It’s been four years since Brillz unleashed the trap twist-up album Twonk, a collection of tracks that launched something of a subculture. “It’s like a tree that was planted then and the branches keep growing,” the DJ says. “That album really did start everything. I’ve played sh*tloads of festivals, done some international touring, now we’re launching a record label.”
Now he’s working on doing it again. Brillz has taken most of the year off from grinding out gig after gig in order to work on his label and his music. A 16-track compilation from various artists is coming April 28, he’ll put out his own three-song EP in May and a full Brillz album will follow. “It’s that same thing, taking all those hip-hop influences and dance-music influences and weaving them together to make my sound,” he says. “There are definitely more vocals and singing and lyrics than the original album, but my sound design and mixing skills have evolved a lot. I think it’s a little more musical, more melodic, but the energy is still there. It’s still party music.”
Partying will be on the agenda this weekend, when Brillz returns to his Wynn Nightlife residency at Encore Beach Club. The residency marks not only a more consistent Vegas presence for Brillz, it also reflects the changing sounds of Vegas clubs. “Before, dance music and hip-hop kind of lived in their own areas. Now they’ve fused together,” he says. “It’s cool how those two worlds are creeping toward each other a little bit, and Wynn is definitely the most progressive place. They’ve given me the freedom to my thing without compromising my vibe at all, and it’s pretty awesome and surprising as well.”
Brillz at Encore Beach Club, April 21.