Las Vegas is an ideal musical fit for Erick Orrosquieta, aka Deorro. The LA-born DJ and producer thrives against the backdrop of the Strip clubscape, especially during a big Vegas weekend like the upcoming Mexican Independence Day holiday when he’s starring at Marquee Dayclub hours before the huge Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch at T-Mobile Arena.
If only his global audience could be as accepting and party-ready as the Vegas crowd. We checked in with Deorro to talk about his ever-evolving sound and the importance of maintaining creativity in the dance music world.
How long have you been playing Vegas clubs? I guess it’s been almost four years already. I started off at Wynn, did a few shows with Steve [Aoki] at Hakkasan and then Marquee picked me up, and it’s been incredible. I’ve had more radio-ish releases lately, and that’s helped a lot with the Vegas crowd, which is a little more on the pop side but also really diverse when it comes to EDM. It’s getting mixed up more and more.
You’ve created so many different kinds of tracks that you have varied audiences with their own expectations. How does that influence your creative process? Before any song blew up or got any big recognition, I always tried to do everything so when it came down to it, I would have more practice and laid the ground to follow up into something that was working. But it kind of bit me in the ass, because I was doing Latin stuff, more commercial stuff, bounce tracks and all kinds of things and each track accumulated its own audience. So that audience is asking for another “Five Hours” or another “Bailar.” But it’s actually a good problem, because it’s dope to have people making requests like that. Now that I’ve become more busy it’s a little hard to keep up, and there are some songs I would like to come out before others. But ultimately, I respect the labels and the plans, and I’m just keeping an eye out for what people are asking for. If the audience is happy, I’m also happy. It’s about finding the balance in that relationship, but really just to have an audience is the biggest blessing.
Your new single “DFTF” is definitely a crowd-pleaser—a big fun bounce track. Yeah. I’m just a dude making music and finishing whatever I’m having a fun time making. You can’t call me a hitmaker, and I don’t know the formula to a hit. I give mad props to the people that know they can go into the studio like, “I’m gonna make a hit today”—people like Calvin Harris and Marshmello who know what it takes. I haven’t been focused on that. But I’ve always played bounce music, and “DFTF” definitely hits home more than any other release lately.
What’s coming next? It looks like I’m putting another album together. I don’t like to say I’m making an album, because I don’t want to be working on it and lose my flow, but that’s what it looks like. No promises. In the meantime I have a few Latin tracks, one with Elvis Crespo and one with Henry Fong that I’m stoked about. Things are coming; it’s just a matter of time.
DEORRO September 15, 11 a.m., $30-$50. Marquee Dayclub, 702-333-9000.