Vegas Seven

Nightlife Profiles

  • With the DJ

    Kickin’ It With Laidback Luke

    By Kat Boehrer

    Born Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, Luke navigated the world of underground raves throughout the 1990s, and modified his sound by the early 2000s to rise to fame during the EDM explosion only a handful of years ago.

  • With the DJ

    Nicky Romero Has Nothing ‘Toulouse’

    By Kat Boehrer

    Romero took a few moments to reflect on his early days as a Las Vegas headliner, the story behind his newest project and his meaningful tattoos.

  • Seven Questions

    Seven Questions for Wolfgang Gartner

    By Sam Glaser

    Six years after releasing his first single, Wolfgang Gartner is at once a house-music veteran, one of its freshest innovators and one of its most outspoken critics. The Grammy-nominated American producer with eight Beatport Top 10s now shuns the chart’s redundancy. The DJ commonly credited with helping to create the “complextro” genre now rejects the pigeonholing of genres. The prolific festival headliner also denounces the prevailing monotony in his peers’ festival sets. Good thing Gartner, who returns to town January 4 to spin at XS, is a change catalyst who leads the industry by example.

  • Nightlife Profile

    So Call Me Labbe

    By Sarah Gianetto

    January 19 saw the debut of Pauly D’s 2013 Las Vegas residency, taking over Haze once a month with Turnt Up. On the heels of appearances on The Pauly D Project, Las Vegas party-maker Ryan Labbe takes care of business (that business being partying) with partner Jason “J-Roc” Craig for this Light Group endeavor. We got the fast-talking East Coaster to talk about being more relevant than your average reality-show personality, the Turnt Up transformation of Haze and his stage fright. Check out the next installments of Turnt Up with Pauly D at Haze Nightclub on March 23.

  • Profile

    Las Vegas Prepares to See the Light

    By Deanna Rilling

    Stepping into what will soon be Light, one finds a nightclub transformed—and not just the architectural aesthetics of the gutted former Rumjungle space. Here, the vibrancy of partner Cirque du Soleil will fill the space with a party set to the soundtrack of the Light Group’s top electronic-music talent.

  • Nightlife Profile

    Body Talk

    By Deanna Rilling

    And they said us “kandi kids” wouldn’t amount to anything. Add 21-year-old Saturn Reyes (yes, that’s really her name) to the list of partiers turned successful nightlife industry professionals thanks to her company, Body Talk GoGos. “I started being a little raver when I was about 13 or 14, which is kind of bad I guess. But back then I was looking for a bit of a getaway, because I was in honors classes and had so much on my plate when it came to school and work,” Reyes says. “Dance music has always been something that I’ve really enjoyed.”

  • Nightlife Profile

    Diagnose the Dance Floor

    By Deanna Rilling

    Having booked such top talent as the world’s No. 1 DJ Armin van Buuren and America’s Best DJ two years running with Kaskade and Markus Schulz, Sol Shafer has an ear for the best. Hailing from Montreal, with a lengthy résumé that includes Godskitchen, After Hour Power at Avalon Hollywood and Perfecto at Rain, Shafer is the director of special operations and music for Marquee, Tao and Lavo nightclubs in addition to working with Insomniac Events. Even after more than a decade in the industry, Shafer still gets that spark in his eye when the topic turns to electronic music and events.

  • Nightlife Profile

    What SHe Said …

    By Deanna Rilling

    If it was ever a question whether Las Vegas caters to women, let the speculation be officially put to rest with the announcement of SHe, the newest dining and nightlife destination at Crystals in CityCenter and one dedicated to, named for and all about the ladies.

  • Nightlife Profile

    Think Like a Boss

    By David Morris

    With the busy summer season upon us, we figured it wise to catch up with Jason Strauss. Here, the Las Vegas face of the Tao Group gives us his take on everything from late arrivals and dressing in drag to the hidden values among Marquee’s VIP tables. (Bet we got your attention with that!) It’s 1 a.m., and Kaskade is about to go on. Can I still get in, or am I screwed? If you have not bought a ticket and are not joining a table, it is first-come first-served unless you are on a VIP list from the owners or artists. There is not an option to pay more.

  • Nightlife Profile

    Right on Queue

    By David Morris

    You’ve made it past the velvet rope, the club is packed and it’s time to start the night. Now what? Vegas Seven checked in with nightlife czar and co-owner/managing partner of XS and Tryst nightclubs, Jesse Waits, to get his candid take on everything you need to know about navigating a Las Vegas party. We recommend paying heed to his do’s, don’ts and other insights. First things first: How should guys go about picking up girls in a club setting?

  • Nightlife Profile

    The Revolutionary

    Foremost among the people the Las Vegas LGBT community has to thank for the proliferation of gay parties on the Strip is Eduardo Cordova. But before his great Las Vegas adventure began, the self-professed “nerd at heart” graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in engineering management. The passionate promoter has diligently worked his way up from his start at an up-and-coming liquor company to launch Localites Media and later created the first LGBT events in the Strip’s mainstream clubs.

  • Nightlife Profile

    The Heavy Hitter

    It takes balls to prance around a nightclub in a Playboy Bunny costume just to get a few laughs during a night of partying at the Palms on Halloween. Especially when that’s not in your job description. However extracurricular, dressing up and poking fun at himself might as well be part of the gig for Jason Craig, as long as it means that people are having a good time. To most, he’s JRoc, a nickname well known in Sin City, belonging to the “golden boy” of Las Vegas nightlife. His actual day job: He’s the guy that throws the party, lassos in the lasses and gets the party started.

  • DJ Profile

    Hanging on Her Every Word

    By Deanna Rilling

    Countless DJ interviews on the ’net cover the basics. But have you ever wanted to get inside the mind of a DJ with interviews conducted by another DJ? Bree Cohen—also known on the scene as DJ88, with residencies including Insert Coin(s), Hyde and Marquee—is using her new online interview series to dig deep. And now that she’s talked to some of her favorites about the ins and outs of the biz, “Hang the DJ” is becoming the life of the party. How did your Hang the DJ blog come about?

  • DJ Profile

    Measure of a Man

    No rookie to electronic music, DJ Worthy fell in love with the deep bass sound in the ’90s during the early rave scene while growing up in Washington, D.C. Absorbed in the East Coast music culture, he went from playing drums, bass and guitar in punk-rock bands to become a DJ of genres ranging from hip-hop to techno before finally finding a home in deep house. Now happily settled as a member of San Francisco’s Dirty Bird label, the groove-giving producer makes his Las Vegas debut at the Revolution Lounge in The Mirage on Jan. 21.

  • East Meets West

    The Golden State’s Gold Standard

    By Cate Weeks

    Every time a high-end club or restaurant opens in Las Vegas, media releases tout the maker’s unique attention to detail, the unparalleled brand experience and all that. The litany of adjectives tends to lack authenticity, even when the descriptions lack exaggeration.

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