7 Professional Athletes Who Happen to be EDM Superfans
We have compiled a list of some of the biggest athletes in the world who happen to be huge fans of EDM.
We have seen EDM cross into just about everything lately. From video games to virtual reality, dance music has spread before.
Pro sports are no exception. While many athletes choose EDM tracks up songs, some take matters. Despite reaching the very top of their respective fields (literally, in some cases), these athletes adore EDM as much as the rest of us.
Bet you did not know the planet’s fastest man moonlights as a DJ. That is correct, Usain Bolt was known to spin some of his songs to audiences around the world. While he did not quite make a livelihood out of it like some other athletes on this list, Vice made an exploratory narrative highlighting his DJ career, in which he has played an adequate amount of shows and even hosted a youth DJ challenge in support of the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games.
While the last time he moved to EDC was satisfied with some short-lived controversy, so Ezekiel Elliott has a history of attending some of dance music’s biggest events. While he doesn’t have a key DJ side project, he’s been seen in the audience with fans at Ultra Music Festival. Besides that, both him and his quarterback, Dak Prescott, once partied with Steve Aoki in Vegas, together with Elliott even joining Aoki onstage.
Even the center from Lebanon, Rony Seikaly, has made a name for himself in the EDM world because benefitting from over a decade of professional soccer. Together with some notable on-court accomplishments, he is played at Burning Man, a number of the biggest clubs in the world, and has been even the host of his own radio show on Sirius XM.
The footballer Jürgen Locadia has celebrated success on the pitch but has found an outlet in EDM. He’s released covering a couple of genres. In a quote acquired from Mirror, he described how Diplo inspired his music career but football is still his primary focus. In his own words: “My influences are folks like Diplo and Major Lazer,” he said. “But soccer is everything, without it I think I’d go insane.”
Minnesota Twins Pitcher Trevor May has been known to throw down some house music on occasion. He’s released a couple of songs on his SoundCloud, including a remix of Above & Beyond alongside some original mixes. In a Reddit AMA, he cited Jack Ü, Carl Cox, Tchami and more as some of his influences. For those looking to dig deeper into the life of the pitching producer, Vice hosted a feature timelining May’s EDM career that can be viewed here.
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Since his legendary appearance at Miami Music Week, the Patriots’ star tight end Robert”Gronk” Gronkowski has come to be one of EDM’s biggest professional athlete fans. Besides playing with artists like Marshmello, Steve Aoki, and much more, he joined James Corden at center court during a Lakers game to dance to Zedd‘s”Stay” together with all the Laker Girls. He’s also the host of his own Super Bowl celebration, Gronk Beach Miami, in which Diplo, Kaskade, Carnage, and much more were chosen to throw at an event seemingly inspired by his pal and final entry on this list…
Both figuratively and literally, Shaq is undisputedly the biggest athlete to support EDM. With a concentration on dubstep, the four-time NBA Champion has created serious moves in the bass world, with collaborations with Nitti Gritti and NGHTMRE beneath his belt. He even joined the latter on stage with SLANDER during their performance at Ultra Music Festival and has been seen moshing in the audience . He has also done his surprisingly heavy dubstep sets at festivals like Tomorrowland, where he shoulder pressed Alison Wonderland onstage.
In addition to his performances at the many festivals, he’s the sponsor of his own Miami Music Week celebration, Shaq’s Fun House, at which he also attracts a number of the biggest DJs on the planet out for a truly bizarre party. While his record of EDM crossovers continues to grow, it becomes very clear that the mythical man shares the exact same enthusiasm for EDM that we do.
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