Meet DJ Severe, the Official DJ for the Dodgers

DJ Severe

DJ Severe
DJ Severe at Dogers Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo source: Instagram)

Los Angeles’ DJ Severe is proof that hard work and persistence pays off. In 2009, the veteran party rocker began DJing at the Dugout Club at Dodger Stadium. Eventually, he worked his way up to being the team’s in-game DJ. Now, eight years later, Severe is energizing the Dodgers and their fans as they battle the Houston Astros in the World Series. He also serves as the official DJ for the Ontario Reign hockey team.

We spoke with Severe about his job and asked him to share his World Series playlist with us.

How did you become the Dodgers’ DJ?

In 2009, a friend of mine who managed the Dugout Club at Dodger Stadium brought me in to spin during the playoffs. Other venues had heard of me and wanted to use me instead of the DJ they had been using who was becoming a pre-Madonna. At the time the DJ was allowed one parking space, but he wanted two and a raise. I made it happen with one parking space and a trailer for four setups and four DJs. Eventually, this led to me working with the Dodgers at premiere events. Soon after, I was spinning at the Dodgers Christmas party and an individual who later became my boss asked me to email him the typical DJ airhorn sound. When I shot him the email, I asked if there were any openings. He said: “As a matter of fact, we’re looking for a DJ for all the home games. Are you interested?” I said “no doubt.” I interviewed and beat out all the other applicants because I was familiar with the Dodgers fans, having spun at all the events from the Dugout Club to the upper deck. And I was a real DJ, not just someone who plays music. They wanted a non-stadium sound, and eight years later I’m still here and in the World Series.

How does DJing at a sporting event differ from DJing at a club or bar?

The biggest difference is knowing your sport and your freedoms from management. You need to know how to walk the line safely and slowly work your sound in. All your music content has to be squeaky clean and fit the flow of the game. There’s probably just as many requests, but they’re based on the weather and what people think are the most simplistic tracks as possible. When the team sucks, you can’t always keep the energy or heads nodding. I believe you need intelligible lyrics, horns, and a bottom beat that forces you to nod no matter what type of music it is.

Do you change your approach during the playoffs?

Only to freshen things up with new tracks. I try to not overuse songs from artists like Bruno Mars. Sometimes I have 10 games in a row so it can get pretty repetitive if I’m not careful. But if it works, it works.

What are some of your go-to tracks?

This year they’ve been Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble.” and “DNA“, DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller‘s “Wild Thoughts,” all the Calvin Harris tracks (“Feels” is my favorite track of the year), and a few hidden tracks like Big Daddy’sBooty Sweat,” Roulsen’s “Rumble,” and Timmy Trumpet and Savage‘s “Freaks.” Also West Coast hip-hop and ’90s tracks.

Do you get requests from players?

All the time. I’m pretty hands-on as opposed to DJs from the past who had no contact with the players. I know them all and spend two days in the spring chopping it up with them about music. They make their own selections, but they ask for my opinion.

What’s your process for adding new tracks to your playlist?

I look for tracks that thump and have good house energy, not the fist-pumping songs that take too long to rise. Also, tracks that aren’t too in-your-face, something with a nice beat and horns.

What is the toughest part about being a DJ for a professional sports team?

Knowing your audience and what will work without making it about you and your favorite music or what’s hot. Most tracks don’t work in sports, especially baseball. It’s a super sensitive sport with a lot of tradition.

