"We want to get good, fresh, forward-thinking acts. It doesn’t really matter the genre, but it does matter where.” That’s how Guy Lawrence, one half of pop-house duo Disclosure, described the Wild Life series to Stereogum in 2014. A curated lineup of DJs handpicked by brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, the series proved extremely successful, not just because of Disclosure’s already chart-topping success, but because of its smart, intuitive curation.
Given the importance of location for Disclosure’s parties (hip-hop in the U.S., techno and house in Berlin, for example), Light’s first Wild Life bash of 2016 signifies an interesting shift in the Las Vegas club world. With infamous Detroit DJ Seth Troxler on the bill, it’s a curious nudge toward the underground in a city typically dominated by more mainstream DJs. Known for being hypercritical of the EDM boom, Troxler is dance music’s angsty, punk-rock older brother. Check out his (and Phil Moffa’s) deep, dark remix of Chk Chk Chk’s “I Feel So Free” for a taste.
While Disclosure embraces that different beat, different drummer identity in Wild Life—the series has previously featured Sasha, Eats Everything and Justin Martin—don’t assume this week’s edition will be any less of a party. On top of Troxler’s set, Light also welcomes Canadian electro/techno DJ and producer Tiga on the heels of his new album, No Fantasy Required, and, as always, a headlining, crowd-stirring DJ set by Disclosure themselves. Wild Life with Disclosure, Seth Troxler, Tiga, Moon Boots and Brett Rubin at Light at Mandalay Bay, March 12.