Actors and Actresses you didn’t know are DJs!

It may come to a surprise but some actors and actresses love music just like the rest of us! Some of them have even put their talents to creating Electronic Dance Music. So here are a few of them!

Idris Elba – The British-born actor, most known for his roles as “Stringer” Bell in HBO’s The Wire, detective John Luther in Luther, Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Heimdall in Marvel’s Thor and Avengers series. He DJs under the alias Big Driis. He also had a show Thursday in Sydney, AUS @ Good Bar that was free!

 

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Liam Payne– Don’t let this boybander fool you! He has begun to earn his spot in the high ranking EDM DJ world. With not only remixing his own boy band One Direction’s tune ‘You and I’ and his team up with AFTERHRS ‘Drag Me Down’, Big Payno/DJ Payno has also done remixes for now girlfriend Cheryl Cole and a collab with Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. And is in the studio with Juicy J for his own solo record.

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Elijah Wood – besides making a trek across middle earth as Frodo Baggins he has make his trek into the EDM scene. He partnered up with friend Zach Wood, to create DJ Wooden Wisdom. Their soundcloud has no tracks listed, but they do have almost 4,000 followers!

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Danny Masterson – The hilarious and gnarly actor known for his role as Hyde on That 70’s Show, found his place on the dancefloor, going by the aliases DJ Mom Jeans and DJ Donkey Punch (which are quiet epic names). He’s even spun for events like HARD and Lollapalooza.

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Chris Masterson – who stared as Francis on ‘Malcom in the Middle’, who got into DJing because of his older brother (Danny listed above). He goes by DJ Chris Kennedy. He like his brother has had the opportunity to DJ at Lollapalooza!!!

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Kristian Nairn –  most known for his roll as Hodor (RIP) in Game of Thrones. A huge house music fan and DJ. He even had a tour in 2015 called ‘Rave of Thrones’. You can check out his SoundCloud below!
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Ruby Rose – now she maybe known as the gorgeous androgynous m0del that took the internet by storm or for her role on Orange Is the New Black, but she started off as a VJ on MTV AUS and then went on to star in a few movies, she’s even in the upcoming installment of the XXX movie ‘Return of Xander Cage’ and the final installment of Resident Evil.

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Michelle Rodriguez -besides being a very accomplished actress, known for her tough girl roles as Rain in Resident Evil and Letty in the Fast and Furious franchise. She also built a really great reputation as a talented DJ! From spinning at events such as Cannes Film Festival and at the Grand Prix.

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Ansel Elgort – now on his off time in between movie shoots, this 21 year old, who when he is on the turntables goes by Ansolo is signed to Island Records. With headlining spots at Pacha and Electric Zoo. He isn’t headlining too many festivals yet, but it looks like he will soon be joining the ranks as one of the top DJ just like the DJs he idolizes.

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Make It New with tINI [Thu 7/7]

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After proving herself over and over as a set-up opener, she exploded into headliner-land after demolishing clubs in Ibiza Summer, after Summer, after Summer. Her 2016 campaign sees her in front of people in Sweden, Georgia, Ukraine, Montreal…

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And back to Cambridge, Massachusetts!

Thursday, July 7th

Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA

9pm/21+/$10 before 10pm, $20 after

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DJ / PRODUCER / HEART OF THE GANG

It took tINI only a few years of playing in clubs to become one of Germany’s most highly acclaimed female artists in techno and house music. “That’s right“, her production debut on the Desolat X Sampler in 2009, became a timeless groove monster with high profile DJs worldwide and a perfect proof that future is looking bright for this grand dame of deep twisted tech funk.

As tINI’s life is ruled by magic moments and deep acquaintanceships, her first longplayer has been named after her best friend “Tessa”, who was the first person to introduce her to the colorful, sometimes dreamlike world of Ibiza, where tINI spent the summer of 2010 and produced a majority of her album. It’s a musical documentation of an influencing stage of life, inspired by a chaotic but at the same time peaceful island and special people she met there and who can even be heard in many of the tracks.

Deeply. Impulsively. tINI.

TBT: Confute Releases Make It New Live Recording

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Producer Confute (IRL, Japanese Popstars) has had a busy few months. In addition to guesting on UK legend John Digweed‘s Transitions radio show, he also scored two tracks on the official Underground Sound of Ibiza compilation.

In honor of Make It New tonight, Confute’s given us exclusive access to his DJ mix from earlier this year.

April 30th saw him storm the booth at Middlesex Lounge for a two hour technoid domination. Get into this powerful mix below.

Looking to get out tonight? That’s what we do each and every week on Thursdays. We find it’s a bit easier to have a good time when the weekend crowd is at bay. Tonight we have two special guests from Germany. See you there!

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Orbit: the Multi-Person DJ Controller

Okay, this thing looks pretty cool. DJ Tech Tools and Red Bull Music Academy teamed up to build the Orbit, a collaborative DJ controller.

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Designed and built for Richie Hawtin‘s ENTER. party in Ibiza, the Orbit features 12 touch wheels on a big, sleek, futuristic-looking circular table. Each wheel allows someone to control a single channel in an Ableton Live track.

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The goal for the project isn’t to replace traditional DJ controllers, but to connect people through music, sort of an “electronic drum circle,” and open the door to creativity with a music installation that’s fun for the users but also creates the soundtrack for a nightclub.

More than 1000 LEDs react to the position of the touch wheels, resulting in a visually and aurally stimulating interactive experience. Get a more in-depth look into the Orbit by checking out this article. Also, take a look at the below video to see how this beast came to be.

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