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EDM’s Leading Ladies November 2012: Issue 35


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6 Featured Dishes: Savory Seafood 8 Featured Dishes: Premium Cuts 10 Featured Cocktails 11 Sunday Funday 12 Featured Liqueur: Drambuie 14 Movers & Shakers 16 Nitelife Around The World: Taipei, Taiwan 18 Featured Hotel: Vdara 20 Featured Venue: 1 Oak 21 Club Directory 24 Featured Show: Zarkana 25 November Events Listing: LA 26 November Events Listing: OC, SD 28 Live Events Listing 30 Featured Band: Bloc Party 32 NERVO November Vixen Chanelle Angelina Photo by Shom’s Photography

34 Featured DJ/Producer: Arty 36 Behind The Decks

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THE LIST THE PUBLISHER November is one of my favorite months, and a wonderful excuse to over-indulge. Who doesn’t love eating, drinking, and gathering around the table for some family fun –or torture? After the festivities on Thanksgiving, head out to any number of great events in our events listing. We’ve also got great music coverage and a concert calendar that can satisfy anyone who lives for live shows. Also, be sure to check out our interviews with one of EDM’s up and coming DJs, Arty, and indie drummer Matt Tong of Bloc Party. With the holidays right around the corner, everyone at NiteGuide wants to wish our readers a safe holiday season, full of happiness, good eats, great company and nights full of endless possibilities. Justin Stearman Publisher

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THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR In a male dominated EDM scene I am genuinely proud of the NERVO sisters, who not only cracked the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list (total boys club), but broke into the top 50. We’ve got an in-depth story on how they began as musicians, followed by a great interview. The men in EDM are wonderful, but the fact that these two ladies are creating a ruckus in the electronic music scene brings a smile to my face. We’ve also got a great feature on what makes a DJ tick, where to find the best places to watch a game, and coverage of the hottest events around. Make sure to check out what November has in store, it’s going to be a great month! Nicole Lloyd Director of Operations


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Savory Seafood

Featured Food

By Drew Leahy

Crispy Potato Shrimp XEN LOUNGE

10628 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604 818.505.3513 | XEN lounge’s eccentric, enthusiastic décor reflects the creativity of celebrity owner Duane Martin, with its oversized silver-clad thrones, mismatched black leather chairs, polka-dot wallpaper, and umbrellas hanging from trees surrounding the patios. Enjoy the chic, fun atmosphere of XEN in one of four distinct areas: the main lounge and bar, two al fresco patio spaces, and the rooftop hangout.

Photo Courtesy of XEN Lounge

To complement this truly unique and artistic interior design, XEN’s new-American cuisine, inspired by innovative twists on classic comfort foods, delivers an array of small plates and savory signature entrees paired well with their seasonally driven cocktail program. The Crispy Potato Shrimp served with roasted corn, pineapple, pancetta, and pimento is just one of many delicacies brought to XEN by Chef Neil Shulman, and affordable as well.

Cozze Brunos Trattoria

210 W. Birch St. Brea, CA 92821 714.257.1000 | Inspired by “a simpler time when meals brought friends and families together,” Brunos Trattoria offers a welcoming, hospitable atmosphere with soul-satisfying fare, committed to the communal revelry of dining. Menu offerings include simple and rustic dishes influenced by ingredients found in Italian cuisine, and a broad selection of Italian and Californian wines. The Cozze, which is Italian for mussels, is the perfect appetizer for those seeking a thrilling start to their meal. Made with Prince Edward Island mussels and steamed in garlic, white wine, fennel and fresh herbs, the Cozze is an edgy appetizer, and produces a tasty broth for dipping fresh bread into.

Photo by Jennifer Morris

LOBSTER enchilada Tortilla Republic

616 N. Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 310.657.9888 | Tortilla Republic’s contemporary Mexican cuisine is the latest modern rendition of traditional Mexican fare to hit West Hollywood. Offering guests Mexican delights with inventive additions and unexpected flavors sourced from all-natural meats, Jidori chicken and organic and locally grown produce, Tortilla Republic sets the bar for fresh, bold Mexican flavors. Not to mention an extensive cocktail program comprised of tequilas and inspired margaritas that reflect the same seasonal, fresh ingredients inherent in Tortilla Republic’s menu offerings. The inclusion of the freshest offshore ingredients, like in the Lobster Enchilada, showcases Tortilla Republic’s unexpected flavors and rich, edgy menu. Served with truffled tomatillo, seafood bisque, manchego and jack cheese, and shaved black truffle, the Lobster Enchilada is perfect for lunch or dinner in Tortilla Republic’s casual setting. 6

Featured Food

By Drew Leahy

Premium Cuts

10 oz. Center Cut Filet Mignon Arnold Palmer’s

78164 Avenue 52, La Quinta, CA 92253 760.771.GOLF (4653) | Located in La Quinta, Arnold Palmer’s features fresh seafood, aged beef, and vegetarian selections embraced by “The King” himself, along with an array of New American cuisine created by Executive Chef Ivan Flowers. Whether dining in the wine room or enjoying the fireside views of the beautiful Santa Rosa mountains on the patio, Arnold Palmer’s embodies the charisma, genuine kindness, and welcoming warmth indicative of the professional golfer’s sterling disposition.

Photo Courtesy of Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant

The 10 oz. Center Cut Filet Mignon, served with crispy grilled vegetable lasagna, shallot confit, and sauce bordelaise, typifies the quality cuts of tender, aged beef at Arnold Palmer’s. This savory filet pairs great with one of Arnold Palmer’s Wine Spectator Award winning fine wines.

Braised Lamb Shank Table 926

926 Turquoise Street, San Diego, CA 858.539.0926 | Located in North Pacific Beach, San Diego, the affable Table 926 mixes upscale with casual, and incorporates seasonal cuisine for an indelible dining experience procured from local sustainable farms. Featuring California ingredients underscored by Mediterranean and Latin-American flavors, Table 926 reflects the inspirations of executive chef and owner, Matt Richman. Hand-crafted menu choices like the regularly offered special, Braised Lamb Shank, served on mushroom risotto with mushroom broth, diced shallots, mascarpone cheese and a hint of salt and pepper, pair well with one of Table 926’s boutique wines or crafted beers. The bold taste of this entrée derives many of its flavors from red wine, bay leaf, parsley, thyme, garlic and an assortment of fresh vegetables, making it a favorite among guests. Photo Courtesy of Table 926

Crispy Pork Cheeks The Churchill

8384 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, 90048 323.655.8384 | The Churchill in Los Angeles, known for serving seasonal American cuisine including house made cured meats, pastas, pickled vegetables, breads and deserts, can now add Californian/Mediterranean cuisine to their culinary program with the introduction of new Executive Chef Bruce Kalman. Featuring fresh, market-driven ingredients and seasonal cooking inspired by local purchases, The Churchill’s already dynamic menu now includes delicious dinner entrees like Organic Chicken and Roasted Black Masson Figs, and breakfast highlights like Short Ribs Hash and Eggs.

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New to the menu and representative of Chef Kalman’s culinary precision is the Crispy Pork Cheeks served with piquillo pepper stew and candied pistachios. This fine cut of Pork will leave an impression on even the most seasoned taste buds, and washes down well with one of The Churchill’s twenty regional beers or handmade signature cocktails. 9


Featured Cocktails 189 Degrees Celsius iPic Theaters

various locations throughout United States 626.639.2260 (Pasadena) | By Drew Leahy iPic Theaters’ innovative interpretation of cinematic experience combines comfort with accommodation for a unique experience moviegoers won’t soon forget. Oversized, leather cushion Premium Seats and reclining chairs outfit the stadium seating of iPic’s plush auditoriums, and enhanced movie screenings attributed to state-of-the-art digital technology and optimized sound quality render movies the way they were intended.

Cellar Door Andaz San Diego

600 F Street San Diego, CA 92101 619.849.1234 By Drew Leahy Cosmopolitan sophistication meets ultramodern style and sensuality at the Andaz San Diego, where business globetrotters, adventurous jetsetters and localites of San Diego are welcome to celebrate this progressive, chic addition to the historic Gaslamp Quarter. 159 rooms are adorned with modern architectural elements like rich textures, forward-thinking technologies and glass-enclosed bathrooms; and entertainment destinations like the Andaz Winebar or Ivy Nightclub located inside the hotel accommodate guests seeking a relaxing spirit or late night cocktail. With multiple places to enjoy the evening, Andaz offers great drinks with attitude.

