Marshmello Brought the Party to XS Night Swim
Las Vegas has been the ultimate adult playground for decades. Gambling, pool parties, and hot bodies have become the norm in this desert city, and with the rise of the electronic music scene the clubs on the strip have adapted flawlessly to the EDM culture. It seems each club attempts to out-party the next, adding more VIP tables and nightly events every night of the week. Wynn Las Vegas is one of the best known locations on the strip to let loose and spend some of that hard earned cash. Over the warmer months – April to August – Wynn’s famous XS Nightclub holds a Sunday Night Swim to make your Sunday Funday last a little longer. This year’s weekly lineup has the likes of Skrillex, Diplo, Alesso and more trading off weekends to bring you the music you know and love. Last night’s event was hosted by the anonymous and extremely popular Marshmello, and he succeeded in gaining a few fans along the way.
During XS’s Sunday Night Swim, the DJ booth at the normally indoor club is turned around and faces a huge open air courtyard. While walking through the club to venture out to the pool, you’re overwhelmed at the size as XS itself looks like a closet in comparison to the Night Swim courtyard. A gambling gazebo complete with blackjack, roulette, poker, and a bar sits at the rear of the vast and shallow pool in front of the DJ booth. Surrounding the pool are the usual VIP tables full of bachelor and bachelorette parties from all over the world. The bars line the bottom of the first floor and the balcony consists of the private gondolas for the big spenders. The pool brought out the child in everyone with its gigantic blow-up swim toys twice the size of any other ever seen, from a life-sized pizza slice to a giant swan, and don’t forget a huge amount of beach balls to kick around. Everything was set up for the ultimate pool party, and Marshmello was about to spike it for the win.
Entering into his set, it was clear that the headliner had taken over the decks. The music was louder, the LED lights surrounding the balcony, the trees, and the pool all moved in unison, and the LED screens at the top of the stage exploded with light. Marshmello was in the building. The night began with his usual trap remixes. The big hits all came to fruition under Marshmello’s signature bass heavy drops. Quickly gaining the attention of everyone in the pool, a splash fight broke out at the first drop, adding to the already through-the-roof energy in the courtyard. As the night continued, the elusive DJ catered to every kind of electronic music you could imagine. His ebb and flow moved from trap to big room to pop and back again as the music continued to get louder and the lights in the courtyard making the sober feel a little more drunk. It was a fascinating crescendo to watch the environment slowly change from what looked like a well put together courtyard to a full-on rave. Pyrotechnics at the top of the stage were icing on the cake as the biggest hits of the year were spun into Marshmello’s set. After changing things up and dropping a few Jauz tracks into the mix, Marshmello had the entire party at his fingertips, sprinkling songs like Major Lazer‘s “Lean On” and Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” for good measure, and of course every Drake track kept everyone singing at the top of their lungs. As his set came to a close, he dropped his viral remix of Adele‘s “Hello” and had the entire crowd belting out the soulful singer’s big hit before adding his own spin. Ending with “Keep it Mello,” several partygoers were nodding their heads in agreement, they’re going to look more into this guy as soon as they get home.
The anonymous nature of Marshmello keeps everyone on their toes. While his identity is highly speculated, it’s almost best to keep his real face a mystery. He killed it at XS Night Swim, and he definitely made his mother proud on Mother’s Day. Next week’s headliner — Skrillex.