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Revisited: My week that was in music

20 Feb

Wow, wow, wow what a week of live music last week was.  It was intense, fun, full of surprises and I got to see a few of my favorite bands/musicians.

Monday, Feb 13 – AG Jeans party at Marquee Nightclub with Foster The People.  Having seen these guys six times previous in the last calendar year, I still don’t’ miss the chance to catch them live.  With a powerhouse sound system and coming off their GRAMMY performance the evening before, it was a solid show and they added “Warrant” to the setlist after nixing it during their October gig at the Cosmo.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Out to support the buddies at CRSVR Las Vegas for a DJ Vice x Jason Markk shoe cleaning kit release party.  The one and only DJ Fashen was on the decks as Vice played host for the evening.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 – As part of the Sports Illustrated Beauty & Beats Music Festival at The Cosmopolitan I was all giddy to finally see Delta Spirit live!  Fantastic 90 minute set that culminated with a real life Animal House moment when lead singer, Matthew Vasquez jumped into the crowd and got everyone low before getting “a little bit louder now” and everyone jumping to their feet and Vasquez climbing on the bar to finish out the show.

Thursday, Feb. 16 – A continuation of the Beauty & Beats Music Festival this night with White Denim, a band I have been digging for some time and WOW can they jam! Can’t wait to see these guys at Bonnaroo.  Following it was upstairs to catch the Black Lips before heading to PURE Nightclub for the final Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue soiree of the week where Bruno Mars took the stage and for 30 minutes with his band, played a mash-up melody of hits both old and new before finishing with two of his own songs.

Friday, Feb. 17 – Glam rock at its finest as The Darkness hot on their comeback trail rocked the House of Blues and reignited my love of this band.  Justin Hawkins, my hat off to you.

Sunday, Feb. 19 – Look for my review in the upcoming issue of Vegas SEVEN, Lenny Kravitz show where not only did he serenade Muhammad Ali for his 70th birthday but he was joined by Quincy Jones as well as Slash and Joe Perry.  Terrance Howard also made a brief appearance leading the crowd in a ‘Lenny’ chant during the encore break.

Phew, I’m exhausted just from writing this.  Just another week in Vegas…..

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Revisited: Coachella 2011 via @IMWITHTHEDEEJAY

22 Apr

It’s a great day as a good friend of mine and fellow music lover, Angela (@IMWITHTHEDEEJAY), becomes the first guest blogger on Do You Hear The Music and shares her first Coachella experience in words and video.  Angela has one of the coolest blogs I’ve come across and always has fun, interesting and inspiring posts as well as the latest and greatest from DJ Vice.  Check out the below and then visit her blog and follow her on Twitter.

Coachella 2011.

I’m no stranger to packed crowds, pounding beats and rhythmic drum patterns and quite candidly house music, nightlife and large crowds make me feel at home; so much so it’s why I started my blog, rightfully titled: IMWITHTHEDEEJAY.  No further explanation needed.

Going to Coachella for the first time alongside DJ VICE proved to me that this festival truly has something for everyone. I was quite surprised just how many DJ sets were scheduled during the weekend line-up and thus spent a lot of time checking them out.

What impressed me the most about Coachella was the variety of music ranging from indie, house and dub step to R&B and hip-hop.  I learned about some new artists, such as Leftfield, while also appreciating artists I was already familiar with even more after hearing their songs live combined with their stage presence (Chromeo, The Strokes, Cut Copy).

Here is a short video I put together to share some of the highlights on my experience and exactly why I plan to go back every year.  Enjoy.

My Best and Worst of Coachella 2011

best surprise moment : Usher & Paul McCartney on stage during AfroJack’s house set

worst moment : the moment I felt the urge to pee & knew I was going to hold it ALL night! Yuck on portable bathrooms.

best performance to dance to : Cut Copy & Chromeo

best performance to jump for : AfroJack

best performance overall : Kanye West

best songs: “Original” Leftfield, “Needy Girl” Chromeo, Swedish House Mafia “Save the World”

most overused house song : “Awooga” Calvin Harris

most disappointing performance : Tinie Tempah

best fashion piece I saw : crochet white fringe vest with white glowsticks tied to each piece.

worst fashion: going barefoot

best overall: the great choice in music – you can’t even manage to hear everyone you would like to because there are so many stages & performances.

worst overall: DUST = allergies, scratchy eyes, watery nose and a layer of film all over you.

Don’t bring next year: Any “professional” DSLR camera – they won’t let you in with it.

Pack next year : bandana & anything glow in the dark!

Get Your @DJVice Rock The Rabbit T-Shirt

15 Apr

Check it out, this is really cool and supports a great cause.  Our friend and not to mention an incredible talent, DJ Vice has a DJ Vice – Rock The Rabbit T-shirt available for pre-sale right now at playboy.com.  Not only will you get yourself a wicked cool limited edition t-shirt but a portion of the proceeds will benefit Music Unites, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding sustainable music education programs in underserved communities. Order your shirt now!

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas: CRSVR LV

13 Dec

This is an exciting week but especially special for my friends Eric Aguirre aka DJ Vice and Nick Sakai as they get set to open their second CRSVR Sneaker Boutique inside the brand new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Wednesday evening.  A huge congrats as they open their doors and start outfitting you with brands like Nike and Supra for your feet and threads from The Hundreds and Five Four Clothing, just to name a few.

While the fellas are hard at work getting the store together in time for opening, check out some of the photos Vice just sent along.  We’ll have more to share after Wednesday.

