The 'Fault in Our Stars' actor just released new single 'Home Alone'

By Ariana Bacle
Updated July 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Ansel Elgort has built his music career on electronic dance tunes, but the Fault in Our Stars actor tried out something new when he released “Home Alone” earlier this month: He added lyrics and vocals — and the result was so surprising that even his own label, Island Records, didn’t realize the voice on the track was his.

“They were like, ‘Oh, these are really different,'” Elgort tells EW of playing a few demos for the label. “And then they said, ‘Oh, who’s singing on it? The voice is great.’ I said, ‘That’s me! I’m singing on it!’ They were really happy because they want to sell records and I guess a song might sell better than a club record.”

As a DJ, Elgort performs under the name Ansolo and has played at dance festivals including Ultra and Electric Zoo. He adopted that stage name to achieve credibility in the DJ scene, one he says has a “huge stigma behind being an actor.” Now, though, after two years spinning his productions on stages across the world, he feels comfortable releasing music like “Home Alone” — meaning, with lyrics and vocals — under his given name. But that doesn’t mean Ansolo is disappearing.

“I’m not going to stop making club music,” he promises. “I still do it. But right now, I sit at the piano in my new house in Brooklyn and I write music.”

And it also doesn’t mean he’s done fighting that stigma: Elgort, who next stars in Billionaire Boys Club alongside Taron Egerton and Kevin Spacey, says that people are often surprised by the quality of his music.

“I’d say, like, half the comments on SoundCloud are, ‘I can’t believe this is as good as it is,'” Elgort says. “They’re like, if you’re an actor, you’re probably not going to be good at music. But the funny thing is, there are so many good musicians who cross over to acting. I think it’s just about being creative and open.”

He continues, “Society loves putting people in a box in every single way, and hopefully over the next few years, I can be known as just an artist and not necessarily just an actor. If I decide to do anything in the future, it won’t be like, ‘Whoa, he’s doing this!’ It will be like, ‘Oh, of course he is, that’s cool. He likes to do a lot of things.'”

“Home Alone” is now available. Download it via iTunes here.