[The Nightlife Issue]

After the party: Where do the big guys go following their DJ sets?

Benny Benassi at Marquee Dayclub.
Photo: Chad Carl

Laidback Luke (Life): “Whenever I get a bit of time to hang out in Vegas, I’ll be rolling with my favorite Vegas crew consisting of DJ Gusto, Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf.

With Gusto I actually often go shoe shopping, he’s kinda like a male Imelda Marcos with an obsession for shoes. He’ll just text me out of the blue to check out these new rare kicks. He often takes me to CRSVR on the Strip, where I get some nice free goodies, too.

I’ve been guiding Shelco Garcia and Teenwolf a lot and have been to their studio in the suburbs. This often ends up in long sessions with me giving feedback on how to take their tracks to a next level. And I’m happy it’s working out for them!”

Paul Oakenfold during his days at Rain.

Paul Oakenfold during his days at Rain.

Paul Oakenfold (formerly of Rain): “The great thing about having a residency at the Palms was that it was off the Strip with a young crowd. It was very much a party hotel, not so much an older casino crowd. At the time of my residency, there were always afterparties, most of them in the Playboy penthouse suite. I would finish my set at 4 a.m. and there was nowhere else to go ... We’d have the parties till sunrise, which became a hit with the promoters and staff who were in the know. There were times where we would set up a full DJ rig in the room, and I’d have some of my colleagues play underground sets through the night/morning.”

Benny Benassi (Marquee, Tao, Tao Beach): “I usually go to Blue Ribbon at the Cosmo to eat some sushi. It’s great and makes for a light meal just in case I want to go straight to sleep. As it’s morning and nine hours ahead in Italy, I sometimes get on a Skype call with my cousin and studio partner Alle to talk about new productions or maybe give him some feedback on a track I just tested in the club.”

Borgore (Life): “After my show in Vegas, I like to gamble with all the hot chicks [from his Borlesque party].”

Spanish DJ Danny Avila is not quite old enough to Vegas.

Spanish DJ Danny Avila is not quite old enough to Vegas.

Sandro Silva (Light, Daylight): “A lot of times I gamble with my tour manager in the casino at Mandalay Bay. I love to play Texas Hold Em poker, one of my favorite games to [play] when I’m in Vegas!”

Luis Torres of Dzeko & Torres (Hakkasan, Wet Republic): “We usually stick around in the club for a while. When I leave I make my way to the Wolfgang Puck [Bar & Grill] in the MGM and order spaghetti & meatballs and a water. It’s the perfect way to suck up all that alcohol. I take it to my room and watch an episode of Ghost Adventures on my laptop till I fall asleep. This happens pretty much every time unless I find myself at an afterparty … at that point there’s really no telling what can happen, but it usually involves cigars and 9 a.m. walks on the Strip.”

Danny Avila (Hakkasan, Wet Republic): “Every time I play in Vegas I have to go back to my room right after my set as I’m not 21 yet. But on the other side, that’s a good thing as I have more time to work on music!”

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