Dubstep don DJ Diesel, more commonly known as NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, says he is going to throw his hat into the festival moshpit.
The 7ft1 (2.16m) 150+ kg behemoth of a bloke posted to his DJ Diesel social media accounts that he wants to throw his own festie in the year of our lord 2023.
“Fuck it,” he wrote. “Planning my own festival THIS YEAR!”
There’s no other information out on his festival, but him being such a big name combined with his love and outspoken support for the EDM community could mean an absolutely sick line-up custom-built for experiencing killer DJ sets.
Shaq first fell in love with hopping on the decks back in his schooling days, but that eventually wavered off when he was shattering backboards and winning championships in the NBA. It wasn’t until 2015, when he attended a music festival, that he rekindled his adoration of mixing tunes.
“Back in the 80s I was spinning rap, hip-hop, and even R&B,” O’Neal told EDM.com back in 2020. “I was that guy on the LSU team (Louisiana State University’s college basketball squad) spinning in the locker room.”
“To be honest, I didn’t really appreciate and understand the depths of electronic music until attending TomorrowWorld (a now discontinued music festival in Georgia, USA). Being there revitalised a sense of urgency and passion inside of that I’ve been craving since dunking on a defender’s head in the postseason.”
“The only feeling similar to a game seven monstrous dunk, which I know a lot about, is a dubstep banger blasting out of festival speakers with CO2 and fire going off," he shared.
“These moments bring people together and I am here for it.”
Bloody get around it Dr Shaq. And, while you’re at it, friggin get back to Sin & Brook, they still haven’t heard from ya after they poured their hearts out asking to come side stage with you at Lollapalooza.