Shaq Doesn't Want His NBA Fame To Define His DJ Career
Shaquille O'Neal aka DJ Diesel, wants to earn respect in the DJ world.
When Page Six asked if his fame helps or hinders his position in the world of EDM, Shaq told us it’s “a little bit of both.”
“In the celebrity DJ world, they’re not really that good, but what people don’t understand about me, is I’ve been DJing since 12 years old so I’m used to it,” Shaq, 47, said of other DJ’s that were famous before hitting the turntables. “As an athlete, you go through the same thing so it doesn’t phase me, not one bit.”
He added, “My thing is, if people pay money to see me, it’s my job to put on a show and that’s what I try to do, so hopefully after they see me, it takes those thoughts away.”
The 7-foot-1 athlete, who was promoting his Miami Music Week after party, “Shaq’s Fun House,” at the Dorchester Hotel, added that he is aware his fame has its perks.
“I know being Shaq helps, I really do know that, but that’s why I wanted to do it like all the other DJs do,” he said. “Start from the bottom.”
The former NBA star explained that he has played at all types of gigs, from not-so-great shows to big festivals and clubs.
“For me, it’s about my Game 7 experience,” he said. “It’s about these kids jumping up and down and having fun.”
Shaq, whose net worth is more than $400 million according to Forbes, made clear he creates music because he loves it and not because he wants to make the big bucks.
“I don’t care about the money,” he told us. “Listen, I lose money being a DJ, trust me, ’cause I get paid to be a DJ but then I gotta fly private air, I’m in a hole. So I’m not doing it for the money. Trust me.”
Shaq, swarmed by fans as he boarded a “Shaq’s Fun House” ice cream truck, was handing out ice cream, JBL headphones and complimentary tickets to his late-night event.
Olivia Culpo also made an appearance and helped hand out some sweet treats.