Patrons can enjoy chef-prepared gourmet eats from Corporate Chef Andre Lane and all-natural, premium-crafted cocktails from professional mixologists Adam Seger at iPic’s Salt Lounge or Tanzy restaurant. And if moviegoers want to enjoy their libations and gourmet food during the movie, iPic’s Tanzy Express or the Premium In-Theater menu packages orders to take inside the cinema. Start your experience off right at Salt Lounge, where market fresh, seasonal ingredients enliven every signature cocktail. Try the 189 Degree Celsius: Champagne Moët and Chandon Imperial, Japanese OrangeKey-Lime-Tangerine Sour, Rare Tea Cellars Pharaoh’s Ancient Lemon Infused Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier Cuvee Centenaire, Agave Nectar, and a La Minute Ginger-Citrus Sorbet all “deep fried” in liquid nitrogen.


1650 Schrader Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 323.785.0011 | By Drew Leahy Featuring an elevated DJ booth and bleacher seating, the Russian-themed Blok separates itself from innumerable Hollywood clubs with avant-garde décor and an acute awareness for live entertainment. With intimate bar lighting, a capacious dance floor with retractable stage, and a signature cocktail menu inspired by Russia and its heritage, Blok’s unique atmosphere and energy effortlessly reconcile any indifferent attitudes toward Hollywood nightlife. A drink can be the ultimate precursor to a night ahead, and Blok is no stranger to fine cocktails and high-end clientele. Hollywood A-listers frequent the secluded outdoor patio of Blok and indulge in fanciful libations like The Dictator and The Burning Soviet. One of Blok’s genuine favorites, though, and a sprightful, refreshing complement to the night, is The People’s Drink: Grey Goose Cherry Noir, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, a splash of sour, served on the rocks with a cherry and orange garnish. It’s the perfect way to start any evening, in one of LA’s most unique venues.

Andaz San Diego’s Cellar Door signature cocktail can be enjoyed at either of the aforementioned Andaz dining or entertainment destinations, and is as much a progressive addition to signature cocktails as the Andaz is to luxury hotels. Featuring Pimm’s No. 1, lemon, Bergamot Syrup, Sailor Jerry Spice Rum and St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, the Cellar Door fall-colored cocktail represents the sophistication that Andaz is recognized for.

Photo by Andrew Meade Photography


The People’s Drink

Sunday Funday By Justin Olsen


rying to find the perfect place to catch the games, or just kick back on the last day of the weekend with your friends? NiteGuide’s constructed a list of the top hangouts and pubs for ultimate Sunday enjoyment. Flat screens, drink specials, and great food can be found at these locations.

Orange County Mutt Lynch’s

2nd Floor

Orange County’s #1 dive bar since 1976. From their signature breakfast and fishbowl-size Bloody Mary to discounted pints and enormous pizza pie, Mutt Lynch’s makes for that perfect beachside, end of the week location.

With a trendy menu offering everything from original burgers stuffed with every kind of cheese you could dream of to a healthy menu consisting of vegetarian entrees, 2nd Floor is the perfect hangout to catch a game and kick back while enjoying the beautiful view that Huntington Beach has to offer.

Los Angeles Big Wangs

Barney’s Beanery

With four locations, delicious homemade food, and more TVs than anyone else in Los Angeles, Big Wangs, delivers a perfect cure for your Sunday football fever. Bring in the fantasy football crew and enjoy cheap prices and large portions.

With TVs covering nearly every surface of the Westwood location bar, including the ceiling, bathroom walls, and every individual table, you can be sure not to miss a single play. A miniature movie theater made up of eight TV’s puts the game on an even larger scale, making it possible to check out every drop of sweat and blade of grass on the field.

San Diego Nicky Rotten’s Bar & Burger Joint

Shakespeare Pub and Grille

With $3 pints, $10 pitchers and consistent, out-of-this-world burgers, Nicky Rotten’s makes for the perfect Sunday retreat. The plethora of TVs and generous football swag giveaways are just the icing on the cake.

If you’re looking for a traditional English Pub to catch a game, Shakespeare Pub and Grille offers that genuine experience. With tasty beers flowing on tap and home cooked English entrees such as Fish and Chips and Shepherd’s Pie at reasonable prices, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a pub on the back streets of London.

Las Vegas The Pub at Monte Carlo

Lagasse’s Stadium in The Palazzo

300 beers and 35 TV screens make this casual, yet stylish “pub” a wonderful place to catch the big game. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the environment or indulge in “The Pub Challenge,” where guests attempt to devour an 8lb signature burger and, if successful, engrave your name in Monte Carlo history.

Chef Emeril Lagassie didn’t mess around when he created this Vegas sports bar filled with theater style seating, a projection wall, and over 100 plasma HDTV’s. With traditional Game Day foods such as nachos and buffalo wings made with a gourmet twist that only Emeril can create, Lagasse’s Stadium is the perfect on-the-strip location to watch a game and enjoy delectable appetizers. 11


Featured Alcohol Guy Fawkes Cocktail This drink brings together Guy Fawkes’ English roots in DRAMBUIE® along with his Spanish exploits connoted by the sherry, overlaid on the smokiness of Islay Scotch to evoke the infamous Gunpowder Plot to which he is inextricably linked. -In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add: 2 parts DRAMBUIE® 1 part Islay Single Malt Scotch 1 part Oloroso Sherry 5 drops Bitter End Moroccan Bitters -Shake until the tin is frosted. -Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. -Garnish with a burnt grapefruit peel. Created by Drambuie Brand Ambassador and expert mixologist, Anthony Caporale. By Megan Harvey


hen you’re looking for refreshment, the beverage choice you make depends entirely on the setting that you find yourself in. An outdoor summer party might call for an icy margarita, blended together with playful ease and garnished with summer fruit. Glitzy New Years Eve parties clearly call for the matching sparkle of a Champagne Flute. With dimmed lights and sophistication in the air, an undeniable choice for an elegant night out should be a cocktail made with DRAMBUIE Liqueur. A complex drink upheld by a Scottish legacy, DRAMBUIE began as the personal elixir created for the rebel Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Escaping over miles of Highlands and across turbulent seas, the Prince found refuge on the Isle of Skye by way of John MacKinnon- whom he thanked with the top secret recipe to his regal beverage of choice. The rogue’s recipe has been kept secret, passed down by family generations for over 250 years. Served as the first liqueur to Parliament’s House of Lords and Buckingham Palace, DRAMBUIE crossed the big lake to America to also pour into the infamous Rusty Nail cocktail- which was the drink of choice in 1950’s Hollywood. History isn’t the only heavy handed thing in DRAMBUIE; the Highland spirit is made full bodied with a combination of cloves, saffron, heather honey and herbs. DRAMBUIE is then blended with Speyside and Highland malt whiskeys, many of which are aged up to 15 years. This spicy, sweet, golden spirit is bottled as DRAMBUIE original, DRAMBUIE 15, Royal Legacy, and the ultraexclusive Jacobite Collection. Throw it back Rat Pack-style with the classic Rusty Nail cocktail, or you can also try the distinguished Guy Fawkes Cocktail listed above. You can also find more on




Movers & shakers Featured Sommelier Melissa Bremner | Tetsu

Melissa Bremner: Chef Masa created a new concept to add to his awe-inspiring line-up of fine dining restaurants. Tetsu is his vision of teppan. It adds another component with various proteins, which also adds dimension to the wines that would be fit for pairing. Chef Masa still stands true to his “purist” beliefs showcasing the freshest products for guests to see and indulge in. NGM: Where did your affinity for wine come from? MB: I have always had some form of interest for wine as long as I‘ve been in the restaurant industry (13+ years). As my passion grew, I was offered once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and received endless support during my MGM Resorts International management years, which allowed me to be who I am today.

Melissa Bremner not only has an affinity for food and wine pairings, she can accent any Japanese dish with the perfect sake. After working for various MGM establishments in food and dining, this Las Vegas native works as a sake sommelier in one of Sin City’s top teppan restaurants and creates tantalizing pairings of every kind. NiteGuide Magazine: Tell us about your venue?

