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The merger will help SiriusXM expand its presence beyond vehicles into the home and mobile areas. On the flip side, Pandora will be able to utilize SiriusXM’s automotive relationships to expand its service to cars.
According to SiriusXM’s press release, the deal “creates the world’s largest audio entertainment company.”
Jim Meyer, CEO of SiriusXM, said:“The addition of Pandora diversifies SiriusXM’s revenue streams with the U.S.’s largest ad-supported audio offering, broadens our technical capabilities, and represents an exciting next step in our efforts to expand our reach out of the car even further. … Together, we will deliver even more of the best content on radio to our passionate and loyal listeners, and attract new listeners, across our two platforms.”
Roger Lynch, CEO of Pandora, said:“We’ve made tremendous progress in our efforts to lead in digital audio. Together with SiriusXM, we’re even better positioned to take advantage of the huge opportunities we see in audio entertainment, including growing our advertising business and expanding our subscription offerings.”
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Chris Villa performs at the Cobra Arcade Bar in Phoenix on Friday, July 13. (Source: Facebook)
Fresh off dropping a mix for the DJcity Podcast, Chris Villa stopped by Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning on Friday in New York City to perform a live set. The DJcity Arizona rep threw down a turntablist-friendly half-hour mix consisting of mostly throwback hip-hop and R&B.
Listen to it below.
Tracklist:1. Snoop Dogg ft. The Dramatics & Tha Dogg Pound – Doggy Dogg World
2. Big Pun ft. Fat Joe – Big Pun – Twinz (Deep Cover ’98)
3. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario
4. Q-Tip – Vivrant Thing
5. JAY-Z ft. Pharrell – Excuse Me Miss
6. Jermaine Dupri ft. JAY-Z – Money Ain’t a Thang
7. N.O.R.E. – Nothin’
8. Kanye West ft. T-Pain – Good Life
9. Yung Joc – It’s Goin’ Down
10. Camp Lo – Luchini – This Is it
11. The Diplomats ft. Cam’ron & Jim Jones – I Really Mean It
12. Cam’ron ft. Juelz Santana – Oh Boy
13. Luniz ft. Michael Marshall – I Got 5 On It
14. Rick James – Mary Jane
15. The Gap Band – Outstanding
16. Aaliyah – Back & Forth
17. Soul for Real – Candy Rain
18. Paula Abdul – Straight Up
19. J. Cole – Work Out
20. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – Nuthin’ but a G Thang
21. Gang Starr – Full Clip
22. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
23. M.O.P. – Ante Up (Robbin-Hoodz Theory)
24. Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says
25. A$AP Ferg – Work
26. Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay Rock – Money Trees
27. Do or Die – Po Pimp
28. Crucial Conflict – Hay
29. Three 6 Mafia – Poppin’ My Collar
30. UGK ft. Outkast – International Players Anthem (I Choose You)
31. UGK ft. Outkast – International Players Anthem (I Choose You) – eSenTRIK Remix
32. 50 Cent – What Up Gangsta
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DJ KA5 performs on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning in New York City on July 24, 2018. (Source: DJ KA5)
DJcity’s Miami representative DJ KA5 put down a throwback-heavy hip-hop set on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning in New York City on Tuesday. His 40-minute mix featured clever word play transitions and a variety of classic party tracks, including several of his edits.
Listen to his set below.
