Las Vegas

If you’re an avid reader of GDD™ then first of all, thank you. Secondly, you might remember our recap of the Marquee Las Vegas One Year Anniversary party from the beginning of January. The kind folks at Marquee treated head honcho Jonah Berry and myself to one of the best dinners I’ve ever had, an informative and insightful panel discussion with Marquee resident Tim Bergling, aka AVICII, and one of the brains behind Marquee, Jason Strauss. The video above is just a quick recap (with a special guest cameo by Jonah and myself at 0:33!) with excellent footage from the festivities, where AVICII really had the place going wild.

With pool season just around the corner (launching sometime in April) one can only imagine how the summer is going to shape up at one of the best new venues in the World. Check dates for the Nightclub below, and stay tuned for more news about Marquee in the near future.

Check out all current dates for Marquee Nightclub after the jump!

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It was a few short years ago that nightclub impresario Jason Strauss was in Ibiza, chatting with four of his main competitors regarding rumblings they had heard of his next venture. Rumor had it he was opening a nightclub dedicated solely to dance music that would be the 62,000 square foot, 128 times per minute beating heart of a brand new casino in the Las Vegas desert. He confirmed their suspicions…they told him he was out of his fucking mind, but as the saying goes, the great ones normally are. At the time, this simply just wasn’t a successful business model, despite the current budding reputation of Vegas as the new American Ibiza. Clubs were open format, mostly hip-hop, except for a few of the midweek nights. Just last January that new venture became Marquee Las Vegas, and in one short year the club has established itself as one of the premiere nightlife destinations on the planet.

Upcoming projects for Jason and his partners include announcing a new Marquee-brand venue overseas, giving a major facelift for their New York City location, and undergoing a complete overhaul of the Marquee Las Vegas Dayclub for next summer (that will apparently install some infrastructure to allow the outdoor club that’s featured some of 2011′s best pool party line-ups to send flying humans – amongst other things – through the air).

2012 will see exclusive Las Vegas club residencies (that means these artists aren’t ruled out for EDC 2012) from Above & Beyond, ATB, Benny Benassi, Chuckie, Dirty South, Erick Morillo, and Kaskade, and that’s just who is returning. The new residencies they plan on announcing in the coming month I’m sure will positively blow our collective mind.

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The last time I was in Vegas it was 3am and I wasn’t quite ready to let the party die. Naturally, I wandered over to Marquee at the Cosmopolitan, and Kaskade was in the middle of yet another of his marathon sets that have highlighted a stellar 2011 in Las Vegas. If there’s anything better than confetti, champagne, classy ladies, and choons by a world-class DJ to be had at 3am in Vegas then let me know, but until then I’ll keep coming back to Marquee and Kaskade.

GDD™ wants to help you be a part of the experience, and so we’re giving away two tickets to his show at Marquee this Saturday, November 12th. On top of that, the one lucky winner will receive his recently released ‘Fire & Ice’ double-disc CD that was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

All you have to do is head to the GDD™ Facebook page, ‘Like’ it, and leave a comment with why you think you deserve to win, or follow us on Twitter and tweet @gottadancedirty with why you want to see Kaskade this Saturday! (21+ only please!) Winner will be announced tomorrow afternoon so you have time to plan ahead!

It’s a drizzly Tuesday morning here in LA and I woke up regretting that $30 double-Crown & Coke I paid for at the SBTRKT show last night. When I popped down at work (after 80 minutes in traffic due to rain/Obama’s being in town) and opened up my inbox there was a very welcome email and along came Nicolar Jaar to save the day.

This might not be up a lot of your dirty dancing alleys, but those of you who can appreciate it will find this might be just what you need to get you through this dreary week and onto the Halloween weekend festivities. Head to the Modular People Facebook to get a free 320 download of this mesmerizing remix effort.

The ‘Big’ EP is available worldwide today, and in addition to the Nicolas Jaar version, features remixes by John Dahlback, Oliver, and Goodwill & Black Angus. Oh, and don’t forget to watch the stellar video starring one of GDD’s personal favorite cities and Connie of SSS for the original track above!

Sneaky Sound System – Big (Nicolas Jaar’s Always By Your Side Version) by modularpeople

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Hot off the wire! Insomniac Events has just announced that the newly crowned “Best International Festival of 2011″ will return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 8th, 9th, and 10th in 2012. If you didn’t make it out last year, check out the fantastic teaser that Insomniac put together and take a look at our recap from this year.

Tickets go on sale at 12:00PM PST on November 1st, so make sure to get your ticket quick before it sells out!

 

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Coming In Hot

It’s pretty much standard operating procedure for us here at GDD™ to leave for Vegas in the middle of the night. Nothing really beats pulling into Vegas at sunrise, begging to be allowed to check-in early, being denied, and then just getting cocktails and playing video blackjack at the bar until the pool opens. After our weekly VERSUS party in Santa Monica Jonah Berry, myself (Burn Unit, the artist formerly known as Matt Black) & Co. hopped on the 10E and headed towards our destiny in the desert. It wasn’t long – okay, like sixteen hours – before we were finally in a limo on our way to the festival. Traffic was pretty congested around the city but as we pulled closer and the excitement built it didn’t really matter.

