There are two things we here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa discovered this Labor Day that really go together.
Namely the music of Tiesto and our outdoor venue Festival Park.
This Labor Day Weekend, Tiesto returned to Festival Bark for a packed daytime concert that rocked the Atlantic City bay-side like never before and created a bit of EDM heaven in the sun, check out the video below to see the party.
Tiesto took a break from a long late summer series of gigs in Vegas to play Borgata’s Festival Park.
And he’s become a bit of a sage (the smart guy, not the spice) about EDM and its beginnings, of which he, of course, was a huge part.
There was a time when tequila was thought of as a drink to enjoy as a quick shot—paired with lemon and salt—or in a Margarita, and that was pretty much it. Tequila wasn’t a drink you had at meals, or when enjoying hors d’oeuvres. The culinary world hadn’t yet embraced the nectar of the agave plant.
But that kind of thinking is long gone, and pairing food with fine tequila has become an art all its own.
At Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Gypsy Bar—our renowned Tequila bar—it’s also an art that Borgata has mastered, along with the equally important skill of creating Tapas.
Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine that have become so popular, they are often combined and mixed and matched to make a full meal.
You’ve probably figured out where we’re going with this.
The Savor Borgata Culinary Series presents Tapas and Tequila at Borgata’s Gypsy Bar at 4pm Saturday, September 19. Enjoy Tapas paired with Tequila featuring Borgata Special Diamond Tequila.
There are a lot of ways to describe the great DJs Borgata Nightlife brings to our nightclubs at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
House DJs are electro, tribal, progressive, tech.
Dillon Francis adds a category that you rarely hear—social media comedian.
Francis, who plays MIXX August 2 has made quite a name for himself as a comedian both on his website and through social media.
Really. The guy’s funny with posts about Doughnut Awareness week, the enormous pickle he likes to tour with and his top five sexiest Electric Daisy Carnival moments (1. Showing Off His Pickle In Front Of A Helicopter – Warning: HIGHLY DANGEROUS), among a million other topics.
“People always ask me about my social media antics and where I get my ideas. But that’s just how my crazy brain works,” Francis said in a recent essay he wrote for medium.com.
Even his new EP that’s about to drop is humorously named “This Mixtape is Fire,” after all of the fire mixtape memes around the web (he advises you not to handle it without protective equipment).
New mixtape you ask?
Yes, once again, Borgata Nightlife’s timing is perfect.
Francis has just unveiled the details for his much-discussed EP, a project that’s been a year in the making. It’s a seven-track that features some of the biggest names in electronic music including Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Chromeo.
Here are some quick definitions for you:
Mania – excessive enthusiasm.
Electronic – Runs on electricity, especially noticeable in dance beats employed by EDM DJs.
Festival – A period of celebration often organized around a series of concerts, plays, movies—and sometimes a great line-up of DJs—held in the same place.
Circus – A collection of diverse and energetic performances in one show.
Mania Electronic Festival Circus – the July 5 show at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s new Festival Park outdoor concert venue features music by The Chainsmokers, DJ Ikon, Dallas K, Grand Theft and DSK CHK.
Or in other words, a big ol’ outdoor EDM party at Borgata on the July 4th weekend.
It’s not every day that you see a concert so filled with energy and great DJs that we’re confident enough to call it a mania, a festival and a circus all in one.
But consider this:
The Chainsmokers are an American, New York City-based, disc jockey/producer/songwriter duo consisting of members Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The duo rose to fame with their 2014 hit “#Selfie”.
Tritonal—the American DJ duo of Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed that have become a rising star in the EDM world—hits Borgata’s MIXX Nightclub June 27 and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
With their recently dropped track “Untouchable,” done in collaboration with another Multiple DJ force Cash Cash, the duo is back on the cutting edge—as if they’d ever been off. Collaborations between vocalists and DJs are always noted, but lately more and more DJs themselves have been working together producing a string of EDM hits.
“Untouchable” is a melodic, big room anthem that features James Abrahart, also known as J Hart, on vocals.
Tritonal previously remixed Cash Cash’s “Surrender,” but this time the two DJ teams hit the studio together.
“The song came from such an inspirational place,” Reed and Cisneros told Billboard.com, calling the week-long collaboration a year highlight. “Upon finishing, we all felt we’d written a special one.”
It’s all pretty normal for the Texas-raised DJs who have been putting out hits since they formed their duo in 2008 after meeting in an online music chatroom. Of course, back then they were known as producers of trance, but they’ve spent the last six years moving steadily into the EDM scene with a progressive house sound.
