Valentino Khan’s new single “Gold” is out on Skrillex’s OWSLA label and will also show up on the soundtrack for the upcoming Major Lazer documentary Give Me Future. This should come as little surprise, considering Khan’s style and sound dip into various genres at any given time, just like those aforementioned artists. The LA-based producer and DJ has also started performing at Wynn Nightlife venues, something else he has in common with them.
“I’m looking forward to being there on more of a full-time basis next year,” Khan says from Jamaica, where he was filming a video for “Gold” with the song’s collaborator, Sean Paul, and director Lil Internet. “I did some shows at Drai’s this year, and I’m always there for EDC, but I want to be in Vegas more often.”
Judging from the catchy sounds of “Gold,” that sounds like a good thing for Vegas. Khan says he was out to make a feel-good track and dig back into his moombahton roots, and reaching both of those goals was a lot easier with the Jamaican rapper on board.
“Working with Sean Paul was the perfect combination,” he says. “He’s really talented and so quick in the studio. He spit everything off the top of his head, and working with a true artist like that just helps bring the song to life. I like to throw different sounds at people but it was fun to revisit the kind of music I was making way back before it was on the radio.”
Khan’s touring doesn’t stop, but he’s been able to wrap up some songs recently, working with Yellow Claw and Diplo, among others, and expects to release more new music soon.
Who’s on top of his list for a dream collaboration? “Kendrick Lamar. I think he’s the best rapper alive right now, and I’d love to get in the studio with him and do something really different.” Valentino Khan at Intrigue at Wynn Las Vegas, November 10.