Skrillex, Ashley Greene, Walt Frazier and A$AP Rocky Walk Into a Party...

Abby Schreiber

Though they may sound like the start of a punchline, Skrillex, Ashley Greene, Walt Frazier, Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso and A$AP Rocky made quite the motley crew last night at Samsung's launch party for their new Galaxy SIII smartphone.

When we arrived at Skylight Soho Studios, the evening's venue, our eyes immediately glazed over from all of the light emanating from hundreds of smartphones everywhere -- on the walls, at the bar, in peoples' hands. We caught up with the event's hostess, Twilight actress Ashley Greene, whom we heard had just landed a lead role in the forthcoming CBGB movie, playing owner Hilly Kristal's daughter, Lisa. "From what I can tell, she's a real tough cookie," Greene told us. "I think it's a fun thing to be able to play a woman who is strong and who is a 'no bullshit' person." As we were rapping up our conversation, we began to hear a steadily-rising bassline that could only mean one thing: the night's first performer, Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso, had taken his post at the DJ booth.

Suddenly a scrum of downtown kids, Samsung execs and PR types rushed the stage-cum-DJ-booth and gave their best attempt at re-creating a mini-version of Electric Daisy Carnival (though perhaps with far, far less drug use). EDM freaks squealed at the chance to be an arm's breadth away from one of the genre's legends.

But that wasn't all that was in store for the evening.

After Ingrosso's set, which lasted about an hour, a surprise guest took the stage. Rumblings and murmurs had been going on all night about who it would be and the mystery person did not disappoint. With a flourish of his half-shaved head, none other than Skrillex hopped onstage. Suddenly, we looked around and it seemed that the bros per capita had multiplied by twenty, all glow sticks and shutter shades. In need of a little air, we wandered outside of the main room, rounded a corner, and bumped into... Walt Frazier!

What was the NBA legend doing there, we asked? Apparently he was working on behalf of Samsung "meeting and greeting" and taking pictures. The newly-minted restauranteur told us he was "percolating" and that the party "reminds me of Studio 54 back in the 70s -- this type of atmosphere, the beat, the people, the pageantry." And was he a fan of Skrillex, we wanted to know? Not so much. "I'm showing my age by wearing earplugs," he said with a laugh. And given that we were still in the midst of the NBA Championships, we had to get the basketball legend to weigh in. "I thought the Spurs would take it all and then I picked Oklahoma and now they're done. The Heat are gonna finish them off. No one has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit," he told us before adding that he approved of Russell Westbrook's taking a page out of Frazier's fashion playbook with his out-there shirts.

As if the night's selections of VIPs couldn't get any more random, A$AP Rocky jumped onstage for a brief moment -- just enough time for Skrillex to give him a shoutout -- before disappearing into the backstage area. A little before 1am, Skrillex gave a humble nod and thank you, left the stage, and the lights went on. And, just like that, the mini rave ended, and we were left standing in a bright room with a bunch of sweaty media types. It was time to hail a cab.

Photo of Ashley Greene by Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty; all other photos by Mark "The Cobrasnake" Hunter

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