Send A Raven: Game of Thrones’ Hodor is a DJ


Fans of Game of Thrones will know actor Kristian Nairn for his portrayal of the the simple gentle giant Hodor, defender and transporter of young Bran Stark who was paralyzed after…well, never mind…you’ll just have to watch the HBO show or read George RR Martin’s books to find out more. When Nairn isn’t acting, he’s apparently a working and successful DJ/producer/musician in his native Ireland. According to his website, the Belfast-based Nairn “has tread the boards with such acts as Scissor Sisters, Mylo, Calvin Harris and Alphabeat, as well as being part of bands such as AJ Suzuki and Dublin’s very own Daddys Little Princess.” As a producer his website reports that his remixes have been played by Freemasons and Grant Nelson while serving as a resident DJ at one of Ireland’s most popular nightclubs, Kremlin, for over a decade. So Hodar is a DJ. This begs the question: could a Big Shot Guest Mix be on the horizon?

DJ Hodor

Star 69’s Peter Rauhofer Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

Peter Rauhofer

Grammy award-winning New York City-based DJ/producer/remixer Peter Rauhofer has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to a post by Rauhofer’s manager, Angelo Russo, on the artist’s Facebook. The Austrian native known for his big room house records produced under the alias Club 69 (“Let Me Be Your Underwear,” “Take A Ride” featuring Connie Harvey and Jocelyn Brown), plethora of releases on his Star 69 label, remixer of an astounding array of pop tracks and work as a promoter on the gay party circuit, was diagnosed with the tumor after he suffered a seizure and was rushed to the hospital. On the post Russo wrote, “I know Peter would appreciate your kind consideration and positive energy during this extremely difficult period.” Fans have left comments of support in droves, and Russo promised to provide an update once there is more information on Rauhofer’s condition. Read the full statement below.

Dear Friends and Loyal Fans,

As Peter Rauhofer’s manager and dear friend for many years, it is my sad duty to announce that Peter was rushed to the emergency room several weeks ago. After confirming that Peter had a seizure, further testing has revealed a large brain tumor, something that has gone undiagnosed for quite some time.

At this time, Peter’s family is working closely with a team of talented Neurologists to determine the overall best treatment option. Please be assured that he is getting the absolute finest care possible, twenty-four hours a day.

I know Peter would appreciate your kind consideration and positive energy during this extremely difficult period. We will post any updates and progress reports as they become available.

Feel free to post your condolences as well as check into this page for updates.


[via Towleroad]

Contest Alert! Win Tickets to Ultra Music Festival


Ultra Music Festival 2013, taking place March 15-17, 2013 and March 22-24, 2013 at Bayfront Amphitheater in Downtown Miami, is celebrating its 15th anniversary the only way it knows how — by once again booking some of the world’s best DJ and electronic talent to perform at its world-famous event.

We’re giving away a precious pair of tickets to weekend one to a lucky Big Shot reader courtesy of our friends at UMF. The jaw-dropping bill includes a lineup of stellar international DJ talent: Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Yeasayer, Eric Prydz, Infected Mushroom, Avicii, Boys Noize, Martin Solveig, Ferry Corsten, Kaskade, Fedde Le Grand, Rusko, Booka Shade, Bassnectar, Above & Beyond, Sub Focus, Major Lazer, Pretty Lights, Wolfgang Gartner, The Weeknd, Porter Robinson and many more.

Excited? You should be!

To enter the contest tweet the following:

I want to win @ultramusic tickets for #UMF weekend 1 from @bigshotmagazine

Remember: you only need to tweet the above sentence once in order to enter the contest. Good luck!

The Rules:

• Entrants must be following @bigshotmagazine and @ultramusic
• Winner must be 21 or over
• Winner is responsible for transportation to/from UMF 2013
• Anyone found using multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible
• Contest ends at 12:00 pm EST on March 8, 2013

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And the winner is…

Congratulations to @AliDegan! Big thanks to everyone who entered.


