CLUB PLANET INTERVIEW: STELLAR

CLUB PLANET INTERVIEW: STELLAR

by Editor
08.20.2013

Every city has a DJ that defines its electronic dance music scene and Las Vegas is no different. There have been many locals who have been given a shot there, but very few have had what it takes to last in such a cut throat environment, where clubs drop DJs more that the hotels change bedding. There is however one exception and his name is Stellar.

Stellar
has climbed the clubbing ladder and not only established himself as one of the city’s most famous DJing exports, he’s also gained an almost cult following among the locals, who turn up in their droves to see him when he returns to play his home town. We managed to pull him aside from his busy schedule to speak to him about his global DJing adventures and what it was like to work with a singing legend.

Stellar, thanks for talking to us. So how are you?
I’m great thanks. I’m just reflecting on the year I’m having and can’t believe we’re almost done with summer!



You’ve certainly been busy. What are some of your highlights so far?
It’s been pretty crazy. As well as spending a lot of time in the studio, I’ve been traveling and playing gigs across the world. I spent some time in Asia doing a mini tour with Kryoman and had the opening of LIGHT and DAYLIGHT in Vegas, where I’m resident.  I’ve been lucky enough to play alongside some of the world’s biggest DJs on my travels, which is an amazing experience for me.

Tell us how the Daylight residency came about?
I’ve been working with The Light Group for some time and was the resident at Haze (the group’s other club at Aria). When they told me their plans with the two venues (LIGHT and DAYLIGHT), it really blew me away. What they’ve done there is incredible. Next thing you know, they offered me the residency and I obviously jumped at the chance.

How was your Asia Tour?
Awesome. I mean, for me, as a DJ, playing to those crowds is an incredible experience. As I mentioned, in January I toured all over Asia where I played places like Singapore and Tokyo, which was mind-blowing. I returned there with Kryoman recently and that was a fantastic experience too.

What were the crowds like over there?
They just love the scene. They are so energetic and know all the tracks. When you drop a big one and look out across the dance floor, you see everyone dancing with their hands in the air, all going nuts. As a DJ, that’s a good sign.

You’ve just finished a track with CC Peniston. How did that come about?
It’s called, “Faith or Feeling,” and it should be out in the fall on my label, Calamity Of Noise. It’s one of those things that came about by networking with people. Someone who knows someone, who knows someone, got us together and we went from there. I’m really proud of it.
 
What's it like being a label boss?

It’s amazing. I get so much satisfaction and enjoyment from being in the studio, especially when the final product is on a label that you’ve built yourself from scratch. We have over 100 artists representing us now from 15 different countries and my recent release, “Delutch,” which I made with Dylon, is getting a lot of support and that can only be a good thing.



What direction do you think the scene is going?
You know, I see the shift in musical genres and it’s really fun to watch, especially from a DJ perspective. I love to push boundaries and try new things out musically, so watching the kids out there listening to new music makes me excited about the way we’re going as a scene. Commercial will always be commercial, but there are also so many great collaborations from singer/songwriters just now that are being released. It’s a great time to be involved in the industry.

What advice do you have for someone who’s trying to break into the scene?
Focus on what you stand for and what makes you a person and stick to it. It will define who you are as an artist. And don’t get caught up in the bullshit that surrounds the scene. Ignore the haters, work hard in the studio as well as behind the decks and you’ll do just fine.

Great advice. What’s next for you?
You know, I’m just enjoying the ride. I love traveling the world and making people dance, and that’s all I want to keep doing.  I’ll also be spending more time in the studio, so there’s a lot to look forward to.





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