Meet the Man Who Shoots Diplo, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Jay Z, Kanye West & More
Danny Mahoney is an incredibly talented Las Vegas-based photographer who shoots regularly at the nightclubs at the Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas. His adventures have taken him well beyond Sin City, allowing him to accompany the likes of Deadmau5, Diplo, Skrillex and Kaskade on various tour dates around the globe. I asked Danny to show us some of his favorite photos from his world travels, and he happily obliged, telling the stories behind each shot. — DJ Pizzo
Deadmau5, Halloween at XS Las Vegas (2013)
“At the time, Joel (Deadmau5) was dating Kat Von D. She came out dressed as Deadmau5 with the carbon fiber Mau5 head. She got up there and pressed play and started pretending to be Joel. All of a sudden, Joel comes out with a big black Hellraiser costume, including the Pinhead/Mau5 head.
At first, everybody was stunned because they dressed Kat Von D up so well, wearing Deadmau5's T-shirt that he always wears and the Mau5 head and everyone already thinks it’s him. So when he came out, the crowd reaction was insane. It was like a wrestling event where the heel turn happens. You had the Hellmau5er standing on top of the DJ booth, it was Halloween, the mask lit up and the place just went crazy. It was a great reaction.”
Deadmau5, Belfast, Ireland (2012)
“That is one of the most memorable photos that I have taken. It was from the Meowington Hax European tour. They used that photo for the inside of the artwork for the Album Title Goes Here LP. It was an indoor arena show with about 10,000 to 15,000 people.”
Diplo, EDC Las Vegas (2014)
“That was the first time Diplo wore the ‘Random White Dude’ T-shirt. He asked me to shoot him and Riff Raff performing during his set. The guys from Pizzaslime were with us, and they were like, ‘Hey Wes, we’ve got a shirt for you if you want to wear it tonight on stage.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, what do you got for me?’ So they gave him the ‘Random White Dude’ T-shirt and he thought it was funny, so he wore it. On the back it says ‘Be Everywhere’ with the globe. So after he wore it at EDC, the shirt just went viral everywhere and people started making their own versions that said ‘Random Twerk Girl,’ ‘Random Black Dude,’ and all the different variations.”
Flosstradamus & Jack U, Mad Decent Boat Party (2014)
“That was one of the craziest show experiences ever. It was day three, in the middle of the night. The boat was rocking. Like literally rocking, because we hit some choppy water. Everyone was inside this theatre auditorium, which is probably used for plays or stage performances on regular cruise ship tours. During the Mad Decent Boat Party, they turn it into a concert hall, with a DJ booth on the stage and people sitting or standing in the theatre seats.
“Anyway, this boat was violently rocking and going crazy. The curtains in the theatre were just swaying back and forth. It went so hard that everybody cleared their seats and just rushed the DJ booth while Flosstradamus was playing. Everyone was on stage standing around the booth and then Diplo and Skrillex came out and started spinning with Flosstradamus. Security couldn’t really do anything because there were more people than there were actual seats in the theatre. It was just so turned up. All of these people were jumping on the cruise ship. It made you think, ‘What’s the weight capacity on this ship?’”