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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike craft big songs for big sets

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike return to their Wynn Nightlife residency this month at XS and Encore Beach Club.

Brothers Dimitri and Mike Thivaios, better known as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, have taken the world over, one track and one residency at a time.

The DJs—who recently remixed “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay—just released “He’s a Pirate,” their collaboration with legendary film score composer Hans Zimmer for the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales soundtrack, and they’re currently gearing up for their Garden of Madness residency, presented by Tomorrowland at Ushuaïa Ibiza, starting in July.

But first, the Wynn Nightlife residents will go ham in Las Vegas at XS on June 10 and again at Encore Beach Club on June 15. “It’s always a fresh crowd and it’s always an interesting mix of people,” Mike told Industry Weekly during an interview at Intrigue.

Dimitri agrees: “People come here to party. We have a lot of new stuff to test, and it’s a great crowd to try out new stuff. I find the evolution in Las Vegas especially interesting. When we started out here, we used to have to DJ in between two hip-hop DJs, and people did not really understand electronic music. Now it’s really taken off, and it’s really charming.”

Speaking of DJing, the brothers say they “divide and conquer” their work in the studio to bring fans their dynamic and energetic shows. “It’s sort of reinventing yourself,” Mike says. “Sixty-five percent of the set has become our own music, so each year we have to really invent those hits that people want to hear. We also incorporate what’s new and what people like, and then there’s making new intros, and I do a lot of vocals. All of that together usually makes a nice package.” Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike at XS at Encore, June 10; at Encore Beach Club, June 15.

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