A day in the nightlife: Saint Clair packs a lot into her pre-show routine

Saint Clair
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Not a day goes by that Georgia Sinclair isn’t busy. The Australian DJ and LA resident better known as Saint Clair schedules everything—“When I’m going to eat, when I’m going to sleep, when I’m going to work out, when I’m going to go into the studio,” she says. It’s the kind of work ethic that separates the Beyoncés of the world from the rest of us, as if we all don’t have the same 24 hours in a day.

Before Sinclair took up DJing, she was a television host on the Australian weekend morning show Kids’ WB. But after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Sinclair put her TV career on hold. To keep herself busy, Sinclair taught herself how to DJ. “I get the same feeling doing a DJ set as I did on camera,” Sinclair says. “That rush, because it’s all live, it’s the same kind of excitement.” The rest, as they say, is history.

When the SKAM Artist is in Las Vegas for her residency with More Coin at Hyde Bellagio, she starts her day at One Kick’s Gym, getting in a quick sweat session, before getting back to the grind, preparing for her set, scouring the internet for new records and getting in some quality time with her friends.

This assignment might have thrown a slight kink into Sinclair’s plans, however. The goal? To kick it with the DJ for a day to see what the life of a jet-setting celeb is actually like. I first met Sinclair at Gäbi Coffee & Bakery, where she introduced me to More Coin representative Shawn Chester. That new partnership has led to Sinclair’s regular gigs with SBE and Hyde.

“I like things that are outside the box.” Sinclair says. Her interest in tech drew the performer to DJing, so it only makes sense that she’d pair up with More Coin, a Vegas-based cryptocurrency startup that recently launched the world’s first VIP blockchain nightlife experience within Hyde Bellagio in November. Her proclivity for geekery has brought her some other exciting opportunities, too, like working with another startup on virtual touring. “It’s mind-blowing,” she says emphatically, her eyes lighting up. “The thing about virtual touring is if enough people have headsets, a million people could attend a show and all be in the DJ booth.”

Sinclair at the Venetian’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR attraction. (Krystal Ramirez / Courtesy)

Given her interest in virtual reality, it seemed logical that we’d check out the VOID virtual reality attraction at Venetian, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. With our vests strapped on, headsets in place and phasers in hand, we entered a confoundingly lifelike world blending the real with the imaginary. It’s a must for anyone who loves video games, or, like Sinclair, has a passion for technology.

Sinclair doesn’t fit the DJ stereotype. She’s kind and inviting, laid-back even, and allows me to see what her routine is like as she gets ready for her Hyde set. “I usually allow about two hours, in case something goes wrong. I’m very jealous of the boys, they take about two seconds.”

It’s just one example of how female DJs like Sinclair have to work harder to prove themselves. She’s often faced with people surprised that she can actually spin. “I’ve been doing this for 10 years, so yes, I can DJ,” she says. “Obviously, when somebody makes a comment like that it’s frustrating. You just want to shake them. Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean it’s any different, but it makes me fight harder. I want to be one of the people that effect change. It definitely motivates me.”

Hours later inside Hyde Bellagio, Saint Clair is about to take the decks following a short set by rapper Rich the Kid. It’s just past 2 a.m., but the crowd is still riding the energy. It’s been a long day for Sinclair, who flew in from LA earlier in the morning, but she’s all about keeping the excitement in the room contained. It’s a testament to her tenacious and energetic spirit, and proof that there’s no obstacle too large or small. Her DJ career has already proved to be a success, but something suggests this is really just the beginning.

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