This Is How These Famous EDM Artists Got Their Stage Names

Posted at February 23rd, 2016 | by Sidhantha Jain | in Grapevine

If you’re an avid dance music fan and a regular user of social media, by now you might have come across the stories of how artists like Diplo and Skrillex got their stage names. Check out the origins of 8 iconic names of dance music artists. But ever wondered the logic behind DJ aliases like Calvin Harris or DJ Snake?
Go ahead and read on to know a little bit more about your favorite artist’s monikers! Have knowledge about others? Let us know in the comments section!

 

Calvin Harris

Adam Richard Wiles or popularly recognized as Taylor Swift’s beau, Harris didn’t use his nickname until his first release. In an interview, he mentioned Calvin Harris was “racially ambiguous,” and was forever stuck with it later!

Afrojack

Nick Leonardus van de Wall who performs under the name of Afrojack, was derived from his former hairstyle and a dance form called Jacking, associated with house music in the yesteryears.

Fatboy Slim

Norman Cook used ‘DJ Ox’ previously before settling with ‘Fatboy Slim,’ which came from a desire to name himself after a major contradiction in the aspects of the world.

The Chemical Brothers

After being sued for their former name “The Dust Brothers,” the two started using The Chemical Brothers. Actually, their initial moniker was taken up to pay respect to their idols! Moral of the story; never name yourself after your earthly gods.

Kaskade

As opposed to popular belief, Ryan Gary Raddon did not take his nickname from the “Cascade” Range in Washington but from a nature book, it was inspired from a picture of a waterfall! However he changed the spelling later on.

Aphex Twin

Richard David James DJ alias is a combination of his favorite soundsystem company’s name “Aphex” and his “Twin” brother whom he lost at birth.

DJ Snake

The story behind DJ Snake’s name is quite interesting! William Sami Etienn Grigahcine used to produce graffiti art in his youth and earned himself the title of “Snake” ‘cause the police never managed to catch him red handed! He himself went on to say, “When I started DJing, everyone called me ‘Snake’ in my city first, I was like ‘DJ Snake, OK let’s go for it.’ The name sucks, but it’s too late now.”

Sidhantha Jain

I love EDM, it loves me back. It pays for my food bills.

TALK OF THE TOWN

Psy Legends Vini Vici Are Coming To India This November

Psychedelic Trance dignitary Vini Vici are planning an India tour later thi ...

20 Night Clubs In India That You Need To Party At

There are very little things that may beat going out partying that would ma ...

One Republic Are Coming To India Next Month

One of the greatest Pop-Rock bands of our time are hitting up India next mo ...

Troyboi Is Coming Back For An India Tour This Month

It seems like Troyboi will be coming back for more after his debut India to ...

10 Night Clubs In Mumbai That You Must Party At

Not every soul would agree but Mumbai is the most exquisite city when it co ...

Cafés In Mumbai That Won't Burn A Hole In Your Pocket

Mumbai is yuuge and as a result there are loads and loads of quirky and min ...

TRENDING

Lil Uzi Vert Making Waves With Latest Single, "Sanguine Paradise"

This latest rap sensation emerging from Philadelphia, the land of Rocky ...

Nucleya To Play At Hyderabad

Indian electronic / indie stalwart Nucleya is now as much of a househol ...

Watch Femina Miss India Live In Action With Katrina Kaif & Vicky Kaushal

    Grand Finale of India’s biggest beauty pageant, f ...

Guru Randhawa Is Touring 7 Cities, Catch Early Bird; Tickets Here

  Our very own homegrown Guru doesn't need any introduction. He ...

Guru Randhawa, Pitbull & MKSHFT's 'Slowly Slowly' Sets Streaming Records Worldwide

  Gone are the days of mainstream Punjabi & Electronic Musi ...

The Jawaani Song From Student Of The Year 2 Is A Retake On R.D.Burman's Hit

The music has been composed by RD Burman, that is the original "Yeh Jaw ...


Find Events

In your city, in your neighbourhood. Coming soon.

What’s Trending

What trends never ends.

@grapevineonline

Follow Us on Insta for #GVOStuff