Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Feeds

Martin Solveig Live in Las Vegas

.
XS at Encore Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV- Saturday June 1, 2013

People can be sadistic when it comes to music. We often love a certain type or genre of music and cannot fathom why anyone would listen to anything else. However, with over one-hundred-thousand albums released annually, the world of music is much more divergent than anyone would or care to imagine. Because of the competition growing, subsets of genre specific music are more common than universal acceptance. I still long for a collective enjoyment and understanding of great records the way Thriller, Jagged Little Pill and Purple Rain once provided. The closest this generation has come to this communal agreement is with Adele's 21. Despite the fact that record sales are not what they used to be does not mean that music is not still exciting. On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I walked through Encore en route to the XS nightclub on a Saturday evening. The temperature had finally succumbed to double digits (98 degrees at 1am) and youthful splendor filled the casino before the line into the XS nightclub. Inside was more than just a series of DJ's spinning tunes for the crowd to dance to but a way of life. Love or hate Las Vegas, everyone would stand in awe and astonishment at the interior beauty of the Encore casino. Developed by Steve Wynn and opened in late 2008, it is far above almost any other hotel on the strip. When you enter the hotel, the first sights are of a flower garden whose beauty surpasses your wildest imagination and feels like a scene out of a Tim Burton movie, but it is real, tangible and it will astound you.

Since opening in 2008, the XS at Encore Las Vegas continually has been one of the top two nightclubs in America and for good reason. The spacious room lack decadent design, 40,000 square feet of space with an indoor and outdoor section allowing the attendees to roam in and out. People enter a dark hallway that leads into a thumping world of glitter and gold to escape every day life. Amidst an ocean of booze, beats, short skirts, tan bodies, hula-hoops, dazzling lights and confetti the music is more than a distraction but a heartbeat. My reasons for going to the XS were a French electro-house DJ, Martin Solveig, who talents expand beyond basic beats and reimagining of classics. Solveig has worked with a variety of musicians, but the undeniable hook-laden hit "Hello" is what ignited my interest. The song with more melody than thumps is rhythmic and one of the most powerful and potent dance songs I have ever heard. His partnership with Dragonette is easily one of the most listened to collaborations on my iPod.

In a headband and striped t-shirt, Solveig was unassuming when he made his entrance into the DJ stage around 1am. With flag waving dancers on either side of his setup, Solveig maneuvered the tunes into battle plans for the dance floor with ascending bass crescendos for over seventy-five minutes. There was an orgasmic reaction to every pounding crescendo, every new song and every sample. It does not hurt that the setup also included a dizzying array of lights, confetti cannons, foam, spray mists, lasers and a rotating chandelier. At one time rock n' roll used to be this grand and majestic. While the over-the-top nature of the setup does not work for every rock band, somewhere along the line, it lost its sense of fun for many fans.

Solveig's set does not lend itself to hushed outsiders, the music and magic forces everyone to be a dynamic participant even if your moves are unproven at best. You do not see people like Solveig on your standard television shows in the mainstream but this is his advantage, those who listen and follow him are true believers. Rather than feed the fuel of someone for a moment in time, Solveig and his contemporaries aren't concerned with mass fame, but rather attracting an conscientious audience in the right venue. "Ready 2 Go" and "Big in Japan" fueled the crowd into dissimilar stages of dizziness. When he closed his set with "Hello", the crowd erupted as a baseball stadium would with a bottom of the ninth inning grand slam that wins the game. Despite the exclusivity of the nightclub culture and bottle services, clubs like the XS are not just for the wealthy and young. For less than $30, you can enter a collective community. The ambiance is one of intense dedication. Fans swish and swirl their bodies against one another as song after song opens up the dance floor. Ironically, the shared space and mindset reminds me of heavy metal; both feature fans seeking some solace from a world that is bitter and cold and from the music, they find acceptance. Solveig and his unassuming nature engage the crowd more than most performers I have seen. His does not have to try hard to engage, it is simply part of his being. It was such a vitalizing scene, because while Solveig was hard at work, there was an almost serene essence coming off him. There did not appear to be a dividing line between star and audience.

His latest single "Hey Now" received an airing with Solveig hand bopping and taking pictures of the crowd. "Hey Now" continues Solveig's multi-marketing mission where there is more than the song, but several videos on his YouTube channel and of course the live performances. A special remix package is forthcoming and "Hey Now" will join "Big in Japan" and "Hello" as another bona fide pop hit. As Solveig spun and weaved the melodic grooves, you find your body moving even if you are not by definition a good dancer. It is not so much about dancing or the stylized moves you can make but it is specifically part of a larger community. DJ's like Martin Solveig do more than merely recreate existing musical landscapes, but journey out into the unknown and reinventing it, taking us along for the ride through our fantasies, desires and dreams.

