Deejays have become a staple of Las Vegas nightclub, with venues booking some of the most famous artists around the world. Take for example globally-known producer David Guetta, who boasts a residency with Wynn Nightlife as he plays at both Encore Beach Club and XS nightclub.
The “Titanium” tastemaker celebrates his 10 year anniversary with the famous venue this year, with his residency for 2022 having begun in April and ends Sunday, May 29. XS Nightclub has continuously been named the top grossing nightclub in the U.S. by Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100 list, and it was the first venue to ever achieve the honor five times. The 40,000 square foot mega-club features more than 10,000 individual light sources, state of the art technology, a large circular dance floor and 170 luxe VIP tables and outdoor cabanas. Indeed, the acclaimed talent and impressive venue make for a true Las Vegas dream experience.
Here, Vice President of Wynn Nightlife Pauly Freedman and world-renowned producer Guetta take the time to share with Forbes Guetta’s first show at the acclaimed nightclub, how the landscape has changed over the last 10 years, how his residency started and more.
This transcript has been edited for clarity and length.
Lisa Kocay: How did the residency come to be?
David Guetta: “Dance music, house music for so many years…I was always a little bit frustrated. I was a resident in Ibiza where the culture was so big. I tried a show [in Las Vegas], but I felt a little bit like there was no culture. I felt like people didn’t really get it. And it felt, to me, like they would come to see a famous deejay the same way they saw the biggest magician in the world the day before. So I was not super excited about Vegas.
“I would come [to Las Vegas] from time to time, but I was not so happy. And then my first show that I did with Wynn, for me, [was] like a revelation. I was like, ‘Okay, that’s it. This is where I want to be.’”
Kocay: Do you remember the first show? If so, can you talk about what it was like?
Guetta: “That first show at Wynn was unbelievable. So they proposed to me a residency and I started it 10 years ago. That’s crazy to me. Then a few years later it was crazy to see that most billboards were about deejays, because it was really not the case.”
Kocay: What was it about that first show that made it so unbelievable and made you fall in love with doing your residency there?
Guetta: “Well, it’s always hard to explain why you fall in love. The difference between, let’s say maybe a pop act and a deejay…I don’t want to feel like I’m coming on stage to deliver a show. I’m coming to party with the people, so I’m the show, but the people are the show, too. And when I played for the first time, I had this feeling that the crowd was really part of the show, the same way that I was feeling it. We were sharing a moment together—not me delivering a show for them watching me delivering the show.”
Kocay: How has the landscape changed since the first show?
Freedman: “David’s always been able to transcend all boundaries. His music is timeless. If I remember, I would say is probably one of the first producers to break the barrier and to do mixes with hip hop and R&B artists.”
Kocay: You’ve been saying that your style is more underground. I’m sure that’s pretty interesting to see how the style has changed over the years.
Guetta: “Yes, absolutely. It makes me so excited about playing again. I think every time it’s always the same, there’s a sound, it starts from the underground. And then because it is becoming trendy and then is becoming commercial, people get tired of it. There’s a new underground side.”