As 2013 comes to a close and Vegas visitors get ready for the biggest party of the year, we thought we’d check in with several DJs who are regulars in Sin City to see what their favorite songs were to play.
The following six (see below) will be spinning here during New Year’s Eve celebrations, and they are all part of the illustrious lineup at Skam Artist Inc.
“Vegas is a very important market because financially it is our biggest customer. We’ve invested a ton in Vegas since back when it only had a couple clubs to the nightlife monster it has now become,” said Sujit Kundu, CEO of Skam Artist Inc. “The diversity of the customer that comes in every week also allows DJs to meet clients from around the world and to see a new crowd every night.”
From the opening of nightclubs like Hakkasan at MGM Grand and Light at Mandalay Bay to electronic dance music events like the annual Electric Daisy Carnival, there hasn’t been a dull moment in Vegas in 2013. In fact, the city’s club goers are so savvy they’ve seen everything. Kundu admitted this can be a challenge and definitely keeps his DJs on their toes. He also made a few predictions for what 2014 may bring.
“I see electronic music continuing to grow, but at a slower pace – not the huge surge it has had in the past few years. I also see clubs going back to playing more of a balance of music including all genres: hip-hop, dance, Top 40 and beyond,” said Kundu. “Trap music has become very big and seems to be growing at a very fast pace. Music always goes in cycles, so it will be interesting to see what trend is next, but it looks like open format, hip-hop and trap are getting ready to make a run.”
Additionally, Kundu shared some tips for partiers who are coming to Sin City to usher in 2014.
“My advice is to try and keep all your activities in one hotel. If there is a club or party you want to go to, try and have dinner in that hotel and stay in that hotel also,” he said. “This will ensure that you don’t spend hours trying to get from one venue to the next and risk not being at the ideal place when the clock strikes 12!”
Long after the celebrating is over, you can relive the last 12 months of clubbing in Vegas by creating a playlist filled with the favorite tracks of DJ Gusto, DJ Vice, Chris Garcia, Big Ben, Ross One and DJ Irie. Here they tell us their top two selections of 2013!
Born in San Francisco, Gustavo Mejia (aka Gusto) now resides in Vegas. He’s the man behind the hit mashup compilation “Ape Blends.” In addition to being respected in the music industry, DJ Gusto is an avid collector of sneakers. He’ll bring his hybrid deejay style to three parties next week – appearing on Dec. 30 in Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace and on Dec. 31 as part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations at both LAX in Luxor and Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club.
Favorite tracks to play in 2013: TJR’s “What Up Suckaz” (original mix) and “Blood on the Leaves” by Kanye West
A Southern California native, DJ Vice first got behind the turntables at the age of 12. Now he’s a veteran with nearly 20 years under his belt. A multigenre deejay, he’s traveled around the world but currently resides in Vegas. He’ll be spinning here on Dec. 30 at Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan and on Dec. 31 in Lavo at The Palazzo.
Favorite tracks to play in 2013: “World Is Our Playground” featuring Mike Taylor and “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities
French-born Garcia came to the U.S. in 2004 and has worked gigs in major cities like L.A., Miami, Chicago and Vegas. In 2008 he unveiled his first album, “In de Guetto” (featuring a hit single by the same name with Carlos Campos), and has been busy in the studio ever since. This year Garcia released a couple of new underground remixes on Bob Sinclar’s Africanism label. From Dec. 27 – 30, he’ll be at Drai’s After Hours in Bally’s kicking up the energy for the late-night party crowd.
Favorite tracks to play in 2013: “Together Forever” by Erik Hagleton (the Chris Garcia and Erik Hagleton remix) and “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris (the Chris Garcia and Bootleg Man remix)
Raised in Brooklyn, Ben began to become “big” on the New York City club circuit at the age of 19. He was mentored by mix master Kid Capri and had been enlisted as the opening DJ for the Backstreet Boys and O-Town. Known for his eclectic style, Big Ben will take control of the Eyecandy Sound Lounge & Bar at Mandalay Bay on Dec. 31.
Favorite tracks to play in 2013: “Pop That” by French Montana and “Wake Me Up” by Avicii
Also known as DJ Floss Monet, DJ Boss Fun and DJ Sauce Wallets, Ross One has been deejaying for more than 13 years. Born in Cincinnati, he’s spun alongside Kanye West and played events for prestigious clients like Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret and “Maxim” magazine. Ross One will be appear on Dec. 31 at the Ling Ling Club inside Hakkasan at MGM Grand.
Favorite tracks to play in 2013: “Type of Way” by Rich Homie Quan and “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus
Born in St. Croix of the Virgin Islands and raised in Miami, DJ Irie has spun for celebrities (including a private birthday bash for Robert Downey Jr.) and is the official DJ of the Miami Heat professional basketball team. Nicknamed “The Mayor of Miami,” the music maven will be on the decks at the Ling Ling Club inside Hakkasan at MGM Grand on Dec. 30.
Favorite tracks to play in 2013: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I.