Oh yeah, CRSVR LV also has a DJ booth so you know Vice and Co. are going to be throwing it down at all random times of the day and night.  As we say, L’Chaim!

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The Vegas Years – Part 1

2 Aug

It’s been almost six years of living in Las Vegas and I don’t even know where to begin with the musical moments I’ve had a chance to enjoy while living in Sin City.  My hope is that I have included a good amount of them below but given that my memory has slipped a bit since living here, I’m sure there will be plenty of “The Vegas Years” posts as I recall parties, concerts, performances, red carpets and the likes of.

In the clubs, performances lent themselves to be everything from one song to a couple hours depending on the musician and where the night was going.  I’ve worked and seen everyone from The Killers at PURE and Jay-Z at TAO to the Black Crowes at Studio 54 and New Kids on the Block at LAX (this might have been the most insane crowd I’ve ever seen at a club).   Dare I even say we had an event at PURE for Paris Hilton’s CD release party and at LAX Heidi Montag debuted her first single during her 21st birthday but I was also part of far better events that included Christina Aguilera, Diddy, Ludacris, Britney Spears, Usher, Ne-Yo, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Gavin Rossdale, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Lil’ Jon, LMFAO, Big Boi, Flo Rida, Korn, Switchfoot, Fat Joe, R. Kelly, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Timbaland, Panic! At the Disco, Puddle of Mudd, Busta Rhymes, Fall Out Boy, Dave Navarro, Wyclef Jean, Travis Barker, Fabolous, Too Short, Korn, 30 Seconds to Mars, Vanilla Ice (was hysterical), The Game, Rick Ross, Juliette Lewis and The Licks, Kid Cudi and Asher Roth, John Legend, Coolio, Doug E. Fresh, Ray J, DMX, The Sugar Hill Gang, Naughty by Nature, Crazy Town and of course the Pussycat Dolls (since we had their lounge at PURE).  The list goes on and on but so many memories and what an unbelievable feeling to look back on.

I was also spoiled with the best DJs in the world on a nightly basis.  When DJ AM signed a residency with PURE it was like musical euphoria when he was spinning and for a few years you couldn’t ask for anything better until LAX opened at it became unfathomable to be able to listen to DJ AM and DJ Vice on a weekly basis.  Two people who I consider the best club DJs and can make a party rock but more importantly, genuine human beings.

Add in that Vegas is a mecca for international renowned DJs and so it became a regular occurrence to bounce around from club to club and pool to pool to hear the very best (and still happens J); from Oakenfold to Paul Van Dyk and Ferry Corsten to Erick Morillo, Tiesto, Steve Angello, Robbie Rivera, Carl Cox, Donald Glaude, Chris Cox, Laidback Luke, Deep Dish, Roger Sanchez, Fedde Le Grand, Sander Kleinenberg, Deadmau5, Kaskade, John Creamer & Stephane K, Dave Aude, Ivano Bellini, Oscar G, Bob Sinclar, Markus Schulz, Victor Calderone, Afrojack, Chuckie, Nathan Scott & Tony Arzadon and so on it is truly incredible the music that descended upon the desert of Las Vegas.  Spoiled is an understatement.

As I mentioned, one benefit of working with nightclubs was the fact that I had the opportunity to not only facilitate many of these events but being a music lover, see many acts that I wouldn’t have in concert.  Here are some of my favorite nights of music in Vegas clubland.

1)      DJ AM and Travis Barker first time at LAX Nightclub: The way LAX was built and with the stage setup in the middle of the dance floor it felt like you were in the round as a packed house of partiers were witness to 45 minutes of intense DJ/Drumming to old school and current tunes.  You could see the genuine fun AM and Travis were having and while I had seen this collaboration before at PURE, there was something magical about the performance at LAX.

2)      The Killers at PURE Nightclub:  We had this thing called the Summer Surprise Series with different music acts popping up on Industry Tuesday nights and really the cat was let out of the bag days in advance but to kick off the 2008 series, this performance was kept pretty much under wraps until about the day of (which is an eternity in Vegas and quite frankly shocking when you consider the nature of people to keep it quiet).  With a packed house on hand, The Killers took a break from recording their album down the road at the Palms and delivered a two song performance, their first in a nightclub and very fitting as they are Vegas boys. A club version of Mr. Brightside and a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” were the tracks of choice for the evening.

3)      When we opened LAX Nightclub, Bob Sinclar was one of the hottest house music DJs in the world and we had him spin and Gary Pine who is the vocals on many Sinclar tracks (World Hold On, Love Generation) on-hand to sing to track.  At LAX the DJ booth has a loft above for live performances and sure enough you had Sinclar spinning with Gary Pine above belting out the vocals – truly a crazy fun night of work.

4)      2007 MTV Video Music Awards Weekend was probably one of the craziest times to work in a nightclub in Vegas.  Coming off of a week straight of MAGIC parties and then the grand opening weekend of LAX Nightclub with Britney Spears, MTV Video Music Awards made it 14 straight days of parties let alone having four nightclubs to look after (luckily I had a great team working with me).  With LAX brand new, the first night was hosted by Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship and on a personal note that night ruled because Mark Ronson made an appearance and I think he is one of the most gifted musicians in the world.  The second night Christina Aguilera hosted a big bash (it was the event where Paris Hilton outted her pregnancy) and the third night at LAX was hosted by Diddy and DJ AM which was complete insanity after Diddy announced on-air at the Awards his after party at the club.  I practically lived at Luxor that weekend and bounced over to PURE at Caesars Palace where Diddy hosted an event one night and Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls hosted the next.