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5 footballers who moved into music & DJ’ing

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From the football pitch to the booth

Dreams. We all have them. When growing up I can almost guarantee that you either wanted to be a professional footballer or the next big pop star, but for some, the dream was to be both. In this blog, we will be having a look at some footballers who swapped their football boots for a DJ Turntable, DJ Mixer, and microphone! If you’re interested in the latest DJ equipment check this site out.”


Vinnie Jones

Vincent Peter Jones was born in the year 1965. Jones is a British actor and former professional footballer, he played a total of 184 games in the Premier League, scoring a total of 13 goals. He played for many great teams, some of these include; Chelsea, Leeds United, Sheffield United, and Queens Park Rangers. In 2002, Jones released his first and only album “Respect”, which you can now buy on amazon for an amazing £4.94!

Vinnie Jones
LEEDS, ENGLAND – APRIL 11: Actor Vinnie Jones claps during the vacant WBC International Featherweight Championship fight between Josh Warrington of Leeds and Dennis Tubieron of the Philippines at the First Direct Arena on April 11, 2015 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)


Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez was born in Tocopill, Chile in the year 1988. Sánchez has been playing football from a very young age, he made his international debut back in 2006 when playing for the national team for Chile. Since then, he has gone on to play for some incredible football teams. In 2011, Barcelona confirmed their agreement for the transfer of Alexis at the price of €26 million. Sánchez then signed a long-term contract with Arsenal in 2014, the transfer fee cost a whopping €31.7 million. Four years later, Sánchez was given the number 7 shirt from the one and only Manchester United.

It’s a well-known fact that Sánchez is an accomplished pianist. When announcing his transfer to Manchester United, Sánchez was seen playing ‘Glory Glory Man Utd’ on the piano. However, at the time many people doubted whether this was true or not, which spoiler alert, it was. A few years earlier, Sánchez can be spotted playing the piano in the ‘Christmas SoundCech’ video, which was raising money for the Arsenal Foundation.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal looks on before the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Jürgen Locadia

Jürgen Locadia was born in Emmen, the Netherlands in the year 1993. Locadia has a long history of football, playing for many clubs before he was offered a professional contract at the age of 18. In 2018, Premier club Brighton & Hove Albion paid a staggering £15 million for the transfer from PSV of Jürgen Locadia. Jürgen Locadia had already released his debut singles at this point. The singles were; “Take Off”, “Epok”, and “Can’t Let Go” which featured Andrew Tejada. With more releases in 2018, you could say that Locadia is winning at both football and music.

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – DECEMBER 08: Jurgen Locadia celebrates the goal from team mate Davy Propper of PSV during the group B UEFA Champions League match between PSV Eindhoven and CSKA Moscow held at Philips Stadium, on December 8, 2015 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


Andy Cole

Andrew Alexander Cole was born in Nottingham, England in 1971. Cole is a former professional footballer, he played for a number of clubs, these include;

  • Arsenal
  • Fulham
  • Bristol City
  • Newcastle United
  • Manchester United
  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Manchester City
  • Portsmouth
  • Birmingham
  • Sunderland
  • Burnley
  • Nottingham Forest

In 1999, Andy released his first single “Outstanding”. This single was produced by DJ Pied Piper, you may not have heard him but he was the man behind ”Do you really like it (is it wicked?)”.

Andy Cole
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 28: Andy Cole attends the Football Black List 2016 at Village Underground on March 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Premier League)


John Barnes

John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE was born in Kingston, Jamaica in the year 1963. Barnes was an English former professional footballer and manager, he had successful periods at both Watford and Liverpool. Barnes also played for Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic and Celtic. In 2008, Barnes retired as a professional football player and took on the management role for Jamaica’s national team.

Barnes just wasn’t a successful footballer but a rap sensation in 2002 and 2010. He performed “World in Motion” by New Order, as well as appearing on the track “Anfield Rap”. The rap portion of “World in Motion” is one of the most memorable parts of the song, leaving it as an iconic piece of English football culture.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 08: John Barnes prepares for a TV interview during the Football Association’s Royal Mail Stamp Launch at Wembley Stadium on May 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)