Eva Shaw has it all: a headlining gig DJing at Hakkasan, a career in modeling, famous friends and a glamorous life that is catapulting her into the pop-culture stratosphere.
The doe-eyed beauty, who launched her music career as Bambi, has ditched the sexy stage moniker and is going with an even bigger seller: herself. Today her name is her brand, and she has big plans to grow her identity beyond the DJ booth and into fashion and acting.
Hailing from Toronto, Shaw first stepped into the spotlight at the tender age
of 13, kicking off what would become a long, successful modeling career. While she lived and worked in Paris and London, her bookings eventually led her to the East Coast, where she first squared up to the decks playing early DJ sets at age 17. “When I started, being a DJ was more like being in the background,” she says. “Today it’s a concert. The DJ is putting on the show.”
Shaw’s personal sound encompasses everything electronic dance music, along with personal influences past and present, including the music of her jazz-musician father, who played the piano, guitar, saxophone and trumpet. “I grew up listening to all different kinds of music,” she says. And although she doesn’t consider her productions “mash-ups,” they meld genres and combine a world of sounds to create Shaw’s signature blend of “vocals and more commercial sounds, such as hip-hop and rock.”
“When I started, being a DJ was more like being in the background. […] Today it’s a concert. The DJ is putting on the show.”
Citing David Guetta (“I saw him before he was where he is now”), Carl Cox and Deadmau5 as early inspirations, Shaw saw that “DJs could be rock stars.” Today, as one of the few female headliners on the Strip, Shaw is likely providing the same inspiration for a younger generation of women with their own dreams of stepping into the Hakkasan booth one day.
Being a woman in a man’s world of nightlife has its ups and downs, she says. “There just aren’t as many big female DJs. Sometimes I find that difficult, but other times it is a good thing. Everyone is looking for something different, and as a girl, I can use that.” Which isn’t to say that Shaw doesn’t feel camaraderie with her male counterparts. “We often talk about music and collaborations,” she says of her fellow superstar DJs. “Tiësto is someone I really look up to. He has given me a lot of advice.”
Shaw may be living that DJ rock-star dream of her teenage years, but she’s surprisingly light on nightlife vices. She says her typical Las Vegas pre-show routine consists of “[trying] to get in an early nap and go to dinner with friends who are in town. It’s funny, because when I headline around 1 a.m., I leave my hotel room where it’s all quiet, and then it’s a different mood. Everyone is excited; the lights are crazy. It was a little bit overwhelming at first—I am a naturally shy person. I try to get together with friends to help me get into the vibe and see how the crowd is feeling.”
Shaw’s ambitious five-year plan runs the gamut of artistic endeavors. “I went to New York University for theater, so I’m interested in acting. [I also want to find a way] to merge fashion with music.” Now, with her real name on the lips of EDM fans all over the world, a 10-city China mini tour planned in June and gigs July 12 and 17 at Hakkasan, feel free to raise a toast to Shaw’s success. Just don’t expect her to join you in sipping the bubbly. “I don’t like to drink Champagne,” she says. “I like to spray Champagne.”
Eva was shot on location at the MGM Resorts International Aviation terminal. Its fleet consists of multiple Gulfstream planes including the popular Gulfstream 550. The planes often shuttle MGM Resorts VIP guests to and from its properties worldwide.
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