Las Vegas’ club scene continues to explode with Light at Mandalay Bay and Hakkasan announcing they will both open in April. Light, a state-of-the-art nightclub operated by Cirque du Soleil and The Light Group, will present resident Nicky Romero, Clockwork and Andy Caldwell on April 26, followed by resident Axwell with Hook N Sling on April 27. The club says it has “confirmed partnerships” with world-renowned DJs including Skrillex, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, Baauer, Thomas Gold, A-Trak, Mat Zo, Otto Knows and many others.
Hakkasan, a five-level culinary/nightlife experience, will open its Las Vegas outpost on April 18 at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The club, which is sprawled out over 10,000 square feet on the fifth floor of a spectacular building, will also feature state-of-the-art design and technology , promising DJ talent including Tiësto, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Bambi, Bingo Players, Bob Sinclar, Dada Life, Danny Avila, Fergie (DJ), Hardwell, Laidback Luke, Michael Woods, NERVO, Quintino, R3HAB and Tommy Trash.
The influx of nightclubs in Sin City will no doubt be a boon to DJs given that both clubs are well financed. But will both clubs’ deep pockets lead to a bidding war for DJ talent? We’ll find out soon enough.
Amid Miami’s preparation for Ultra Music Festival/Winter Music Conference/Miami Music Week an interesting event happened yesterday: new dance-music radio station Evolution 93.5 Miami went on the air. Charged with the task of playing dance music 24/7, the station features a playlist featuring tracks by the likes of Skrillex, David Guetta and all the usual suspects. BBC Radio 1 DJ Peter Tong has been named the station’s ambassador DJ, and he will be at the helm two parties with guests on March 16 and 22 at The Surfcomber Hotel to mark the station’s birth.
Beginning March 25, Evolution 93.5 Miami will air his a four-hour long daily show All Gone Pete Tong featuring Pete’s Essential New Tune of the Week, as well as the hottest tracks from the global Top 100 chart on Beatport.
Obligatory press release gush from Alex Tear, vice president of programming and operations for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Miami: “It’s an exciting time in Miami when an entire radio station can dedicate All Things Dance programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week!” Miami is one of the hottest cities to experience dance music – and now that Evolution 93.5 Miami is here with EDM tastemaker Pete Tong, the party won’t stop.”
Obligatory press release gush from Pete Tong: “I’ve been coming to Miami for over fifteen years to DJ and attend March’s Winter Music Conference and Ultra Week. It’s one of the most important dates in the DJ year, and the City of Miami has always been a special and progressive market for dance music. To be launching the second Evolution terrestrial station in Miami in March is amazing, and a real highlight of my career. I can’t wait for us to begin broadcasting Evolution and All Gone Pete Tong to this special city on a daily basis.”
Fresh from his second year winning three Grammy awardsSkrillex has partnered with influential composer Cliff Martinez (Drive, Contagion, Solaris and Traffic) to score Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, a movie about four hedonistic girls (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) who go to the extreme trying to ensure they have the perfect spring break. Skrillex’s work on the film has been described as “electro house” and the soundtrack also features songs from Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Birdy Nam Nam, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, Ellie Goulding and more. The soundtrack is out digitally on Big Beat/Atlantic on March 12 and physically on March 19. Spring Breakers opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on March 15 and nationwide March 22.
1. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex
2. Rise And Shine Little B***h – Music by Cliff Martinez & Skrillex
3. Pretend It’s A Video Game – Cliff Martinez
4. With You, Friends (Long Drive) – Skrillex
5. Hangin’ With Da Dopeboys – Dangeruss with James Franco
6. Bikinis & Big Booties Y’all – Music by Cliff Martinez & Skrillex
7. Never Gonna Get This P***y – Cliff Martinez
8. Goin’ In (Skrillex Goin’ Down Remix) – Birdy Nam Nam
9. F**k This Industry – Waka Flocka Flame
10. Smell This Money (Original Mix) – Skrillex
11. Park Smoke – Skrillex
12. Young N****s – Gucci Mane (feat. Waka Flocka Flame)
13. Your Friends Ain’t Gonna Leave With You – Cliff Martinez
14. Ride Home – Skrillex
15. Big Bank – Meek Mill, Pill, Torch & Rick Ross (feat. French Montana)
16. Son Of Scary Monsters – Music by Cliff Martinez & Skrillex
17. Big ‘Ol Scardy Pants – Cliff Martinez
18. Scary Monsters on Strings – Music by Skrillex
19. Lights – Ellie Goulding
Last night Grammy nominees Skrillex, Diplo, Kaskade, Nero and Tommy Trash played a secret pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles at the AT&T Building. The bash featuring the cadre of respected DJs had a noble purpose: to raise awareness of DANCE (RED), Save Lives, the electronic music branch of Bono and Bobby Shriver’s RED charity that’s engaging businesses in the global fight against AIDS. It was an intimate evening to say the least: only 20 sets of four tickets to the private event were auctioned off via global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com. An auction featuring loads of memorabilia and the opportunity to meet artists from many genres ends tonight. If the auction is too rich for your blood (or you simply don’t fancy paying a few grand to hang out with Steven Tyler or Barry Manilow), then take the path of least resistance by purchasing the DANCE (RED), Save Lives Presented By Tiësto album.