"When you book Samantha Ronson for a party, you're not booking her because she's a great DJ," Drew said. "You're booking her because you know she's going to draw a crowd and get your club in the press. That's how she can charge the highest fees. They know if they book Samantha, Lindsay's going to come."
Indeed, last week, Lohan left the Hollywood Hills and the New York nightlife scene for quaint-by-comparison New England, where Ronson had back-to-back gigs at The Estate in Boston and Shrine at the MGM Grand at Connecticut's Foxwoods resort. Randy Greenstein, a partner in the mega-clubs, paid Ronson $20,000 for the two-night booking. He said it was worth every penny.
"The response was off the charts. We got a ton of press," Greenstein said. "We got very lucky that Lindsay came with her. We booked her two months ago, right before the news broke that they were sort of together, and even then, there were nine other offers for her for the same date."
Ronson's crowd-drawing power is her street cred. DJs and club owners respect her for that, if not for her spinning skills.
"Samantha, she wouldn't be considered a DJ's DJ. She's not very technical," said DJ Chachi, who spins at Shrine every Friday and has regular gigs at New York's Tenjune and Las Vegas' Borgata. "But in terms of throwing a party, she definitely does a good job of that. She plays the right music to make people have a good time. Celebrities are comfortable with her and they know who she is, so that's a plus."
So, the girl knows how to throw a party. In terms of her relationship with Lohan, Drew said not to expect the DJ or the actress to officially declare their love for one another anytime soon.
"In that hipster world that they're in, they don't need to define themselves," he said. "It would be sort of passé and uncool of them to come out and say, 'I'm gay' and wear a pride T-shirt."
But whatever their relationship might be, it appears Ronson and Lohan are each other's No. 1 priorities right now. And it seems they intend to keep things that way.
"We offered them $50,000 to show up for our New Year's Eve party, but they said no," Greenstein said. "They said they would not be working on New Year's Eve."