and house style is infused with the Caribbean flavors of his current home, Aruba. As a Wynn resident, catch DJ Chuckie spinning April 8 at Surrender Nightclub.
What’s your history in Las Vegas?
The first time I came to Vegas was 2008. A friend of mine invited me to work with Jermaine Dupri—because he put out a bootleg of my track “Let the Bass Kick.” So I [said], “Yo, I gotta go to Vegas and finish that song.”
Then in 2010, I [was offered a] residency in Las Vegas. Ever since then, I’ve been coming back almost every week. It seems like me and Vegas have a great connection: It’s fun and the people appreciate the music.
It’s important to be in Vegas. I know a lot of acts complain, “In Vegas, I can’t be myself, I have to play so-and-so kind of music,” and [I say], “You know, it’s good to challenge yourself, right?”
Who influenced you early on?
When I started out I was a hip-hop DJ, and it was guys like Kenny Dope and Armand van Helden. They made me feel OK doing hip-hop and house music at the same time, because they had been doing it forever. If they can do it, I can do it.
How did you start producing?
I started producing records because I wanted to make something [that was] missing in my set. You try to bring a certain flavor that identifies you behind the decks. If you want to be different from the rest, you have to make your own music, so whenever I call the studio, I say, “I’m not trying to make these chart bangers; I’m just trying to make stuff that works on the dance floor for me.”
What’s your biggest challenge as a DJ?
My challenge is that, next to being a DJ, I’m also a dad. I have kids, I have a wife, and it’s really hard to combine. Because 80 percent of the time, I’m gone and on the road. Sometimes you’re on tour and you’re like, “Ah, I just want to be home.” I think that’s the biggest challenge.
What do you think of Wynn nightlife?
The first nightclub I walked into [at the resort] was XS. I remember back then [how small] the DJ booth was. Ten years later, they have a big DJ booth, and they have a crazy, crazy setup. Everything is on point.
What is your main goal when performing?
I’m not trying to display myself in my latest jewels, I’m just trying to put smiles on people’s faces, whatever song I have to pull out. I could play a Lady Gaga record if I have to. Or a Lady Antebellum record.
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April 8: Surrender Nightclub
May 3: Surrender Nightclub
June 3: Intrigue Nightclub