Las Vegas Weekly: Dee Jay Silver benefits from the Vegas country boom
Dee Jay Silver benefits from the Vegas country boom
by Brock Radke
It used to be that a couple times every year, Vegas would go country. The ACM Awards or PBR World Finals would roll into town, and the music would follow. That’s when Dee Jay Silver would take over.
The first and only DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label, Silver almost moved to Vegas before a label deal and regular touring gig with chart-topper Jason Aldean kept him in place. “Twice a month I still try to talk my wife into moving out there,” he jokes.
But these days, country music is always present in Las Vegas, with the genre’s top stars making the Strip a regular stop and Silver doing the same. As far as the DJ is concerned, country is part of the resurgence of open format.
“It’s funny how it moves in cycles, hip-hop to EDM to pop to rock, and it seems country is on the forefront,” he says. “But country’s not what it was 10 years ago. It’s younger, more friendly, with a more diverse audience. And it’s a better-looking crowd from all walks of life. It’s not just lonely women and ugly dogs.”