Hakkasan DJs Dish on Electric Daisy Carnival Week

On their first time playing at EDC Las Vegas …

“It was a surreal experience that I’ll never forget. It’s up there in [my] all-time favorite [shows], next to [when] I played on the Great Wall of China.” –Afrojack (June 16, EDC; June 18, 11 a.m., $20–$30, Wet Republic at MGM Grand, wetrepublic.com)

“I was opening the main stage. [Due to] some trouble at the gates, I was playing for a very small crowd for the first 20 minutes of my set, which felt really weird because the area is huge. Halfway through, I saw people running toward the stage to catch the last part, which was really cool.” –Oliver Heldens (June 15, 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, Jewel Nightclub inside Aria, jewelnightclub.com; June 17, 11 a.m., $20–$30, Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria; liquidpoollv.com; June 17, EDC)


On what changes in their sets from the festival to club shows …

“I would imagine most residents who play regularly in Las Vegas look forward to EDC Week, because it allows us to go a bit off the beaten path. … My set at Jewel on Wednesday will definitely be a lot more directed toward the EDC crowd, while still bringing in all the party favorites that make playing Vegas club shows so fun.” –Jauz (June 14, 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, Jewel Nightclub inside Aria, jewelnightclub.com; June 16, EDC; July 6, 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, Hakkasan Las Vegas inside MGM Grand, hakkasanlv.com)

“Club shows are more intimate and I play [music that is] a bit more commercial to cater to the crowd. My sets at festivals are the complete Oliver Heldens experience.” –Heldens

“In the club, usually, I will play the club type [of] music that fans love to hear and sing to—[tracks with] more melodic parts. At the Speedway, I will play more for the hardcore music fans … This crowd wants something new [and] they are paying attention to the music. I like to deliver something special.” –Afrojack


On what the oft-cited dance-music acronym/mantra PLUR (peace, love, unity and respect) means to them …

“[It] doesn’t matter who you are and where you come from, we’re all here to enjoy music and share the experience together!” –Afrojack

“A moral code that we all agree to when entering the community of electronic music. It’s pretty simple: don’t be a dick. Help someone out if you see they need it. Don’t judge anyone, and they won’t judge you. Electronic music is so beautiful because it really does draw people from all walks of life, regardless of the color of [their] skin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation [or] beliefs.” –Jauz

“Dance music is built on passion and unity, and PLUR summarizes that in just four letters.” –Hardwell (June 14, 10:30 p.m., $30–$50, Hakkasan Las Vegas inside MGM Grand, hakkasanlv.com; June 16, EDC; June 24, 10:30 p.m., $20–$30, Omnia Nightclub inside Caesars Palace, omnianightclub.com)

Oliver Heldens

On catching other artists’ sets during EDC Week …

“I love meeting up with my DJ buddies when I’m [in town] for EDC Week. It’s a prime opportunity to check out what theyíre playing, but also just to catch up. Touring life means you often see people for a few short moments. During weeks like EDC, you get a better chance to hang out and see different DJs play.”–Hardwell

On whether or not they’ll debut new music during EDC Week …

“‘I’ve got a couple of new records right now, which I’m currently working on completing. It’s a great chance to premiere new material, so it is highly likely.”–Hardwell

“I’ve been working really hard on putting together a super special set for EDC this year, most importantly because I’m focusing on trying to play as much original content in the 60 minutes that I have than any other show I’ve ever played. EDC is a great moment to really make a statement and that’s exactly what I plan on doing.” –Jauz