Kristian Nairn’s Exclusive Interview With The Independent
DJ Kristian Nairn has been very busy ever since “The Door” episode of Game of Thrones aired. Nairn, who is most recognized as the lovable and loyal Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, made time in his busy schedule to speak with news outlet The Independent, where they discussed his impressive DJ carer, Rave of Thrones, and of course Game of Thrones. You can read some of the exclusive interview below, but be sure to visit The Independent to read the full article.
Now that you’ve finished Game of Thrones, do you know what you’re doing next? You’re on this Rave of Thrones tour.
I’ve been on this tour for two years now and haven’t stopped.
It’s cool that you’ve fully embraced the Game of Thrones thing where many people try to leave projects behind and disassociate themselves.
The thing is, it happened during the Game of Thrones thing. I wasn’t like ‘Oh, f*ck it, I need to hang onto this’. It was because, I was a resident DJ in Belfast, and I was there for 15, 16 years before the show started. I fully recognize that the factor that keeps me out of the local clubs and into the bigger venues isn’t the fact I’m playing a particular type of music, it’s because of Game of Thrones. People are starting to recognize me because I am a good DJ, and I’m not afraid to acknowledge that it’s because of Game of Thrones that I’m here. It’s silly not to.
What will happen once the excitement around Game of Thrones has died down? Do you think Rave of Thrones will continue?
It’s not my plan for it to continue, it never was. I reckon, maybe a year, another two years, and I’ll probably drop it. It’s just while people want it. I’ll continue to write music but I’m busy with other projects. I don’t even know how to begin telling you how busy we are. There’s not as much worry about where the next jobs going to be.
I imagine the crowds at your Rave of Thrones events are quite fun.
They’re very fun. It’s always a very good bunch of people.
What kind of music do you play? I’ve read that it’s ‘deep house’.
It’s not ‘deep house’. Deep house was just the dubstep of last year. It was used to cover about four different genres, just a safe word for people who don’t really know what they’re talking about. It was tech house, electro, more progressive house, all sorts of genres. Deep house was the key word of last year.
So, what do you play at your current Rave of Thrones sets? In my head, I’m thinking remixes of the Game of Thrones theme song.
You wouldn’t believe how much it varies from club to club. It’s always going to be house music. I did a bootleg of the Game of Thrones remix, which someone transcribed into 8-bit tune. Sounds like something coming out of an N-64 or a computer playing it, and I like to do that for 30-seconds right in the middle. People lose their sh*t, and then I get on with what I was doing.
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Listen to Nairn’s latest single “4Love (feat. Salt Ashes)” below:
Check out Kristian Nairns first two singles Up / Beacon (feat. Leanne Robinson) and4Love (feat. Salt Ashes). Both singles are now available for download oniTunes &Beatport, and for streaming on Spotify & SoundCloud.
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