By Andrea Domanick
Sky Blu, one half of party anthem hitmakers LMFAO (who picked up six awards at Sunday's 2012 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand), is out to prove that he can’t be outpartied. Even though the 25-year-old born Skyler Austen Gordy injured himself during a performance last year, resulting in three herniated disks, he’s back in top form this summer with his new monthly residency “Who Came to Party?!” at Wet Republic at MGM Grand and Pure at Caesars Palace.
His first date at the latter kicks off this Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. Expect plenty of surprises and a fresh slate of summer dance tracks from the DJ, who also will be joined by members of his party crew/music collective Big Bad.
I gave him a call in the studio while he was putting the finishing touches on those tracks to find out what's in store for the next phase of party rock.
Andrea Domanick.: What can crowds expect from your upcoming residency?
Sky Blu: Some of my craziest memories are from Wet Republic. I like that it has a festival vibe. These new parties will be like a makeover of what we used to do. There’s gonna be a lot of spontaneity. We have a bunch of special surprises in store. There’s gonna be giveaways, with awesome shirts, glasses, watches. We’ll even give some signature skateboards to a few lucky party-hard contestants.
A.D.: How will your “Who Came to Party?!” sets be different from what you’ve played in Vegas before? How might a daytime pool party set differ from your nighttime club sets?
S.B.: It’s two different energies, you go a little harder at night. In the pool, everybody’s talking, they’re maybe a little more focused on picking someone up than dancing to the music, but that also makes the vibe just really fun and positive. The beautiful thing about the parties we’re throwing is that we don’t have anything set in stone. I have some ideas, of course, but we DJ so much that we’re able to feel it out as we go along. I pride myself on being a performance DJ. The way we perform is controlled chaos at its best.
A.D.: You suffered a pretty intense injury while performing in December -- will that change anything about your performances in the future? Will you be more cautious?
S.B.: It’s given me a new kind of perspective. I’ve had to learn to train to party; it’s like being an athlete. I grew up as an athlete, but when I started performing, training fell to the wayside. I got out of shape, and that’s how I injured myself. Now I’m in shape again and better prepared to handle that lifestyle. I’m overall a better version of myself as a result of the injury.
A.D.: Tell me about your new company, Big Bad Entertainment, which is focused on philanthropic endeavors. What does that entail, and what inspired you?
S.B.: The most important thing to me is giving. Everything that I do, I want to donate a portion to charity. We’ve been doing work with Best Buddies and a bunch of other organizations to help promote them as companies that are really making a difference.
The ultimate goal is to create a university -- an alternative way of learning focused on showing kids how to become an effective dreamer. I dropped out of high school -- it’s not that I wasn’t smart, but I wasn’t interested in how they were teaching me. When I told people I was gonna be a rock star, they laughed at me, and now I feel great that I proved everybody wrong. So now I want to create a platform for people similar to how I was and to give them resources they need.
A.D.: You’re from L.A. but have also spent some time in Las Vegas -- which is the better party city?
S.B.: Vegas, no question. If someone flies to Vegas, they don’t go to relax. They don’t say, “I’m going to Vegas to mellow out and get a massage.” They go to Vegas to party. In L.A., you go to the beach, you get coffee, maybe you go to a nightclub, but you don’t party like you do in Vegas. It just doesn’t compare.