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Poll 2018: DJ Snake

DJ Snake

From: Paris, France
DJ style: Trap, and beyond.

Last year saw DJ Snake set entirely new benchmarks when he became the first DJ to play on top of the Arc de Triomphe and stream his performance to over 1.5 million people. How could he possibly continue such a trajectory? Don’t worry; he has... and by the end of the year it could be even higher.

Yes, 2018 has been another banger for the Paris-born-and-based DJ. Schedule-wise he’s reduced his shows to a more manageable and healthy 50 headline gigs and has clearly invested the time in his studio creations. Snake, real name William Sami Etienne Grigahcine, has gradually dropped a series of tracks that have been progressively more high-profile as the year has gone by. First came ‘Magenta Riddim’, a tribute to India, a country he’s praised and celebrated in a number of interviews over the years (and shot the video for his and Major Lazer’s hit ‘Lean On’ in a few years back). Then came a Latin-tipped homage to a handy Argentinian football legend during the peak of World Cup tension with the sun-kissed ‘Maradona Riddim’. Then, just last month, he returned to his premium pop mode with his biggest track since his collaboration with Justin Bieber (‘Let Me Love You’ in 2016) with ‘Taki Taki’, a supersized collaboration with Selina Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B. The track scored over 20 million views within a week of being uploaded, making it the most successful Latin/EDM crossover hit to date.

Having hinted at a new album in the pipeline, we wouldn’t be surprised if more major league mainstream collaborations from Snake dent charts and hearts very soon...


Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-12 10:24

Poll 2015: DJ Snake

DJ Snake

For a new entrant into the Top 100 last year, DJ Snake’s had a pretty wild year. Which is presumably why he was otherwise engaged when being hit up for interview (probably, y’know, in Chile or Japan or something).

Born William Grigahcine in Paris, the viral hitmaker cites arty French film La Haine as an influence on his sound as well as Cypress Hill and KRS-One, and earned the name 'Snake' due to his effectiveness at hiding from the police after graffiting the Parisian ghetto.

Nominated for a Grammy as part of his productions on Lady Gaga’s album, the producer’s name blasted into the minds of the public after his 2014 track with Lil Jon, ‘Turn Down For What’, meant that you could barely step onto a dancefloor without hearing it.

But this year the DJ/producer proved to have even greater success, with the Major Lazer and MØ collab ‘Lean On’ raking in the plays (it scooped Best Dance/Electronic Song at the Billboard Awards and, more importantly, is a Top Tune of 2015 among a fair few of these Top 100 DJs...).

With recent appearances at TomorrowWorld, EDC, and an India tour scheduled for November, it’s fair to say that this Snake will soon be on another plane.


Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-13 11:00

Trap, dance
Best known for: 
Major Lazer, MØ and DJ Snake 'Lean On'.


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