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Marquee Mondays party leader Redfoo talks album, tennis, Chipmunks

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Redfoo at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. DJ Chuckie is at left.

Redfoo at Party Rock Mondays at Marquee

Redfoo at Party Rock Mondays at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan on Dec. 19, 2011. Launch slideshow »
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Redfoo at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. DJ Chuckie is at left.

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Redfoo at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Redfoo Juicy Wiggle

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Before Stefan Kendal Gordy entered the music industry as Redfoo of LMFAO (the music collaboration with his nephew, Sky Blu), the DJ, hip-hop recording artist, dancer and producer was a day trader.

“I’m getting back into it. It keeps me up to date on the business side,” Redfoo said when asked about his New Year’s resolutions (he detailed five of them).

Party rock will definitely be in the house tonight, as Redfoo leads the Marquee Mondays fifth-anniversary soiree at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The intelligent, thoughtful and engaging artist chatted over the phone Wednesday afternoon ahead of the celebration:

What can fans expect at your Marquee Mondays fifth-anniversary party Monday night?

They can expect a wild, crazy party. They can expect to get wet with champagne. They can expect new songs off my new album. And they can expect the usual crazy, party rockin’ party. Plus more (laughs).

Tell me about your new album “Party Rock Mansion” that drops March 18.

This album is really special to me. I’ve been working on it for two years. It was inspired by my moving into the Party Rock Mansion in Hollywood, where I was playing the album and making the album. Every party inspired me to make certain songs and do certain things.

I live with Shuffle Bot and Q Da Hypeman, they’re my crew. “Party Rock Mansion” is going to have experimental songs, a party vibe, EDM. “Lights Out,” my first single, has a classic party rock vibe. It’s a mashup of two genres, like “Juicy Wiggle.”

I’ve been trying to play other songs like Avicii, country, EDM stuff, it’s really exciting. When I first played “Lights Out,” people said, “I’ve never heard that before, that’s new.”

I even do an acoustic ballad. I play the piano and sing. It’s really special to me. It feels like a Beatles song. I play it at parties late night, and it works. The whole album is really fun to me — a party.

You worked with the legendary Stevie Wonder on your new album?

Yeah! On “Where the Sun Goes.” I grew up with Stevie in the Motown family, but I never dreamed that he would do a song with me. I never thought about it. When we were working on the song, his name came up during the harmonica part — “that’s a part for Stevie.” I can’t believe we got him on the song!

How did you get involved in Rob Gronkowski’s Party Ship (Feb. 19-22 in Nassau, Bahamas)?

We did an after-party when Madonna performed at the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots hired me, and we did this party. I was DJ’ing, and Rob Gronkowski came on the stage during “Sexy and I Know It.”

He was taking off his shirt. It was a really crazy moment, and we had a connection. For the cruise, I think that it was his request. We actually booked this last year about four to five months ago.

Are you a Patriots fan? Super Bowl 50 prediction?

I am rooting for them, for sure! I don’t really follow the football as much as I do the tennis, but I’m watching the games. It’s got to be the Patriots. I’ve met the families and owners. I like their vibe. If they win, Rob’s cruise is going to be insane.

I read that you’re an avid tennis fan. What do you think about the betting controversy in the headlines right now?

I’ve read a few headlines, but I don’t know too much about it. In all sports, there is gambling. I don’t know the details, but it’s always been out there. As a kid, it was with basketball players. The concept is alien to me.

I’m programmed to win at everything. Winning is the greatest life reward. Top players like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are always trying to win. It’s not about the money. It’s about personal accomplishment and pride. In every industry, you’re going to get a couple of hustlers.

How was filming “Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip”?

Yeah! That was amazing. It was really cool. We filmed in Atlanta. I got to do comedy, dancing. The Chipmunks did additional vocals on “Juicy Wiggle.” They are talented party animals, but they’re high maintenance (laughs). Don’t give them your Snapchat because they’ll blow you up!

You’ve been a Las Vegas regular and resident over the years. What do you like about Las Vegas?

I think it’s the No. 1 party destination in the world. Even as a kid, I couldn’t wait to turn 21 and party in Las Vegas. I grew up in California, in Hollywood and Pacific Palisades, so Las Vegas was three hours away. Tourists come from all over the world.

I like to gamble, see shows. Las Vegas has the best entertainment in the world, from Cirque du Soleil to the comedians. Even the employees in casinos are characters in their hospitality.

It’s all creative expression, and it really shaped our show. What kind of performers do we want to be? Tourists party, get crazy, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. It creates the best party atmosphere.

You ain’t got nothing to do but party and have fun (laughs)! I’m so happy to be coming back. The Tao Group is one of the best groups, from the owners to the management and employees. We jell well together.

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

Really come in and know two things: 1) what you like as a DJ, the sounds, the feelings, what you like, and 2) you have to be aware of what the people like. If you can mix the two, if you can meet in the middle, what you like, what the girls like, and do something unique, that’s how I do it.

Sometimes, you have to not be afraid to be unconventional and take risks. For example, I DJ, then run out to the crowd, sing a song, crowd surf, then return to DJ’ing. I’m not afraid to leave the DJ booth.

You have to figure out what it is going to take to make that party crazy and better — better with each song. Know the sound you like. That’s what they’re coming to see. They’re coming to see you and your vibe.

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

The ATVs, riding dune buggies, riding 30 minutes away in the desert toward Pahrump. Go-kart racing. I like to see Cirque productions. I might hit the roulette table, but it almost never works (laughs). Hang by the pool.

Even though we’re working, it’s a vacation, too. It’s like Burning Man for us. We turn off the phones and go crazy for 24 hours. And I love to eat; I love to eat at Tao and Lavo when I’m there.

Any New Year’s resolutions?

One of my main resolutions — they are all personal resolutions and kinda cheesy — they are all things I wanted to change personally. 1) drink more water, 2) I want to stand straight, have good posture, 3) work out more. These are daily routines.

And 4) play more tennis and be more involved with the stock market and do more trading every day. I used to be a day trader, and I’m getting back into it. It keeps me up to date on the business side.

DJ Redfoo headlines Marquee Mondays’ fifth-anniversary celebration tonight at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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.

Follow Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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