Tracklist:1. Kanye West – RoboCop
2. Dr. Dre ft. Eminem – Forgot About Dre – DJ KA5 Acapella Out
3. Gary Glitter – Rock And Roll (Part 1 & 2) – DJ KA5 Edit
4. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People – DJ KA5 Black Skinhead Klutch Blend
5. Rae Sremmurd – Look Alive – Acap Intro
6. BlocBoy JB ft. Drake – Look Alive – DJ KA5 Edit
7. Lil Uzi Vert – XO TOUR Llif3 – DJ KA5 Edit
8. Drake – God’s Plan
9. Gucci Mane ft. Plies – Wasted – DJ KA5 Edit
10. The Offspring – Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) – DJ KA5 Edit
11. Plies ft. Ne-Yo – Bust It Baby Pt. 2 – DJ KA5 Edit
12. Tory Lanez – B.I.D – DJ KA5 Edit
13. Lil’ Wil – Bust It Open – DJ KA5 Edit
14. Big Tuck – Not a Stain on Me – DJ KA5 Edit
15. Ray Jr. ft. Ducky Smallz – Sloppy – DJ KA5 Edit
16. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Juicy J, & Belly – No Limit Remix – DJ KA5 Edit
17. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B – No Limit – Audio1 Make ‘Em Say Uhh! VIP Edit
18. Charli XCX – Boom Clap – Acap Intro
19. Young Jeezy ft. Mannie Fresh – And Then What – DJ KA5 Edit
20. JAY-Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.) – CFLO Super Short Edit
21. Kanye West ft. Talib Kweli & Common – Get Em High – Nick Bike Acapella In/Out
22. Kanye West – Dark Fantasy – NASA Drop First Edit
23. Prodigy – Keep It Thoro – DJ KA5 Edit
24. Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dolla – DJ KA5 Edit
25. Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle – DJ KA5 Acap Out
26. The Notorious B.I.G. & 50 Cent – The Realest Niggas – DJ KA5 Edit
27. Kid Ink ft. DeJ Loaf – Be Real – DJ KA5 Edit
28. Mary J. Blige ft. The Notorious B.I.G. – Real Love (Remix)
29. Cypress Hill – Dr. Greenthumb
30. Linkin Park – In The End – Acapella
31. Ameriie – 1 Thing – DJ KA5 Edit
32. Missy Elliott – Work It – DJ Rukus Acapella Out
33. Beastie Boys – Paul Revere – Audio1 Edit
34. Sir Mix-a-Lot – Posse On Broadway
35. Zapp & Roger ft. Shirley Murdock & Charlie Wilson – Computer Love
36. LL Cool J – I Need Love
37. Post Malone ft. 2 Chainz – Money Made Me Do It – FCZ It’s Strange Bootleg
38. Fugees – Fu-Gee-La – David Begun vs Brett B Bootleg
39. Beyoncé ft. JAY-Z – Drunk in Love – DJ Baysik Mas Tomate Edit
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Eric Hamilton performs with Diplo. (Source: Eric Hamilton)
In March, Diplo launched a channel on SiriusXM called Diplo’s Revolution. It made sense: over the past six years, the Mad Decent founder’s weekly Diplo and Friends program on BBC Radio 1Xtra has become one of the most popular and influential mix shows in the world. It has earned that reputation by focusing on booking a diverse range of forward-thinking guest DJs.
Now, with his own station at the world’s largest radio company, Diplo has expanded his taste-making empire. Diplo’s Revolution boasts a diverse lineup of hosts including Armin van Buuren, Oliver Heldens, Destructo, GTA, and Party Favor, all of whom are influencers in their own right. Major Lazer members Walshy Fire and Jillionaire also have shows.
Like any project, there are key people behind the scenes who make it possible. In the case of Diplo’s Revolution, it’s the channel’s 34-year-old Program Director, Eric Hamilton. Born in Long Beach and raised in Riverside, Hamilton cut his teeth DJing in Los Angeles in the 2000s. In 2012, with no prior radio experience, he began producing a syndicated show on iHeartRadio for his friend Dillon Francis. After proving himself on air, Dillon’s manager, Kevin Kusatsu, who also manages Diplo, asked Hamilton to get involved with Diplo and Friends. The show had been on the air for only a year and hadn’t reached its potential.
Since then, Hamilton has served as the executive producer of Diplo and Friends, helping book guests, produce mixes, and guide the show’s direction. (Hamilton was Diplo’s assistant for part of that time.) Hamilton has also been involved with Major Lazer: he occasionally fills in for Jillionaire at shows and is the executive producer of Lazer Sound, the group’s program on Apple Music’s Beats 1 station.
