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Six things you don’t know about DJ Vice

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DJ Vice
Jorge Labrador

You might have heard a thing or two about DJ Vice.

The LA-based DJ has been a constant in the Las Vegas nightlife world since his Body English residency in 2002, and he shows no signs of slowing down. These days, he’s a resident at Tao, Lavo and Marquee with almost weekly sets, and he plays special guest sets at other local pools and clubs. When he’s not in Vegas, you can find Vice spinning in Hollywood, Chicago, Australia and Norway.

We wanted to learn a little more about the man behind the booth, and he was happy to share these little-known tidbits.

He’d love to work with OutKast. “It’s been a huge dream of mine ... to have André 3000 and Big Boi over one of my tracks. It’d be a highlight of my career. Definitely something I’m trying to work towards.”

The most unusual thing on his MP3 player isn’t an obscure remix. “Zen spa meditation music. It’s nature sounds, birds chirping, a creek, wind chimes. It’s funny, because that’s what I end up falling asleep to on a plane. It kinda just takes me away from all the craziness I’m usually around, and it brings me into a peaceful state. I sleep like a baby on a plane. Great, now everyone knows.”

He’s a longtime sneakerhead. You might know that Vice owns the CRSVR sneaker boutique at the Cosmopolitan, but it’s just one small part of a lifelong love affair. “I’d say I have an obsession with sneakers. It started in the fifth grade when I got a pair of Air Jordan 4s. From there, it never stopped. Two hundred-plus pairs of shoes, mainly Nikes ... my first love.

He’s down with local dining. After playing big clubs on the Strip, there’s nothing better than chowing down at a local restaurant. “I like eating outside the Strip, like locals. I go to [these two spots] almost religiously: Pho So 1 on Spring Mountain, which definitely is a hangover cure. My other spot is Paymon’s. I’m big on the Moroccan mint tea, perfect for relaxing. We don’t have one in LA, so every time I’m in Vegas I’m there.”

He’ll never play Kenny G’s birthday again. Okay, not specifically Kenny G’s birthday, but celeb-laden events just aren’t his scene. “From Arnold Schwarzenegger to government [officials] to celebrities and what I had to play, I’m like, ‘This is definitely a party I can’t DJ ever again.’ I had to ask myself, ‘Why am I DJing? Why am I here? What am I doing?’” (Laughs)

He wants to play Ibiza. “I’ve been [to Ibiza] maybe three times to enjoy the music and soak in the energy and see where the music is at out there, so that’s high on my list to play there one of these summers. That’s the dream. A lot of those DJs are trying to come to Vegas; some of the Vegas guys are like, ‘Wait, we’re trying to go out there and play.’”

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