Featured PR Rembrandt Flores | EFG PR

Rembrandt Flores is the Co-Founder of EFG::Entertainment Fusion Group. Fueled by a passion for his work, Flores knows how to rub elbows with the established and break new talents and products into the spotlight. With offices all over the world, this globe-trotting public relations expert knows how to shine in the nightlife industry.

NiteGuide Magazine: What lead you into the PR world? Rembrandt Flores: To be honest with you, it was a combination of things -friends telling me I should be a publicist and colleagues throughout the industry saying I must be a publicist. I guess it was destiny and my true calling because I ended up exactly where I was meant to be. NGM: Founding a PR firm that stretches across the globe must have come with its ups and downs. What’s a challenge that motivated you? RF: No matter if you are local or global, being a creator and entrepreneur always has its challenges. I am fortunate to have a partner that not only thinks big, but is able to make it a reality. His motto is, “There are no problems, only solutions. You just have to find it!” With that in mind, we constantly 14 20

NGM: How does a sommelier factor into a great night out? MB: A night can be nice and enjoyable, then can change to magical and unforgettable with the help of a sommelier. They can elevate a guest’s experience whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or out “just-for-the-heck-of-it,” by connecting and recognizing what the guest is looking for. It could be finding the perfect pairing or introducing a region/ varietal they’ve never had. Such examples can push and strive for better. Due to our successes here both in the pr, events and marketing space, we are consistently being sought out by global brands to help them in other local markets.

NGM: Is it fair to say working in PR requires a certain type of personality? RF: That’s absolutely fair! You really need to have an outgoing personality coupled with a VERY thick skin to survive in the world of PR. I am constantly dealing with a myriad of personalities and temperaments so I have to maintain a positive attitude while navigating through this to get my many jobs done. NGM: What’s the biggest misconception about PR firms? RF: That we are all the same! I hate when I hear that from a potential client. Essentially what we are trying to achieve is the same, but how we get there is what sets EFG apart. We truly do think outside the box, and are always pushing ourselves to see what we can do for our clients that hasn’t been done before or put a twist on what has been done before. In the end, we want to spread our clients’ message so that they are all successful in their perspective fields.

truly impact their evening. It’s personally my favorite part of the job. NGM: What’s your favorite wine for special occasions or celebrations? MB: It varies so much at the moment. The only tradition I have is my husband and I treat ourselves to Bordeaux, specifically from Pessac-Leognan, for Christmas. It’s one of our favorite regions that we allow ourselves to splurge a little. NGM: How do wine lovers fit into Sin City? MB: Las Vegas is one of the best cities in the world to accommodate to any and all interests. Specifically for our wine world, many passionate, experienced, educated people have made Las Vegas their home and have built the foundation to make this city a place for wine lovers to indulge. NGM: Can you share any advice to our readers regarding what to ask a sommelier when looking for the right wine? MB: The right wine is what you’re in the mood for. What is going to take you to your happy place? The more I learn about your taste and what you want from your evening, the better I am able to serve you.

NGM: How do you think a PR firm helps those that work in various areas of nightlife? RF: We help by spreading awareness as widely and as quickly as possible. At the end of the day, the world of nightlife wants their venues filled with great people that have lots of disposable income. We are here to try to make sure people know about these venues and why they should go. NGM: What’s the greatest reward your company has brought you to date? RF: Tough question. The fact that I have been able to traverse the globe, spend time with Alisters and meet some of my idols, industry icons and new friends has proven to be the most rewarding part of this job. I have checked off a lot of things on my bucket list because of EFG and I am eternally grateful for those experiences, lifelong friendships, and business relationships.


DJ KAMOFLAGE is a SoCal native who thrives on energizing a room through sound. With a passion for music rooted in Vinyl, he takes new EDM and fuses it with old-school flair. Whether behind tables or a laptop, DJ KAMOFLAGE will have you on the dance floor. NiteGuide Magazine: What initially pulled you toward performing? DJ KAMOFLAGE: I always wanted to make people party. NGM: How do you feel Southern California’s club scene compares to others in the U.S.? DJK: Southern California’s club scene is great because it’s a perfect combination of all the great elements of nightlife but wrapped into one general area. NGM: Can you share with us a memory of a gig that got particularly rowdy? DJK: New Years Eve 2010 at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa. I was headlining in one of the rooms and the entire hotel had hit capacity. There were even a couple thousand people

Featured cocktail server Tawni Lindquist | HURRICANES Adapting to a nightlife environment comes naturally to Tawni Lindquist, who works as a cocktail server at one of Huntington Beach’s most popular Main Street hangouts, Hurricanes. Originally from Washington state, Tawni shakes up the nightlife scene in Southern California. NiteGuide Magazine: What do you like to do in your spare time? Tawni Lindquist: I am a pretty mellow person, I like being with friends and hanging out. Going to the beach, working out, shopping. I usually get my nightlife fix while at work. NGM: How did you break into the fast-paced nightlife industry? TL: Not really sure how it happened, I have always enjoyed the nightlife. It’s definitely different being on the serving end of things. You get to see all the action from a different perspective. It’s fun! NGM: What drew you to Hurricanes? TL: I actually had never been to Hurricanes

outside just trying to get in. I saw people onstage popping bottles of champagne all over the unsuspecting crowd and security definitely was outnumbered by thousands of OC partiers. NGM: Have you ever thrown in a down tempo track to calm an overly excited crowd? DJK: Yes, but only at the end of the night. NGM: Do you prefer digital or vinyl? DJK: I prefer vinyl. I am a scratch DJ and always will be. That’s how I started and that’s how I’ll end. You have more control of all the elements with vinyl, which allows you to be more creative and perform a better show; and if you love to scratch, it’s the only way to go. Although, I have adapted to the current trends and have no problem using any set up but my first choice is always turntables.

DJK: Knowing that everyone is having a good time just because of you. NGM: Where and when can our readers find you performing? DJK: I have performances every week at all the hottest clubs in Hollywood and occasionally in Orange County as well. I also do house parties and private events for special occasions. The best way to keep track of all performances is under my events section on www.facebook. com/djkamoflage

NGM: Do you like mash-ups? What’s the craziest mash-up you’ve ever performed? DJK: I enjoy mash-ups and the craziest mashup I ever did was 2pac lyrics over a Rage Against the Machine instrumental. NGM: What’s the most thrilling part about being a DJ?

before I started working there. I had heard about the light up dance floor but that was about it. A couple of my girlfriends worked there at the time and told me about it so I tried it out. NGM: How would you describe a typical crowd at Hurricanes? TL: Very thirsty! NGM: How does the beach crowd compare to other crowds? TL: Definitely more of a younger demographic. When they go out, they go ALL out!

the crazy in people. It can get pretty weird out there! NGM: What keeps you motivated on a late night shift? TL: For the most part we have a really fun crowd of people. The people mixed with the loud music, fun vibe, and my coworkers for sure get me through the night. NGM: Can you share a tip on enjoying a successful night out? TL: Leave the drama at home!

NGM: Do things drastically change once summer is over? TL: Yes, it goes from crazy to chill overnight, it seems like. All the tourists go home and it’s pretty much just locals and regulars. Hurricanes has some very loyal regulars –we absolutely love them. NGM: Can you share any stories of clientele gone wild? TL: I normally have a story or two to tell in the morning, but there is something about the color changing dance floor that brings out

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Taipei, Taiwan By Emmanuel Cayanan


ine o’clock is just when life begins in the streets of Taiwan. Long work hours and hot humid weather keep most people indoors during the day, but when the sun sinks into the horizon and the city cools down, things heat up in the nightlife circuit of this visually striking island. Sidewalks stay crowded even past midnight, when night markets, eateries, and pubs begin to bustle. Most nocturnal activities include shopping, late night eats, drinking, dancing, and karaoke. Whether you’re admiring the dazzling city lights from any of the high points in Taipei or exploring the night markets or pubs on street level, this East Asian island is sure to keep you entertained. Here are some noteworthy spots to hit in Taipei.


