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DJ Jesse Marco at Omnia: ‘People just lose their minds in Las Vegas’

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DJ Jesse Marco.

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DJ Jesse Marco.

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Baby-faced hip-hop DJ Jesse Marco could pass for a teenager, but the New York native in his late 20s has been DJ’ing in Las Vegas and across the country since his teen years.

“I’ve just signed some new residencies, so I’ll be at Omnia and Hakkasan in Las Vegas, Omnia in San Diego, the Borgata in Atlantic City, Marquee in New York, 1 OAK in L.A., The Underground in Chicago and Liv in Miami,” Marco said.

“Lots of dope residencies coming up this year.”

Marco answered questions via email ahead of his DJ set at Omnia in Caesars Palace tonight:

Tell me about your new music.

It’s got a lot of break beats in it. It’s a symptom of growing up in New York and I think being a hip-hop DJ. I think the drums and the bass are always the most important parts of the song.

I’ve just gotten bored with what I’ve been hearing out there. That sort of Old School sound is what I love, and it can be applied to any genre or tempo, which is cool.

What else are you working on now and in this New Year?

Well, basically I just released a bootleg and track on Fool’s Gold Records. I have a remix coming out next month, then will probably continue to drop songs frequently. Probably leading into a proper EP of some kind.

But mostly just always making new stuff. I’m really into doing these live drum machine routines now, so you’ll see a lot more of that to come and some special collaboration, too.

Also, I’ve just signed some new residencies, so I’ll be at Omnia and Hakkasan in Las Vegas, Omnia in San Diego, the Borgata in Atlantic City, Marquee in New York, 1 OAK in L.A., The Underground in Chicago and Liv in Miami.

Lots of dope residencies coming up this year.

How did you get your start in DJ’ing?

My grandma taught me.

What do you like about DJ’ing in Las Vegas?

People just lose their minds in Las Vegas. Also, they’re really in tune with newer music, especially hip-hop now, which is exciting and fun to see their reaction. I feed off that.

How does your DJ set stand out and set you apart from other DJs?

I scream “3, 2, 1 … jump!” on the microphone until I lose my voice ... ;). Kidding! Um, I come from a turntablist background, so I like putting a lot of creativity into my mixes. I also eat spaghetti while I DJ, and I love turtles.

Who are your DJ and music inspirations?

DJ AM, Just Blaze, Fatboy Slim, Mark Ronson, A-Trak and Cam’ron.

What do you like most about your job?

Dancing and making the music, playing my drum machine and scratching. Connecting with people.

Wish list of collaborators?

Cam’ron, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan and Jay Z.

What advice would you give a DJ entering the industry today?

Just work hard, be creative and practice, and don’t be lazy. There’s always someone out there working harder than you. Stay on your A game.

What do you like to do for fun in Las Vegas when you’re not working?

Shoot machine guns and eat at Hakkasan.

Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a journalist for nearly two decades.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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