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Kristian Nairn Talks Musical Influences and Growing American Fan Base

Kristian Nairn found success as a musician long before his acting career took off. However, he thanks his success in Game of Thrones for helping to bring the popularity of his signature beats to American audiences. In a recent interview with the Observer, Nairn admits “I’ve done fairly well as a performer and a DJ in the U.K., so Game of Thrones really just opened up a whole new market for me.” He goes on to tell the Observer how his love for electric and dance music came out of touring with bands like the Scissor Sisters and Calvin Harris. Check out some of this exclusive interview below and make sure to head over to for the full article.

“I was always very into heavy metal, and heavy metal is full of emotion and extremes, and I think that’s the same in dance music,” Nairn says. “It’s full of euphoric emotions and really the bass lines and hypnotic rhythms of house music just make me feel a certain way and really sort of resonate with me the same way that rock music did and still does. I’ve always loved the ’80s for the synthesizer-heavy music and I love how that was reflected in dance music, as well.”

Nairn says he likes to experiment with different types of musical voices in his tracks and, because of his love for soul, he’d love to loop in “a really gritty, gravelly voice with a huge personality, someone you really wouldn’t expect to be in dance music.” “I love Audra Mae,” Nairn adds. “She is an amazing singer and that’s the kind of thing I’d like to go down, putting in people who aren’t necessarily known for dance music.”

Nairn says he splits a lot of time between his acting and music lives and he says he owes a lot of it to the fandom he’s built on Game of Thrones. “I’m focused on everything,” he says. “If you saw my diary, you’d see that it’s so varied. It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. It’s so varied and extremely busy. I’m just very lucky that Game of Thrones has added a little bit of clout and it’s really sort of supercharged all the areas of my career.

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Listen to Kristian Nairn’s “4Love (feat. Salt Ashes)” below:

In 2015, Kristian Nairn released Up / Beacon (feat. Leanne Robinson) and 4Love (feat. Salt Ashes), both of which received rave reviews worldwide! Both singles are now available for download on iTunesBeatport, and for streaming on Spotify & SoundCloud.