Rockstar Games has revealed Dr. Dre, Joy Orbison and more as part of The Cayo Perico Heist, the biggest-ever update on Grand Theft Auto V.
The update, which went live today, features cameos from rap moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, as well as three new radio stations, including Still Slipping Los Santos from Joy Orbison and Music Locker Radio, which broadcasts the sounds of new nightclub, The Music Locker. The club's residents are Moodymann, Kleinemusik and Palms Trax.
The update has also added 250 tracks to existing stations Worldwide FM (Gilles Peterson) and FlyLo FM (Flying Lotus).
Resident Advisor caught up with Ivan Pavlovich, director of music at Rockstar Games, to find out more about The Music Locker.
What role does The Music Locker play in The Cayo Perico Heist update?
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The Music Locker is a new nightclub in GTA Online
that's open to everyone, and it's a place where players can safely hang out, dance and have fun in between experiencing other aspects of the world while listening to some of the worlds best DJs. GTA Online has a massive audience—over 135 million copies of GTA V have been sold—and we want to bring new sounds to them. As we've evolved GTA Online
over the years, we've always tried to find new ways to integrate the music and culture we love into the game, while finding new ways for players to interact and socialize. We tried to make The Music Locker the perfect party venue for 2020—somewhere safe you can go to dance together and listen to amazing music.
Tell us about the club
We wanted to The Music Locker to feel like one of those great clubs where the music policy is so good that the club automatically becomes the only place in town to be seen, so we focused on a diverse set of DJs who we love. The crowd is a mix of proper heads and socialites who know that they have to be there. That's reflected in the look and feel of the place, and the kinds of characters you meet if you take a walk around. It's also the venue where you meet your first contact to kick off The Cayo Perico Heist, which makes a lot of sense considering the heist he's asking you to pull off.
What sort of eye-grabbing details can users expect at The Music Locker?
Our first take on a proper club was with the After Hours update
in 2018, where we did full performance capture of the DJs playing their sets right down to their technical riders and who they usually have in the booth with them. But that just gave us the inspiration to push it even further, so this time Moodymann is backed by his dancers, and he's playing vinyl and talking on the mic. We've also worked on new dance animations to cover the broad range of BPMs in his set, which spans from 70 right up to 150. We needed that to look and feel as natural as possible both in the booth and on the floor. Another cool aspect is that we EQ the DJs' club mixes differently to when they debut on the radio—we want people to feel that booming bass bin club sound as soon as you walk in to get you right in the mood.