Myst Night Club


On top of one of the best views in Taiwan, Myst Night Club offers some of the best music in the nightlife scene and is one of hottest clubs in Taipei, with lots of space to lounge, drink, and dance. Brought to the scene by local nightlife giants, Rama Thai and the Brown Sugar Entertainment Group, Myst is the premier clubbing experience on the island. You won’t find many other places with so much space and so many people waiting outside to fill it. The interior is adorned with distinguishing features like an indoor waterfall and neon lights, but its main attraction is its open-air wrap-around patio with private booths, a separate bar and a full view of Taipei from just about every vantage point. Weekends are always packed, so consider booking ahead if you’re planning to visit Myst.

The biggest dance club not only in Taipei but in Taiwan, Luxy is the place to head to for famous international DJs who spin on a regular basis. Self-described as a “contemporary nightlife complex,” the club draws both a local and international crowd with its electric sounds, luxurious décor and infamous drink specials. There are three main areas—a hip hop room, an electronic/trance room, and a lounge area. Top acts like Infected Mushroom, David Guetta, and Armin Van Buren have hyped the crowd at Luxy, earning it its reputation as the go-to club in Taipei. Luxy is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Room 18 Among the trendiest and most modern of lounge bars in Taipei, the neon-lit Room 18 is stylish, and its bartenders are consummate professionals. The club is broken into two spaces, Room 18 and 18 Lover. Room hosts a large dance floor with a music mix of hip-hop and electronica with a spirit-heavy drink menu. Whiskey and brandy are popular here. While a night at Room may be a bit expensive with high drink prices and a cover charge, the lively exciting atmosphere is well worth it.

Brown Sugar Extremely popular and boasting a reputation for fine live music and cuisine, Brown Sugar is modeled after your typical New Orleans jazz bar. Offering a mix of jazz, blues, and Latin flavors, the well-known band plays most nights, and the food is not to be missed. Brown sugar is one of the best places in Taipei to enjoy live music.

Shilin Night Market The night markets in Taiwan are abundant in snacks, clothing, arcade games and places to sit, observe and enjoy each other’s company. Shilin Night Market is the largest and most historic in Taipei. The food court is a free-for-all with its most famous features including tempura, fried chicken steak, stinky tofu, and oyster vermicelli. One of the most popular city destinations after dark, Shilin Night Market is sure to be one of the most interesting cultural nighttime experiences you can get in the city. 17

Las Vegas

Featured Hotel

By Justin Olsen


estless excitement, late-night adventures, delectable eats and unending entertainment are all things that come to mind when thinking of the magical land of Las Vegas. Rattling slot machines and thick cigarette smoke engulfing your newest outfit are a few less appealing things that come to mind. “Do Vegas Differently” is Vdara Hotel & Spa’s slogan for offering an all suite, non-gaming, and smoke-free, eco-friendly accommodation for ultimate Vegas enjoyment; it’s simply classy. Vdara Hotel & Spa, located at CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip, delivers access to all the gaming, dining, shopping and nightlife Vegas has to offer while still hosting a place to escape from it all. The AAA Four Diamond Award and Forbes Four Star Award-winning hotel, operated by MGM Resorts International, creates an atmosphere much different than its competitors; presenting a new, cleaner Vegas experience. Soaring 57 stories, Vdara contains 1,495 suites ranging from 500 to 1,650 square feet, all fully equipped with gourmet kitchens, washer and dryer, spa-style bathrooms and giant flat screen TVs. Expansive views of the city and mountain landscape are enhanced by the open room floor plans and horizontal windows, that infuse the environment with the rhythm of the urban city. The ambience Vdara creates within its guest rooms is unlike any other hotel. Radiating with luxury and pleasure, Bar Vdara is the heartbeat of the hotel.


Whether looking to have a nice casual lunch or dinner, or simply pair an appetizer with one of their signature cocktails, Bar Vdara is a pleasant, ideal setting. Kick back on the outdoor swings and enjoy a relaxing start or end to the evening. Compensating for the lack of gambling, Vdara encompasses relaxation with its abundance of spa and salon services. From sunrise to far after sunset, Spa & Salon Vdara is a two-level spa, salon and advanced fitness facility, built to sooth and rejuvenate its guests. Enjoy professional hair design, manicures, signature treatments and make-up artistry within one of the eleven treatment rooms or three distinct relaxation rooms. The Pool & Lounge is a fantastic intimate and playful retreat with semi-private plunge pools and a high-energy bar to add to the fun. Located right next to Crystals (CityCenter’s retail district), Vdara provides an unprecedented shopping destination including some of the highest renowned retailers and designers. “Escape is now spelled with a V.” For those looking to enjoy the sinful pleasure of Vegas without some of the unwanted side effects, look no further than Vdara Hotel & Spa. For more information, visit their website at or follow them on Twitter and Facebook for event updates and inside knowledge.

Las Vegas

Featured Venue


or art connoisseurs and nightclub enthusiasts seeking to spend an unforgettable evening in the heart of Sin City, look no further than 1 OAK Las Vegas, located inside The Mirage Hotel and Casino.

This 1600-square-foot venue converges avant-garde art with cutting edge fashion, giving 1 OAK a sensual and nostalgic atmosphere. The interior design consists of a black and white herringbone patterned floor, and decorating the walls of the entryway is a calligraphy-scripted passage taken from Darwin’s Origin of the Species. The chandeliers are wagon wheel-inspired, and world-renowned artist Roy Nachum created the artwork for the nightclub by designing thirteen unique oil paintings adorning the walls of the interior. The venue itself features a main room with a DJ booth centrally located with caramelcolored, plush banquettes and cocktail tables made of burl wood, stained with high gloss sheen and topped with brass accents. The second room is an exclusive section of the lavish nightclub, with its own DJ booth and bar area. 1 OAK also includes the newest embodiment of the Avalon Series sound system, making 1 OAK host to Vegas’ premier sound system. The club offers a variety of VIP packages and an extensive bottle menu including magnum and large format champagnes presented to the tables in a gold-plated treasure chest. The venue also hosts both weekly events and the hottest celebrities including Katy Perry, Fergie, Kanye West, Pitbull, Paris and Nicky Hilton, and Ashton Kutcher. The Butter Group, owners of 1 OAK, opened the first location in New York City. Due to the venue’s success on the east coast, they teamed up with hospitality innovators, The Light Group, to expand to Las Vegas. Since then, 1 OAK Las Vegas has continued to grow and inspire from across the globe as one of Sin City’s hottest clubs. 20

By Electra Keller

Club Directory The Colony [Hollywood] 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 90028 323-525-2450



San Diego

Las Vegas

Avec [Huntington Beach] 18582 Beach Blvd, 92648 714-475-4660

AV Nightclub [Hollywood] 1601 N. Cahuenga Blvd, 90028 323-466-1400

207 [San Diego] 207 5th Ave, 92101 619-764-6926

Gallery Nightclub [Planet Hollywood Hotel | Las Vegas] 3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-818-3700

EMBER [Anaheim] 401 N. Anaheim Blvd. 92805 714-991-3686

Avalon [Hollywood] 1735 Vine St, 90028 323-462-8900

Heat Ultra Lounge [Anaheim] 321 W Katella Ave # 214, 92802 714-776-4328

Drais [Hollywood] 6250 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-962-1111

Andaz @ The Ivy [San Diego] 600 F Street, 92101 619-814-2055

Hyde Bellagio [Bellagio Hotel | Las Vegas] 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-693-8700

Float [San Diego] 207 5th Ave, 92101 619-764-6924

Marquee Nightclub

Fluxx [San Diego] 500 4th Ave, 92101 619-232-8100

moon Nightclub [Palms Casino Hotel | Las Vegas] 4321 W Flamingo Rd, NV 89103 702-942-6832


Tao Nightclub [Venetian Hotel | Las Vegas] 3377 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-388-8338

Voyeur [San Diego] 755 5th Ave, 92101 619-756-7678

xs Nightclub [Encore Hotel | Las Vegas] 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-770-0097

Shark Club [Costa Mesa] 841 Baker St., 92626 714-751-6428 Incahoots [Fullerton] 1401 S Lemon St., 92832 714-441-1666 The Observatory [Santa Ana] 3503 South Harbor Blvd, 92704 714-957-0600

Playhouse [Hollywood] 6506 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-656-4600 Supperclub [Hollywood] 6675 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-466-1900

TRU Nightclub [Hollywood] 1600 Argyle Ave, CA 90028 323-461-1600

The Yost Theater [Santa Ana] 307 N. Spurgeon St. 92701 888-862-9573

The Vault [Downtown Hollywood] 801 South Hill Street, 90014 1-800-725-1184

[San Diego] 454 6th Ave, 92101 619-544-9500

[Cosmopolitan Hotel | Las Vegas] 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-333-9000

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Las Vegas

Featured Show


he acrobatic spectacle, Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil, will hit the Vegas Strip this November after its unprecedented international success in Madrid, Moscow and New York City to find its permanent home at the ARIA Resort & Casino. Having already enchanted more than 1.2 million people worldwide, the show is guaranteed to be a hit in a city centered around highenergy and unique performances. Set in the beautiful theater inside ARIA, Zarkana is a show unlike any other which blends together circus acts with acrobatics to create a dreamlike world where physical talent becomes surreal. Follow the “Zark� inside the visual vortex on his journey inside a fantasy universe that begins as chaotic, but eventually finds clarity as love and celebration are restored.