Visit Martin Solveig's official site here.

Anthony Kuzminski is a Chicago based writer and Special Features Editor for the antiMUSIC Network. His daily writings can be read at The Screen Door. He can be contacted at tonyk AT antiMUSIC DOT com and can be followed on Twitter

Martin Solveig Live in Las Vegas


Share this article


More articles for this artist .


...end


advertisement


.
advertisement

.
News Reports
.
Day in Rock:
Stone Temple Pilots Add Tour Dates- Slipknot's Corey Taylor Turned Down VH1's Rock Of Love- Blink-182 May Make New Album With Matt Skiba- Skid Row Rejected $500K Reunion- more

Day in Pop: Ariana Grande Working On New Music?- Hootie And The Blowfish To Reunite On Letterman- Amy Winehouse's Family Upset Over 'Amy' Documentary- Jay Z Defends Tidal- more

Why Van Halen Didn't Fake New Live Album- Motley Crue's Vince Neil Reveals Only Reason For Reunion- Motorhead Forced To Cancel Monsters Of Rock Due To Lemmy's Health- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

advertisement
.
 
Reviews
.

Get To Know... Alexander Cardinale

Umphrey's McGee - The London Session: A Day at Abbey Road Studios

Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

Trauma Interview

December in Red - The Way Out

Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

SOKO Interview

The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

On The Record: The Wild Beyond

RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

Michael Ubaldini Interview


. .
.
Today's Rock News
.

Stone Temple Pilots Add Tour Dates

Slipknot's Corey Taylor Turned Down VH1's Rock Of Love

Blink-182 May Make New Album With Matt Skiba

Skid Row Rejected $500K Reunion According To Bach

Metallica Win Loudness War

Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Devastated By Loss Of Ozzy's Friendship

Kid Rock Breaking Records With Summer Tour

Motorhead Say Lemmy Is Feeling Better, Reveal Illness Details

Jack White Ends Acoustic Tour With Message 'Music is Sacred'

Motley Crue Think More Bands Should Do Retirement Contracts

Elvis Presley Songwriter Sid Tepper Dead at 96

Prime Evil Era Venom Members Reunite

Refused Release First New Song in 17 Years

Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett, Chris Squire On Billy Sherwood Album

Iron Maiden Release Behind The Scenes Video Of Remasters Project

The Who Release Video From Classic Quadrophenia Release

Visconti and Woodmansey Releasing Live Version of David Bowie Classic

Stratovarius Releasing New Album This Summer

Soulfly Releasing New Album 'Arch Angel' This Summer

Jethro Tull Streaming Rare Live Performance Of 'Aqualung'

Behemoth To Make 'Redefining' Album

Muse Lead KROQ Weenie Roast Lineup, Talk New Album

Slipknot Releasing Their Own Collectable Zippo Line

Marilyn Manson's Latest CD Changes Color When Played

Rush's Alex Lifeson Appears On Renman Live

Singled Out: Raven's Destroy All Monsters





Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

Ariana Grande Working On New Music?

Hootie And The Blowfish To Reunite On Letterman

Amy Winehouse's Family Upset Over 'Amy' Documentary

Jay Z Defends Tidal In A Series Of Online Posts

Fun.'s Nate Ruess Reveals New Single

Justin Bieber Crashes High School Prom

Mariah Carey Releases 'Infinity' Lyric Video

Brandon Flowers Releases 'Lonely Town' Video

Miranda Lambert Talks Makeup-Less Photo For People

Nas May Be Releasing New Album This Summer

D'Angelo Announces Summer Tour Dates

Randy Houser Reveals New Single 'We Went'

Country Star Eric Paslay Got Married This Past Weekend

Billy Corgan Teams Up With TNA Wrestling

John Stamos Calls Out Olsen Twins Over 'Fuller House' Reboot Claims

New 'Ted 2" NSFW Trailer Released

Chief Keef Releases 'Sosa Chamberlain' Video

Judge Rules On Taking Kid To Pink Concert

Heart's Ann Wilson Gets Married

Sesame Street Parody 'Avengers'

More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
AudioNationRadio.com Rock Show Radio (4 streaming stations) The Screen Door A Journal of Musical Things Lloyd Zeffler blog Demolish Mag Nightwatcher's House of Rock CJ Chilvers Deja Voodoo The 1st Five thecopycat.biz Hard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter

.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!



 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2015 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.