Music aficionado and nightlife stalwart Zarnaz “Zee” Zandi has been in the game since she opened a coffee bar next to the Metz back in the ’90s. That club, which later became the revered Utopia, is also where the UNLV alum fell in love with house music.
Since then, Zandi (whose Instagram handle is QueenOfHouseZ) has worn many hats in the industry, from her first booking gig at Risque at Paris to director of nightlife at Wynn and director of electronic music at Angel Management Group (now Hakkasan Group).
“Everyone had kind of given up on it,” Zandi says of house music, pre-EDM boom. But she always knew she was on the cusp of something great.
Today, Zandi is celebrating the one-year anniversary of heading up her own business with co-founder Lauren Linck. Together they run Silent Partner Entertainment Group, a Vegas-based booking management agency with most of its clients in California. “At this point of my life, I needed a job that was flexible, to be there for my son,” Zandi says. “It was time to take a risk and do something on my own. A year later, we’re still here.”
Silent Partner’s main focus might be outside the Vegas market, but the duo still curates events here in the Valley. Recently, Zandi wrapped working with Light for Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird afterparty over Labor Day Weekend. “We still have our hands in the cookie jar in Vegas,” Zandi says. “This is the reason why I am where I am in my career—because of Las Vegas.”