DJ Snake

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DJ Snake
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DJ Snake
Background information
Birth name William Grigahcine
Also known as DJ Snake
Origin  France
  • DJ
  • producer
  • rapper
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts

William Grigahcine, better known by his stage name DJ Snake, is a French DJ, rapper and producer who mixes hip hop and electronic music.[1][2][3][4][5]

DJ Snake is a Grammy-nominated producer and artist who debuted into the international scene with singles "Bird Machine" and "Turn Down for What" in 2013.[1][6][7] "Bird Machine" is a collaboration with fellow French act Alesia. The single was picked up by Mad Decent, a Los Angeles-based record label run by Diplo, and released in February 2013. In June 2013, DJ Snake was invited by Diplo to do a live mix on his radio show, "Diplo & Friends", which airs on BBC Radio 1.[8]

DJ Snake was announced to be working on a collaboration with Diplo, originally slated to debut in 2014; it eventually released in 2015 as the single "Lean On" in collaboration with and Diplo's Major Lazer.[9][10][11] He and Dillon Francis released "Get Low" on DJ Snake's official YouTube page on February 10, 2014. On April 30, 2014, DJ Snake was labeled as an "Artist to Watch" by FoxWeekly.[12] DJ Snake and Dillon Francis were announced as alternating supporting artists for the summer Mothership Tour 2014 with Skrillex.[13]


In 2011, DJ Snake produced for Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way. This earned him a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year in February 2012.[14] DJ Snake was co-producer for the song "Government Hooker", which was voted best song by Lady Gaga fans after the release of the album.[15] This song was supposed to be released as a single before Interscope Records decided to stop the marketing of the album after its release. He remixed Kanye West's "New Slaves", AlunaGeorge's "You Know You Like It", Duck Sauce’s "It's You" and Major Lazer's "Bubble Butt".[16][17][18][19] Junior Senior sampled Michael Jackson for their track "Move Your Feet". DJ Snake remixed the song in 2013.[20] In 2013, DJ Snake produced three songs with Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair on Lady Gaga’s album ARTPOP including "Applause", "Sexxx Dreams", and "Do What U Want".[21][22][23]

DJ Snake and Dillon Francis were alternating supporting artists on the Mothership Tour 2014 with Skrillex.[13] He performed at the 2015 Coachella Music Festival with guest appearances by AlunaGeorge and , who did vocals on "Lean On" with Major Lazer. "Lean On" and DJ Snake's remix of AlunaGeorge's "You Know You Like It" were both top 10 Shazamed songs from Coachella 2015.[24][25]

Both "Get Low" and "Turn Down for What" were featured on the Furious 7 motion picture soundtrack. Along with the exposure gained from commercials for Dodge and Taco Bell featuring the song, the inclusion of "Get Low" on the soundtrack helped the song re-enter the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic chart while DJ Snake re-entered the Billboard Artist 100.[26]

"Turn Down for What"[edit]

In December 2013, "Turn Down for What" was released on Columbia Records.[27] The song was featured in a commercial for the Sol Republic DECK, a wireless speaker, which aired in October 2013.[28] "Turn Down for What" entered the top ten of the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart during the last week of December.[29] In January 2014, the single entered the top 5 on the Dance/Electronic chart and debuted No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.[30] The song was certified gold in February 2014 and platinum in March 2014.[31][32] The song reached the top ten of the Hot 100 in April 2014.[33]

The music video for the single was released in March 2014.[34] "Turn Down for What" was nominated for MTV Video Music Awards for Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, and the MTV Clubland Award.[35]


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Turn Down for What"
(with Lil Jon)
2013 19 13 35 18 11 31 23 23 4 1 Non-album single
"Get Low"
(with Dillon Francis)
2014 93 44 55 58 48 79 88 61 5 Money Sucks, Friends Rule
"You Know You Like It"
(with AlunaGeorge)
22 11 39 19 21 27 13 2 Non-album single
"Lean On"
(with Major Lazer featuring )
2015 2 1 3 2 4 4 1 2 4 1 Peace Is the Mission
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Artist(s)
2013 "Humain à L'eau" Stromae
"Stay the Night" Zedd featuring Hayley Williams
"New Slaves"[19] Kanye West
"You Know You Like It"[17] AlunaGeorge
"It’s You"[18] Duck Sauce
"Move Your Feet"[20] Junior Senior
"Bubble Butt"[58] Major Lazer featuring Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga and Mystic
2014 "Dirty Vibe" Skrillex and Diplo featuring G-Dragon and CL

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Category Result
2012 Born This Way (as producer) Album of the Year Nominated
2015 "Turn Down for What" (with Lil Jon) Best Music Video Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2014 "Turn Down for What" (with Lil Jon) MTV Clubland Award Nominated
Best Direction Won
Best Visual Effects Nominated
Best Art Direction Nominated

Teen Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominated artist and works Award Result
2014 "Turn Down for What" (with Lil Jon) Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song Nominated

Billboard Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2015 "Turn Down for What" (with Lil Jon) Top Dance/Electronic Song Won



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