5 sports stars who became lovers of electronic dance music
5 Sports Stars Who Love Electronic Dance Music
With electronic dance music now popular in many walks of life, it’s no surprise that many past and present sports stars love this type of music.
Which big names in the sports world are most closely associated with EDM?
Rony Seikaly – Basketball
This giant basketball player was born in Lebanon but has become one of the NBA’s most iconic centers. After capturing national attention with a stellar college career, Seikaly joined the Miami Heat and went on to set numerous records with his outstanding offensive and defensive play over a long career.
His love of music started at an early age and he started DJing as a teenager. Since then, Seikaly has worked as a DJ and dance music producer. He’s performed live at huge events all over the planet, released albums, and even started his own record label.
Usain Bolt – Athletics
Bolt retired from competitive sprinting in 2017, but he’s still the fastest man alive. Indeed, his records in the 100 meters and 200 meters could hold for a while before someone comes to beat them. He also has a number of other records in terms of medal runs during a hugely successful career.
Bolt has released several dance tracks and also performed as a DJ. In 2021, he released his first album. Titled Field Yutes, with a mix of dance, reggae and afrobeat. The first single released from the album was It’s a Party and it probably won’t be the last.
Shaquille O’Neal – Basketball
Shaq is perhaps the most dominant player to ever compete in the NBA. He won four championships in a career that spanned nearly two decades and is still ranked 8and top scorer in NBA history. His powerful slam dunks were so feared that most teams created fouling strategies to try and stop him. For consecutive years, he was at the top of the NBA ratings, as you can see here: https://edge.twinspires.com/nba/odds/
O’Neal released a few rap albums and became an electronic dance music producer. He also tours as a DJ under the name DIESEL and has made appearances at clubs and festivals like Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival.
Jason Kipnis – Baseball
Kipnis is now a free agent at the time of writing, but spent several seasons in MLB with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs. His use of Thief by Ookay as a backing song led to fans talking with plastic saxophones at games and led to a fan recording a sax version of the song.
The player caught the attention of music fans when he spoke out in the tribute after Avicii’s tragic death. He also used the song Benny Benassi’s Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix) featured The Biz as his favorite song for a while.
Rob Gronkowski – Soccer
Gronkowski achieved cult status in the NFL as much for his over-the-top personality as for his performances as one of the best tight ends to ever play football. He joined the New England Patriots in the 2010 draft and joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. Gronkowski has played on 4 Super Bowl winning teams and he holds the record for the first tight end to lead the NFL in affected during the season.
His musical tastes seem to be varied, but he has danced to Stay by Zedd and hired Diplo, Kaskade and Rick Ross for his Concert on Gronk Beach. This event brings together the best dance music with plenty of food and drink, for an unforgettable musical experience with the larger than life football star at the heart of it.
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