A few years ago, Stereogum’s own Collin Robinson — a great music writer who has also played basketball professionally, and who is thus better-equipped to tackle this question than anybody else on the planet — published a list of the all-time best rappers who are also NBA players. Collin placed Damian Lillard, the … More »
If there’s one DJ best suited to be called off the bench in order save a festival in its 11th hour, it’s without question Diesel, aka Shaq. Mad Decent founder Diplo was scheduled to headline the first night of Atlanta’s Imagine Festival, but pulled out at the last minute. It’s safe to say that fans are in good hands, though, as Shaq has made a living on grabbing the rebound and slamming it home.
Diesel, who has been DJing for as long as he’s been playing ball, is scheduled for a 75-minute set on Friday night following mau5trap’s scalding hot REZZ. His presence alone turned heads at this year’s Tomorrowland, but it wasn’t long before he won them over with his kinetic, bass-influenced style.
“My father told me something very important—a long time ago, if somebody is going to pay money to see you, make sure you put on a good show.”
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In a recent interview with SiriusXM, Shaquille O’Neal compared bass music to game seven of a championship game. The wholesome personality said in the interview a lot of people ask him why he performs for free, to which he responds “I’m doing it for the sport of bass music.”
He goes on to describe when he started DJing in 1988 with an SP1200 Gemini mixer he got from a pawn shop. When he retired from the NBA in 2011, he needed to fill that void of excitement he used to get from roaring crowds after a Shaq slam. So he went to Tomorrowland and was shocked by the pure energy of the fans and made the connection there are only two things that help one stop all the negativity in their life: sports and music.
View the interview clip below.
— SiriusXM (@SIRIUSXM) August 6, 2019
Shaquille O’neal has proven he’s far more than a one trick pony as his longtime DJ Diesel moniker continues to take off after a Hall of Fame basketball career. In addition to performing at major festivals around the world, including a forthcoming appearance at Tomorrowland, the former NBA big man recently teamed up with NGHTMRE and Lil Jon for a pulsing bass weapon, “Bang.” Now, the heavy-hitting collaboration has a visual to boot.
The trio filmed the music video for the joint track during Miami Music Week, taking the group through a list of ridiculous situations. Between getting IVs together, doing shots, or playing hide and seek, Lil Jon, NGHTMRE, and DJ Diesel provide a three-minute dose of entertainment through their MMW escapades. The video floats between animation and reality, and definitively proves that hanging out with these guys was indeed be the best that this year’s Miami Music Week had to offer.
DJ Diesel is keeping busy this summer. While the NBA cools down for a few weeks following the Toronto Raptor’s first championship title, SHAQ’s itinerary will be heating up as he sets out to bring his larger-than-life beats to a number of international stops on his newly announced Summer League tour.
Summer League is hitting some of the world’s most iconic venues and festivals this season, commencing at Red Rocks Amphitheater and taking the legendary center to Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, HARD Summer, Las Vegas, Croatia, and more in between. What’s more, two of the tour’s stops will be fully branded affairs known as SHAQ’s Bass All Stars, and SHAQ’s Fun House. Summer League runs through September 1. Find a full list of SHAQ‘s dates below.
NBA Hall-of-Famer turned touring DJ, Shaquille O’Neal aka DJ Diesel, is the centerpiece of a new TNT docu-series, Shaq Life, about O’Neal’s life after basketball.
The series, produced by The Content Group, will give fans behind-the-scenes content of the four-time NBA champion’s life after retirement, which includes Vegas DJ sets, touring, commercial and film work, various appearances, being a business owner of his Big Chicken restaurant, and his five kids.
“Over the years, I’ve had many endeavors outside of sports but never this many all at once,” O’Neal said in a statement. “I’m ready to bring viewers along for the wild ride that is my life.”
O’Neal will soon embark on his “Summer of Shaq” tour after bringing back his Fun House carnival event to Miami Music Week. He released a single with NGHTMRE and Lil Jon, “Bang,” earlier this year, and he’s set to play sets with some of bass music’s heaviest hitters after being the special guest at Lost Land 2018. He also recently signed a residency with Wynn Nightlife as DJ Diesel.
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Electric Zoo is back for it’s 11th edition this year, returning in 2019 as Electric Zoo: Evolved with a stellar initial lineup announcement packed with top-tier talent. Made Event’s annual NYC affair finds Destructo outdoing himself on curatorial duties, programming a lineup led by Eric Prydz, Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo‘s Anti Up project, Skrillex and Boyz Noize together as Dog Blood, Excision, Diplo, ZEDD, Kaskade, and more.
The two-day festival returns to its home venue at Randall’s Island on Labor Day Weekend, running August 30 and September 1. Destructo’s AMF brand will host a stage, along with NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations imprint, Seven Lions‘ Ophelia, and Brownies & Lemonade. The initial lineup announcement also includes SHAQ sharing the decks with Borgore, 1788-L, Whethan, Alison Wonderland, Oliver Heldens, GTA, and more.
See the full Electric Zoo: Evolved lineup below. Purchase tickets here.
Whether he’s collaborating with DJ Diesel and Lil Jon or the Chainsmokers, NGHTMRE seems to have something under the hood that manages to keep fans on their toes at all times. This time around, the ace up NGHTMRE’s sleeve comes by way of a new collaboration with none other than A$AP Ferg. The Gud Vibrations helmer announced the new track and music video on his social media channels. Ferg and NGHTMRE’s new track is dubbed “REDLIGHT,” and it will be released on March 28.
Given the new tune’s release proximity to Ultra Music Festival, it begs the question as to if fans can expect A$AP Ferg to make an appearance during NGHTMRE’s back-to-back set with SLANDER at the festival for what would surely be a raucous live debut of the new joint cut. From the brief teaser video that was posted online, the “Grave” producer seemingly returns to his menacingly hard-hitting form on “REDLIGHT,” and with the assistance of the Trap Lord himself, NGHTMRE might have one of his biggest tracks of the year on deck just in time for one of his biggest festival outings of 2019.
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Sometimes there are cultural icons so great, the media consuming public almost demands a collaboration of some sort—think Watch The Throne, Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton, or that time the Jetsons met the Flintstones. Now though, we might be coming up on one of those moments again as Shaquille O’neal confirms his latest venture as DJ Diesel—a collaboration with Diplo.
In a recent interview with Page Six promoting the third installment of his Fun House party concept, Shaq confirmed he’s in the lab with Diplo working on new music. The famed center even lit the beacon for a Skrillex collaboration, naming the two producers as figures to aspire to in the music space. Says Shaq,
“I really look up to Diplo and Skrillex. I’m working on some music with Diplo at the moment and would love to get in the studio with him and Skrillex soon,”
Outside of basketball, the 2016 NBA Hall of Fame inductee has enjoyed a colorful career in the arts—as a platinum selling rapper, a 5,000 year old genie, and most recently, a festival dominating DJ. However, if DJ Diesel can bring Jack Ü back together, that might be his greatest feat to date. For now though, we can at least expect to revel in another What a Time to Be Alive moment when Shaq and Diplo are unveil whatever it is they’re working on.
Via: Page Six