Afrojack, Above & Beyond and W&W doing Hakkasan residencies in Las Vegas during 2014
One of our big points when analyzing Forbes' list of the highest-paid DJ's of the previous year was noting that many of the big money-makers were affiliated with Las Vegas nightclub Hakkasan, the star player in a city filled with star players. The club, part of the MGM Grand, welcomed in even more big names for residencies during 2014.
At the top of the list is Afrojack, who came in at no. 7 on last year's earnings list, may see his revenue grow significantly as part of his new deal with Hakkasan. He claimed during an interview with Forbes that Hakkasan had offered him nearly double what he was making at his residency with the XS Club at the Wynn, but he turned it down. He seems to have changed his mind, as tons of money is wont to make people do.
"I've been home for four years at XS where I had a great time," he said. "But Hakkasan provided me with the option to try something new in a new venue, so I'm looking forward to trying a new kind of party there."
Also jumping on the Hakkasan bandwagon/cashwagon are Above & Beyond, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and W&W, all highly reputed EDM figures. Add that to the returning residents (Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Hardwell and Steve Aoki), and it's tough to argue against Hakkasan as the most well-stocked nightclub in the world.
One piece of good news for XS: Deadmau5, once a resident at Hakkasan, has left to head to the now underdog nightclub.