DJ Snake

About Artist

DJ Snake, or William Sami Étienne Grigahcine, is a French producer and DJ who first gained international recognition in 2013 with the release of the single “Turn Down for What.” Grigahcine was born in the beautiful city of Paris to a French father and Algerian mother. He grew up in Ermont, a banlieue district outside Paris, which he describes as a ghetto. However, he cites a scene with Cut Killer in the French film La Haine as well as hip-hop artists KRS-One and Cypress Hil as formative in his early years.

Mr snake started spinning records at the ripe age of 14, and by 19, he was already producing his own music. In his early career, he performed at clubs all over Paris, including the famed Les Bains Douches. It was in 2005 when he met his manager Steve Goncalves, who saw great potential in snake and encouraged him to pursue a career in music.

When he was younger, Grigahcine made graffiti art, which earned him the nickname “Snake” because he was able to avoid the police. Of his name, Grigahcine says, When he started DJing, everyone called him ‘Snake’ in his city first. he was like, ‘DJ Snake, OK, let’s go for it.’ The name sucks, but it was too late.”

He made his international debut in 2013 with the singles “Bird Machine” and “Turn Down for What.” The latter, a collaboration with fellow French musician Alesia, was picked up by Mad Decent, a Los Angeles-based record label run by Diplo.

DJ Snake and Diplo’s much-anticipated collaboration finally saw the light of day in 2015 with the release of “Lean On.” The single, which also featured MØ, was met with critical acclaim and solidified the two producers as a force to be reckoned with.

Details

William Sami Étienne Grigahcine

― Born Name

3 June 1986 Paris, France

― Birth Date and Place

French

― Nationality

2000–present

― Years Active

Geffen, Premiere Classe, Starsick, Columbia, Interscope,Mad Decent Spinnin', Universal Music

― Records Labels Signed

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