“We came up as trance artists and we still love trance,” Cisneros told edmsauce.com in a recent interview. “It just got to a place where it felt like we were starting to do the same thing. At the end of (the album) “Piercing the Quiet” we were doing that electro-trance thing and we were just kind of done with it.”
Turning out to see a two-girl DJ act named KIM KAT—for Kim Lee and Kat Nova—might leave you thinking that maybe, just maybe, their show will be a little girly.
Not a chance.
“We’re just wild and a lot of fun,” explains Lee to ballerstatus.com. “It’s all about energy. I guess ’cause we’re girls people, at first, think, ‘Oh their set is probably girly.’ But, we’re far from that (laughs).”
Ok sure, Lee has done some modeling for Maxim and other magazines and appeared in small roles in films like “Hangover 2.” They’re both alluring, beautiful women. But together they’re DJ KIM Kat and they’ll play mur.mur tonight with Borgata House DJ PS1.
The bond between them is based on a shared passion for music, they explain.
“Kat and I been friends for over 10 years now,” Lee says. “We used to do music videos back then and we met on her second day in LA. She’s got this cool vibe about her and she hustles like me. We both share the same vision with work.”
Since meeting in 2007, DJ KIM KAT have toured across the United States from Scottsdale to New York and internationally from Korea to Vietnam, captivating crowds with their unique electro sets. Infusing EDM, Hip-Hop, Trance, and Top 40, DJ KIM KAT grace any venue that they play at with unrivaled energy and compelling music selection, not to mention a pretty good aesthetic.
Currently, DJ KIM KAT is working on their debut album, but until then, they say they can always be found doing what they excel at—delivering sets to fans across the globe.
“We usually go back to back or I would MC while she’s deejaying,” Lee says. “We just freestyle it and we always get our fans involved at our shows. There’s definitely a lot of alcohol at our shows (laughs), but it’s all fun.”
Advance tickets for KIM KAT with PS1 at mur.mur are $25 and available here.
Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season.
But then you knew that.
For us here in Atlantic City, however, it’s so much more. Summer is everything in these parts—the start of a three-month party of sun, surf, great music, great food and just constant entertainment.
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What is it about Dutch DJs?
We only ask because Borgata Nightlife is proud to present another of the hottest DJs on the House Music scene when Fedde Le Grand plays MIXX with Borgata DJ Carlos Melange May 23.
And he’s Dutch. And it’s, like, the third Dutch DJ we’ve had at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa this year.
Ok, maybe that’s not that many.
But even Le Grand knows what we’re talking about when he outlined why Dutch DJs have so much success in an old 2009 interview.
“Well we have a long history of dance music in Holland, it first started with the trance guys being successful, then the progressive guys and now house which is quite funny when you think about it. The trance guys started to have a lot of success so people were like – oh it’s a way to get across the borders and develop further afield.”
“For bands it’s extremely hard, almost impossible to build up an international notoriety other than in Belgium or Germany. However with dance music, artists proved you could go global and I think that appeals to a lot of young people. That’s why they get involved with dance music. But the other thing is now there are so many kids and young people producing so the competition is really high and you really have to stand out if you want to break through.”
Le Grand stood out.
There was a time when the only place to hear dance music was in a dance club. Sounds simple enough.
But then came groups like Swedish House Mafia, who took dance music the festival route and proved a dance music show could fill American arenas—make that big American arenas.
But for DJs like Steve Angello—the former Swedish House Mafia member who plays MIXX May 16 with Sebjak and opening and closing sets by Borgata DJ Carlos Melange—those old club days never left him.
And Borgata Nightlife is proud to be part of his current North American club tour.
Angello has always worked apart from Swedish House Mafia and produced a string of club hits that stretches back to 2004 when he released his remix of the classic Eurythmics’ tune “Sweet Dreams.”
He’s a Greek-born, Swedish raised DJ that also produces and owns his own record label. From there, it’s hard to keep track of absolutely everything he has produced—sometimes using different names—and put out.
It’s easier to keep track of Swedish House Mafia, which was composed of him, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell. Together they have produced hits such as “Save the World”, “Antidote”, “Greyhound”, “One”,”Miami 2 Ibiza” and “Don’t You Worry Child”.
Of course, the group has split, but Angello downplays any rumors of a rift between the mates.