Catching up with Sak Noel, Drai’s newest resident DJ

Sak Noel hits Drai’s Beachclub on April 6.

Spanish-born house, trap and moombahton artist Sak Noel has secured his first Vegas residency at Drai’s Beachclub. We chatted with the DJ and producer from his new home in LA to find out why he loves the new gig and how to put the “dance” back on the dancefloor.

On Drai’s Beachclub: “The place is awesome. You can see the whole city skyline, and all the people just want to have fun. As a DJ I’m used to working at night, which is okay, but I can’t tell you how much I appreciate working in the daylight. It’s a completely different experience to be able to play and see people’s faces instead of just shadows.”

On the venue’s varying sounds: “We all play electronic music, but mine has more Latin fusion and reggaeton behind those beats. What I do has always been big around the world, but the things that are happening right now [here] are amazing. Most of my set is music made by me or my team at my label, Barnaton. It’s very danceable, not like the music you hear at festivals, where it’s people jumping up and down and taking off their shirts.”

About that whole dancing thing: A lot of DJs don’t go out as civilians; we don’t have that experience of being in the crowd. You have to go to a place and just be there and listen so you understand. People go to [clubs] and take pictures and Instagram stories and drink and talk to people, but really all you need is a trigger, a moment you say, ‘Okay, from now on this can get really wild.’ To get to that moment you have to create a nice buildup, so people understand they can actually dance to the music. You can’t just play random hits, because there’s no storyline there. It has to be like a movie, and to get into the movie you need to be told the story so you understand it. They’ll dance if you have something for them.”

SAK NOEL April 6, 11 a.m., $20-$30. Drai’s Beachclub at the Cromwell, 702-777-3800.

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