I don’t remember the first time I went to a nightclub and fell in love with house music. I do remember heading to Utopia in the 1990’s with my buddy Chubb and we loved to dance to house music. Once, we even got invited to the VIP area since we were dancing. We weren’t really sure what to do there though since it was in a separate room with a clear glass so you could see the dance floor. We just danced around with our glow sticks for a bit and soon headed back to the dance floor.
Las Vegas has been slow to even grow to love house music. Any American club is way behind compared to European clubs where they have been raving for decades.
I do remember the first mega club C2K in the Venetian. Dance music definitely wasn’t as popular. I just knew I loved dancing crazy and enjoying the music. These days the clubs are divided with two types of people: people who like hip hop and people who like house music. I don’t like hip hop when it’s bump n’ grind kind… But, I do enjoy old school hip hop like Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and The Sugarhill Gang. I’m definitely on the house music side. House music is a lot more popular these days and many big name DJs are in the clubs like Fat Boy Slim, Tiesto and Avicii.
My husband Ivan and I were talking about how different it is in Las Vegas clubs compared to Europe. In Vegas, even if you’re at a house music night, the DJ could still play some bad hip hop in the mix. In Europe, you’re guaranteed to hear just house music. Also, in Europe there’s a lot more variety to house music.
Tonight, we saw Indris Elba (His DJ name is Driis), Pete Tong and Fatboy Slim. Ivan said that Indris Elba’s music reminded him of 90’s house music in England. It was funky house with some deep house. Las Vegas seems to have house music with lots of vocals especially of current popular songs. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear about 10 minutes of dubstep or deep house… but usually nothing more than that. It’s sad really. I think European DJs should be bold and play a variety of house music even if it’s not the norm. I know Ivan and me would love it. I’m sure there would be others as well.
When my husband and I are at a club, we love to get as close as possible (usually in the front since I’m really short) since you feel the bass and hear the music better since it’s so loud.
I was thinking about how house music makes me feel while dancing tonight to Pete Tong in Ibiza, Spain. I feel so alive dancing. When the music is good, I get lost in the music. No, it doesn’t have to be trance music.. just any good electronic music makes me lose myself. I let the music move me. It courses through my body and makes me dance. The bass resonates in my body. I close my eyes and move my hands, hips, head and legs. It is like you’re letting go and losing control. The music just takes over. The energy that generates from a crowd of people dancing is amazing. I feel it and it just feels like love. I know that sounds cheesy.. but that’s how I feel. You feel energized and feel like you’re on a lovely high that you don’t want to come down from. Somehow, you feel connected to the DJ since he’s making you feel so awesome with his cool beats. I like to put my arms up to the sky while dancing. I’m not really sure why though.. maybe I’m trying to reach something like the lasers.. or maybe something even beyond that.
Thinking about how music makes me feel, made me think of what Billy Elliot says in the musical when the Royal Ballet School asks him “What does it feel like, when you are dancing?”
His response was a song which does describe how I feel.
I can’t really explain it, I haven’t got the words
It’s a feeling that you can’t control
I suppose it’s like forgetting, losing who you are
And at the same time something makes you whole
It’s like that there’s a music, playing in your ear
And I’m listening, and I’m listening, and then I disappear
And then I feel a change, like a fire deep inside
Something bursting me wide open, impossible to hide
And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird
Like Electricity, electricity
Sparks inside of me, and I’m free, I’m free
I was waiting for Fat Boy Slim to come on and I could feel the anticipation. I was REALLY excited like a little kid waiting to open their Christmas gifts on Christmas morning. Fatboy Slim is definitely me and my husband’s favorite DJ. He just plays the most fun music. His music just makes you want to jump around and dance. His funky music is filled with cool lyrics. He loves to throw in lots of classics and fun songs. I love DJs who are really into the music has much as you are. It just shows that they love their job and enjoy making their fans feel good. It’s also cool to think that a lot of DJs like Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, Judge Jules and Paul Oakenfold are in their 50’s but they still love DJing. House music has no age. I even saw a lady in her 50’s tonight. I thought that could be me someday. Somehow I know that I’ll love house music for a long, long, long time. It only just makes me laugh, feel good and feel happy.