When DJ Five isn’t spinning some of the biggest celeb driven venues in Las Vegas, you can find him at the gym early in the morning or hanging out with his nephew and his parents. “This is the real Vegas- that whole Sin City shit is for tourists”.
Is it a city where you can find a party at any time of day, but life can also be pretty chill and consistent. And a market on the rise in ways Bugsy Seigle couldn’t image.
There is a growing indie music scene, backpack rap and skate board community, and avant-garde art. There are cool things happening now that don’t involve cliches like Joe Peschi losing his fucking shit, the Bunny Ranch, pyro-circus dinner theater, Kris Angel-ing, or blowing the 401 K at a penny slot.
DJ Five, hailing originally from LA, has been dj-ing since 15, and in recent years, has rose to prominence as one of the city, and now country’s premier “Open Format Party Rocker” djs. Waxing and waning are the days when a dj spun ONLY dubstep, or ONLY old skool. It’s now about the breaking of barriers, both sonically and culturally, to create a wide pallet that features tracks from The Fugees to Armin Van Burrin to Amy Winehouse over a 132 BPM drum loop pulse. It’s the evolution of mashup in a less chaotic arrangement. It’s about celebrating music as a culture, and dj’s playing more of the role of “your evening’s tour guide” than a button pusher.
Five joined us as a Set Member off the jump. Here’s 5 hand selected items from the homie, as well as a stream of his super dope Old Skool hiphop x skate mix entitled “Soul Joints 2004” Which feels like of Joey BadA$$, Nyck Caution, early Nas, and the entire neo-soul scene vs ATCQ had a super smooth baby.
The DJ 5 LOOK:
Mostly black, totally understated, yet upmarket and street-luxe., Vegas itself is loud of shit aesthetically. So- as they say, the biggest rebel in a sea of Satanists is actually the Christian Camp church dork. Think about that. Same concept. Smooth and subconscious, slightly avant-garde and vintage tend to stand out more so in a city that has more in common with Brad Pitt’s “Cool World” then real life.
KICKS: ADIDAS ZX FLUX OG’S
THE ADI ZX’S are technically a skate shoe, but somehow don’t feel traditionally like one. Which may not even be a bad thing. If you could play street ball on a Stussy deck, while dressing like Leo Messi on practice break at Barca, these would be the go to footwear pieces.
RUBEN JACKET BY PUBLISH
High wasted coats are back. Premium bonded raglan L/S coaches jacket with center front metal snap buttons, tonal nylon panel details throughout, single welt front pockets, nylon vent armpit panel with metal eyelets, rounded drawcords with closed metal caps at bottom hem and flag label at side seam
YOUTH MACHINE CRISIS HOTLINE T
Somehow this mastered the art of grave etching, 80’s metal and B list horror film art at the same time. Radical.
LIFE IS GUCCI GUCCIGHOST TOTE BAG
Perfect for the transportation of your DJ tech, Moonrocks, and those super old school eye covers nice hotels give you for sleeping on “recovery Monday” in Vegas.
HESTER POST-EUROPE CREW BY WOOD WOOD
Equally ominous and Orwellian, and nuanced arrogant fashion industry speak – because they love saying “post (insert any genre or art movement here) _____” for any new subgenre derivative they can exploit in HoHo and St, Mark’s Place. .