Severe’s World Series playlist

2Pac ft. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman – California Love
50 Cent – If I Can’t
50 Cent – In Da Club
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
A Tribe Called Quest – 1nce Again
Ape Drums ft. Dougie F – Go Crazy
Beatnuts ft. Big Punisher & Cuban Link – Off The Books
Big Daddy’s – Booty Sweat
Bingo Players – No. 1 Disco
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, & Big Sean – Feels
Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, & Nate Dogg – The Next Episode
Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo – Bailar
Fitz and The Tantrums – HandClap
Jason Derulo – Get Ugly
Kendrick Lamar – DNA
Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT.
Kendrick Lamar – Humble.
Nas – Made You Look
Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo – Let’s Go
Party Favor ft. Keno – Wiggle Wop
Skee-Lo – I Wish
Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, & Tujamo – Boneless
The Notorious B.I.G. – Going Back To Cali
The Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya?
The Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By
The Pharcyde – Runnin’
Timmy Trumpet ft. Savage – Freaks
Tinie Tempah ft. Zara Larsson – Girls Like
Ummet Oscan – Raise Your Hands Up
Vince Staples ft. Juicy J – Big Fish
Volume 10 – Pistol Grip Pump

#Ballout AF @dodgers #kershaw

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Meet the Official DJ for the Olympic Beach Volleyball Tournament

DJ Roueche

DJ Roueche
DJ Roueche at the Olympic beach volleyball venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (credit: DJ Roueche)

The beach volleyball tournament has been one of the most lively and exciting events at this year’s Olympics in Rio. To help get the party started, the Olympics has called on Jeremy Roueche, aka DJ Roueche, the official DJ for the Los Angeles Lakers and UCLA Men’s Basketball Team. A 17-year veteran, Roueche has also served as the official DJ for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour for the last eight years. NBC recently spoke with him about what it’s been like DJing at the Olympics and how he approaches his sets.

Becoming the official DJ for the Olympic beach volleyball tournament:
“I worked the 2011 Arab Games with Christy Nicolay, who is the Executive Producer – Sports Presentation and Victory Ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for Olympic and Paralympic Games. When she reached out to me about DJing in Rio for the Olympics, I didn’t hesitate to respond with a ‘yes.'”

Reading the crowd:
“I feel that gauging the crowd is my number one job as a DJ. I can read when the crowd needs more energy and also when they need a little bit of a break. The flow of the match can determine what I play as well. When the score is 1-1, I’m not going to play as high energy of music as I would when the score is 20-19.”

Customizing his playlists for each match:
“I’m definitely trying to give each country’s fans a little taste of home. I’m also trying to add a little Brazilian flavor as much as possible to give everyone the feeling of where these Games are taking place.”

Songs that are fan favorites:
“They always chant along to ‘Seven Nation Army‘ by the White Stripes and sing to ‘Barbra Streisand‘ by Duck Sauce. But my favorite song they’ve responded to so far, which I wasn’t anticipating, is ‘Sound Bang‘ by Major Lazer. The drums are so contagious in the song that even the people next to me in the DJ booth have to clap along.”

DJing at the Olympics versus at domestic matches:
“The Olympics is a much different animal on it’s own regardless of sport. But the biggest difference in DJing an international event versus a domestic event is domestically you don’t have a ‘home and away’ team. The fans generally like both teams on the court, so they’re not cheering for one team over the other. Internationally, you could have the whole crowd cheering for one team. At the Olympics, the fans are so much more invested in their team that when their team loses, they feel the pain a lot more than they would at a domestic event.”

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Favorite moment of the Olympics so far:
“Seeing my friends from the AVP perform on the biggest stage and hearing that Mike Tirico said ‘the MVP might be the DJ’ referring to me and Tobias live on NBC has been special, but so far the Samoilovs/Smedins (LAT) vs. Schalk/Saxton (CAN) match still gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. It was the last match of the day, I was tired, I had been awake for 18 hours at that point and we didn’t have any Brazilian teams during this night session, so I was worried about the crowd leaving before the match ended. The match turned out to be amazing and the crowd was totally into it. I felt connected to the match, the crowd and everyone on my team putting on the show behind the scenes. Every time the announcers asked the crowd to participate, they did, every song I played, the crowd raged, and Latvia and Canada put on a show with Latvia coming out on top in a third set thriller.”

