Las Vegas is mostly known as the home of gambling, but it has a rich musical tradition, too. Aside from the fact that Elvis Presley had an 837-show streak at the International and Las Vegas Hilton from 1969 to 1976, the Western Hemisphere’s gambling capital has been the spawning ground for a number of well-regarded acts across all genres.
The Killers are one of the Vegas’ foremost exports and they share company with Panic! at the Disco, Ne-Yo and the internationally known go-to band for the soundtracks of film and video game trailers, Imagine Dragons (seriously, how did they manage to help advertiseMurder on the Orient Express?).
But more recently, the city has become host to a new wave of electronic music. The flagship version of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) festival has been held in Vegas for the past seven years, for example. And, while some huge names in the scene have residencies in Vegas, we want to take a slightly deeper dive and look at some of the less well-known names in electronic music.
It makes sense for DJs to want to go to Vegas, what with the party lifestyle. But megastar DJ Steve Aoki fits in well for another reason. He’s so enamoured with gambling that he even made his own casino game, Neon Dream. If you want to get a similar feel for them before heading out to Vegas, there is great gaming and sports betting online where you can treat yourself to promotions for first-time users. For Aoki, casinos are home turf.
Artem Stoliarov, or Arty as he is known behind the decks, hails from Russia, but has found a home for his sound stateside without quite becoming a household name. This despite him having produced remixes for pop favourites such as OneRepublic, London Grammar and Halsey. His playful, adventurous progressive house sound is informed by his love of video games and he’s a smart guy, too, boasting a computer science degree. In Vegas, he’s been found at Drai’s Nightclub.
When Skrillex burst onto the scene in 2011 with his brain-melting dubstep bangers, he left the door behind which his sound had been hiding hanging from its hinges. Through that door walked Getter, now signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Getter may be known to younger listeners as the originator of a meme, but he also has his own trade in crunching basslines. His stints at Vegas have been at XS, Surrender and Intrigue.
Sam Vogel, AKA Jauz, certainly doesn’t lack for ambition: while he started out as an undeniable acolyte of the balls-to-the-wall Skrillex sound, his debut album released last month, The Wise and the Wicked, boasts 23 tracks long and a wide range of influences. From brostep to deep-house, it features many an artist, including British rapper Example and DJ Snake. He has played at Hakkasan, Omnia, Jewel and Wet Republic – big name venues, sure, but Jauz is yet to truly break into the big leagues.
Vegas is full of talent across the entirety of the musical spectrum, but when it comes to electronic, we’re spoiled for choice. Go see the big names if you want, but leave time for these lesser-known acts. Night or day (Vegas literally never stops), you’ll find something to whet your appetite and diversify your EDM palette.