INTERVIEW: KASKADE, DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION
DJ superstar Kaskade spins Saturday at club Marquee as part of his monthly residency.
Recently, I told Kascade (Ryan Raddon) I don’t think people don’t dance as well as they used to a decade ago, when you had to go to rave to see the world’s best DJs.
He said that’s because ravers were hardcore underground dancers. By comparison, DJ music is now mainstream, and with that comes mainstream dancers.
“Before, it was such an underground thing. If you were a part of it, you were a dancer,” he said. “You put your most comfortable tennis shoes on, and you went out to sweat. You weren’t so concerned at looking at the DJ.
“Now, it’s hit this critical mass. It’s more like a rock concert. I look out there, and see people singing along and jumping up and down, and pumping their fists.”
He’s not complaining. He loves spinning in clubs.
“There’s so much money invested in the venues,” he said. “It’s this completely visceral experience — with the lighting, and the sound systems of these multimillion-dollar systems.”
“And (mainstream) people really want to go out and hear this stuff.”
INTERVIEW: TIM ALLEN, TOOL TIME
Tim Allen returns to the Venetian Friday and Saturday. I asked him if he has any good Vegas stories.
“I have a lot,” he said. “Most of the stories involve debauchery, so I just keep them to myself.”
But he does give me one taste of his early Vegas days, when he hung with the legendarily debauched Rodney Dangerfield at the Tropicana, so he describes what other comics have also described:
“We’d be hanging out at Trop at (gambling) tables in 3 in the morning, and Rodney would be down there in his bathrobe and slippers,” he said. “You didn’t say anything because, Jesus, it was Rodney.”
THE MIDWEEK IN PHOTOS
Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco with Wiz Khalifa and DJ Pauly D performed at the Palms pool this week for MTV’s spring break coverage. I’m writing all about that in Friday’s column. (Courtesy photos by MTV/Picture Group.)
And the Review-Journal photographer Jessica Ebelhar’s slideshow is here.
On Wednesdy, DJ Avicii DJ’d at Marquee for the Nightclub & Bar Show convention, and it looked fittingly crazy. (Courtesy photo by Al Powers.)
The Situation’s face looked pretty odd while he got interviewed by Holly Madison for Extra TV at Planet Hollywood. He was in town to promote Devotion vodka. (Courtesy photos by Erik Kabik/RETNA/erkkabik.com.)
And look at this fool. It’s LMFAO’s Redfoo doing a monthly DJ gig at Marquee. (Courtesy photos by Al Powers.)