Given the success of Diplo and Friends and his close relationship with Diplo, Hamilton was an obvious choice to be program director of Diplo’s Revolution. We recently spoke with him to learn more about his role and how the station operates.
How did Diplo’s Revolution come about?
Renee Brodeur, who manages Wes [Diplo] at TMWRK, brought the opportunity up in March 2017 and worked incredibly hard on getting the deal done to make it happen.
What does your role entail?
I help go through music with SiriusXM’s team and pick out stuff that plays in the rotation. I also reach out to people to do mixes or shows.
What do you look for when booking guest DJs?
If there’s someone that’s up and coming and making great new music, I’ll try to reach out to them to see if they want to play any of it in a mix. For the most part, if someone wants to do a mix, they should have it coincide with a release. Or if they’ve got a tour, show or something that they want to shine a light on, I try to have them pinpoint the date, so there’s a lot of buzz.
How much freedom do you have?
We have a lot of freedom. When this station started, I sent SiriusXM a folder of like 500 songs to play, and they were all really impressed with the music.
Do you have a favorite host so far?
GTA’s show is one of my favorites because it’s exactly what the station is about. It’s called Death to Genres, and that’s pretty much the vibe of the station. I’m probably one of their biggest fans because those guys have been making really dope club stuff for so long, but it still works today. Those guys get it. I feel like that’s something that’s always going to be constant with Diplo’s Revolution. It’s going to have people on there that are making really dope stuff, and if they have the time and want to do a show, then I’m going to give them the opportunity.
Eric Hamilton performs with Major Lazer. (Source: Eric Hamilton)
Some SiriusXM subscribers are unhappy that Diplo’s Revolution replaced Electric Area. What do you tell them?
We like house, trance, and all different types of music. That’s what this station is about. It’s not just one thing. Some people are mad because they think it’s one thing. But a lot of the stuff they think is not there is still there and they got to give it a chance. We’re at a point in the music world that people like variety. Look at festivals. Imagine going to Ultra Music Festival and hearing the same music on every stage. People don’t want to hear the same thing all the time. The station has variety, and it’s like going to a festival with different stages. That’s where music is right now. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback, though. People want to do shows on the station because they like the idea and what we’re doing. It’s been really cool to get words of encouragement from other DJs and producers in the music world.
Does it ever get stressful working on three different radio projects?
I have someone that helps me from time to time, but it can be stressful trying to maintain the creative energy and make people want to come back. That’s the one thing I’m always focusing on: making something that’s cool and makes sense to the masses, so they want to come back. Radio is radio. It’s all kind of the same, but I don’t want one show to be better than the other. I want everything to be top notch.
Out of the three platforms that you work with (Apple Music, BBC Radio, and SiriusXM), do you have a favorite?
I like SiriusXM more because we don’t have to censor anything. That’s one of my pet peeves. SiriusXM is the only place where stuff isn’t censored. I wish Apple Music’s Beats 1 was uncensored. I wish it had more freedom of speech.
What’s your favorite part about working in radio?
Getting new music before anyone. Working with Wes, you get to hear a lot of stuff first. You’re at the forefront of what’s going to be happening next. It’s like being in the now before the now happens. It’s also cool to be able to meet people that you’re a fan of. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people that I looked up to when I was younger and see a lot of places that I never thought I’d see.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from working with Diplo?
I’ve definitely gotten the work ethic from him. He’s always on the grind, constantly coming up with new everything. Look at his production list; there’s no boundaries. It’s like you conquer something, but there’s more to be conquered. It’s a never-ending hustle. He’s been an inspiration. That’s why I was really psyched to work with him. He’s helped me improve and keep me on my grind and constantly be on the lookout for what’s cool and what’s happening and what needs to be shown to people and presented in the music world.
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Afro Bros at Club FIX in Tilburg, Netherlands on Feb. 10, 2018. (Source: Facebook)
Dutch DJ/producer duo Afro Bros joined SpydaT.E.K on Monday night for a guest mix on his SiriusXM show, Globalization Sessions. SpydaT.E.K, a Mad Decent artist and remixer for DJcity’s Puro Pari series, has made their set available due to popular demand.
