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
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

More articles for this artist .




advertisement

advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Original Journey Singer Hints At Working With Band Again- Stone Sour Announce New Album Hydrograd, Stream Two Tracks- Blink 182 Streaming Their 'Strangest Song' Yet- more

Former Guns N' Roses Star Cut Ties To Axl Rose- Bauhaus's Peter Murphy Suffering Serious Vocal Cords Issues- Darkest Hour Frontman Slams Victory Records- Avenged Sevenfold- more

AC/DC Kids Video A Big Viral Hit- Paul McCartney Adds New U.S. Dates To One On One Tour- Boston, Deep Purple and Alice Cooper Lead $20 Concert Offer- Radiohead Hoax- more

Day in Pop:
Dave Grohl Laments Tween Photo Of His Scott Baio Haircut- John Lennon's Original 'Sgt. Pepper's' Sketch To Be Auctioned- Madonna Not Happy About Biopic Plans- more

The Temptations Bass Player Kerry Turman Dies After Performance- Drake Declared The World's Most Popular Music Artist- Aretha Franklin Slams Dionne Warwick Over Mistake- more

Every Song On Kendrick Lamar's New Album Charts On Billboard Hot 100- Rihanna Sparks Controversy With Queen Elizabeth Photos- John Mayer Jams With Ryan Adams- more

advertisement


Reviews

On The Record: Jean Jacques Perrey's Moog Indigo

Iron Maiden TBT Month- The Golden Years

Ray Goren - Free

The Psyatics - Famous Monsters

On The Record: Jen Gloeckner - Vine

Iron Maiden TBT Month- Flight 666

RockPile: Hollywood Monsters- The Dahmers

On The Record: Strange Karma - Cold Blooded

Bernie Torme - Dublin Cowboy

Iron Maiden TBT Month- Live After Death DVD

Al Atkins - Reloaded

The Psyatics - Famous Monsters

Road Trip: Travel News, Trips and Tips April 2017

Iron Maiden TBT Month: Number of the Beast

Electric Ray and the Shockers - California Torpedo

Beauty In The Breakdown - NEON

Road Trip: Boise, Idaho's Treefort Music Fest

Mastodon - Emperor of Sand

Ministry - The Last Sucker

Ships Have Sailed - Whispers EP

RockPile: Prog Edition: Steve Hillage- Van Der Graaf Generator- Richard Barbieri

On The Record: The Dollyrots - Whiplash Splash more

Rock News Stories
Original Journey Singer Hints At Working with Band Again

Stone Sour Announce New Album Hydrograd, Stream Two Tracks

Blink 182 Streaming Their 'Strangest Song' Yet

Unearthed Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' Outtake Streaming Online

Guns N' Roses Reunion Tops Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

Imagine Dragons Streaming New Song 'Thunder'

Rolling Stones Win Album And Artist Of The Year Honors

Korn Having Fun Touring With Metallica Star's Tween Son

Phoenix Streaming New Single 'J-Boy'

More Peter Gabriel Deluxe Vinyl Reissues Announced

Dave Grohl Reflects On Loss Of Kurt Cobain During TV Appearance

Cheap Trick Stream New Song 'Long Time Coming,' Announce Album

Chuck Berry's New Single Dedicated To Wife

David Bowie's 'Labyrinth' Soundtrack Vinyl Reissue Coming

Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Reveals 2018 Ceremony Plans

Iggy Pop's First Three Solo Albums Getting Vinyl Reissues

John Mellencamp's Late Night with Seth Meyers Performance Goes Online

Singled Out: Ides Of Gemini's The Rose

more

B-Side Stories
Dave Grohl Laments Tween Photo Of His Scott Baio Haircut

John Lennon's Original 'Sgt. Pepper's' Sketch To Be Auctioned

Madonna Not Happy About Biopic Plans

Kendrick Lamar's 'Humble' Beat Was Intended for Gucci Mane

Miley Cyrus Appears In 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2'

Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Jonathan Demme

Ringo Starr Giving Fans Chance To Help Him Celebrate His Birthday

Usher, Hailee Steinfeld Help Raise Over $1 Million At Juvenile Diabetes Research Gala

T-Pain Releases New Track 'See Me Comin'

Chance the Rapper Covers Kanye West Songs At Tour Kick Off

Harry Styles Interviewed by Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Ronnie Wood

Justin Bieber Looks Back On His 2014 DUI Arrest

Selena Gomez Celebrates TV Brother's Wedding

Clint Black Adds New Dates To 'On Purpose' Tour

Bananarama Reuniting For Their Very First Tour

Pentatonix Release 'Can't Help Falling In Love' Video

Radiohead Inspire Name Of New Ant Species

Kane Brown Gets Engaged To Girlfriend Katelyn Jae

Beyonce Launches Female Scholarship Program

Ellie Goulding Reunites With Ex-Boyfriend At 'Magic Mike Live'

Lee Brice Suffers Bloody Bite From Brett Young's Tiny Dog

Migos' Quavo Spends $35k On Napoleon Chain

Jennifer Lopez Talks A-Rod Connection During TV Appearance

Rihanna And Lupita Nyong'o Down For Making Buddy Movie

Zayn Malik Gushes Online For Gigi Hadid's Birthday

more



Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

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.