DJ Spider on the Evolution of the Vegas Club Scene and Not Taking Requests
Today, the term "celebrity DJ" is often associated with unpleasant images of Paris Hilton or Pauly D behind the turntables in a swanky club. However, it was only a few years ago that the term was synonymous with talented DJs such as Mark Ronson and the late DJ AM, who incorporated skills like scratching and live mash-ups into mainstream sets. Opening for DJ AM in 2006, Los Angeles DJ Oliver Nathan, aka DJ Spider, has since been inspired to keep traditional DJ techniques alive while playing for the masses. His 10 residencies span from ATL to Vegas, and his production work includes official remixes for artists like Usher and Far East Movement. We spoke up with DJ Spider about his three-year Vegas residency, social media, and his favorite party this year. He headlines Harlot this Friday and again on Oct. 31 for Halloween.
What's the best part about having a consistent night DJing in The Wynn
It's one of the nicest places on Earth, the hotel and the casino. Every single thing there is five-star, and the clubs are no different; they're amazing. I play at Tryst with a 90 foot waterfall behind me, huge dancefloor with tables surrounding it in front of me, and a banging sound system all around. The crowds really come there with the sole reason of having one of the best nights of their life and going all-out. I'm definitely lucky to play there, it's great.
What's your favorite type of request to receive?
No requests! If you trust me, we will have a good night. I do like to get some background on the party beforehand, though, so I can plan out what kinds of music I'm going to play, and what the crowd is like.
How do you feel about how quickly the DJ/club scene has grown in Vegas in the last couple of years?
I think it's great, honestly. People come to Vegas to gamble still, but people really come there to party now. There are so many huge clubs with massive talent playing there and they're all packed for the most part. It's insane, I've seen the evolution of it, not since the very beginning, but for a while now, and it's unreal.
Since you have multiple residencies around North America, what's something you always have to have with you when you travel?
My computer. As long as I've got that, I have all my music and am ready to rock. And a hooded sweatshirt.
Congrats on recently becoming a dad. Do you think you'll travel less now?
Not really. I might come home on an earlier flight, or not stay on the East Coast or Hawaii for a few extra days or something like that. I cut my trips shorter if possible, but I've been back on the road since he was two weeks old. We still get to spend a ton of family time together, though. I have an amazing wife who has her own business, but is also a super mom and helps me out so much.
When do you find time to make your edits/mixes?
Even though I'm busy with traveling, I have a lot of downtime on planes and in hotels, so I work there and at home. It's fun for me, so I just end up doing it whenever I have free time.
You're quite active on social media. What's the social media site you check the most?
Probably Twitter, then Instagram, then Vine. Then Facebook. Then Musaic.
What's been your favorite party you've played this year?
I've done so many parties this year so far, and they have all been fun! One of my favorites this year was The Do-Over in L.A.
You're also known for your love of food. What's something you're looking forward to eating while in S.F.?
I'd have to say oysters and clam chowder at Hog Island Oyster Company in the Ferry Building.
Lastly, because of your name, are you especially popular during Halloween?
Yes! I didn't even think about that, but I do get hit up to play a lot of Halloween parties.