Signed to Spinnin’ Records, Afro Bros made waves in March for co-producing Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s Latin smash, “X.” In 2017, they co-produced Major Lazer‘s international single “Sua Cara” featuring Anitta and Pabllo Vittar.
The Dutchmen put down an hour-long set consisting of moombahton, reggaeton, Afro bass, and house. Their mix includes several of their original tracks, including their new single “So Much Love” featuring Charly Black and Stevie Appleton. It also includes an exclusive preview of an unreleased track titled “Diki Te Triki.”
Globalization Sessions airs Monday nights at 8 pm PST on SiriusXM’s Globalization channel.
Listen to Afro Bros’ mix and see the tracklist below.
Tracklist:1. Nicky Jam & J Balvin – X
2. Afro Bros ft. Charly Black & Stevie Appleton – So Much Love
3. Afro Bros & Trobi ft. La Toya Linger – Savage
4. Jack & Lewis ft. Moradzo – Bomb On Dem
5. Avi S & Some 1 Else – La Mezcla
6. ChildsPlay, Jack & Lewis – Gimme Sum
7. Afro Bros – Squeezy Beat
8. Blxck Skyle & Madrik – Oushé Kipoo
9. Arewhana Gang & Avi S – Crystal Clear
10. Avi S x San V – Esse Bi Puti – Afro Bros Edit
11. Munchi – ID
12. Willy William – Voodoo Song – Nicolius Bootleg
13. Afro Bros ft. Chris Strick & Djahboy – Diki Te Triki (Exclusive Preview)
14. Danilo – Bun Dem
15. Munchi – Pa Lo Under
16. Unleaded & Don James – Loca
17. Scorpion & Menasa – Ta Malo
18. Nicolius & Madrik – Wata Sam Sam
19. ID – ID
20. ID – ID
21. Artistic Raw – Dil Dil Dil
22. Afro Bros – Pump That
23. ID – ID
24. Afro Bros & Ash – Wine Slut
25. Prince – Funk N Roll – Chris Lake Edit
26. Riva Starr – The Wickedest Sound
27. Josh Butler & Bontan – Call You Back
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EASE at Club 12zehn Weiden in Germany on Feb. 16, 2018. (Source: Facebook)
EASE, the 2017 Red Bull 3Style U.S. champion, dropped a guest mix on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning show on Monday. The 46-minute set featured a variety of classic and current hip-hop, including tracks off EASE’s solo album, Kodax Kids. An award-winning turntablist, EASE also put his scratch skills on display.
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Diplo at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas on Jan. 21, 2017. (Source: Facebook)
The channel, which will launch March 22, will feature tracks selected by Diplo, as well as original shows hosted by Diplo, Dillon Francis, and Major Lazer members Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire. Diplo’s Revolution will also air live coverage from electronic music festivals around the world like Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, and more.
Diplo will host a weekly show, Records on Records, that will air on Fridays at 7 pm ET. He will also host a monthly show, Diplo’s Wavelength, which will showcase the cultures and music he discovers while touring the world. Diplo’s Wavelength will air the first Friday of every month.
He said in the press release:“Back in 2012, I had a show with [SiriusXM] called ‘Blow Your Head,’ and it’s awesome to be back in the family launching this project together … I’m excited to share my favorite music from all over the world, and can’t wait to have tons of friends on to do the same.”
The channel will be kicked off with a live performance from Faena Theater in Miami Beach on Thursday, March 22 at 9 pm ET. It will feature DJ sets from Diplo and others.
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TonyTone performs at The Empire Room in San Francisco on July 29, 2017. (Photo source: Facebook)
DJcity has selected TonyTone as the winner of SiriusXM and Pitbull’s Globalization mixer contest! The San Francisco DJ will get his own mix show on the network’s Globalization channel, along with a Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 mixer and Serato license pack.
