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Steve Martinez talks culture shock and bringing underground house to Vegas

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The Martinez Brothers play Drai’s Saturday night.

You just got back home to New York after six months in Ibiza, which is routine for you. Does it take some getting used to? Yeah, we just landed. It’s a little bit of a shock. Being in Ibiza is such a certain lifestyle, the weather is a certain way, and Monday is Friday out there. It’s a totally different thing. New York is my favorite place, but it’s hard to come back to this chilly [weather] where it gets dark early.

You already did some Vegas shows this summer, at Daylight and Drai’s. Are you trying to come to town more often? Yes, there is a more conscious effort to come out more, even though music-wise, it’s a little harder for us there, where it’s much more commercial. We’re trying to break in a different sound out there. But Drai’s is perfect for that. Everybody is all about the party there. It’s probably one of the only places in the world I can just chill and not care about the music.

You and your brother dipped into dance and house music at a young age. Do you think that’s happening more these days with the popularity of EDM, and is that a good thing? I think it’s a great thing. The only thing I don’t like about it is the gimmick that’s been attached to DJing. But just getting into it and loving music at a young age, that’s always a beautiful thing, as long as it’s for the right reason.

The Martinez Brothers October 31, 1 a.m., $30+ men, $20+ women. Drai's After Hours.

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