Shlomi Aber Discusses DJ Life in Tel Aviv During Missile Strikes

The deadly missile strikes rocking Tel Aviv and Gaza this week have many across the globe shocked, but Israeli DJ/producer Shlomi Aber says the violence is “normal.”

“For us, it’s the usual for us. Same old crap,” Aber told Big Shot as missiles flew over his home just outside of Tel Aviv. “Basically we’re in the middle of this mess. It’s normal.”

Aber, who has released tracks on Ovum, Desolat and Cadenza and runs his own imprint, Be As One, was among the thousands who hunkered down at home as the missiles flew overhead last week between Gaza and Tel Aviv. Aber lives about 10 minutes from the Gaza border in a seaside Israeli town.

“It’s really mad right now over here,” he said. “It’s been a messy situation with Gaza and the Palestinians. It’s going crazy over here. They’re shooting missiles over Israel right now.”

Despite the deadly military violence, Aber was focusing on re-scheduling a U.S. tour that was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy, as well as several new releases, including an upcoming track on Desolat’s five-year anniversary album.

“Whatever is going on in Gaza, it’s crazy,” he said. “But people are not really influenced by the political situation and they don’t let it interrupt their lives. You get used to it after so long.”

Shlomi Aber’s “Foolish Games” feat Möggli is out on December 10 via Be As One Imprint.

DJs React to DJ Mag Poll on Twitter [Updated]

The results of DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 poll was announced last night in Amsterdam (see the full list of winners here). Armin van Buuren took the top spot for the fifth time, edging out 2011 winner David Guetta, who fell to the fourth position. Since last night DJs have been on Twitter, some expressing their gratitude for making the list and others having a less positive view. Winner Armin van Buuren tweeted that his victory was “overwhelming”; Hardwell proclaimed he has “the best fans in the world” and Nervo tweeted that they too were “overwhelmed.” But not everyone was feeling the love: Diplo, who landed at 102 on the poll, tweeted “Seriously I don’t even know what dj mag is is it actually a magazine? Like people?” Sasha offered “Oh no dj Angerfist beat me in the DJ mag poll. My career is over.” Feed Me suggested that the poll is “a corrupt and an outdated model.” But perhaps the most curious tweet was from Kaskade who wondered, “Is a DJ Mag Poll Relevant?” Have a look below at the chatter on Twitter and tell us who you agree or disagree with.

Oct. 22 update: See new tweets from BT, Alesso, Sébastian Léger and others at the bottom of the story.

What Every DJ Needs: Teague Labs 13:30 3D Printable Headphones

If you’re a technology buff, then you probably know about the movement toward 3D printing. In short, it’s a revolutionary technology that allows intricate designs to be crafted on a software program and printed in 3D form. Teague Labs have introduced its 13:30 printed headphones, because its print time is 13 hours and 30 minutes.

With 3D printers becoming more accessible we decided to have a think around the concept “life in beta” as a future scenario. What if printed prototypes could become actual products? Meaning, once off the print bed an object could be assembled without any tools and be made functional by readily attainable components. I decided to stress test the premise with the challenge of making electronically simple yet functionally complex headphones.

Details include the flexible yet durable strap and semi-articulating cans: although ABS can be finicky at times, the designers at Teague have managed to compensate for the brittleness of the material.

According to Core777, details include the flexible yet durable strap and semi-articulating cans: although ABS can be finicky at times, the designers at Teague have managed to compensate for the brittleness of the material.

Senior Designer John Mabry explains the evolution on Teague Labs’ blog: “With that in mind, I started to adapt the 13:30 design to the Maker Bot Replicator last week. The main challenge: How to build to a similar level of quality without soluble support. With a bit of experimentation, I’m pretty sure it can be done so look for some updates on that very soon! In the meantime, I posted the current model(s), component list, and instructions on Thingiverse for you to make your own working headphones right now.”

With headphones now a reality in the 3D printing world, could a 3D printed DJ mixer be next? Let’s hope so.