A native of Santa Rosa, Tony is currently a mixer on San Francisco’s WiLD 94.9 and an official DJ for the 49ers. In 2015, he competed in a regional qualifier for the Red Bull 3Style.
All of the finalists’ mixes were impressive, so it was a difficult decision. To show them our respect, we’ve decided to give all of them a one-time, guest mix spot on Globalization. We’d also like to thank everyone who entered the contest.
Listen to Tony’s winning mix below and tune in to his first show on Globalization on Friday, November 3.
Tracklist:1. TonyTone – Intro
2. JSTJR – Phases
3. Daddy Yankee ft. Pitbull & N.O.R.E. – Gasolina – DJ Buddha Remix
4. J. Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente – Deville Edit
5. DJ Baysik – Sound Of The Police
6. P-Lo ft. E-40 – Put Me On Somethin’ – TonyTone Blend
7. Major Lazer ft. J. Balvin & Sean Paul – Buscando Huellas
8. K.P. & Envyi – Swing My Way – Lemi Vice & Action Jackson Remix – DJ Baysik Moombahsoul Edit
9. Chance The Rapper ft. Knox Future – All Night – Chris Villa Acap Intro
10. Something For The People – My Love Is The Shhh! – TonyTone Blend
11. Pitbull ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Better On Me
12. Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
13. Egyptian Lover – Egypt, Egypt
14. Pitbull – Shake – TonyTone 2 Live Crew Blend
15. 2 Live Crew – Move Somethin’
16. Tropkillaz – Bonde Do Sorriso
17. Kendrick Lamar vs JSTJR – m.A.A.d city – MMK Edit
18. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B – No Limit
19. Vicente Fernández – Volver Volver – TonyTone Blend
20. J. Balvin ft. Farruko – 6 AM
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TonyTone at El Chingon in San Diego. (Photo source: Facebook)
Here are the finalists for DJcity, SiriusXM, and Pitbull’s Globalization mixer contest! The original plan was to select five finalists, but with so many great submissions, we decided to choose ten instead. Thank you to everyone who submitted a mix!
DJcity will announce the winner on Wednesday, September 27. The winner will receive a year-long mix show on SiriusXM and Pitbull’s Globalization channel, along with a Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 mixer and Serato license pack.
DJ Ammunition, San Antonio, TX
Bounz, Austin, TX
DJ Dynamix, Los Angeles, CA
DJ Eighty-M, Phoenix, AZ
DJ Image, Chicago, IL
MytyMyke, San Jose, CA
DJ Precise, Los Angeles, CA
DJ Splash, Springfield, MA
TonyTone, San Francisco, CA
DJ Wat Else, New York City, NY
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Edwin ‘DJ Phenom’ Paredes at SiriusXM’s headquarters in New York City.
Last week, DJcity launched a contest with SiriusXM and Pitbull to find a new U.S. mixer on the network’s Globalization channel. The winner of the competition will receive their own year-long mixshow, along with a Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 mixer and Serato license pack.
Launched on SiriusXM by Pitbull in May 2015, Pitbull’s Globalization takes listeners on a “musical journey of rhythm around the world.” Its daily mixers include Big Syphe (Pitbull’s former DJ), DJ Rawn (former Power 106 mixer), and DJcity’s Kidd Spin and DJ Santarosa. Other mixers include BBC 1Xtra’s MistaJam, Mad Decent’s SpydaT.E.K, and KIIS FM’s DJ Drew.
We spoke with Edwin “DJ Phenom” Paredes, president of DJcity and program director of Globalization, to learn more about how the channel operates.
How does Globalization differ from other stations/channels?
