Playing the first New Year’s Eve party at one of the hottest and newest clubs on the Las Vegas Strip would be a huge gig for anyone, but Chuckie has done this before. “One of the craziest times I did [New Year’s Eve] in Vegas, I did it twice in one night,” he says. “I did one in Sydney, then I flew to Vegas to do it again. That was wild.”
The veteran DJ and producer—a native of Suriname who has lived in Aruba the past five years—first played Vegas eight years ago, and now it’s one of the most important cities in the world for nightlife and music. “I can’t imagine life without Vegas,” he says. “New York, Miami, LA, Vegas, Amsterdam, Paris and London, those are the cities where I want to be a household name. Vegas will [continue to] become one of the main players for electronic music in the future. If you ask me, I would move the Winter Music Conference to Las Vegas.”
Spending time in Vegas has made an impact on Chuckie, who has always been known for his diversity of sound. “When I started it was more of a poppy place, because you want to make sure you’re able to please everybody when people are coming to party in Vegas from all over the world.”
He says Vegas has helped him change his approach to music, and it’s emblematic of larger changes throughout the industry. “The whole landscape of music has changed,” he says. “Songs don’t last as long anymore. I could make a trap song today, and the audience could forget it next week. That allows you to get away with working in different genres, and it’s made it quite interesting for me to move around different styles and experiment way more.” Chuckie at Intrigue at Wynn, December 31 & January 7.