Zedd Confirmed as Resorts World’s First Resident DJ

Resorts World has confirmed what you’ve known for months because you follow us on Twitter, ahem, Zedd will be a resident DJ at Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub.

Zedd Las Vegas

Zedd’s real name is Anton Zaslavski. The shorter name saves him a ton because his business cards are smaller.

If you’re asking, “Who or what is a Zedd?,” you’re old and are not living your best life.

That said, we also have no idea who Zedd is. Hey, we don’t have to know things to share scoop about them! Two months before Variety and Billboard and the Las Vegas Review-Journal and such.

Zedd Tiesto Resorts World

Q. Do we have to make everything about us? A. Do you know anything about this blog at all?

Anyway, Zedd is a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist, DJ and producer.

Translation: He’s expensive AF.

Which makes it awkward, because nobody’s really sure this business model for Las Vegas nightlife works anymore.

If you follow Las Vegas nightlife at all, you heard about the implosion of Kaos at Palms. The venue paid approximately one bajillion dollars for Marshmello, and while the DJ drew crowds, the casino lost money.

Cardi B was reportedly paid $300,000 for each of her 15-minute performances at Kaos. Unsustainable.

It’s worth noting one of the guys involved in Kaos, Ronn Nicolli, will now oversee nightlife at Resorts World. There’s already chatter about some behind-the-scenes drama. Red flags abound.

Resorts World nightclub

Vegas is about to get Zouked.

Beyond Kaos, a number of other Las Vegas nightclubs have closed in recent years, including Intrigue at Wynn, Hyde at Bellagio and 1OAK at Mirage.

Genting Group, owners of Resorts World, has deep pockets, but how deep?

Tiesto is expected to be another resident headliner at Resorts World. Again, Tiesto can pull crowds, but he earns an average of about $290,000 per show.

That said, Resorts World will certainly benefit from pent-up demand as Las Vegas rebounds from the pandemic, at least for awhile.

Competition is going to be fierce for those nightlife dollars, and hopefully Resorts World can use headliners like Zedd and Tiesto to entice guests to the resort, then keep them around with other amenities like restaurants. (Exactly what didn’t happen at Palms, which we believe won’t open again under the current ownership, Station Casinos.)

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Here’s Zedd making Selena Gomez famouser.

Unconfirmed, but Resorts World is expected to open July 4, 2021 with a soft opening about a week prior.

Setting aside any business concerns, we are ready to “oontz” and twerk and spend way too much on bottles of Gray Goose again, or whatever the kids are doing now! Let’s go!

We’re rooting for Resorts World to be a huge success, and nobody can say they aren’t swinging for the fences.

9 thoughts on “Zedd Confirmed as Resorts World’s First Resident DJ

  1. Jack Tarasar

    What could this guy POSSIBLY do that is worth $290,000.00 per night?
    I listened to that song and while I don’t know what her song sounds like, I didn’t hear any great groundbreaking improvements. He sounds like he is worth $200.00 to $500.00, $1,000.00 TOPS.

    When MGM OVER PAID HIM and his kind, and THE PALMS followed that down the rabbit hole, they set a BAD precedent.
    Resorts World should hire an IN HOUSE DJ and see where that gets them. Because NO ONE is hiring these weasels during the COVID-19 shut down, so it’s a Buyers Market, these Over priced DJ’s lost their worth.
    IF Resorts World is well managed then they won’t pay these these workers as PARTNERS, they are simply EMPLOYEES. I don’t care how much money they bring in, RW spent ALL the money to build that room.

    1. Saul

      I am far from an expert, but a successful club in Vegas prints money. And the premier club is gonna print tons of money. So, by signing a premeir dj, the hope is that when RW opens, the party moves to RW. And Los Angeles party people are gonna drive to Vegas to be at RW. And all the execs at RW get bonuses so big, their bank accounts have to have bank accounts. I mean, thats the dream. Its obviously a megarisky one. But, in short, “we got a dj” isn’t gonna move the party to RW. But the hope is “RW got THE dj” will.
      And honestly, I agree with you. Its crazy that a dj can get this kind of money. But its also crazy to me what people will pay for a designated place to sit and a bottle of vodka inside of a Vegas nightclub.

  2. RW skeptic

    On the one hand I appreciate the sheer gusto of RW who is going so over the top in every way possible (food nightlife attractions etc) and they should do well at the very beginning. But this isn’t 1998 or 2006 and Vegas is different. That and their less than perfect location will be a big obstacle going forward.

  3. Rich

    Interesting marketing strategy for RW considering the current state of affairs on the LV Strip concerning violence. On another note, how do these executives who deliver less than expected results always turn up at another resort??

  4. MrBuzzkill

    The purpose of the Vegas nightclub and dayclub is to attract and entertain young ladies and the young men who want to meet and spend money on them. This well-known model drives everything about the club business from who gets in with no cover charge and receives a few free drinks for “starters”, to who pays steep covers and buys the table service/cabanas creating gravity for the ladies’ orbit. For a full lesson on the subject, talk to the Vegas bachelorette party companies.

    The purpose of hiring the marquee name is to create the all important prestige-feeling for the guests. What matters is the perception of exclusivity and that no expense is spared on “the time of your life.” Setting this tone helps young guests rationalize even more Vegas things that are “the best that money can buy.”

    These DJ’s are just an opening salvo. RW needs a jump-start to launch the formula. Once it finds a stride, the marqs will thin. I mean, Cardi B performances at Kaos were 15 minutes, and trust me when I say that was more than enough.

    1. Michael Alexakis

      Very interesting tidbit about this Cardi B… Contrast that 15 minutes with what I have seen with my own eyes, The Grateful Dead: 3 hour show, The Rolling Stones: 2 hours, Bruce Springsteen: 2 hours, Pink Floyd: 2 hours, and Wayne Newton: 2 hours… The only show of those I mentioned that had a usurious admission price was The Rolling Stones at MGM Grand Arena, the face value of the tickets in 2008 was $500…

      1. MrBuzzkill

        Michael, I know exactly what you mean. We used to go to see live shows for… well, the show! To be fair, modern club appearances are vastly different than concert venues. Performances are often just pre-recorded music and lip-syncing of 1 or 2 numbers. The DJs spend hours hyping the crowd for a 10-minute ordeal.

  5. project design

    The key with the night club is to “get the unction” <~~thee in place. Then they are printing cash. I did the furniture for these clubs for years, they are well run kiddie daycare facilities…..it worked fabulous for years (for most)..as well pointed out by the comments here! We will see what happens in the long run, my guess it will return to my parents era = 1 dollar black jack and free shrimp cocktails (you can hear the printing presses coming to critical mass, Las Vegas will always survive tho)!


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