By Kristen Newman

With more than 72 international artists contributing to the mesmerizing talents of the performance, audiences from near and far will leave ARIA in awe after being transported to such a dynamic world, which blurs the literal from the imaginary. Zarkana is the perfect addition to the already impressive portfolio of Cirque du Soleil shows that have reached phenomenal success on the The Strip. Tickets to see Zarkana at ARIA are already on-sale at or In addition, they can also be purchased by calling (702) 531-3800 or (866) 799 -7711, or visiting any MGM Resorts ticket office.

Photo by Lance Staedler 2011 Costumes: Alan Hranitelj


November 2012 Events Listing:

LOS ANGELES Every Monday [Playhouse] Social Mondays: Text SOCIAL to 70101 for FREE guest list info. Every Friday [TRU] Fun House Fridays Every Friday [Avalon] Control Fridays Every Saturday [Avalon] Avaland November 2, Friday [TRU] Lakers Season Kick-Off Party November 2, Friday [Playhouse] Nathan Scott November 2, Friday [My Studio] Boy Reckless November 2, Friday [Level 3] DJ Fashen November 3, Saturday [Eden] Sienna Sinclaire: Naughty Girls Guide to Los Angeles Launch Party November 3, Saturday [Playhouse] DJ Politik November 5, Monday [Playhouse] Prok+ Fitch: Text SOCIAL to 70101 for FREE guest list info November 8, Thursday [LURE] Swanky Tunes November 9, Friday [Avalon] Birdy Nam Nam November 10, Saturday [Playhouse] Justin Credible November 12, Monday [Playhouse] Nick Warren: Text SOCIAL to 70101 for FREE guest list info November 15, Thursday [LURE] Z-Trip November 16, Friday [Playhouse] Stafford Brothers November 17, Saturday [The Shrine] Life in Color (Paint Party) November 24, Saturday [Avalon] Felix Da Housecat November 26, Monday [Playhouse] Alex Kenji: Text SOCIAL to 70101 for guest list info November 29, Thursday [Playhouse] DJ Homicide Log on to now to see more events and get on the list! 25

November 2012 Events Listing:

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Every Thursday [207 Hard Rock] Mynt Thursdays Every Thursday [Fluxx] EDM

Every Thursday [Hurricanes HB] GIRLS NIGHT OUT: GLOW PARTY! Free Entry, special guest Djs every week! Wear your blacklight glow clothes, we have the black light paint!

Every Sunday [207 Hard Rock] Sunday School: Join

Every Friday [Avec] Haute Fridays every Sunday for discounted tickets email

Every Saturday [Yost Theater] Get on the FREE guestlist to most events! Email

November 1, Thursday [Voyeur] Zane Lowe November 1, Thursday [Ivy | Andaz] Fresh One November 3, Saturday [Ivy | Andaz] Mr. Best November 3, Saturday [Fluxx] DJ Ikon November 4, Sunday [207 | Hard Rock] Eliteforce

November 1, Thursday [Hurricanes HB] DJ Eric Murray November 2, Friday [Ember] Banda Night November 2, Friday [Yost Theater] Tara Brooks November 2, Friday [Heat Ultra Lounge] Dia de los Muertos

November 8, Thursday [Voyeur] Monsta

November 3, Saturday [Ember] DJ Echo

November 9, Friday [Fluxx] Brett Bodley

November 7, Wednesday [Yost Theater] Birdy Nam Nam

November 10, Saturday [Fluxx] Sid Vicious

November 8, Thursday [Hurricanes HB] Taylor Jaymin

November 11, Sunday [207 | Hard Rock] Darude

November 9, Friday [Observatory] Rusko

November 11, Sunday [Voyeur] Classix November 17, Saturday [Voyeur] Proxy November 17, Saturday [Fluxx] DJ Cobra November 18, Sunday [207 | Hard Rock] Feenixpawl

November 9, Friday [Ten] Darude November 10, Saturday [Yost Theater] Dean Mason November 15, Thursday [Hurricanes HB] DJ Terrorista November 16, Friday [Yost Theater] Feenix Pawl

November 21, Wednesday [Fluxx] Quintino November 21, Wednesday [Observatory] Crizzly

November 23, Friday [Fluxx] DJ E Rock November 23, Friday [207 | Hard Rock] Chris Cutz November 25, Sunday [207 | Hard Rock] Luciana November 29, Thursday [207 | Hard Rock] Yoga Pants &

November 21, Wednesday [Heat Ultra Lounge] Pre Thanksgiving November 21, Wednesday [Sutra] Paul Oakenfold

Head Bands Party

November 24, Saturday [Yost Theater] Mark Stylz

November 29, Thursday [Fluxx] Mat Zo

November 28, Wednesay [Yost Theater] One More Time

November 30, Friday [Voyeur] Eats Everything

November 29, Thursday [Observatory] Dieselboy

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Live Music Events Listing: SoCal Los Angeles


November 8, Thursday [The Wiltern]

November 8, Thursday [Observatory]

November 7, Wednesday [The Casbah]

Delta Spirit

The White Buffalo

Nick Waterhouse

November 9, Friday [Key Club]

November 10, Saturday [Observatory]

November 8, Thursday [4th & B]

Warren G

Travis Porter


November 10, Saturday [The Fonda]

November 10, Saturday [Constellation

November 9, Friday [The Casbah]

Afghan Whigs


Sea Wolf

November 10, Saturday [The El Rey]

Tilly and The Wall

November 10, Saturday [RIMAC Arena,

Sea Wolf

November 10, Saturday [Detroit Bar]

UCSD] Wiz Khalifa

November 10, Saturday [The Shrine]

Lovely Bad Things

November 10, Saturday [Soma]

Sonar Music Festival

November 11, Sunday [Observatory]

Set It Off

November 10-12 [The Hollywood Bowl]


November 11, Sunday [Belly Up]

Mumford and Sons

November 12, Monday [Observatory]

Blue October

November 13, Tuesday [The Fonda]

Dropkick Murphys

November 11, Sunday [House of Blues]

Richie Sambora

November 16, Friday [Observatory]

Minus The Bear

November 14, Wednesday [The Echo]


November 14, Wednesday [Belly Up]


November 20, Tuesday [Observatory]

Vokab Company

November 24, Saturday [The Wiltern]

Honey Cocaine

November 16, Friday [Belly Up]

Counting Crows

November 21, Wednesday [The Grove]

The Mother Hips

November 23, Friday [The Roxy]


November 17, Saturday [4th & B]

Smog Six Year Anniversary Party

November 25, Sunday [The Grove]

Everclear / Eve 6

November 27, Tuesday [The Fonda]

Counting Crows

November 20, Tuesday [Belly Up]


November 29, Thursday [Observatory]

Toots and The Maytals

November 29, Thursday [The Echo]

Bad Brains

November 23, Friday [Soma]


December 1, Saturday [Observatory]

Mayday Parade

November 30, Friday [The Wiltern]

Dilated Peoples

November 24, Saturday [Soma]

Nas & Lauryn Hill

December 1, Saturday [Detroit Bar]

