So why is Skrillex such a great DJ?
Because he mixes fast, furious and with good taste - not just the dubstep he's known for, but also trance, house, hip-hop, hard rock, punk and any other genre that sounds right to him at any given moment.
"Skrillex flies through different tempos and different genres," explains underground DJ-producer Justin Martin.
"He's not just playing what is known as dubstep, or what is known as electro. He's going through all kinds of cool things," Martin says.
And that's why Skrillex is at the top of the mountain this busy Memorial Day weekend. He's performing Saturday at Wynn's Tryst, then Wednesday at Encore's Surrender.
And wow, is it ever busy.
"The top DJs in the world will be in Vegas Memorial Day weekend, playing a pool or a nightclub," says Shawn Sabo of DJ duo Manufactured Superstars.
No kidding. Check out this insanity.
FRIDAY: Steve Aoki and Lil Jon at Surrender. Tiesto at XS. Laidback Luke at Haze. Sebastian Ingrosso at Encore Beach Club. Benny Benassi and Fedde le Grand at Marquee. Cosmic Gate at Marquee dayclub. Singer Trey Songz at Tao. Afrojack at Tryst. Felix da Housecat at Chateau. EC Twins at Tao Beach. Martinez Brothers and Victor Calderone at Wet Republic. Cassie sings at Lavo. Taboo at Rain. Roger Sanchez at Ditch Fridays. Mark Foster at Moon. Them & Us at Vanity. Gabe of Cobra Starship at Pure. Rick Rude at Hard Rock dayclub. And Bagatelle Beach & Nightclub plans to be open at Tropicana. (Playmate Jessa Hinton at Crazy Horse III's Posh. Pussycat Dolls host Meagan Good at Gallery.)
SATURDAY: Skrillex at Tryst. Max Vangeli, AN21 and Steve Angello at Encore Beach Club, then at XS at night. Tiesto at Surrender. Benny Benassi at Tao Beach. Dev at Pure. Busta Rhymes at Palms pool dayclub. Ludacris at Rain. Chuckie and Cedric Gervais at Marquee dayclub. Above & Beyond at Marquee. Fabolous at Haze. Sean Kingston at Lavo. Vice at Tao. Bad Boy Bill at Chateau. JFK of DJ duo MSTRKRFT at Liquid dayclub. Rob Guson, Rony Seikaly and Boris at Wet Republic. Kilmore of Incubus at Hard Rock dayclub. Fingaz at Vanity. (Jennifer Lopez at Hyde Bellagio. Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair takes her 21st birthday party to Crazy Horse III strip club and its Posh club-lounge. UFC's Urijah Faber at Tryst. Ice-T and Coco at LAX.)
SUNDAY: Deadmau5 at XS. Kaskade at Marquee dayclub. Paul van Dyk at Tao Beach. Armin van Buuren, Gareth Emery and Blake Jarrell at Marquee. David Guetta at Encore Beach Club. Calvin Harris at Surrender. Erick Morillo at Tao. Sky Blu of LMFAO launches residency at Pure nightclub, after performing daytime at Wet Republic. Lil Jon at Tryst. Tony Arzadon and Steve Smooth at Chateau. Nelly at 1 Oak. Disco Fries at Rain. Vice at Lavo. Sex Panther at Palms pool. Questlove and Jazzy Jeff at Moon. Richard Beynon at Vanity. Akon at Haze. Eric D-Lux at the Bank.
MONDAY: Deadmau5 at Encore Beach Club. Armin van Buuren at Tao Beach (free). ATB, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano at Marquee dayclub. Avicii and David Guetta at XS. Laidback Luke at Wet Republic. Nicky Romero and Vice at Marquee.
WEDNESDAY: Skrillex at Surrender.
THURSDAY: Morgan Page at Surrender.
Doug Elfman's column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Email him at email@example.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.