Top 10 songs that he knows will get the party started:
“It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
“Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
“Pursuit of Happiness” (Steve Aoki Remix) by Kid Cudi
Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
“Apache” by The Sugar Hill Gang
“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC-DC
“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
Anything by Michael Jackson
Any hit by Prince

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Watch DJ Vice and NBA Player Nick Young, aka Swaggy P, Go on a Taco Run

Swaggy P and Vice

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The Golden State Warriors’ Official DJ Shares His Playlist for the NBA Playoffs

DJ D-Sharp

DJ D-Sharp
DJ D-Sharp at the NBA Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (106 KMEL)

The Golden State Warriors are set to play game five of the NBA Western Conference Finals in Oakland, California tonight, which means the team’s official DJ D-Sharp will be providing the soundtrack.

A native of Oaktown, Sharp has been a staple in the Bay Area hip-hop scene since the ’90s, where he started off working with local legends Blackalicious and Lyrics Born. He has toured with Lauryn Hill and Kelly Rowland and shared stages with the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, and Snoop Dogg.

These days, Sharp stays busy performing at Warriors’ home games, rocking clubs, and producing music. We spoke with him just hours before the game tonight to find out which tracks he’s been playing during this year’s playoff season. The list includes song requests from players, his own picks, and crowd favorites.

Player requests

Steph Curry: Anything by Lecrae, D.R.A.M. – Cha Cha
Klay Thompson: Young Thug ft. Yo Gotti – Pull Up On A Kid
Andre Iguodala: Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
Harrison Barnes: Anything by Yo Gotti
Draymond Green: Drake – Summer Sixteen

What is the strangest request you’ve ever received?

When Drake’s “0 to 100” was hot, I played it so much that I thought Curry and the guys got tired of it so I laid off on it for a second. The assistant coach Jason Collins came up to me and asked, “Hey, why you don’t play ‘Steph Curry with the shot’ anymore?” I was like, “I thought you guys got tired of that,” and he said, “Oh nah, keep playing that.” [laughs] It hella through me off guard!

Which player has the most diverse musical taste?

He doesn’t play for us anymore, but David Lee had the most diverse musical taste that I knew of. He dug everything from Swedish House Mafia to Gucci Mane. He even would look up when I would play old soul and give me a nod like he was feeling it.

D-Sharp’s picks and crowd favorites

A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
A$AP Ferg ft. Future – New Level – Warriors Edit
Alvaro & Mercer ft. Lil Jon – Welcome To The Jungle – Bay Area Version
DJ D-Sharp ft. Tree Thomas – 73
DJ Kool – Let Me Cut My Throat – Cutso Remix
Desiigner ft. Kanye West – Panda – Ronaissance Pt. 2 Remix
Drake & Future – Jumpman
E-40 – Choices (Yup) – DJ D-Sharp Warriors Arena Remix
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire vs Team Canada – DJ AM Edit
Just Blaze & Baauer – Higher
Mac Dre – Feeling Myself
Major Lazer ft. Busy Signal, The Flexican, & FS Green – Watch Out For This (Bumaye)
Montel Jordan – This Is How We Do It – Mayeda Twerk Remix
Nas – Made You Look
Panic City – O.A.K.L.A.N.D.
Skrillex & Diplo ft. Bunji Garlin – Jungle Bae
Too Short – Blow The Whistle
Vell ft. DJ Mustard – Oakland – Warriors Remix

Watch a video of D-Sharp in action:

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DJ Mal-Ski Has Become a Secret Weapon at USC Basketball Games

DJ Mal-Ski
DJ Mal-Ski (photo: Imagez by LB)

The ability to read crowds and be creative with wordplay are two essential skills of a great DJ. Mal-Ski, the official DJ for USC’s basketball team, excels at both of those things. The Trojans have won all of their home games so far this season — except for the one he missed.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Mal-Ski discussed how his personality and crowd reading skills help the team win. In addition to working the mic, Mal-Ski also gets creative with selection and sound effects.

For example, when opposing teams warm up, Mal-Ski will play sleep-inducing music such as the theme from M.A.S.H. “If I can get one percent of them thinking about me, and not focus on our players in the game, then they’re not fully focused,” he said.