The Cataracs

December 1, Saturday [The Fonda]

Fu Manchu

November 29, Thursday [Soma]

Bad Brains

December 2, Sunday [Observatory]

Falling In Reverse

Chris Robinson Brotherhood




Story and Photos By Heidi Darby

acklemore & Ryan Lewis aren’t your average hip hop duo. The Seattle-based rapper and his producer constructed songs about thrift store shopping, equal rights, and Nike Air’s, all found on their runaway album, The Heist. On October 25th at the Observatory, Macklemore and company brought the house down. Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) walked onstage like a man with the world at his fingertips, full of confidence and swagger. When he turned his back to the audience with one arm extended, I wondered for a moment if this would be a show inflated with ego and self indulgence. From the moment he spun around to face the crowd until the last note of the encore, Macklemore and beatmaster Lewis proved me wrong -in a huge way. The intense energy this group brought (and it was indeed a group effort) had every person engaged with a parade of vocalists, dancers, a brass section and an electric cellist. Macklemore’s natural ability to connect with the audience through both humor and grit left him bouncing, dancing and crowd surfing into the tightly packed (and young) group of fans who showed up for the performance. There was a tender moment as well, when Macklemore pulled up a bar stool and performed his new single that supports same-sex marriage, “Same Love,” with vocalist Mary Lambert. Charm emanates from this rag-tag and highly enthralling hip hop outfit. The ability to ignite an audience with out-of-the-box lyrics coupled with a supporting cast of lively performers make Macklemore & Ryan Lewis one of the best tours to catch this year.


By Megan Harvey | Photos by Heidi Darby


all it folk rock, call it Americana, call it what you want; a music reminiscent of a simpler way of life is moving in on the scene. Multi-instrumental and clad in suspenders and fedoras, The Lumineers are branching away from much of the mainstream style we’ve heard as of late. The Lumineers are not one of your run of the mill, cookie cutter groups that “just want to make it.” The indie-label band, based out of Denver, has taken pain-staking efforts to ensure that they are making their music, their way. To avid music-lovers, their process of artistry is a dream come true. The Observatory in Santa Ana housed the group’s sold-out show on October 7th, and within the first few moments of the gig it was easy to see why they attracted such an instantaneous following. Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, and Neyla Pekarek took the stage (along with some very special guest musicians) and proceeded to woo the crowd with their respective instruments. Playing hits from their debut album, Fraites livened up an already amped crowd by inviting them to sing, stomp, and clap along with several songs. The group also delighted fans by venturing out into the audience to play in the center of the venue, after which they invited one lucky devotee to join them on stage to sing the first verse of “The Weight” by The Band. The Lumineers put on an amazing show for music-lovers, by musiclovers, and for every reason possible- it works. 29

Indie rock

Featured Band

Catching Up With Matt Tong of Bloc Party By Electra Keller


fter a long hiatus, UK indie-rockers Bloc Party are back on tour in support of their new album Four. NiteGuide reached drummer Matt Tong at his current home in Brooklyn (during the close of Hurricane Sandy) to discuss the album, touring, and why Fleetwood Mac charts high on his list of hopeful tour mates.

NightGuide Magazine: We’re catching you in New York correct? How are you? Matt Tong: I’m good. I live pretty much in the center of Brooklyn, away from the usual evacuation zones and my neighborhood was fortunately spared the worst of the storm. NGM: How’s the tour been so far –outside of super storms? Any flat tires or out of the ordinary shenanigans? MT: Super storms appear to be a running theme of our world tour this year. We seem to be busier than we ever were before and we keep getting sick, it’s made it hard for us to raise merry hell. NGM: Have any cities rocked more than expected? MT: We just played a show in Manchester and whilst it’s always a good laugh playing there, the crowd on this particular night was totally out of control. Good times. NGM: Tell us about life on the road? Do you guys enjoy the time together? MT: Life on the road truly is a succession of Spinal Tap-esque hissy fits. We’re careful about how we spend time together because one thing we never quite understood was how to assert our need for a bit of space and I think that created quite a lot of tension in the early years. But we definitely enjoy the good times for what they are, absolutely. NGM: So I’m really interested to hear how Four came together. Did you have songs that built up over the past three years or did you guys just get into a room and start jamming? MT: A bit of both. Russell (Lissack, guitarist) had been stockpiling some huge riffs that he couldn’t wait to unleash once we got back together. We jammed a lot too but seemed to find a new focus that we never had before. NGM: Do you have a favorite song off the new album? MT: “Coliseum” because it begins in a bluesy place that’s new to us and then halfway through it just rips everything apart. NGM: So the band was on a pretty long hiatus before Four came to be. Do you feel that the break was an opportunity to rejuvenate? MT: It really was. I think the time off allowed us all to use our brains in ways in which we had become somewhat distant from and it truly did us all a world of good. NGM: What’s one band you’d like to tour with in the future? MT: Fleetwood Mac. I’d be interested to see how their particular brand of touring dysfunction compares with ours. Catch Bloc Party live on December 7th at The Palladium and December 8th at The Observatory.



By Justin Olsen

aking their North American debut on Dim Mak Records, Toronto quartet, Azari & III are joyously rekindling the house music that got everything started. Consisting of two producers Dinamo Azari and Alixander III, accompanied by two vocalists Fritz Helder and Starving Yet Full, the combination of the four talents creates a musical fusion that has the ability to cover all the bases with brilliance. Azari & III’s self-titled debut album has the feeling of a record you’ve already lived with for quite some time now, but have never actually come to own. Perhaps this feeling derives from its melodic and deep homage to late ‘80s and early ‘90s house music that filled dance floors throughout Chicago, New Jersey, and New York. From ancient, deep, big-room bass to disco based electronic pop, the band takes you on a euphoric ride back through time. This album acts as a portfolio of the last four years for Azari & III, showcasing some of their newer gems with already proven major hit singles. The massive summer ‘09 anthems, “Hungry for the Power” and “Reckless (With Your Love)” finally find their way to the States and lay way for the albums classic revivalism sound, combined with today’s modern influences. Tracks, “Tunnel Vision” and “Indigo,” create a tense, edgy acid-house atmosphere emulating the vibe of early instrumental and miminal house that effectively take you on a journey through musical ideals. With house music undergoing a terrific splintering since its inception, Azari & III step forward to enhance the genres finest core elements and reignite its original, intoxicating vibe. 31

“Where pop stars live the glamorous life, DJs dig into the nitty gritty.”


rchestrating electronic dance music often involves a variety of players, including DJs, producers, songwriters, and vocalists. While many electronic artists carry double duty as both DJs and producers, few hold all four titles. NERVO attacks EDM from every angle, quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Miriam (Mim) and Olivia (Liv) Nervo’s affinity toward sound began at the age of thirteen, when the girls would converse through song while walking home from school in their native Australia. After being discovered by a producer in their mid-teens, they fell helplessly in love with the studio and later moved to the UK where they began working with electronic artists –consequently picking up a passion for all things EDM related. Now one of the top-touring EDM acts of 2012, the pair have built a resume that includes the 2011 anthem for the world-renowned Tomorrowland Festival in Belgium, headlining slots at multiple summer music festivals, and the esteemed honor of being the only females to crack DJ Mag’s 2012 Top 100 DJs list. After working with pop divas and starlets alike (the girls have penned songs with Kelly Rowland, Kylie Minogue, Ke$ha, and The Pussycat Dolls) NERVO made the transition from demo vocalists for their singers to vocalists on their own material. Self proclaimed clubbers and ravers, Liv shared they prefer the grind of the DJ lifestyle versus a life in the pop mainstream, stating “Where pop stars live the glamorous life, DJs dig into the nitty gritty.” NiteGuide caught up with EDM’s leading ladies on an SUV en route to Manhattan, where Liv dished on their recent performance at Escape From Wonderland, how they feel about cracking the male dominated DJ Mag list, and what it’s like living the dream with her sister. Photo By Dan Monick

