We've seen EDM cross over into just about everything recently. From video games to virtual reality, dance music has spread around the world like never before.
Pro sports are no exception. As many athletes choose EDM tracks as their hype up songs, some take things a step further. Despite reaching the top of their respective fields (literally, in some cases), these athletes love EDM as much as the rest of us.
Bet you didn't know that the world's fastest man moonlights as a DJ. That's right, Usain Bolt has been known to occasionally spin some of his favorite tunes to lucky crowds around the world. While he didn't quite make a career out of it like some other athletes on this list, Vice created an exploratory story highlighting his DJ career, in which he's played a decent amount of shows and even hosted a youth DJ challenge in support of the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games.
While the last time he went to EDC was met with some short-lived controversy, Ezekiel Elliott has a history of attending some of dance music's biggest events. Even though he doesn't have a secret DJ side project, he's been seen in the crowd with fans at Ultra Music Festival. In addition to that, both him and his quarterback, Dak Prescott, once partied with Steve Aoki in Vegas, with Elliott even joining Aoki onstage.
The 6-foot-11 center from Lebanon, Rony Seikaly, has made a name for himself in the EDM world since retiring from over a decade of professional basketball. Alongside some impressive on-court accomplishments, he's played at Burning Man, some of the biggest clubs in the world, and was even the host of his own radio show on Sirius XM.
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The pro footballer Jürgen Locadia has celebrated success on the pitch but has also found an outlet in EDM. He's released close to a dozen singles covering a handful of different genres. In a quote obtained by Mirror, he described how Diplo inspired his music career but that football is still his primary focus. In his own words: “My influences are people like Diplo and Major Lazer," he said. "But football is everything, without it I think I’d go mad."
Minnesota Twins Pitcher Trevor May has been known to throw down some house music on occasion. He's released a couple of songs on his SoundCloud, including a remix of Above & Beyond alongside some original mixes. In a Reddit AMA, he cited Jack Ü, Carl Cox, Tchami and more as some of his influences. For those looking to dig deeper into the life of the pitching producer, Vice hosted a feature timelining May's EDM career that can be viewed here.
Since his legendary appearance at Miami Music Week, the Patriots' star tight end Robert "Gronk" Gronkowski has become one of EDM's biggest professional athlete supporters. In addition to partying with artists like Marshmello, Steve Aoki, and more, he joined James Corden at center court during a Lakers game to dance to Zedd's "Stay" with the Laker Girls. He's also the host of his very own Super Bowl celebration, Gronk Beach Miami, in which Diplo, Kaskade, Carnage, and more were selected to throw down at an event seemingly inspired by his friend and final entry on this list...
Both figuratively and literally, Shaq is undisputedly the biggest athlete to support EDM. With a focus on dubstep, the four-time NBA Champion has made serious moves in the bass world, with collaborations with Nitti Gritti and NGHTMRE under his belt. He even joined the latter on stage with SLANDER during their performance at Ultra Music Festival and was seen moshing in the crowd. He's also performed his surprisingly heavy dubstep sets at festivals like Tomorrowland, where he literally shoulder pressed Alison Wonderland onstage.
In addition to his performances at the various festivals, he is the host of his own Miami Music Week party, Shaq's Fun House, where he brings some of the biggest DJs in the world out for a truly outrageous party. While his list of EDM crossovers continues to grow, it becomes very clear that the legendary big man shares the same passion for EDM that we do.