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Game of Thrones star turns tables at The LINQ

Posted at 7:08 PM, Jul 26, 2017

As it turns out, Hodor has the sickest spins this side of Westeros.

Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor in the HBO show "Game of Thrones," has been a DJ for over 20 years. His latest performance in Las Vegas was on Sunday at The LINQ hotel-casino.

But Kristian's music talents go beyond the DJ set. He also plays several other instruments, most notably guitar, and has performed alongside artists like Scissor Sisters and Calvin Harris.

Despite his passion for music, Kristian's love for performing on stage ultimately led him to an acting career.

"My tombstone is going to say, 'Never afraid to follow a rabbit down a hole,'" he explained. Kristian says he gets the same buzz from acting as he does from music, and feels fortunate he found success in both.

Kristian's DJ style is rooted in old school house music, trading in drops and buildups with a steading beat that never stops throughout his entire set.

"The way I hear DJs nowadays is like an airplane landing and taking off again," he said. "I would describe [my style] as a semi heading along a freeway at a similar speed. Maybe slowing up a little bit sometimes, putting the foot down every now and then, but always still chugging along."

Keen-eyed partygoers may also notice something missing from Kristian's DJ setup: a laptop. He insists he's not a technophobe, but he just doesn't trust a computer to do a musician's job.

"If you can't do it manually, you shouldn't be in a DJ box," said Kristian. "There's a conversation that happens between the DJ and the audience, and when you have a laptop with you, you might as well be checking your email."