Monday, December 1, 2014

HBO Star Kristian Nairn to Bring Rave of Thrones to Old Rock House

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 4:17 AM

Kristian Nairn of Game of Thrones DJs in New York City. See him at Old Rock House on Wednesday, December 10. - PHOTO PROVIDED BY CENTRAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
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  • Kristian Nairn of Game of Thrones DJs in New York City. See him at Old Rock House on Wednesday, December 10.

What do you say when a star from one of television's most stunning shows announces that he's going to DJ an event in your city?

"Hodor," of course.

On HBO's fantasy hit Game of Thrones, Irish actor Kristian Nairn says nothing but "Hodor" -- a version of his mentally challenged character's name. But get him talking about house music and his upcoming St. Louis show, and Nairn has plenty to reveal.

"I don't like to classify myself. I love everything from soulful to harder-edged sort of electro," Nairn tells RFT Music. "I shy away from the term 'EDM.' I think it deserves a better classification than that."

Nairn will bring his popular "Rave of Thrones" DJ show to Old Rock House on Wednesday, December 10. Given the Gateway City's proclivity for cosplay, it's a pretty safe bet that Nairn may look down from the stage to see Game of Thrones characters Daenerys Targaryen, Jaime Lannister or even a direwolf-headed Robb Stark dancing frantically before him. But cosplay is just one of the things that contributes to his community of music fans, Nairn says.

"The whole idea behind 'Rave of Thrones' for me is it's not really a themed party, because the music doesn't have anything to do with Game of Thrones. People who might not necessarily like that sort of music might come together in this space and sort of let their guard down," Nairn says. "I've never seen a fight or anything like that; everyone's always been in an up sort of mood, so it creates a very special atmosphere and really sort of opens their minds to the music I'm playing.

"Or maybe I'm getting the wrong idea and people just drink a little too much Red Bull," Nairn jokes.

Nairn has found those hopped-up fans in nearby Chicago and Indianapolis, but this will be his first time spinning for St. Louis.

"One of my best friends lives in Poplar Bluff [about two and a half hours southeast of St. Louis], so I think he's going to come up to the show, since it's not too far away," Nairn says before pausing. "Well, in American terms. But it's a long way to travel for us in the U.K. I mean, we just wouldn't drive five hours here. We'd say, 'No, fuck that.'"

On page two, learn why Nairn hates weddings.

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