Steve Aoki at Surrender NightclubNovember 17, 2011
Resident DJ of the Year Entry
Name of DJ: Steve Aoki
Name of Club: Surrender Nightclub
Location: Las Vegas
Ownership/Parent Company: Wynn Las Vegas and Las Vegas Nightlife Group
Square Footage: 60,000
One of the most exciting figures today in electro-house music, Steve Aoki sure knows how to jump-start a party. Musical Director and Resident DJ at Surrender Nightclub inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, the creator of the dance hit “I’m In The House” — featuring Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas — continuously draws a super-enthusiastic crowd of devoted followers. And, he delivers with a non-stop whirlwind of edgy new grooves, jack-hammer energy behind the decks and his signature move: jumping on top of the tables — or out into the packed dance floor surfing the crowd — and spraying party goers with Champagne.
Overseeing his weekly Friday night party Aoki's House, which launched Memorial Day weekend 2010 and features Aoki or his special DJ guests taking over the turntables, his residency at Surrender continues to be a colossal and enviable success. The first electro-dance nightclub promotion in Las Vegas, Aoki's House now is being replicated up and down The Strip.
Often debuting new music and testing out mixes for the very first time at Surrender, Aoki’s fans come in droves, attracted to his high-energy DJ sets and distinctive musical style and status as a trendsetting artist, producer, DJ, record-label owner (Dim Mak) and clothing designer. He is revered and respected by his peers, collaborating with like-minded producers ranging from Tiesto, Armand Van Helden, Laidback Luke, Afrojack, Boys Noize, The Faint, D.i.M., Lil Jon The Bloody Beetroots and Junkie XL, among others, and regarded as an important figurehead of the electro-dance music genre.
Aoki was bestowed with Vegas Seven magazine’s 2010 Nightlife Awards Game-Changing DJ Residency honor noting, “His signature sounds are a hit, and he’s brought in some big-name talent to help establish Surrender as one of the best-sounding and most stylish spots on the Strip.”
The expansive 60,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor venue is the perfect setting for Aoki to flaunt his flash and talent. John Lyons Systems, the award-winning lighting and sound firm, developed a showcase DJ booth and an audio system that delivers an exceptionally rich, clear sound. Through the use of innovative lighting technology, the various architectural elements throughout the nightclub are illuminated, creating a striking, animated effect. A custom floor-to-ceiling LED screen behind the DJ booth adds yet more exciting visual stimulation. Though Surrender may be mega in size, party goers will enjoy the sights and sounds wherever they are situated, and Aoki puts on a show utilizing this technology that has made a groundbreaking mark on The Strip’s music scene.