Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 | 3:21 p.m.
One of the most recognizable names in DJ culture, Paul Oakenfold has remixed some of pop music's biggest stars, including Madonna and Justin Timberlake. As a touring artist, he's sold out the Hollywood Bowl and taken up his first U.S. residency, Perfecto Vegas, at Rain nightclub inside the Palms. On New Year's Eve, Oakenfold spins on his home turf, sure to be one of the biggest parties in town. Las Vegas Magazine chatted with the legendary DJ about his top Vegas picks.
People don't sleep here: They say people in New York don't sleep, but that's bollocks. It's surreal. At six in the morning, you see people—and not people who are in the nightclubs—people who are gambling.
Palms: I was offered a few other hotels to do a residency in, but I felt this was the place. A lot of it has to do with management, obviously Morton and Maloof. They're really down-to-earth guys and they have a vision.
Nobu I was very good friends with the head chef of Nobu in London, so every time I come here, I know that food inside and out, so I always tend to go over there. Vegas has got some great restaurants, and the list is as long as my arm.
Trips: One of the first trips I ever did when I came to Vegas was the helicopter trip to the Canyon. If anyone comes to Vegas, you should go and see it because it is so different from what you see in England. Now that I'm a resident here, I'll be going again because there's so many parts to see.
Gaming: I'm not a big gambler, but I've had my luck. I've won a few grand, so Lady Luck shines my way. I've probably just cursed myself there, so I'll never win again!
Sense of adventure: There's so much to do, whenever you want to do it, 24 hours. This for me is the new Ibiza. In this town, you can do anything you want to do, literally, when you want to do it, and that's what makes it special. I don't know any other city in the world where you can do that.
— Originally published in Las Vegas Magazine