Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 | 3:15 p.m.
- AK1200 (12/15/10)
- The Details
- AK1200 with Craze, Datsik, 12th Planet, Bare and more
- December 17, 9:30 p.m., $20 and up
- Crown, 733-8229
- Beyond the Weekly
Why do you think it took the U.S. drum and bass scene so long to catch up with the U.K.’s?
When you’re talking about American-made drum and bass, the majority of it got a little bit off-track and started to get too hard, dark and sort of boy’s club furious. It’s always been so good in the U.K. because jump-up was always there and tunes that would appeal to women—and you can’t have a good night, club or crowd without women.
As one of the DnB heavyweights, how do you feel about dubstep pushing it out of the spotlight in recent years?
The one thing I’m really happy to see is that finally a new form of music came along to get kids excited again. They’re not even sure that it’s dubstep or drumstep or whatever; they just call it bass music and they’re super into it. It reminds me of when I first got started as a DJ—that fresh hunger for raw music.
Why does your new track “Sanctuary” seem to have more levels and soul than other recent DnB releases?
I just started a new partnership with Bill Hamel, a really well-known progressive producer who’s done remixes for Rihanna, Britney Spears, Seal. We’re ultimately trying to make a progressive form of drum and bass that could potentially crossover and fit with a wider audience.
AK1200 chats about porn music, his record labels and more in the Nocturnal Admissions podcast featuring AK1200 and Bill Hamel's track "Sanctuary" available for free download here.
Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.