DJ 4 LIFE: MY TIME IN LAS VEGAS - the first 2 years

DJ 4 LIFE: MY TIME IN LAS VEGAS - the first 2 years

Being a DJ for 20+ years has allowed me to work and see some amazing places. I started the 19th year of my DJ career by moving to Las Vegas. While I've spent my entire life (so far) getting ready for this, nothing can truly prepare you for Las Vegas. It's bigger, busier, and just plain MORE than what you can imagine. I don't believe in "dry-land swimming" so I jumped all the way in and moved here, determined to learn on the fly.

There have definitely been ups and downs, but I've taken chances, jumped at some opportunities, created some different opportunities. and had an interesting couple of years. I've been all over the valley, doing a lot of different kinds of gigs. Let's get started with these maps:

 

full list of venues played:


A Home For Spot, Las Vegas, NV
American Bar at the LINQ, Las Vegas, NV
Angel Park Golf Club, Sumerlin, NV
Beacon Center, Las Vegas, NV
Blue Fire, Las Vegas, NV
Bouchon restaurante inside Venetian, Las Vegas, NV
Cabo Wabo Loft, Las Vegas, NV
Canaletto's at The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV
Canyon Fairways Park, Sumerlin, NV
Cashman Center, Las Vegas Nevada
Community Crescent Valley Park, Las Vegas, NV
Cosmopolitian, Las Vegas, NV
Craig Ranch Park, North Las Vegas, NV
Dazzle In the Attic DJ Takeover, Las Vegas, NV
Desert Bloom Park, Henderson, NV
Downtown Container Park, Las Vegas NV
Dragon Ridge Golf Course, Henderson, NV
Eastside Cannery, Las Vegas, NV
Eclipse Theatres, Las Vegas, NV
Emerald Park Apartments, Las Vegas, NV
Fabrizio, Las Vegas NV
Fizz at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV
Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Givens Elementary School, Sumerlin, NV
Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Green Valley Resort & Casino, Henderson, NV
Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas, NV
Heartland Mansion, Las Vegas, NV
Havana Room, Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV
Haza, Las Vegas, NV
J W Marriott, Sumerlin, NV
Kay Carl Elementary School, North Las Vegas, NV
Legacy Golf Course, Henderson, NV
Legends Ranch, Las Vegas, NV
LifeCube Project on Freemont, Las Vegas, NV
LINQ, Las Vegas, NV
Lorenzi Park, Las Vegas, NV
Madera Canyon Country ClubHouse, Henderson, NV
Maggiano's Little Italy on The Strip, Las Vegas, NV
Majestic Park, Sumerlin, NV
Masonic Temple Lodge, Hendersen, NV
MerryHill SnowTrail PreSchool, Las Vegas, NV
Morton's Steakhouse, Las Vegas, NV
Mountains Edge Park, Las Vegas, NV
Mt.Charleston Lodge, NV
Neche, Las Vegas, NV
Palace Station, Las Vegas, NV
Paris Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Place On 7th, Las Vegas, NV
Rao's inside Ceasar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV
Red Rocks Casino & Resort, Sumerlin, NV
Rendesvous, Las Vegas, NV
RePete's Bar & Grill, Las Vegas, NV
Rhodes Ranch, Las Vegas, NV
Sam's Town Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Silverton Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Somerset Academy, Henderson, NV
South Point Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Stateside Lounge, Las Vegas, NV
Summit at Sun City, Sumerlin, NV
SunCoast Casino, Sumerlin, NV
Sunset Station, Las Vegas, NV
Symphony Park at Smith Hall, Las Vegas, NV
The D Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Three Square, North Las Vegas, NV
Town Square, Las Vegas, NV
TPC Summerlin, Sumerlin, NV
Tree Top Park, Sumerlin, NV
Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV
Tule Springs Ranch, North Las Vegas, NV
Vanguard Lounge, Las Vegas, NV
Village Square, Las Vegas, NV
World Market Center, Las Vegas, NV


not a bad start for the first two years.

I've worked as both a Wedding DJ and a Club DJ. Here are a list of the more notable events on my timeline.


Hard Rock Cafe On The Strip

Flashback to when I first moved to Las Vegas and had a gig playing under the guitar at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. towards the end of the first night there Spiderman, Thor, and the Green Arrow approved


My first interesting gig in Vegas started at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. I was playing music out on the sidewalk, mixing mostly rock and roll music, with a few pop / dance songs sprinkled in here or there. I'd also announce the happy hour specials and work the crowd on the mic, trying to draw attention to the restaurant. This was a fun place to work, but the money came indirectly, through a guy I had met, and through a contact of his. The money wasn't right, and I (as well as a couple of other DJs) all fizzled out after a while. I did end up playing 12 nights there.


High Flyin Entertainment


Definitely my most important work so far has been with High Flyin Entertainment. It was the first time I had worked for another Wedding company, letting them do all the booking for me. It had it's good and bad points, but it was mostly good working with them. Letting go of the control was the hardest part for me, and what eventually made me decide to go back to working on my own in May of 2017. I needed to go back to doing things my way, but I am very grateful to Michael Susara (pictured above) for hiring me for a couple of years. In just over 19 months, I performed at 93 events for High Flyin' Entertainment and made a LOT of people happy.


Vanguard Lounge
 

I continued to work with other club DJs. United DJs Las Vegas started out as a social group that got together to practice, the practicing didn't turn out to be consistent, but the name was awesome. We turned it into a marketing group / website, and then I took over and turned it into a business. Our first gig of note was at the Vanguard Lounge on Fremont Street. I performed a run of 11 Monday nights there, bringing in as many DJs as I could. It was a small night, not a lot of money involved, but there's a now a list of DJs that can legitimately say they've played Fremont Street thanks to this.

List of DJs:

The Real DJ Steve

DJ Chris Eastes

MrEdd

DJ RHOY

DJ Aphex

DJ Dekade

 


Michael Susara's Mix & Mingle


Michael Susara and I went in together on a joint venture - along with Jil-Marie Borchers, (I was trying to merge my Wedding DJ and Club DJ families) called Michael Susara's Mix & Mingle. I put everything I had into the first 2 - at Neche, and at Fizz ; helped out with 3 & 4 - at Blue Fire and at Eclipse Theaters. Michael has since taken over control with number 5 and counting. It's a roughly once a month get-together showcasing the best local talent (djs, singers, poets, entertainers, emcees) nightclubs and venues of Las Vegas! We start out with a social networking session where people can get to know some new friends and then we turn up the music and finish the night with a live DJ performance.


Check out the Facebook Group page to learn more.

 

United DJs Las Vegas

After the run at Vanguard, the group became a business, and we kept trying to get our name out there and book club gigs. You can check out the website here: Our most successful events have been at Chateau,  where we won the "I'm with the DJ contest"  in January, February, and April (they didn't have one in March)

 

2017-02-15 This was the scene as DJ Carolina Connect won the "I'm with the DJ" contest at Chateau

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As you can see, I've tried my best to stay busy and open to new opportunities. I'm very proud of the way things have gone for the first two years in Las Vegas. My focus going forward includes working on more high-detail weddings and continuing to book club events for myself and the other United DJs Las Vegas. I'll do another recap in a couple of years, until then, stay up to date by following me on Instagram and Facebook.

#MayYouLiveAnInterestingDJLife

DJ 4 LIFE

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The Real DJ Steve is both a Las Vegas Wedding DJ and the owner of United DJs Las Vegas.

For more information please check out:

www.TheRealDJSteve.com
www.UnitedDJsLasVegas.com

702-701-4114
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