By Heidi Darby

NiteGuide Magazine: How was Escape From Wonderland? Liv Nervo: It was amazing. The crowd was insane! We had so many Nervo fans in the front row with their little t-shirts and signs. It was just incredible. We played a really great spot just before Martin Solveig, and we played a lot of really new material. There was a great reaction, so we’re very happy. NGM: Congratulations on cracking the DJ poll. Where were you when you found out? Liv: We found out just before the poll was actually announced, and our agent told us. We were in LA at the time and we were over the moon. We were in the studio with Kelly Rowland [laughing] which is funny because you know she’s been such a massive part of our career, from when we wrote “When Love Takes Over.” We had to do a little acceptance speech and video for being the highest ranked girls. It was just such an honor to be ranked among so many of our peers and people that we admire and look up to. NGM: After last year’s male dominated list, does your placement come with a little extra vindication? Liv: I do remember seeing those last year and thinking “Where are the ladies?” and thought, “well, if it’s going to be that hard for us to get in, maybe we should just really never expect to get in, because obviously girls don’t have much of a place on that list.” But this year we were so rapped with coming in; and coming in so high as well! We never expected to break top 50, not at all. NGM: So festivals are a massive gathering of what I can only assume are your close friends. Is it all work and no play? Liv: No, no,no that’s why we all love festivals so much! We all get to hang out. You know being a DJ can get a little lonely. Mim and I always have each other, which is great, but a lot of the solo guys like Nicky Romero have just got their tour manager, and who you need everyday. We all really do look forward to the Tomorrowlands, or the EDC’s, or the Wonderlands where we all get to hang out. And everybody gets to bounce from stage to stage supporting each other. It’s just like school camp for adults, with alcohol.

Photo By Dancing Astronaut

NGM: Your success has been crazy over the past few years. Is it more sentimental considering your experiencing it with your sister? Liv: We love it. We’re always talking about it. We always have a friend on the road with us, and we can always share these amazing experiences with each other. I think that’s what keeps us so happy on the road, and enjoying what we do so much. It’s a big part of it.

Photo By Jon King 33


Featured DJ/Producer By Heidi Darby

By Justin Olsen


ioneering his very own crossover trance/progressive sound, Artem Stolyarov, aka Arty, is becoming a household name amongst EDM lovers. Delivering performances that encompass his varied tastes in music and unique style, Arty has scaled the ranks of DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs, coming in right above Kaskade and Laidback Luke at number 28. NiteGuide had a chance to catch up with the 22-year-old Russian DJ/producer and learn about his production techniques, rise to fame, and recently developed Sirius XM radio show. NiteGuide Magazine: With so many younger producers newly entering the electronic scene, what do you feel makes your music and style unique from the rest? Arty: I’m just following my feeling about the music. Trying to bring something fresh and combine different styles. Mostly it’s more about progressive and a little bit trance sounds. NGM: What originally drew you to producing Trance music? How do you feel your sound has progressed since you first started making music? Arty: Trance music is beautiful. I found that it’s not just dance tracks; there is an amazing story that you can travel through. Speaking about my style, yeah, it changed a lot. More into progressive vibes, but I’m still trying really hard to keep this trancy feeling in breakdowns and put it all over the record. NGM: Starting off your career while still attending University, how was the experience of dealing with school and DJing simultaneously? Arty: It was a pretty complicated task for me, because during my last year in University I started to travel a lot, but was doing a lot of music at the same time. So it was pretty hard to find the time for all things, but I was probably pretty successful with it, because now I have a degree. NGM: Were your parents supportive of the music life? Arty: A LOT! In the beginning they were like “Yeah, making the music is pretty cool, but you should focus more on your studying” but after the first big steps in [my] career, they gave up. They saw how happy I am, and I bet that’s most important for all parents. NGM: You’ve recently acquired a late-night Sirius XM radio show and Podcast, “Together We Are.” Tell us about that. Arty: It was a long way for me to make this happen, but it’s a cool chance to find really amazing, different tracks and a chance to share them with my fans and listeners. NGM: Your favorite track to play out at the moment? Arty: I’m not selfish, but my remix for Zedd “Spectrum” is doing really well in live sets so far. Catch Arty’s “Together We Are” radio show on iTunes Podcast or Soundcloud and follow him on facebook at Watch for Arty’s single “When I See You” available on Refune Records November 23rd.



Inside scoop

Behind the Decks

By Justin Olsen


ver wonder what your favorite DJ is doing behind the decks? Whether they’re making it look easy or breaking a sweat, the art of DJ’ing goes far beyond simply throwing on a record or starting up a laptop. Captivating the audience and making people dance requires skill, research, and a bit of elbow grease.

The goal of any DJ is to energize the crowd and make sure they have a good time. However, the method of accomplishing this varies dramatically from person to person. Artists such as Pretty Lights and Skrillex use MIDI controllers to launch segments of their songs and manipulate them individually, creating more of a show-type experience, but requiring much more attention from the person in control. On the other hand, DJs like Nicky Romero and Steve Aoki use larger CDJ type mixers allowing them to let loose, play out their favorite tunes, and become more a part of the party. Equipment is solely based upon personal preference: it’s how the DJ utilizes the buttons and dials to evoke emotion and make people dance that makes them a good performer. Although, there are a few basic skill sets that are absolute key in earning the DJ title.


One of the most crucial functions to transitioning songs is the ability to listen to the song you want to play next. This is the act of “cueing,” and what the DJ brings their headphones for. Sound for the second track is completely off for the audience while the DJ listens to the tune in his headphones before introducing it to the mix.

Fading & Equalizing

Almost all DJs use some sort of mixing console with the ability to fade in and out of various frequencies of the given track. These knobs are often referred to as “filters” and allow the layering of certain parts of the track, such as the vocals or bass line with parts from another.


Every song runs at a different speed or tempo. The DJ must make sure the two (or more) tracks are running at the same speed to mix seamlessly. This is usually done while cueing, adjusting the pitch slider to make the desired track the same beats-per-minute (BPM) as the one playing.

Song Selecting

Whether preselecting their playlist or choosing songs on the fly, this is probably the most important part of being a good DJ. Reading the audience and coming prepared with an arsenal of good music are vital skills to be mastered.


Coming in with a handful of different uses and names, these are the DJs bag of tricks for sound manipulation. From stuttering effects to siren-type “phasers,” these tools are used to help blend and mesh together sounds.


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October IN REVIEW: FEATURED EVENTS GlowRun Lights Up Sin City Downtown [Las Vegas]

By Fred Dyoll | Photos by Roman Mendez Las Vegas welcomed the GlowRun on October 7th, where 3,000 runners gathered at the starting line on Bridger and Las Vegas Boulevard to participate in the illuminating party in motion. People showed up in droves to be involved with the inaugural event, where professional and recreational runners grabbed their glow-gear and suited up for the five kilometer run. Participants sported more than just glow sticks and light-up necklaces, runners and onlookers alike were dressed in dazzling costumes, sparkling face paint, and flashing accessories. The route lead the brilliantly lit group through the heart of Downtown, ending at the finish line at El Cortez Hotel and Casino in the Fremont East Entertainment District. After the run, Girl Talk (one of electronic music’s premiere DJs known for his playful mash-ups) performed at the post-run block party, with opening talent from Capital City. The GlowRun was organized in part by Insomniac, who also organizes the Electric Daisy Carnival in June. With EDC becoming cozy in Las Vegas, endless world-class DJ residencies at nightclubs, and now the GlowRun, Sin City is shaping up to be the newest mecca of electronic dance music culture. Here’s hoping the GlowRun makes its way back through Vegas next year.

