Here’s our list of the 25 most surprising facts about some of our favorite DJs.
1. Hardwell started his DJ career at the age of 13. Picked up by a Dutch label, he was signed when he was just 14 years old.
2. Kaskade is Mormon, and has openly admitted that he has never had a drink of alcohol in his life.
3. Skrillex used to be the singer of the emocore group From First To Last.
4.Sandro Silva is afraid of spiders.
5. Wolfgang Gartner got his name from the coach of the Cal Poly Mustangs men’s soccer team.
6. Roger Sanchez studied to be an architect in New York — and now he builds beats.
7. Chuckie started his career as a hip hop DJ.
8. Sebastian Ingrosso’s first gig was in a small pizzeria in Sweden.
9. Tocadisco means “Turntable” in Spanish.
10. The Dada Life boys first met at a chili cook-off in Sweden.
11. Armin van Buuren is a law school graduate (class of 2003).
12. Laidback Luke is a Kung Fu badass. He event participated with Team Kung Fu Holland at the World Championship 2013 in China.
13. Diplo was required to attend anger management classes after a late-night bar fight landed him in jail.
14. Porter Robinson’s first time attending an EDM concert was one that he performed in.
15. Tiesto is the only DJ featured at the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
16. Fedde Le Grand is a teacher of Indonesian martial arts.
17. Pete Tong’s original musical interest was in drumming.
18. Sander Van Doorn worked at McDonald’s when he was a teenager.
19. Markus Schulz coaches his sons’ Little League baseball team.
20. deadmau5 once guest-starred in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
21. Cedric Gervais was a resident at Paris’ famous Le Queen club at the age of 15 – the club’s youngest resident ever.
22. Dirty South got his start mixing’ with an old NEC cassette deck because he was unable to afford turntables.
23. Swedish House Mafia got their name from Pete Tong by accident when he referred to them as (duh) a “Swedish house [music] mafia.”
24. Daft Punk uses the word ’it’ 350 times in their song “Technologic”.
25. Mark Knight believes that “DJing is 20% skill and 80% psychology.”