While it’s widely known that reality star Pauly D is a DJ under his alias DJ Pauly, there is a wide array of celebrity DJs that fewer people know about. From ex-basketball players to actors from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Game Of Thrones, and many more. Some celebrity DJs are horrendous, and just in it for the extra cash. Others are genuinely there for the music and have perfected their DJ skills.
Shaq is a common nickname for basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal. But did you know he has been DJ-ing since 2015 as DJ Diesel? DJ Diesel is very well respected in the electronic music scene. As Diesel says, you can’t just rely on your platform to start making music. People will spit you out if your art isn’t any good.
Paris Hilton is well known for her antics as a celebrity and businesswoman. She’s also the celebrity DJ behind this incredibly infamous photo. Many people in the music scene didn’t respect Paris Hilton after this incident and called it another example of a celebrity using their platform to get an unfair advantage over smaller DJs. Paris has been improving her stance recently though. Being the first American woman to get a residency on Ibiza, and being a lot more serious about her technical knowledge of the turntables.
This Lord Of The Rings superstar is DJ-ing under the alias Wooden Wisdom. The duo plays a mix of soul, disco, house, and classics. They hilariously describe themselves and their sound as ‘old people music’ in this underrated interview from 2015. The craziest story about Elijah is yet to come though. The DJ duo actually played the legendary Berlin club Berghain at some point. Curious about what this sounded like? You can check it out here. Besides their Berghain gig, Wooden Wisdom has extensively toured the world, showing the fans what they can do in a club or festival setting.
Idris Elba is mostly known for his role in the Fast & the Furious series. But did you know Idris has a very prolific career in house music as well? DJ-ing under his DJ name.. who am I kidding it’s Idris Elba, he DJs as Idris Elba. The actor actually has a fairly prolific career in electronic music already. Having played a showcase for Defected in Amsterdam, releasing music on different big labels, and getting support from some of the most respected artists in the scene.
Kristian Nairn is known for his role as Hodor in the popular tv show Game of thrones. But did you know Kristian is also a big (literally) trance DJ, and electronic music producer? Kristian Nairn has been touring the world for years now while playing some of the biggest trance tunes in his DJ booth. Kristian is quite the popular DJ in the trance scene, having collaborated with Ferry Corsten, and having his songs played on some of the biggest festival stages.
Honorable mention: Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish, or DJ Grealo as his DJ name is called, already has a long football career. He has recently stated that he wants to start a serious DJ career as well. Nobody knows how this will go down in the DJ scene yet, but if he respects the culture and learns the skills I think he’ll be welcomed with open arms.
From mainstream superstar celebrities like Alicia Keys & Paris Hilton to Hodor from Game Of Thrones, wich one did you find the most surprising? And who would you like to see in the DJ booth?