Porter Robinson & Zedd Yost Theater [Orange County]

By Justin Olsen | Photos by | Martin Clara On Wednesday, October 10th, LED Presents brought the highly anticipated Porter Robinson and Zedd “Poseidon Back-to-Back Tour” to Orange County for a sold out night of musical chaos. Two of the biggest names in the dance music scene took to the turntables simultaneously for two full hours of complete electro-house destruction. This wasn’t your typical evening at the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana. The entire structure pulsated with wall-to-wall unrestrained energy, awaiting the headliners to make their monumental appearance. Australian born DJ and Producer, Nick Thayer, readied the crowd for what was to be an unforgettable night. Building the anticipation with his pleasing blend of electro house and dub sounds, Thayer acted as a perfect introduction for the onslaught that was about to ensue. The moment Porter Robinson and Anton Zaslavski, better known as Zedd, stepped up to the mixer, the entire room erupted with excitement. Camera phones lined the horizon as the LED walls came to life, delivering the main presentation and a completely new stimulant to the environment. Alternating back and forth on the decks, Robinson and Zedd blew away their eager fans with an unexpected blend of personal favorites and old-school house anthems. Bringing a festival-like feel to a smaller, more intimate venue, the Poseidon Tour was definitely one of the biggest shows to hit the Yost Theater this year. Be sure to check out both Zedd and Robinson anytime they pop up, they’re an act not to be missed. 40

Festa Celebrates Italian Culture Little Italy [San Diego] By Heidi Darby | Photos by Paul Nestor On Sunday, October 14th, the smell of pizza, pasta, and mozzarella drifted up India Street in San Diego, as people came in droves to San Diego’s Little Italy to attend Festa, now in its eighteenth year. The Little Italy Festa is the largest Italian American festival on the West Coast, attracting nearly 120,000 food, drink, and entertainment lovers. The area itself is a juxtaposing, but beautiful, combination of old-world Italy and new urban development. India Street became crowded with people of every age ready to celebrate the Italian culture. The entertainment was a mix of traditional Italian music and modern jams, and prompted people to dance in the streets all day long. There were various art exhibits as well –most notably the sidewalk artists who created vivid and breathtaking art for all to enjoy. There were cooking demonstrations and even a demo by celebrity chef Antonia Lofaso, from Bravo TV’s Top Chef. Italian cuisine was offered to attendees by various food vendors, and a beer garden housed a variety of ales. All in all, this year’s Festa was wonderful in every sense of the word.

Big Gigantic Hit Sunset Boulevard House of Blues [Los Angeles]

By Justin Olsen | Photos by Heidi Darby Continuing to ride out the success of their latest album, Nocturnal, Big Gigantic kicked off their Uprising Tour this fall with a full on riot. Fresh off performing a sold out gig to thousands of devoted fans at Red Rocks in Colorado, Big G launched their new tour with a couple intimate House of Blues gigs for Southern California. Friday, October 10th, they took over Sunset Boulevard with opener Griz, delivering a show exploding with heavy bass drops and ecstatic amounts of energy. If there’s one word to describe a Big Gigantic show it’s “rowdy.” Multitasking between playing drums, saxophone and DJing samples, Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken provide an EDM experience that’s unique and trendsetting in current times. They keep the crowd engaged not only with their pinecone shaped LED set up that spits out trippy obscure visuals, but with their audience interactions as well, which really makes you feel a part of the show. The venue provided a vibe worthy of promoters The Do Lab, and allowed for a great connection between the audience and the artists onstage. There was a certain warming energy that floated throughout the span of people, which created a pristine atmosphere to enjoy the funky and soulful beats.

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Dada Life Album Release Incites Mayhem at Avalon


Story by Justin Olsen | Photos by arking the release of their new album, The Rules of Dada, Olle Cornéer and Stefan Englom, aka Dada Life, took over club Avalon in Hollywood for a surprise gig in dedication to their

ever-loyal Los Angeles following. Tickets to the free show were gone in less than 10 minutes, drawing a massive wave of fans that couldn’t wait to get down to the group’s signature, in-your-face style music. Kicking off the exclusive event, DJ MAKJ created an atmosphere that felt like one of the coolest underground parties ever thrown. Starting with an array of deep house and seamlessly building the excitement into more techno house and hip-hop, DJ MAKJ helped lay grounds for the magic that soon followed. As expected at any Dada Life show, a plethora of bananas and inflatable champagne bottles lined the stage as the duo took to the tables. The Avalon’s production went into full effect with lasers filling the sky and heavy bass vibrations moving throughout the entire theater. Dada Life held the crowd in the palm of their hands, playing drop after drop of crunchy electronic house tunes that evoked everyone’s inner-party spirit. The high energy and unrelenting beats eventually climaxed into a full on pillow fight that made for one truly unforgettable moment. Catch Dada Life at one of their many Dada Land residency shows in Las Vegas and follow their adventures at


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A.W.O.L. Sun In Cabo San Lucas Gets Rowdy


veryone knows that music can take you places, mentally and physically. If you’re passionate about music and travel, you might even cross borders to discover Another Way Of Life. The third annual A.W.O.L. Sun brought musical wanderlust to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this October 12-16 for some fun, sun, and incredible talent. The festivities began Friday at 1pm, ramping up crowds into the night when an LED screen-backed Stafford Brothers opened up for headliner Morgan Page. Fist-pumping fans enthusiastically jumped in the pool for some rowdy late-night fun as Ale Rauen closed down the night until 4am with a sky-high energy brought over from her native Brazil. A gorgeous Saturday brought fans back to Nikki Beach, piling in for Kevin Brown’s opening for headliner Bingo Players. WiReD closed out the early evening portion of the night, and afterward fans returned and headed to the sand for the Moonlight Beach Party. The DJ booth had been turned 180 degrees toward the ocean shore and Riley Warren rocked it so hard that people were still buzzing about it days later. Headliner DJ Stellar then took the stage, dropping techno until 3am when the party was closed out by the always-energetic Stafford Brothers. A slightly-cloudy Sunday morning didn’t stop the Lifers from hitting Nikki Beach for the event. Tara Brooks opened for headliner Gareth Emery, who played until tropical rainclouds began to gather. Despite the rain, A.W.O.L.


Story by Megan Harvey | Photos by Topher Riley hosted the grand opening of SkyPool Dayclub at 10pm, where DJ Chris Garcia opened for A.W.O.L. veteran Chris Lake. The party didn’t stop as fans jumped in the jacuzzi, splashed in the pool, and danced in the rain all night and well into the morning. Monday turned out to be a blast despite the fact that Nikki Beach was nearly flooded. The day party moved inside to Passion Nightclub, and by evening the rain had let up and the party eased into the indoor/outdoor portion of Passion. Though set times were altered due to the storm, headliner Michael Woods threw down an unforgettable evening set. At 1am, Anthony Attalla (who has headlined every A.W.O.L. event to date) enthralled everyone in earshot, including staff, partiers, and passersby. Just as the party had reached its pinnacle, Category 2 Hurricane Paul swept through the venue launching barware and curtains across the room--making for a truly memorable A.W.O.L. story to be told for years to come. Though guests had to retreat for cover, the party thrived in the hotel rooms –in true A.W.O.L. style. Check out future A.W.O.L. events, including the much-anticipated A.W.O.L. Snow, to be held this February in Whistler, Canada, at


Halloween week

Escape From Sets Off Nos


ibrant, dazzling, eager EDM enthusiasts flooded the entry gates to Insomniac Event’s 2nd annual Halloween bash, Escape from Wonderland. On October 27th at The NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, top-notch, face melting EDM artists such as Martin Solveig, Nervo, Steve Angello, Crizzly, Sander van Doorn, Laidback Luke, Borgore and many more pleased the masses. Insomniac is known for consistently providing the ultimate, over-the-top experiences that make your heart race, and Escape from Wonderland supported that reputation. Insane décor transformed the venue into a haunted wonderland complete with daring mazes, luring art installations, and lurking “deceased” character performers ready to scare you around each corner. Multiple food stands and free water refill stations were densely scattered, (as Insomniac always provides) to keep fans hydrated and healthy. The best part of the night was Insomniac’s new marketing tagline, “YOU are the Headliner,” which came into full effect. Festival goers felt they were meant to be a part of the whole experience, and an equally important attraction to the festival. There was never a dull moment for the 10 hours of filthy bass and euphoric trance that Escape from Wonderland had to offer.


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While the atmosphere was impeccable, a great event cannot be fabulous without the artists. The Slaughter House stage hosted some of the biggest names in EDM history. Despite some unexpected sound glitches and delays, Armin van Burren, who was added to the line up just days before the festival, tranced out the audience with an incredibly well structured set, with appropriate ups and downs to keep fans engaged. Calvin Harris also provided a standout set. Glitter confetti cannons and an array of lasers and lights sugarcoated his performance, causing fans to leave with a craving for more. Halloween weekend’s top event set some high standards this year. It’s hard to predict what haunted twists and tricks Insomniac will craft next time to top this year’s Escape from Wonderland. For more information on Escape from Wonderland and other Insomniac events, visit 47

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