For DJ David Clutch, the road to playing some of the top clubs in the world – including Surrender and Intrigue at Wynn – began with a set of used turntables, backyard parties, and, he laughs, “years of playing to my bedroom walls.” But what separates DJ Clutch from many music artists is his ability to activate a crowd. Part technician, part social psychologist, the self-described “open format DJ” plays to his room – and teaches an enthusiastic class on Wynn’s high-end setups how to do the same. Gauging a room’s reaction to what he’s playing is Clutch’s signature, and while “People might think we’re up there just pressing buttons and doing a lot of technical stuff,” he says, “I’m looking for the room’s reaction. If they’re over pop, I’ll play some remixes or mash-ups of house remixes; if the crowd is reacting to those, then I’m safe going into hip-hop territory.” And while there are no shortcuts to DJ success, Clutch will teach his class – capped at a handful of attendees for maximum personalized attention – on Serato software, which he says can give the newbie DJ a great first mixing experience, but is a sophisticated platform for more advanced students to practice. “I get so much satisfaction when I have everyone on the dance floor,” he says. “If you’re moving, then I know I’m doing a good job.” He’ll dispense that invaluable social psychology, plus advise on setups for those ready to invest, or just give a fun first look at the industry for those looking to dip their toes in club waters for the first time.
May 4, Surrender at Wynn; $150 per person, all-inclusive