Have you ever wondered what it'd be like to be living it up and having a blast at a music event/nightclub one night, and then switching up the whole ambience to a serious environment on the set of a blockbuster film and/or show?
I can assure you these next few people know all about that life.
From acting/playing their hearts out on the TV/Movie Screen to center stage, in front of hundreds and thousands of jumping fans, here are 5 actors/celebs you probably didn't know were also DJs!
1) Kristian Nairn
Most famously known for playing the role of Hodor on Game of Thrones (HBO), actor Kristian Nairn began his DJ career in his home country of Ireland, holding down an eleven year residency at "Kremlin, one of Ireland’s most popular and enduring venues."
Most recently, when he's not protecting/assisting young Bran Stark of Winterfell, Nairn has been on tour across the globe on what he calls "Rave of Thrones."
You can check out Nairn's music and mixes below.
2) Ansel Elgort
As if being the modern-day heartthrob wasn't enough, Ansel Elgort has added music producer/DJ to his resume. Starting only last year, Ansolo (Elgort's stage name) has gone from being only known for his alter ego's films, such as The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent Series, to being a household name for all electronic music fans worldwide.
With support from big names in the electronic music world (such as Steve Angello, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Nicky Romero and more) and recently being signed to Island Records, it seems Ansolo's career is only just beginning. Let's hope it doesn't conflict too much with his acting career as well! (Crosses fingers he'll play young Han Solo)
Check out Anoslo's recent single "To Life" below.
3) Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal
You're probably scratching your head and thinking, "Say whaaaaat?" First off, Nope. You didn't read that incorrectly. And secondly, yup. I'm not kidding.
Former NBA star and current analyst on Inside The NBA, Shaquille O'Neal revealed his interest in the DJing world this past summer, when he performed under the name "DJ Diesel" at the Chateau nightclub in Las Vegas. As if he didn't shock the world enough, DJ Diesel also went on to perform at this year's TomorrowWorld music festival, one of dance music's biggest events in the USA.
There is no word on when we'll see Shaq take the stage again, but you can find his first track under the DJ Diesel alias, below.
4) Elijah Wood
Our favorite Hobbit from The Shire has also been enchanted with the magical beats. Let's hope Sauron isn't behind this.
Along with his friend Zach Cowie, Elijah Wood has been spinning under the duo name "Wooden Wisdom" since 2012. Wooden Wisdom have played at such events like Coachella, Bushmills Live, Pre-Emmy parties, and have performed for many of LED Entertainment's events throughout San Diego.
There are currently no future performance dates for Wooden Wisdom.
5) Paris Hilton
Again, totally not kidding... I promise you.
After signing to Cash Money Records (Yep, that's true, too) back in 2013 and dating superstar DJ/music producer Afrojack for a short period, Hilton announced that she would begin a summer long DJ residency at the nightclub Amnesia Ibiza, on the island of Ibiza. Since then, she has been touring worldwide and returning every summer to the Spanish island, for what she calls her "Foam and Diamonds Residency."
With the news of Paris becoming a DJ and touring worldwide, many in the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene criticized the celeb for abruptly deciding to change her career. Earlier this year, Billboard had the chance to sit down with the business-woman-turned-DJ to talk about that certain topic.
What are some of the biggest misconceptions about you as a DJ?
There are so many rumors out there. People who think that I don't play live. There are so many haters that make up so many stories. But anybody who comes and sees a show and watches behind the booth will see I know exactly what I'm doing. I've been training so hard for the past five years. I think I've really improved myself. Because I'm Paris Hilton, people assume, "Oh, she's just this rich girl." They don't understand that I've actually been going to raves since I was 15 years old. I love music. I love entertaining people. I love partying. I love having a good time and having people around me have a great time. So I feel like DJing is kind of perfect for what I do. During the day, I'm a businesswoman. I travel around the world. I work with different products and brands. Then at night, I get to DJ for all my fans and have an incredible time. And that's what it's about. DJing is about entertaining, having fun with the crowd, and making people have the time of their lives.
Billboard also learned that Hilton would soon be starting a new DJ residency in Las Vegas at the end of this year. Until that is announced, here is her latest single, featuring Cash Money Records head honcho, Birdman.
And here's a bonus: Idris Elba
From starting off by being featured in music videos in 2001 to rocking the stage at many festivals around the world till this day, Idris Elba is more than just your average actor/DJ/music producer. He has produced many songs for a few of his past films, released many rap albums in U.S. and U.K., and has played for hundreds of A-List after parties around the globe.
Just when you thought he only known for his pivotal performances on film, he hit you with all that bass. (All that bass. No trebble.)