This is a way overdue post but I've finally been able to take the time and write it out. The month of March is always crazy with a client event at the end of the month and another one in April. So as a pre-stress release I traveled with two of my closest girlfriends and my sister to Las Vegas!
We stayed at the opulently decorated Wynn/Encore, by far the most luxurious hotel I’ve ever been a guest at. The butterfly motif weaved throughout the hotel was just beautiful with butterfly mosaics within the marble floors and glass mirrors, carpets strewn with color and decadent red light fixtures in the casino.
We spent three nights in Las Vegas and really…that was all we needed. Tiesto was first on the list to see at Hakkasan, which was a club that I hadn’t been to before in Vegas. The last time I was in the city, Hakkasan was just opening so I was interested to see what all the hype was about. When in Las Vegas, clubs and casinos are part of the sights to see as each is elaborately decorated and has its own theme. Hakkasan wasn’t as visually pleasing as clubs like Marquee and Tao but we had an awesome view and a table in a great spot.
A lot of people hate on Tiesto because he’s deviated from his roots however I thought his set showcased his versatility as a DJ and knowledge of his audience. He threw down a wonderful mixture of trance, deep house, big room and wedged in an Iggy Azalea vocal just for fun. My trance-devoted friends weren’t the biggest fans but to me Tiesto showed why he’s arguably the most famous DJ in the world. He can piece together tracks from all different genres and knows how to please and surprise a crowd.
The next night was Kaskade who I was so determined to see because he’s been my #1 since I first got into dance music. He played at XS Nightclub, which was right inside the Wynn. Kaskade stayed true to his softer, dream-like classics while mixing in deep house and then laying out louder bass lines and synths to complement the Las Vegas party scene. I don’t know why his music reminds me of glitter. Glitter, dreams and nostalgia people. That sums up Kaskade.
Last but not least was the one and only Lil Jon who spun at Surrender. He threw down by far one of the most fun parties in Vegas and reminded everyone that he still holds the crown of crunk. He hyped up the crowd, having everyone jumping to hip-hop, trap and house and he made sure to sprinkle in plenty of raspy YEAHs and OKAY and LET’s GO in between songs. The best were his east coast, west coast shout outs in which he mirrored the music to represent each coast.
Check out more photos from the trip, including our hike in Red Rock Canyon, which is about 30 minutes or so outside Las Vegas. I highly recommend taking some time to get away from the city’s craziness for some peace and quiet amid the desert.