Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, is also a house DJ. As he prepares to play the ‘Rave of Thrones’ night in Dublin and London this July, we spoke to him about the immersive night – and a about the show, too: beware spoilers for season six…
You’ve been DJing for a long time – how has Thrones changed your experience of being a DJ?
Well its certainly added a few more stamps on my passport, thats for sure! I guess it piqued people’s interest. At the time, it seemed to be a bit of a phenomenon that I was a DJ as well as an actor, which I remember finding very strange. It had been my day job for so many years before the show, I really didn’t see why everyone was so astounded. I have NO difficulty with career duality!
Describe your average set in five words.
Loud, bassy, dark, uplifting, fluid.
What are your favourite things to play? What gets the biggest reaction from your crowds?
I’m fortunate to play in a lot of different countries and cities, and it’s very interesting to see that different places get different reactions. Some places are looking for the hard rhythmic hit of the drums… others need a vocal.. and some wait for basslines and dropouts! It’s really cool to see how things differ. So that one is a hard one to answer. I would say I like a combination of all three aforementioned.
What are the crowds like at Rave of Thrones?
They are just superb. I never could have foretold how awesome they would be. The crowds vary from a mostly house music crowd, to those who are purely fans of the show. It’s always the best when it’s a good mix of both. I think somehow the two crowds seem to encourage each other!
5. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen at a Rave of Thrones night?
I’ve seen all manner of strange things, believe me! Haha. I always enjoy the White Walker costume when they really go for it, and have the glowing eyes and everything! I’ve also seen a few dragon puppets that breathed real fire.
What do you recommend for people who are coming along? What should they wear?
Just pick your favourite character and see what you can do. I always feel sorry for the Stark and Jon Snow fan, because normally they are stood in the middle of a very packed and sweaty dancefloor in the full Stark fur regalia. Dress up isn’t 100% compulsory but it definitely adds a certain something to the night!
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If you’ve never seen Game of Thrones before, can you still come to Rave of Thrones? Is there anything they need to know beforehand?
Of course you can… a party is a party. If you hate GoT AND house/dance music, then yeah, maybe its not for you! Just be prepared to let you hair down and go with it.
Does anyone from the cast come along?
Many of the cast have been to the shows over the time I’ve done it… it just depends who is in town really.
How sick are you of the word ‘Hodor’?
Hodor, and Game of Thrones has done so much for me, and completely changed my life, so how could I ever be sick of it?
10. You have a star tattoo that show-watchers might not have noticed before – when did you get it? What was it for?
I do – in the past, I would say that it was for some meaningful purpose and each star represented something, but the truth is that I was young, and a little drunk. Never regretted them though.
Would Hodor make a good DJ? What do you think he’d play?
I think he would enjoy dance music, with the patterns and repetition, but I don’t think he would be a great DJ, and certainly a TERRIBLE MC over the microphone!
Who are your best friends from the show?
The show is just full of wonderful people and it’s genuinely been a joy to meet and work with everyone. A few stand out… There’s Daniel Portman, who plays Pod, and Isaac (Bran) obviously, although he’s more of a little brother. Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell) is a good friend and I love Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy) to pieces, one of the nicest, funniest and most talented people you could meet.
Will we ever see Hodor on the show again?
Who knows?! Personally I am pretty sure he’s a goner.
Do you know anything about the plot for GoT season seven, or are you not allowed to know now that you’ve left?
I know absolutely nothing, and I like it that way. It can be hard to sit on massive spoilers for a whole year sometimes, and I’m looking forward to not having that burden.