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Shaquille O’Neal Performed at Tomorrowland as DJ Diesel–And He’s Surprisingly Not Horrible

We knew he had some mediocre acting chops (anyone remember Kazaam?), but who knew Shaquille O’Neal also is a DJ? Not only that, but he DJ’ed at one of the biggest EDM festivals around, Tomorrowland.

Under the pseudonym DJ Diesel, Shaq hopped onstage to the delight of the audience, which seemed thrilled to see the 7-foot-one former NBA star. The basketball legend, who has played for the likes of the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and, most recently, the Boston Celtics, may have retired from sports, but that doesn’t mean he’s fallen off the grid.

In fact, he also performed at TomorrowWorld in Georgia last year in addition to his stint at Tomorrowland. His most recent set kicked off early in the day on Friday and lasted for about an hour. Shaquille O’Neal posted a few clips of his sets on Instagram:

Dj diesel tomorrowland pt.3 #shaqtrap

A video posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on

His first ever club gig in Las Vegas back in 2014 took everybody by surprise because it was unexpectedly awesome. He reportedly took over the DJ booth on a Friday night at Chateau nightclub in the Paris Hotel and Casino. According to fans in the club, he came in around one in the morning and spun a 30-minute set.

One person at the venue critiqued Shaquille O’Neal’s first gig as DJ Diesel. “He started off a little slow. He was playing hip-hop. He got into a groove and actually ended the set really strong,” the source said. “He was mixing in some rock and roll, and that got the crowd going. He was better than I expected him to be.”

EDM isn’t his first dive into music production. Starting way back in 1993, Shaq release five different studio albums as well as a compilation album. Though critics mostly panned his performances, his first album, Shaq Diesel, went platinum.

Though, let’s be honest, who can forget this winner:


All in all, we’re sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear from DJ Diesel.

EDM In Stereo Staff

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