profile : DJ SNAKE

William Grigahcine, better known by his stage name DJ Snake, is a French DJ and producer mixing hip hop and electronic music.

He is a Grammy-nominated producer and artist who debuted into the international scene with singles “Bird Machine” and “Turn Down for What” in 2013.

“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.

DJ Snake is working on a collaboration with Diplo, due out in 2014.

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.

DJ Snake and Dillon Francis were announced as alternating supporting artists for the summer Mothership Tour 2014 with Skrillex.

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.

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.

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’sNew Slaves“, AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It”, Duck Sauce’s “It’s You” and Major Lazer‘s “Bubble Butt“.

Junior Senior sampled Michael Jackson for their track “Move Your Feet”.

DJ Snake remixed the song in 2013.

In 2013, DJ Snake produced three songs Paul “DJ White Shadow” Blair on Lady Gaga’s album ARTPOP including “Applause“, “Sexxx Dreams“, and “Do What U Want“.

DJ Snake and Dillon Francis were alternating supporting artists on the Mothership Tour 2014 with Skrillex.

In December 2013, “Turn Down for What” was released on Columbia Records.

The song was featured in a commercial for the Sol Republic DECK, a wireless speaker, which aired in October 2013.

“Turn Down for What” entered the top ten of the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart during the last week of December.

In January 2014, the single entered the top 5 on the Dance/Electronic chart and debuted No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was certified gold in February 2014 and platinum in March 2014.

The song reached the top ten of the Hot 100 in April 2014.

The music video for the single was released in March 2014.

“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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


As lead artist 

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 41 11 31 23 10 26 23 4 1 SoSkySuck

Get Low
(with Dillon Francis)
2014 130 52 56 79 88 77 6 Money Sucks, Friends Rule
You Know You Like It
(with AlunaGeorge)
83 7 Body Music

Lean On
(with Major Lazer featuring )
2015 2 1 27 9 59 5 1 8 7 24 104 11 Peace Is the Mission andSoSkySuck
“—” 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 Kanye West

2013 You Know You Like It AlunaGeorge
“It’s You” Duck Sauce
Move Your Feet Junior Senior
Bubble Butt Major Lazer featuring Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga and Mystic

Awards and nominations 

Grammy Awards

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

Year Recipient 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 

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


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