Wynn Nightlife released their resident artists for 2018 and normally we wouldn’t really care about that, but something caught my eye. They released a promo video that trotted out all of their residents one after the other for one minute and every.single.person.is.a.dude. It is commendable they didn’t book some other generic ass, washed up big room DJ because they have a good agent and got Black Coffee, Jamie Jones and Solomun instead, however that doesn’t escape dudefest in this video.
If you are wondering why this is a big deal, they have 28 (count 29 with the “special performance by The Chainsmokers) residents and none are female. Hell one of them is Conor McGregor and what the hell does he know about DJing. Now of course Wynn caters to a very specific type of crowd that goes to the Sin City to do terrible things to themselves and others and these men provide the right soundtrack for that. There is nothing wrong with the majority of these guys on the bill, but there would be some women who can do a damn good job as well as residents here. They had Alison Wonderland last year, but she isn’t back in 2018.
I would be remised to say the problem is only at Wynn. Over the past year or so, some of the EDM playgrounds have started to shift more towards hip-hop as the country has as well, so there is less of an opportunity to find women DJs on the bill. Good luck finding one at Marquee in between Andrew Bayel, French Montana, Benny Benassi and Tritonal.
The announced lineup for Hakkasan is all dudes with the likes of Jauz, GTA, Above & Beyond, Porter Robinson, Lil Jon, Cash Cash, Kaskade, Zedd, Calvin Harris, Borgeous (for fucks sake) and Tiësto.
When will Vegas book a female resident? Only their cold hard calculations will tell. They have had female undercard for years and in the past other women like Eva Shaw and Krewella have been residents, so this is a bit of an odd and sad year just when the dance music community seemed to be working towards more equal footing. I guess it is one more reminder how much more there needs to be done. Or the waning influence of the Vegas superclubs. Or both.