Talking house, hip-hop and more with trap king Flosstradamus

Flosstradamus spins at Intrigue on December 8.
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This year isn’t quite over, but Curt Cameruci already has big plans for 2019. The pioneering trap DJ—better known as Flosstradamus—will release a bunch of new gear from his HDYNATION apparel line in early 2019 and is readying a new EP and a handful of collaborative tracks showcasing “more of that old-school, EDM rap sound” that has defined the identity of Floss. He’s also planning to spend plenty of time in Vegas now that he’s moved from Brooklyn to LA, starting with this weekend’s gig at Intrigue.

Now that you’re so much closer to Vegas, will you be hanging around Wynn for another year?

Definitely. I moved out to LA, so that brutal flight of five hours is now 45 minutes, and I signed up for another year at Wynn and Encore, so I’ll be out there for 20-plus dates this year. I’m really excited about it. I really like coming out there and just practicing, testing out new music and vibing off different sounds. Actual, true house music is becoming more popular in Vegas, and I love DJing house. It’s fun to play and let those songs ride out a little longer. And shout-out to Wynn for taking those risks and being able to bring that back. That house music weekend they did [Art of the Wild] was talked about everywhere.

You dabbled in different genres in 2018. Are you still on that vibe?

I’m kind of on that same wave. I released a full-on hip-hop song with Smokepurpp [“MVP”] and a couple more EDM-trap songs and others that had a pop music vibe. Coming into 2019 I’m doing a little house, or at least some songs that have a house-centric polish. I’m lucky to get to go to Vegas, because you can play every genre there, and I get to go out of the box that I’m known for.

Was 2018 a good year for dance music?

I think in general there’s a lot of change with music around the world. I was just really into how hip-hop was moving and how everyone was doing what they felt. I don’t know exactly how to explain it, but that Soundcloud rapper boom thing was just all about swag, and it felt more organic. Rap and hip-hop are still the dominating forces. In previous years it was about these big, epic drops, and this year was about having these club anthems. It felt good to go back to that.

Whatever direction you go, you’re probably always going to be associated with trap music.

Yeah, I think so. It’s definitely what put me on the map. I’m OK with that title, but I also want to show more than that, change the definition a bit.

Flosstradamus December 8, 10:30 p.m., $35-$45. Intrigue, 702-770-7300.

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