For electronic music fans, it doesn’t get much more diverse than Dirty Vegas. The British house music trio – featuring Ben Harris and Paul Harris (no, they’re not brothers), plus Steve Smith on vocals – is capable of serving up outrageously energetic live shows for an arena crowd (like they did at Ultra Music Festival in March), tight DJ sets in a club, or smooth acoustic performances in an intimate setting. And now you can see the group, best know for its mesmerizing Grammy-winning track “Days Go By,” in an entirely different light: Dirty Vegas was recently part of the “Synesthesia” show on June 4 at the New World Center off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, backed by the New World Symphony. Singer Smith talked to Miami.com about the show.
So you’re coming back to Miami – are you excited?
Yeah, very excited – and a little bit nervous. The prospect of performing with a 30-piece orchestra is not something you get every day. Um, you know, a few butterflies. This is completely uncharted waters for all of us. But personally, I’ve done film score, and I love that whole side of it, so this was something that we jumped at. And like I said, it’s a lot of nerves, but that sometimes gets the adrenaline going, and I think the performance should be pretty amazing.
Weren’t you scheduled to do this show during Winter Music Conference in March?
Yeah, it was meant to be during the Conference, then someone who’s to do with the whole performance side of it got rushed to the hospital with appendicitis, so basically the whole thing got rescheduled.
What can we expect from the show, and how long will Dirty Vegas play?
One of the reasons we were asked to do this is we record and produce and write our own material. So we’re gonna do three 15-minute sections and there’s gonna be complete reworked versions of Dirty Vegas material, and a few surprises. It sounds like a pretty damn good evening, and I think if I weren’t performing, I would be going.
I imagine we’d hear stuff from the new album “Electric Love,” plus “Days Go By,” right?
How was your experience at Winter Music Conference?
I think everybody felt it was kind of strange, as it was the first year the whole thing was kind of separated. We came down for Winter Music [in early March], and then we came down and performed at Ultra [later in the month], so we got to see both sides of it. No one knows what’s gonna happen in the future, but I think they’re becoming definitely two different identities as far as kicking off the year ahead in terms of what happens in the electronic music calendar. Winter Music was focused more on the sit-down side of things, while Ultra is fundamentally based around the festival, so for us it felt like two different animals.