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Eric DLux kicks off a new SKAM party at Ling Ling

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Eric DLux plays Ling Ling on May 5.
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Hakkasan’s intimate, open-format escape known as the Ling Ling Club is stepping up its game starting on Cinco de Mayo. Saturday Night SKAM is taking over the room, bringing in a different SKAM Artist DJ each week to keep the party moving.

The collaboration begins with Eric DLux on May 5 and continues with DJ Gusto on May 12, the Deux Twins for EDC Week on May 19 and Justin Credible for Memorial Day Weekend on May 26. Just back from Dubai, Vegas favorite and LA radio institution DLux might just be the perfect choice to start a new Saturday-night party on the Strip.

“I used to play Ling Ling often, and I love it. I’ve always been a fan of the smaller rooms,” he says. “Big rooms are fun when they’re popping. If it’s just an okay night in the big room, the energy is off. Ling Ling is a little more like LA or New York-style, which is the stuff I’m used to. It feels like the DJ booth is on the dancefloor, and it’s always fun.”

Having a vet like DLux in the club-within-the-club amplifies the additional experience Saturday night, when Tiësto headlines Hakkasan’s main room. Call it the best of both worlds.

DLux is staring down the barrel of a very busy summer. He has his own tour and another summer tour with partner-in-crime DJ Five as FAED, plus the duo’s LA-based DJ subscription and record pool service is taking off. Headliner Music Club is unique among such services—basically a centralized method of music distribution tailored to DJs’ needs—because it offers exclusive edits and remixes.

Five and DLux’s strong industry ties allow subscribers to connect directly with huge artists. Post Malone, Desiigner, Miguel and Rick Ross have all done DJ meet-and-greets at HMC. “A lot of other services don’t have the access we do,” DLux says. “And whatever we put on our site, we know it works in the clubs.”

FAED also just kicked off a weekly show, FAED University, on Diplo’s Revolution Radio on SiriusXM. That kind of constant curation keeps a DJ on top of his game and in high-demand, especially when it’s time to launch a new party on the Las Vegas Strip.

SATURDAY NIGHT SKAM WITH ERIC DLUX May 5, 10:30 p.m., $25-$40. Ling Ling Club at Hakkasan, MGM Grand, 702-891-3838.

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