First Impressions

The anticipation in the air was palpable as the entire crowd in line roared and started chanting. Finally walking through the tunnel and laying eyes on the new EDC festival home it really set in. Two of my favorite things in the world – Vegas and EDC – had collided to form a truly unique festival experience. We walked through the crowd for Bloody Beetroots and for the first time in well over a year I slightly enjoyed hearing ‘Warp‘ as we made our way towards the Circuit Grounds stage to check out the fellas in Cosmic Gate. The quality of the production all around me was incredible, there were dozens of people to buy waters from roaming the crowd, more than a few cops who actually seemed to be somewhat enjoying the sights and sounds, and rides everywhere. From top to bottom Insomniac had put together something special, considering every detail, and it showed from the beginning. We all knew this was going to be a weekend to barely remember but never forget.

Jonah: The Top 3

As Matt so eloquently described above, Insomniac outdid themselves this year and brought one of the best massive electronic events in the world to Las Vegas and succeeded. With production and talent being second-to-none, Pasqualle and the lovely people at Insomniac spared no expense on making the Electric Daisy Carnival the best overall experience you could ever ask for as a music and art enthusiast. Every direction I looked in I was dumbfounded by the sheer size of the stages, the fireworks that seemed like they lasted for hours, and the top tier artists on all stages at all times. Here’s a breakdown of my top 3 acts by day:

Friday – Richie Hawtin presents Plastikman — There’s not too much to say about Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman set that you don’t/should already know. The man is an audio/visual genius. After seeing the Plastikman show at Coachella a couple years back, I thought I pretty much knew what to expect from the show last weekend in Vegas, but once I glared upon that monstrous LED curtain while simultaneously getting rammed in the ear with body-vibrating Minimal Techno, I knew that Richie was about to amaze me once again. Lucky for me, I had remembered my Plastikman iPhone App, so I had a live streaming video of the man behind the curtain at all times. Lucky for the crowd, Richie came out in front of the curtain at the end of his set to prove he is, in fact, a human being. If you have not seen Plastikman, I highly encourage you to do so the next chance you get.

Saturday – Boys Noize It seems that it’s standard now for Boys Noize to make the top performances of any festival we cover. I can confidently say that the man is a living legend, and his song selection and powerful DJ prowess have never, ever let me down. His set commenced with a new track, unknown to me at the time, which repeated ECSTASY about 15-20 times before launching into a massive drop that nurtured the crowd’s need for a big-time Boys Noize banger. Despite some festival-goers losing their marbles just after this first drop, the set went on and was as relentless as ever, with the staples of a BN set bursting through the Vegas desert including “& Down,” “Yeah/Swoon,” and “My Moon My Man.” As long as Mr. Alex Ridha doesn’t start playing top 40 mashups, I’m pretty sure he’ll always be at the top of my list wherever I witness his performance.

SundayAfrojack — Like many artists at EDC this year, Afrojack was slotted for two sets: Saturday night at Kinetic Field and Sunday night at Cosmic Meadow. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch his set on Saturday (though I heard it was fantastic), but fortunately I saw his set in its entirety early Monday morning at the Cosmic Meadow stage. It’s safe to say that the man is one of the best DJ/producers out there. With an arsenal of original tracks and a fresh Grammy under his belt, Afrojack is leading the charge across the ever-closing gap between Pop and House music. Thanks to the great people at Insomniac, we were able to watch this monuMENTAL set from the stage, as Afrojack wanted everyone up there to be right behind him for his entire set. He even moved his own monitors so the sound would project towards the people on stage and not him! There was ‘Bangduck.’ There was ‘Pon De Floor.’ There was ‘Take Over Control.’ And thank baby Jesus there was no ‘Sexy Bitch.’ I can’t wait to see this guy again.

BONES: EDC OVERALL

My two colleagues above seem to capture the energy of the festival and the top performances of the weekend, but with the opportunity to have all-access coverage of EDC what really made this weekend for me was the level of ease we enjoyed every aspect that was put in to making the festival a resounding success. With the festival going from literally 8pm till sunrise, it was the first time I was able to witness Boys Noize and MSTRKRFT (you better believe I went to both) from dawn til’ the break of sunlight.


The production of the stages uniquely complimented each lineup accordingly – the BASSPOD shaped like a transformer Ferris wheel with the DJs performing in the center, the main stage given a huge upgrade in size that made you feel like an ant when you came near it. All I can say is that the production throughout the festival was out of control.

