Thursday, October 11, 2012
DJ Politik's pumped-up sports playlist
By Chris Palmer ESPN The Magazine
The LA native is the resident DJ at Tao in Las Vegas on Friday nights.
For any athlete, motivation is as essential as knowing the playbook. But having a coach bark clichés in your ear isn’t exactly an enticing proposition. We’re pretty sure most players would prefer sick beats and well-crafted lyrics pumping through their designer headphones to get them up for a game.
So we hit up DJ Politik, one of the most in-demand mixologists working the club scene today, to find out what songs get an athlete’s mind right. The 23-year-old wax-spinning wunderkind grew up in LA a Lakers fan and self-described sports junkie. (He fondly remembers his first game at the Forum, when Michael Jordan’s Bulls faced off against the Lakers during Kobe Bryant’s rookie season.)
Athlete pals like Metta World Peace and Reggie Bush are constantly hitting him up for those must-have tracks to get them in the right frame of mind for a game or workout. With a high-profile gig behind the turntables at Tao in Las Vegas on Friday nights he sees a lot of athletes roll through and has developed a keen sense of what gets them going.
“When athletes come into the club I know what songs fire them up,” says Politik. “Whether you’re in a club or about to play a game, a good song can put you in the right frame of mind.”
Since motivation can be the difference between winning and losing, we had Politik put together a 10-song playlist guaranteed to fire up any athlete.
Politik says: “This is what you heard during the intro to the Bulls starting lineup during Jordan’s career. I’m a big fans of ’90s sports so this gets me psyched. It gives you that feeling that you’re going into battle.”