Though Mal-Ski isn’t approved by all of USC’s faculty, it’s clear his strategy is working. USC associate athletic director Craig Kelly told the LA Times that he receives calls from schools around the country asking how to replicate USC’s in-game experience.

“I grew up loving USC, I grew up loving music, I grew up loving basketball,” Mal-Ski said. “So for me, it’s a combination of great. It’s a combination of just wonderful. I love everything about it.”

Mal-Ski counts four other USC teams and the Los Angeles Sparks among his clients. He also hosts a show on Inglewood’s Radio Free 102.3 KJLH.

Watch him in action below.

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These Are the Songs That the Denver Broncos Requested for the AFC Championship

DJ Bedz
DJ Bedz performs at the 2016 AFC Championship game in Denver, Colorado on Jan. 24, 2016. (Facebook)
DJcity has obtained the Denver Broncos’ pregame playlist for January’s AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.
The list, which was sent to us by the team’s official DJ, DJ Bedz, contains his own picks along with requests from star players like Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas, and Vernon Davis.
“[The Broncos’] defensive backs, in particular [Aqib] Talib, get super pumped during warm-ups,” Bedz told us. “You can tell music really impacts their mood when they are getting ready.”
The team’s wide receivers also take advantage of the opportunity to ask for tracks. “[Demaryius] Thomas and [Emmanuel] Sanders are always part of the request sheet that we leave in the locker room,” Bedz said.
Though the majority of requests are for hip-hop songs, Bedz added that linebacker Von Miller has the most diverse musical taste on the team. “He likes Nirvana, Norman Greenbaum, Lil Wayne, you name it. He’s interesting and unpredictable.”
Check out the playlist below.
Player requests:

Gucci Mane ft. Young Thug – Perfect (Von Miller)
A$AP Ferg ft. Future – New Level (Von Miller)
Lil Wayne ft. King Los – No Reason (Von Miller and C.J. Anderson)
Lil Bibby ft. Future – Aww Man (Demaryius Thomas)
Young Thug ft. Duke – With That (Ryan Harris)
Drake & Future – Big Rings (Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, Jr.)
Young Thug ft. Quavo, Offset, & Peewee Longway – Quarterback (Malik Jackson)
Rae Sremmurd ft. Mike Will Made It – By Chance (Demaryius Thomas)
Puff Daddy & The Family ft. Future & King Los – MMM (Danny Trevathan)
Skippa Da Flippa ft. Migos – OKC (Derek Wolfe)
Migos – Look At My Dab (Brandon Marshall)
ILoveMakonnen ft. Rich The Kidd – Still Workin’ (T.J. Ward)
Travis Scott – A-Team (C.J. Anderson)
L.A. Leakers ft. Future, Wiz Khalifa, & Kid Ink – Ball Like This (Emmanuel Sanders)
Rich Gang ft. Young Thug, Birdman, & Yung Ralph – Imma Ride (Ronnie Hillman and Emmanuel Sanders)
Drake & Future – Jumpman (Demaryius Thomas)
Meek Mill – Pray For Em (Chris Harris, Jr.)
Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross – Work (Kayvon Webster)
Young Thug – Hercules (Chris Harris, Jr.)
Tyga ft. Rick Ross & 2 Chainz – Baller Alert (Sylvester Williams, Shane Ray, and Bradley Roby)
Plies – Ritz Carlton (Darian Stewart)
TK-N-Cash – 3X In A Row (T.J. Ward)
Future – Run Up (Emmanuel Sanders)
iHeart Memphis – Hit The Quan (Vernon Davis)
Eminem – Lose Yourself (Evan Mathis)

Bedz’s picks:

Metallica – Enter Sandman
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’Mine
Rolling Stones – Satisfaction – Remix
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Jay Z & Kanye West – Otis
Flo Rida – My House
Jadakiss – The Champ Is Here
Demigodz – Demigodz Is Back
Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says
M.O.P. – Ante Up
Redman – Time 4 Sum Aksion
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Cypress Hill – I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That
P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family ft. G-Dep, Loon, & Black Rob – The Saga Continues


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