With attendance reaching around 80 thousand each day the new location at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway made the crowds flow easily as we maneuvered through the masses to reach every stage and attraction. The layout of the Speedway also made it possible for Insomniac Events to really capture the carnival theme, and in a town full of performers it was clear that all of the dancers, jesters, bikers, and even fish people were truly skilled and appropriately matched to the night’s festivities. As if that wasn’t enough, the pyrotechnics and fireworks were enough to hold us over beyond the 4th of July. Everything just seemed to go right all weekend, with the hundreds of amazing performances and the problem-free atmosphere making for a spectacular first year in Las Vegas. With the news of all the success traveling far and wide, we can only imagine how much is going to be put into next year!

GDD @ EDC: THE VIDEO
Don’t just take our word for it – we were lucky enough to have our great friend and videographer Clare Wadsworth put together a highlight video of all we experienced during the weekend!

GDD ♥ EDC from Clare Wadsworth on Vimeo.

TUNEAGE:
Fortunately @ EDC this year, many of the performances were captured on Sirius satellite radio, so you can relive some of the best sets from the weekend!

Afrojack
Avicii
Benny Benassi
Chuckie
Cosmic Gate
Hardwell
LA Riots
Laidback Luke
Martin Solveig
Roger Sanchez
Sidney Samson
Steve Aoki
Zedd

It never fails to deeply sadden me when news comes out about another young life so carelessly being lost at a music festival or “rave.” While still being in the dark about the circumstances surrounding the death of yet another partygoer at Electric Daisy Carnival Dallas last weekend (this on top of two people passing away at Bonnaroo recently) we can’t help but speculate as to the likely cause. I’ve thought about posting this/not posting this for awhile and have come to the conclusion that with such an incredible reach and loyal following it would be remiss of GDD to stand idly by in silence.

It’s a sad fact that in the eyes of many our beloved electronic dance music and drugs, specifically MDMA, are inherently linked. If people are going to do drugs, that is a personal choice that they must live with. The music you listen to can be a huge part of who you are, but it doesn’t define you. Pretending like drugs do not exist, are the bane of all existence reserved for the scum of society, or preaching abstinence instead of educating people serves absolutely no purpose, despite the commonality of those mindsets here in the United States. People will make the decisions they do, and the responsibility for and the consequences of those actions falls squarely on them alone. From what I’ve read, EDC Dallas was a supremely run festival with all necessary precautions taken. Great security, top-notch medical staff. However, the prevalence of drug use at events such as EDC, Bonnaroo, Ultra Music Festival, etc., is something out of the hands of event promoters to a large degree, so we, all of us, as members of the dance music community, must take it upon ourselves to both become educated and educate others.

There are plenty of resources out there to teach you to be as responsible and cautious as you can when engaging in a potentially dangerous activity like taking mind-altering substances. Don’t buy drugs from strangers. If you must, get them from someone you trust. This weekend if you’re going to be in Las Vegas for EDC, for the love of god stay hydrated even if you’re stone-cold sober. It’s going to be ludicrously hot. Take breaks. If you find yourself on the dance floor for hours on end it’s probably about time you take a breather. You can step outside and still hear the music, it’s not the end of the world. It’s by no means embarrassing to spend 15 minutes in the medical tent getting checked up on if you don’t feel right, too.

Be safe and look out for those around you. Don’t hesitate to throw a extra water someone’s way if they look like they need it. If you’re worried about someone ask if they’re okay, maybe even help them get to one of the medical tents if need be. Odds are you’ll be graciously thanked for your generosity and you’ll carry on at the festival knowing that you did the right thing. Worry about the legal ramifications later, health and safety are paramount.

I hate to sound patronizing but please know this all comes from the bottom of my heart. Hearing that someone died at an event that you left with only fond memories and a smile on your face can sour even the best of weekends. And that doesn’t even begin to compare to the grief someone’s family and friends will forever be slave to if the unimaginable happens.

Know your drugs. Know your surroundings. Know your limits. We all have to take responsibility for each other, because if you really appreciate House and electronic music then you’ll understand that we’re all in this together for the long haul.

Sincerely,
GDD


Las Vegas, NevadaInsomniac Events is announcing the highly anticipated final line-up of more than 100 artists at this year’s 15th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival, adding Above & Beyond, Benny Benassi and a second set from Afrojack to the much-anticipated prime Saturday time slots. Held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 24-26, 2011, and extending to three days for the first time, North America’s largest electronic music festival will offer a combination of world renowned artists and inspiring up-and-coming talent to provide an incredible musical experience for the festival’s more than 200,000 attendees.

GDD @ EDC: SATURDAY IS WEAR YOUR GDD SHIRT DAY!
Gotta Dance Dirty will be doing full coverage in Las Vegas of Electric Daisy Carnival, bringing you interviews with the artists, up to date reviews on performances and tons of photos from the stages and atmosphere. We also will be bringing out tons of new t-shirts and stickers for promo, so look out for the tut shirts and don’t be afraid to show some love! And don’t forget, if you wear your shirt Saturday and we see you, we’ll have goodies for ya!

FULL LINEUP + SET TIMES + EXPERIENCE after the jump!

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