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In the booth with Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub resident Sidney Samson

Last updated: July 27, 2015 at 11:30 am. Posted by in Nightlife, The Cromwell. Comments Off on In the booth with Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub resident Sidney Samson.

Sidney Samson at Drai's

Dutch DJ and producer Sidney Samson broke onto the club scene in a huge way with his 2009 hit “Riverside,” and he’s been dropping nothing but hot tracks ever since, both on his own and in collaboration with such artists as Martin Garrix, will.i.am and Steve Aoki. Though he got his start spinning hip-hop, Samson has been a house music evangelist for more than 15 years, bringing his club bangers to music festivals and nightclubs around the world, including the top Las Vegas nightclubs.

Samson regularly headlines parties day and night at Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub, which is where we caught up with the 33-year-old DJ to talk about what goes on behind the scenes of a slamming party, especially in a nightlife mecca like Las Vegas.

How do you prepare a set for the specific vibe of a club at which you’re DJing? Do you vary your approach based on the venue?

I always try to find new music and make exclusive edits for my set. But I never prepare a set. I just go with the flow and read the crowd to get the party going on 100 percent energy. It’s all improvisation.

Do you have a go-to song that you know will always get the audience jumping?

I made a new song with Far East Movement and Onderkoffer. That one is called ‘Whiplash” and will [be] out soon on Diplo’s label Mad Decent. This is audience-jumping guaranteed.

When I have a gig in Vegas, I know the craziest party people will be there.

Can you share any tricks or techniques you use that define your “signature” sound?

Well I play house music like I used to play hip-hop—fast mixes, scratching, etc. Nowadays it seems to be normal but when I started playing house music, people thought it was a bit strange, because they were used to [hearing] a song for six minutes.

What kind of music are you listening to at current? Old favorites? Something new you’ve discovered? 

I just listen to whatever is on the radio and my new music, of course. Especially the car is [the] perfect place to check everything out.

What keeps you going throughout a night of DJing? Do you have a go-to cocktail, energy drink or snack?

Vodka always works—but not too much, though.

Is there anything about DJing in a Vegas nightclub that’s different from doing so elsewhere?

When I have a gig in Vegas, I know the craziest party people will be there. People are coming to party and that’s the best attitude I can wish for.

When you’re not at the club, what do you enjoy doing in Vegas? Do you have a favorite restaurant, bar or club?

My favorite restaurant is Nobu in Caesars [Palace]. Really the best.  During the daytime I love to chill at the Drai’s pool when there’s no party, just relaxing with a cocktail in a bungalow—super nice!

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