Nina Las Vegas
Nina Las Vegas
Nina Elizabeth Agzarian
18 December 1984
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
|Alma mater||South Wagga Public School & Kooringal High School|
|Show||Mix Up Exclusives|
|Network||Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)|
|Previous show(s)||House Party|
Nina Elizabeth Agzarian (born 18 December 1984), better known by her stage name Nina Las Vegas, is an Australian radio host, DJ and music producer. From 2009 to 2014 she was the host of House Party on national radio station Triple J. She released compilation albums, House Party Volume 1 (3 August 2012) and House Party Volume 2 (2 August 2013), which have appeared on the ARIA Dance Albums of the Year. In 2015 she started her own music recording label "NLV Records". Artists currently signed to NLV Records include Melbourne electronic producer Swick, Adelaide grime artist Strict Face, Melbourne producer Lewis Cancut and Dutch-born New Zealand DJ Air Max '97 (now based in Melbourne). Las Vegas is also signed to the label.
Nina Elizabeth Agzarian was born on 18 December 1984 in Wagga Wagga, the second daughter to an Armenian-Egyptian father, Michael (Graphic Designer and Advertiser of Advision (Surry Hills, Australia)) and Australian mother, Janine née Bishop (a teacher at St Joseph's Primary School). At eighteen, she moved to Sydney to commence university, where she started working in radio production. In 2004 she began an internship at national youth radio broadcaster, Triple J, where she adopted the stage name of Nina Las Vegas.
In 2007 Agzarian, Andrew Levins (a Sydney DJ) and Diplo (an American DJ, music producer, and songwriter) established Heaps Decent as a non-profit organisation which supports emerging underprivileged and indigenous musicians. Heaps Decent offers ongoing music programs at schools, juvenile justice centres and youth drop-in centres in New South Wales.
From 2009 to 2014 Agzarian was the host of House Party on Triple J. On 3 August 2012 Triple J released a double CD, House Party Volume 1, where she mixed the tracks for various artists. The album peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Compilation Albums chart, and was certified gold by ARIA. On 2 August 2013 Triple J issued a follow-up compilation album, House Party Volume 2, again with Agzarian mixing for various artists, which reached number 1 on the Australian iTunes chart and was also certified Gold. Both compilation albums made the ARIA top 25 dance albums of the year for the respective year of their release. During this time she curated and toured with acts such as Flume, Beni, What So Not, Flight Facilities, Wave Racer and Tyler Touché across the country as part of the Triple J House Party National Tour. She performed at Stereosonic and Splendour in the Grass in 2014, which attracted some criticism as she was a DJ and not a musician. She selected the soundtrack for the Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks to bring in 2015.
In 2014 Agzarian released her first official EP, Don't Send, with Melbourne producer Swick on, American DJ and music producer, Skrillex's online label, Nest HQ. It was a two track release, "Don't Send" and "Flash Auto".
In 2015 Agzarian announced her tour of the United States including performances at South by Southwest and the Winter Music Conference. As of February 2015 Agzarian produces and presents Mix Up Exclusives on Triple J, on Saturdays from 9 to 10 p.m. Agazarian has since resigned from Triple J to pursue her record label 'NLV Records' and solo career.
- "Town & Gown Procession". The Daily Advertiser. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "30 Under 30: Nina Las Vegas". Time Out Sydney. Time Out Group Ltd. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "User Report". Genealogy.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "Michael Agzarian". Charles Sturt University. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "Interview: Nina Las Vegas". The Ripe. Ripe Media Group. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "Janine Bishop Agzarian". St Joseph's and Aquinas. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- Nina Las Vegas as host and mixer of Triple J House Party albums:
- Triple J House Party: "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 1 October 2012. pp. 14, 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- Triple J House Party Vol. 2 charting: "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 2 September 2013. pp. 15, 17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 September 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- Triple J House Party Vol. 2 host & mixer: "Triple J House Party Vol 2". Triple J. ABC Shop (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "ARIA Top 20 Compilation Albums Charts". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 15 October 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- "Triple J House Party. Volume Two". Australia Australian Broadcasting Corporation (distributed by Universal Music Australia). 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- Fuamoli, Sosefina (26 August 2013). "The Au Interview: Nina Las Vegas (Sydney)".
- "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Dance Albums 2012".
- "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Dance Albums 2013".
- Vincent, Peter (30 July 2014). "Stereosonic 2014 announces stunning line-up with Calvin Harris, Skillrex".
- Levin, Darren (28 July 2014). "Nina Las Vegas responds to her detractors in the best way imaginable".
- Godfrey, Miles (30 December 2014). "Sydney New Year's Eve: Revellers camp out days in advance for best seat in the house". The Daily Telegraph.
- "Nina Las Vegas Announces SXSW, Miami's WMC and more USA dates". 3 February 2015.
- "Playlist: Mix Up Exclusives 21/02/2015 Nina Las Vegas, AWE, Joseph Marinetti and Francis Inferno Orchestra". Mix Up Exclusives with Nina Las Vegas. Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 21 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.