There are two main reasons why Vegas native and 13-year DJ Jenna Palmer focuses on the dayclub and pool-party scene. First, it’s just a natural fit for her style. “I try to stay true to what moves my soul,” she says. “At pools, I can play more house music, I don’t have to be stuck in open format or Top 40. Everyone tends to veer toward either hard hip-hop or [EDM] these days, and I like that, too, but I think I’m different because I love real house music. I can throw on a mix and play a housey version of those things, still get that grit of the song with the chillness of house music.”
You can find Palmer playing her fourth season at the Flamingo Go Pool every Thursday, and spinning periodic sets at the resort pools at Wynn and Encore and at the newly reimagined Aquatic Club at Palazzo.
But it’s about more than the music. “I have a little one, so the nightlife thing is out,” Palmer says, referring to her 6-year-old son, Jace. “Any daytime stuff, I’m with it. As long as I can be a mom and be normal and be with my kid at night, still doing my mommy duties like making him dinner every night, I’m happy.”
Palmer, also a full-time Vegas realtor, says there are more DJ moms in the city than you’d think. “I can think of three or four off the top of my head,” she says.
So does Jace like his mom’s music? “You have no idea,” she says. “When I’m practicing or just want to mess around, he’s always there, adjusting effects or pushing a bunch of buttons. He loves trap and his favorite track is ‘Purple Lamborghini’ by Skrillex and Rick Ross. That’s his stuff ... the clean version of course.”