Henry Lu and Ollie Zhang, founders of Space Yacht—and their partner Rami Perlman, known as the DJ LondonBridge—have been forward thinkers since their days as students at University of California, San Diego.
“[We use to say] one day, we’ll be so in the future, we’ll be driving yachts in space,” Lu says.
The clever name, which started out as an inside joke—“as a metaphor for futuristic shit”—now also has become one of Hollywood’s hottest weekly parties. It lands in Las Vegas with event producer Collective Zoo at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on November 22.
Space Yacht is a combination of sounds, atmosphere and the soul of party. It’s a place for people to connect, to step out of their comfort zone, to indulge in good spirits.
“The party, more and more so, is gaining a life of its own every single night,” Lu says during an interview at Life is Beautiful festival in late September. “There are no predisposed expectations or prejudices toward one artist or another, one format or another.”
LondonBridge was booked to play Life is Beautiful last year, but an injury kept him out. In 2017, the group finally brought Space Yacht to Las Vegas, performing on the Kalliope art car.
It was a low-key banger from daylight to nighttime on the second day of Life is Beautiful.
Being at the top of the stage where the DJ is, looking out into the crowd, trying to exchange numbers with Henry while the contraption is shaking, vibrating and damn near dancing, it literally feels like riding a yacht. Everyone is enjoying themselves, whether they’re onstage or the asphalt.
“I actually feel more at home in Downtown Las Vegas than I do on the Strip,” Lu says. The come-as-you-are spirit of DTLV is more like what Space Yacht is used to when they host their weekly party at Sound Nightclub in East Hollywood on Tuesday nights.
The music is the foundation of the party, but the atmosphere and the energy have also been developed with a lot of thought. The environment affects how you listen to and feel the music, Lu says.
“It could have been an app,” he says. But Lu, Zhang and Perlman wanted something more creative. It had to be musical, and they wanted it to be social (“Music culture, which transcends into club culture, going-out culture, concert culture”). Eventually the trio decided to throw a party. They didn’t plan on doing it every week, but the first one was such a hit that they rode that momentum from early 2015 until now.
Lu’s goal for the future of Space Yacht is to share the experience with people, and their following is real. (I first heard about Space Yacht via Twitter from adult film star–turned–DJ Carter Cruise when I asked her what I should do during my vacation in L.A.)
Ironically, a Space Yacht app would be perfect. Even more funny is that Lu acknowledges that like most 20-somethings, he spends a lot of his time on social media. It’s even his answer to a question about how people can join the movement.
Of course, an app couldn’t accomplish what the group has in L.A.: throwing a party in one of the most artistically and musically competitive cities in the world on an off night.
They’ve done it successfully. Now they’re ready for a new frontier: Vegas, baby, Vegas.
The party starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, with an open bar from 8-9 p.m. for guests 21 and over, and can be purchased via the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center website.