After a huge 2016 that saw DJ Snake — real name William Sami Etienne Grigahcine — release his debut album, ‘Encore’, it looked difficult for the Parisian DJ/producer to maintain his trajectory into the stratosphere. But through his triumphant closing headline set at Ultra Music Festival Miami, alongside huge performances at Tomorrowland, Coachella, Lollapalooza and his 2017 residency at XS Las Vegas, DJ Snake has done exactly that.
His 2015 Major Lazer collaboration, ‘Lean On’, hit two billion views on YouTube in May, meaning he stands in an elite club alongside chart-toppers including Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ and Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’. DJ Snake isn’t workshy either, with his huge summer world tour seeing him perform 39 dates across two months. But it’s the ground-breaking Arc de Triomphe live stream — which garnered over 1.5 million views when it aired in September — that’s been the flagship of the French EDM don’s year, which he also used to launch the Ed Sheeran co-written single, ‘A Different Way’.
Fans were left worried in May after DJ Snake deleted his social media accounts and cancelled a performance at Hangout Festival but, thankfully, he was fine and logged back on shortly after, clarifying he just needed to take some time out. He returned to his show-stopping best at XS Las Vegas at the end of June, and hasn’t stopped since.