Vegas Seven

Deanna Rilling

  • With the DJ

    With MOTi’s Arrival, Tiësto Continues to Import Talent to Hakkasan

    By Deanna Rilling

    We really just should rename Hakkasan “Tiëstoland,” because he’s got a knack for bringing in the hottest rising EDM talent to support him (and even earn their own headlining spots). Add to that arsenal the 27-year-old Dutch DJ/producer MOTi (a.k.a. Timo Romme). Following a busy production plate that’s included work with Quintino, DVBBS and, yes, […]

  • Concerts

    Chevelle Played an Old-Fashioned, Kick-Ass Rock Show

    By Deanna Rilling

    In an audioscape infiltrated by electronic music and auto-tune, it’s rare to hear a band that delivers the quality of their albums during their live show. But the trio of Chevelle more than delivered.

  • With the DJ

    Spin Me a Track, Mr. Piano Man

    By Deanna Rilling

    Michael Woods—you may recall him as the British EDM/house DJ who put Justin Bieber in his place for demanding hip-hop during a set. And yes, we give him mad props for that (then throw some more props on top of that). But away from the booth and the spoiled pop stars, Woods sits down at […]

  • Concerts

    Kraftwerk Takes Us On a 3-D Journey

    By Deanna Rilling

    The show was a history lesson of sorts, complete with a few nods to Las Vegas. Imagery included throwback computers during “Computer Love” and “The Man-Machine,” vintage transportation footage in “Tour de France” and low-tech graphics (think the Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” video) on “Autobahn.”

  • With the DJ

    Tiësto Protégés Dzeko & Torres Kick-Start Their Careers

    By Deanna Rilling

    No, Julian Dzeko, 22, and Luis Torres, 25, are not Tiësto’s long-lost little brothers. Nor are they his love children. But they are getting a ton of legitimate support from the superstar as Dzeko & Torres, the latest DJs to grace the Hakkasan mega-billboard outside MGM Grand. The Canadian duo worked their way up in […]

  • With the DJ

    Brett Rubin Mixes Things Up in the Underground

    By Deanna Rilling

    The best dance floors are increasingly being found in less likely locales, such as in the middle of the high desert or poolside as the sun rises after the Electric Daisy Carnival. Brett Rubin throws those kinds of parties.

  • Nightlife

    Life Beyond Ladytron

    By Deanna Rilling

    Another guy from a band is about to moonlight as a DJ. But before you cringe, consider this: Sure, Reuben Wu may be part of the notable English electropop band Ladytron, but he was DJing long before that and has a classically trained ear. So stop scoffing.

  • Nightlife

    The Architect of Nickel Beer Night Reflects on Time on the Bleeding Edge

    By Deanna Rilling

    You know the kind of party that’s so much fun the cops appear? Or maybe the fire department came because too many people showed up to see girls getting ratchet for a trophy adorned in Olympic rings made from gold-hoop earrings? Or perhaps because the bass was shaking so hard? Joe Borusiewicz throws those. But […]

  • With the DJ

    Bounce Is the New Sound TJR Hopes Will Make You Move

    By Deanna Rilling

    Get out your Nightlife primers, students: There’s another genre to add to your EDM vocabulary. TJR (a.k.a. TJ Rozdilsky) may have pursued a professional golf management degree, but now he’s garnered producing credits with Pitbull and more recently with Flo Rida. But when it comes to his own tracks, it’s all about bounce.

  • With the DJ

    Joey Mazzola Puts the Fun Back in House Music

    By Deanna Rilling

    Joey is getting back to being Joey. That is, DJ/producer Joey Mazzola is stepping out from the booth and returning to his roots in the studio: making music.

  • With the DJ

    Nikki Phoenix Plays Beauty and the Beat

    By Deanna Rilling

    Before you jump to conclusions: Nikki Phoenix did not just hop onto the electronic-dance-music bandwagon because it’s popular. Quite the opposite. The actress from movies of the adult variety is an old-school raver with a passion for bass and beats.

  • Scene

    DJ Jason Lema Feels Magnetic Pull of Production

    By Deanna Rilling

    If you’re in Las Vegas, and you see a guy subconsciously karate chopping to the rhythm in the DJ booth, that’s probably Jason Lema. The local spinner holds it down multiple times a week at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, as well as at Create in Los Angeles.

  • Concerts

    Concert Review: Lana Del Rey

    By Deanna Rilling

    I was stoked to see the siren on her first tour stop. But it turns out she’s just not a good live performer: Her singing was so soft that audio issues plagued most songs.

  • Nightlife

    Wasted Youth: Light Resident Carl Kennedy on Tunes and Tattoos

    By Deanna Rilling

    The boy from Birmingham, England, brings the beats to Las Vegas clubbers—while still letting the music breathe. It isn’t all about the “hands in the air” in electronic music, but the journey to how you get there.

  • Nightlife

    Madame Filth Spreads the Gospel of Drum ‘N’ Bass

    By Deanna Rilling

    They say history repeats itself. But in this case, history has inspired a party that will be the first of its kind for the Las Vegas electronic-music scene. Long before there was dubstep and trap, there was drum ’n’ bass—where the beats were fast and the bass was heavy. And it was good. An international […]