Most people are under the misconception that popular artists suddenly ‘blow up’. It seems these instantly famous talents come out of nowhere, magically propelled into superstardom by the sheer viral nature of their music. This is a total myth. Most of today’s biggest DJ’s have either been pursuing their craft for MANY years or they’ve transitioned from another career as a different artist.
We’ve rounded up a fat list of famous DJ’s with incredible past lives. No matter what you do in life, if you are discouraged by your lack of success, let this be your inspiration to never give up and never stay the same! Roll forth…..
By now you know Skrillex was in a semi-famous post-hardcore band ‘From First To Last’. He eventually split from the band, went solo and played some harsh techno vibes before going full Bro Step. Watch below as a baby Skrillex sings a sweet lullabye, tells the crowd how to experience dance music and plays for 30 people.
Before the Mau5 was a millionaire, Joel Zimmerman was rocking khandi and Happy Hardcore. Back in his Toronto days, our own ill.Gates used to know Joel as the local ‘raver synth bro’. Listen below to the first DEADMAU5 tune ever from 1995.
Before the masks, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were rocking 90’s crowds as Disco House masters. While not many people know what’s under the masks now, the video below gives us a glimpse of their younger, fresh-faced selves. Watch them whip a ’96 crowd into a frenzy and blow a skin-head’s mind.
(Young pic of daft punk)
Ah Tiesto, perhaps the most beloved/behated DJ on the planet. Say what you will, but Tijs Michiel Verwest was rising to global fame when most of todays DJ’s were discovering their private parts. Before he was the renowned king of Trance, he was rocking Happy Hardcore as Da Joker (the pun is incredible). Peep the picture below as Tiesto mugs it up with young Ferry Corsten and Armin Van Buuren. Then watch some Euravers do the ’90’s noodle to the hardcore vibes of Tiesto Da Joker!
This will blow your DJ mind: David Guetta was born in 1967. To put that in perspective, we had not even put a man on the moon yet. He began Djing in the early 80’s and had a 20 year DJ career before landing his first hit “Just A Little More Love”. In the first video below, watch DG in 1990 busting some early DJ maneuvers for a French rapper with bug eyes. Then watch him in 1992 crate-digging for funky peeps with the French Harry Potter. Selecta!
Steve Aoki has been at it since the 90’s. His father is the multi-millionaire owner of Benihana restaurants, which probably didn’t hurt Steve’s career. Before he was caking people in the face and semi-famously jumping off of things, he was in a punk band called This Machine Kills! Listen below to the screaming glory.
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