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Are Celebrity DJs Worth Their Salt?

Ruby Rose came out with guns blazing on Instagram recently, telling haters they need to “get one thing straight. Know your facts.” We may not have known about her skills as a DJ when we first caught the androgynous beauty on Orange Is The New Black, but that doesn’t make her skills any less real. It turns out the recently signed PRMD artist used to tour with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J as an opening act. She also claims to have done the festival circuits with Erick Morillo, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris.

It’s understandable that one would be frustrated by the fact that no one has any faith in you as one kind of artist when they consider you to strictly be another kind of artist. It’s hard to break out of that shell and gain the credit you may (or may not) deserve. No matter your level of confidence in her as a DJ, she’ll be playing Foundation Nightclub on Saturday, August 29 where you can make a more educated decision.

She’s not the first celebrity-turned-DJ and certainly won’t be the last. There are some shining examples of actors that broke their mold, as well as some less luminous celebrity examples *cough* Paris Hilton *cough*. What we mean is that this could go either way.

Two excellent examples of successful actors-turned-DJs would be Kristian Nairn, who you know better as Hodor on Game of Thrones, and Elijah Wood. DJing long before he became an actor, Kristian Nairn opted to embrace his identity as Hodor instead of ignoring it. We caught the Seattle stop of his Rave of Thrones tour last December, and it was a spectacle to be remembered. He played a remix of the GoT opening theme, there were performers breathing and dancing with fire, a soundtrack of eclectic danceable house music, and a crowd full of costumed GoT enthusiasts eating it all up.

When Elijah Wood isn’t busy filming a movie, TV show, or lending his voice to animation he performs with Zach Cowie as Wooden Wisdom. The two have been DJing together for the last three years, though they’ve been doing DJ work on their own for many years prior. They play on strictly vinyl and played us one funky disco-house set when they came to Q Nightclub in January. Mr. Wood doesn’t flaunt his name quite as much as Kristian Nairn, but that’s just a personal choice that any famous person entering another field has to face. Do you embrace your fame, or do you try to ignore it?

Kristian Nairn and Elijah Wood are just two examples of successful celebrity DJs. There are plenty more, and there’s plenty more bad ones too, but these two have proven themselves to be true artists and deserve some respect in the music industry.

It seems that whether she likes it or not, Ruby Rose is Ruby Rose and whether she’s acting or DJing, people are going to judge her and as Taylor Swift would say, “haters gonna hate, hate, hate”.

Check out her Instagram post below. Have people been unfair to assume she’s just cashing in on her own fame to a different set of wallets?

Female DJS cop it at the best of times. But it doesn’t make it less frustrating. “Oh NOW SHE WANTS TO DJ” the odds are if you have JUST started noticing a chick DJ get any form of recognition it’s not their first day on the job. Love or hate my music, love or hate my abilities in any field love or hate my Instagram.. But let’s get one thing straight. Know your facts. Don’t just comment on people’s pages endlessly with your negative judgmental shit. The people who bitch the loudest are ALWAYS the least important. It’s just a google away, but before you may have heard of me, I still existed. I started DJing in 2009. I did the festival circuits with @nervomusic @erickmorillo @skrillex @calvinharris I toured with @nickiminaj and @isthatjessiej as the support act.. I released a track with Gary go.. I been doing this.. It’s old news.. I didn’t wake up last week and buy a laptop. Everything I do is a result of hard work and I’m proud of it.. Even if I had some less than desirable music choices and on stage antics in 2009 ?

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Hailing from the golden hills of California, Tina lives for sunny days in Seattle. With an expansive taste and hunger for both food and music, she loves all things from Celine Dion to Slipknot (and of course EDM).

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