It’s like we took every hot song from every popular radio station and jumbled it into one 24/7 channel. Not only that, but Globalization is bi-lingual, and sometimes we add music with languages other than English and Spanish. But the biggest difference is our DJ roster and mixshow style. Big Syphe and I have handpicked everyone on air. When I was given the green light to mold the station’s sound, I knew what I had to do: pick the best-skilled DJs across the world, pick the right daily time slots for fans across the nation, and give everyone a one-hour show to bring their A-game. Four of our mixers are on Monday to Friday. Those DJs are Big Syphe, Rawn, Santarosa, and Kidd Spin. The rest of our DJs have special weekday and weekend slots. We even have an all-female Monday to Friday mixshow called the “Diva Mix Hour.” Those ladies are better than a lot of the male DJs I know. But overall, we came up with our own fresh programming, and the fans are loving it. It’s a new age in radio and music discovery, and I want to cater to that audience but also give fans the Pitbull party and old school style they love.
How does your background as a DJ guide you as a PD?
Growing up in Los Angeles I listened to two main stations: Power 106 and KIIS FM. They helped mold my ear into the open-format style. The DJs on air were incredible, and I always wanted to practice and learn to be just like them. I used to stay up late or wake early to record DJs E-Man, Rawn, and Richard Vission (Powertools) from Power 106, and Drew from KIIS FM. I would use my two-deck tape recorder to edit out the commercials. I would then take the mixes to school and share them with friends. Eventually, I picked up some DJ gear and some club residencies in LA. One, in particular, lasted four years. I was there Thursday to Saturday opening up the night for a predominately Latin American crowd. That’s where I really trained my ear to play everything from hip-hop and house to ‘80s and Spanish rock to old school and new music without losing the crowd. Any DJ that really knows how to hold it down has mastered how to keep the early crowd engaged without burning the headliner. Sometimes I would do the whole night on my own and on those nights I really learned how to stretch the open-format sound for the four hours I was on. I use that model to help me pick the music and program how it airs on the station. I imagine the same club fan and program the station to what they might like. The difference is now it’s millions of listeners across the U.S. and Canada.
What is your process for adding new tracks to the channel’s playlist?
The management at the station votes on submissions. That team includes Big Syphe, Disko Drew, Kidd Spin, Santarosa, and myself. I also talk to many DJs from the radio and club world on a daily basis. I have the luxury of having my worldwide peers pitch me good music all the time. DJcity’s charts are a key part of what I look at on a daily basis to discover new tunes. I also look at the U.S. radio bible know as Mediabase, the Billboard charts, the iTunes charts, the Spotify charts, and I listen to new music I get from labels and artists directly. I watch how the music is moving in all of those areas regularly. If it’s doing well, I share it with my team and give it more shine on air. If it doesn’t seem to be moving anywhere else, I have a quick discussion with my team and either remove it or give it another chance. I also take notes from other PDs at Sirius XM. Geronimo, who runs BPM, is incredible at picking new music. His partner Dre, who runs Electric Area and a few other stations, is also on the cutting edge of dance music. Ron Mills is the hip-hop bossman that runs Shade 45, Hip Hop Nation, and a few other legendary channels. My main boss and contact is Kid Kelly, who heads up all the pop stations, hosts the Hits 1 radio show, and programs multiple stations across Sirius XM. I have the benefit of his guidance, and he always makes time to show me the tricks of the trade using our programming software. If you ever get a minute to chat with Kid Kelly, please make sure to use it wisely and soak up as much knowledge as possible. Learning from him and all of the other PDs has been a true honor.
What do you look for when adding a new mixer to the team?
I look for people who think outside the box but also follow the rules. I look for people who keep the same energy at minute 45 as they do when they kick off their sets at the beginning. I also look for people who know how to jump between different cultures, specifically English and Spanish. I get surprised when DJs only focus on one or two genres. I like clean mixers that can jump between them all seamlessly.
How much freedom do the mixers have?
A lot. They have a list that we curate and have a few tracks that they need to hit during their one-hour sets. But for the most part, they have a lot of creative freedom. I tell them to keep it funky and energetic. I ask them to play on air as if it was a major club. I think it creates a healthy competitive vibe among our team which brings out the best in everyone. But we all support each other. I make sure the energy among the crew stays positive.
Enter DJcity, SiriusXM, and Pitbull’s Globalization contest here.