Ever since Excision brought out “the biggest DJ in the world” as a Lost Lands special guest in 2018, Shaquille O’Neal (DJ Diesel) has taken the bass music scene by storm, hosting his own events and performing at massive festivals across the world. Now, Shaq is leaping into original production, teaming up with recent Latin Grammy Award-winning producer, Nitti Gritti.
Shaq has been teasing this elusive ID at festival performances for months now, leaving fans anxiously awaiting its release. With its arrival, it’s evident the winnings were worth the wait. “Takin’ Over” opens with a series of ominous growls topped with aggressive shouts from Shaq himself, preparing the listener for the bass destruction to come. The drop hits hard and fast, and showcases the leaves-nothing-to-be-desired production style embodied by Nitti Gritti. The combination of the track itself and the reputation of the names attached to it is certainty enough that the offering will be a fixture in the bass dominion for months to come. Catch Nitti Gritti on his upcoming Asian tour dates with Space Yacht, including stops in Taipei and Shanghai.
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.”
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.
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.
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.