Just last week, the Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort, home to a collection of Vegas' most cherished nightclubs, reminded us that Las Vegas will continue to be the EDM capital of the U.S by announcing 42 DJs for 2013 residencies — up from 34 last year.
In addition to past residents Afrojack, David Guetta, Diplo, and Steve Angello, this year will feed every sonic appetite. Knife Party, Deniz Koyu, Bassnectar, Loco Dice, and Zed Dead will join the Wynn/Encore family, among others, playing at Tryst, Surrender and XS Nightclubs and Encore Beach Club.
Current resident Eric Prydz said he aims to bring a higher concept (or, more accurately, a darker concept) to his Wynn shows in the New Year. As visuals — LED lights, lasers, projections onstage — at shows get busier and brighter here in the states, the Swedish electronic music icon wants to simplify things with his upcoming Black Dice party franchise.
"Black Dice is the name of my new residency in Vegas at both Surrender Club and XS," the Pryda Recordings label boss revealed in an online video premiered on MTV. "Vegas has always been known for that glamor and gold. I think [with] the concept of Black Dice... we wanna change things around a bit. Darken things up. You know. Strip things down."
The first to be stripped down? The servers, who will be sporting lingerie. And LED won't have a place at Black Dice. There will be laser elements matching the decor, though the overall motif is that lighting and colors will be darker and more minimal.
Prydz capitalized on dance music's rise in popularity in the states by releasing his three-disc opus, Eric Prydz Presents Pryda, and finding hits in "Allein," "Every Day" and his remix of M83's "Midnight City." His run with the Identity tour, Vegas residency and cinematic performance at New York's Roseland Ballroom in November brought him even more visibility. With a brand on the up, Prydz said he'll now shoot even higher with Dice.
"It's really exciting," Prydz said, walking the streets of Las Vegas. "I think the sound of the music I produce and the music that I play is something that Las Vegas hasn't really heard yet. That's the whole idea of Black Dice, as a night. It's about pushing something new on the city. We wanna do something that Vegas hasn't seen before."
Thus far, two Dice dates have been announced — February 9 at Surrender and March 8 at XS — but fans should regularly head to WynnSocial.com for upcoming date announcements. Rest assured, there will be plenty more. As for music, Eric Prydz plans to release more EPs as Pryda this year.