Updated 01:14 PM EDT, Thu, Oct 21, 2021

Ansel Elgort's DJ Alter-Ego Ansolo Lands Record Deal! New Single 'To Life' Underway

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You might know Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters, the wide-grinned boy who gave Shailene Woodley's Hazel Grace Lancaster moments of infinities in the film adaptation of John Green's "The Fault In Our Stars."

However, do you know Ansolo, his EDM DJ alter-ego? Nope, nobody's joking.

In fact, in an interview with Rolling Stone, the actor revealed that Ansolo now has a record deal with Island Records and that he has a new single called "To Life", which will be out on September 18.

"The whole thing... it's more than just writing and performing. It's engineering and producing. It's magical. It's something on your computer you can do all by yourself," Elgort said.

"It's the same thing as piano and voice, but now you have tracks that are 70 channels. You can write lines for all these different synthesizers and make unique things. With a piano, everyone's heard what a piano sounds like, but with dance music, every month there's a new track," he continued.

However, on a more serious note, Elgort emphasized on wanting to succeed in DJ-ing by doing right by it, saying that he does not want it to coast by due to his success as an actor. "The last thing I want to be is a joke or to not be credible. I want to enter the music industry and be respected as a musician, not just as a celebrity trying to become a musician," he shared.

"I played a lot of shows but was always opening. I didn't headline until I knew that I had a fan base. I wanted people to care about the music and not just say, Oh, the kid from The Fault in Our Stars is DJ'ing. That's the last thing I want in the world," he added.

While he may be more popular as an actor for YA books-turned-movies, Elgort has been DJ-ing and producing under his stage name, Ansolo, over the past year. He has uploaded songs to Soundcloud and even played at major festivals like Electric Zoo and Ultra.

He didn't come across this business by accident either. People Magazine noted that he's pals with producers like Nicky Romero and has previously worked with Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angelo.

Island Records President and CEO David Massey said about the actor in a statement via People, "He is one of the hardest working people I know, balancing his career as an actor with his love and passion for music." 

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