A pink limousine was waiting for John Summit when he landed in Las Vegas on a private plane on December 13th. It's a big week for the EDM star, who is in Sin City for the opening of a new Fontainebleau hotel on the Vegas Strip, where he will be LIV nightclub's first resident DJ. “They’re treating me well here,” he says with a chuckle. “Hopefully we can catch a nap before the madness – there’s lots to do.”

“Sleeping” and “resting” are not part of DJs’ vocabulary these days. Over the past year and a half, Summit has quickly become one of the most exciting faces in house and techno music, thanks to hits like the Laitn-infused “La Danza” and his collaboration with Parachute Youth, “Better Than This.” He has headlined festivals such as Hard Summer and will perform his own sold-out stadium show in Los Angeles on Saturday. “It’s pretty seamless,” he says.

Becoming a superstar DJ wasn't even on his list of goals to achieve when he started spinning – but he thinks this approach was one of the keys to his success.

“I never have long-term goals. To get from where I started to where I am now took a million little goals to achieve,” he says. “I never thought that far. Every month or three months, I have a small goal set. Now, it’s just the sum of all of that together.”

Next on your list? Releasing his first full album. So far, Summit has focused on club and festival records, but is perfecting a full-length LP that explores other sides of his musical palate.

“I’ve been working a lot more on laid-back songs that I’ve never been able to release,” he says. “It’s going to be much more eclectic working with artists I’ve never worked with before.” Among these artists is British artist Sub Focus, known for his powerful drum and bass sound.

“The process has been challenging. I usually write one record at a time, so writing 12 or 14 records at once is a lot,” she adds. “I'm going to take some time off next year to focus on music production, because last year I played 200 shows and that's not very sustainable.”

Summit loved seeing how many new music fans are discovering a love for house and techno. “People hit me up saying, 'Oh, my God, you opened my eyes to a whole new world of music,'” he says. “It’s absolutely incredible.”

Summit is also enjoying the success of a recent achievement: he was the only DJ nominated for Forbes'30 Under 30 list this year. It’s something he “didn’t expect at all,” but one that earned him unexpected congratulations from his alma mater, the University of Illinois.

“It's the first time they've recognized me, so I thought it was cool,” he says with a laugh about the college where he graduated in accounting. “There’s a lot of finance coming in and going out, but I don’t use my accounting degree in the traditional sense, that’s for sure.”

Summit “fell in love” with EDM at age 16, when she went to Lollapalooza for the first time and watched Deadmaus’ set in the pouring rain. Slowly, he began practicing his skills and performed at college parties before starting to release music on SoundCloud “just for fun” and slowly gained a following.

“It’s been a wild ride,” he says. “One step at a time.”


With the rush of the last few weeks, Summit hasn't yet had time to think about what his set at Fontainebleau will be like, but he promises that every night will feature “heavy bangers” and a new setlist.

“It’s going to be a bit of a mystery. I never arrive with a defined plan,” he says. “It’s a different scenario every time, I can guarantee that. If you see me more than once, you will see something new each time.”



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