While some stars probably shouldn’t quit their day jobs, others may have a knack for the music industry. These are the five a-list attempts at breaking into the music industry by becoming celebrity dj’s you may not have read about (or heard).
The (famous in his own right) NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has been releasing more than classified documents lately. Teaming up with the French producer Jean-Michel Jarre, the duo dropped their single “Exit” in April.
The song, which features Snowden talking about cyber security (seriously, it’s a lecture with an electronic beat in the background), is an attempt to pass along his message through an artistic medium. Nothing says dance floor hit like a monologue about the NSA! Considering Snowden would have to come to America to receive his Grammy, don’t look for this track winning an award any time soon.
After being featured in Burberry Perry’s explicit version of the Mr. Roger’s Theme Song (and consequently ruining a beloved part of my childhood), there were swirling rumors Kylie Jenner planned to continue pursuing a career in music. Las Vegas hotel SLS began promoting Kylie’s disk jockey debut. But before you go and buy your ticket, I have bad news…
Apparently none of this is real. Some hooligans pretending to represent Kylie tricked the hotel. The punks even had the hotel/nightclub sign a contract. The show has since been canceled and it appears Kylie’s side gig may not come true. Seeing as how Kylie’s brother-in-law, Kanye, is one of the greatest hip hop artists around, there still may be a chance we see her behind the booth in the future.Elijah Wood
The actor, notable for films such as Lord of the Rings and the television show Wilfred, has been working towards a career in music since the filming of the first LOR. Wood performs with Zack Cowie, a music supervisor out of L.A. and together they make up the duo Wooden Wisdom. This past winter, Wood and Cowie went on tour throughout the U.S. including San Francisco, Denver and Chicago. Remember, Elijah, “Már cata ná, i ambar palla.” Acting may be what you are best known for, but keep pushing forward. Best of luck with you musical journey.
Keeping with the fantasy theme, Hodor from Game of Thrones (Rest In Peace) has also been working on his turntable skills. Nairn had a residency in a premier Irish venue for 11 years and recently went on a tour appropriately named “Rave of Thrones.” His music would be described as house or progressive and honestly, it packs a good punch. He will be touring throughout Europe this summer, so if you wanna get down like House Stark, definitely check out Nairn’s music.
Idris Elba (from famed children films Zootopia, The Jungle Book and Finding Dory) has been in the music industry since 1986. Elba started out spinning records at weddings in the UK. After he discovered he had a knack for this type of work, he quickly opened up his own company. He originally went by the stage name “DJ Big Driis” but has now shortened it to just Driis.
Since the 1980’s, Idris has played at Glastonbury (he will be performing there again this year), produced the opening track on Jay Z’s “American Gangster” LP and worked with acts such as Mumford and Sons. Though most would know Idris for his acting, his music shows he is an all around fantastic entertainer.
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