The mixed compilation series Nervous Nitelife focuses both on genres (Electro Sweat, Summer Clubbing) and location (Miami). Bringing the Nervous Nitelife series to Las Vegas, Austin Leeds and Nick Terranova teamed up for a dirty, sexy, and housey CD/DVD compilation. Having produced or remixed half of the tracks in the mix, Nick and Austin definitely show that they are the real deal. If you are looking for a taste of the "bottles and models" rockstar DJ lifestyle, check out the DVD for a behind the scenes look.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: Austin and Nick, how are you guys doing today?
Austin Leeds: We're doing well, with our music and everything.
RS: Very cool. This new mixed CD for Nervous Nitelife is based in
Las Vegas – how did you all choose Las Vegas?
Austin Leeds: Just the vibe in the city, coming out here and playing house music, and the whole models and bottles kind of feel. We live here, so it's our town and we decided it would be a great idea to do it here.
RS: I keep hearing the term 'bottles and models' – what does that
term actually mean?
Austin Leeds: It's the VIP and sexy girls, with the whole bottle service industry. We've made ourselves into those kind of DJs – just more or less like those kinds of clubs and stuff that we play at – very pretty girls, the bottle service, the VIP, sexiness, the whole thing.
RS: How does your music reflect that vibe?
Austin Leeds: It's vocal; it's female; it's definitely danceable; and it's not too hard and not too cool. It's just fun party music. Through our whole career, that's what we've tried to represent - a good party vibe type of music and being able to appeal to the masses.
RS: Do you spin exclusively at Empire?
Austin Leeds: I haven't been at Empire exclusively. When I first moved here, two years ago, I did a little bit of a residency there for about eight months and then I was in Body English and other clubs.
RS: What is the music scene in Las Vegas – is it all house and
Austin Leeds: No, it's very commercial, even though you have a few spots playing house like Body English on Wednesday nights, the Bank on Thursdays, Jet on Mondays, Rain on Saturdays, as well as Rehab and Republic. There's some other stuff going on that I can't really talk about. Las Vegas is definitely more of a mash up sound, but you can definitely see that it's becoming more and more a house town.
RS: When you say 'mash up,' what do you mean by that?
Austin Leeds: The music's all mash ups. It's all Britney and Madonna together, the pop and the rock and all that stuff.
RS: How do the two of you actually spin together as DJs?
Austin Leeds: Kind of depends. Most of the time we like to do mini-sets: maybe I'll play for thirty minutes, forty-five minutes, and Nick'll play thirty, forty-five minutes, just going back and forth sometimes. If the record has a beat going we're like, 'Oh yes, play this one, play this one,' so we'll go back and forth. A lot of times, it's switching off through the night.
RS: Did the two of you mix this CD together?
Austin Leeds: Yes, both of us chose the tracks, compiled it and mixed it.