ESPN Music: Luke Bonner

Athlete, celebrity music playlists go 1-on-1

February, 2, 2013
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Matt Bonner and Gary Clark Jr Getty ImagesMatt Bonner and Gary Clark Jr. are the first celebs on Track Wars, the Bonner brothers' new site.
San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner was recently in the market for a personal jukebox, and to fill his catalog of music, he sent out a mass email to his friends and family asking for their favorite 15 songs. Bonner wanted to make a personal playlist on the jukebox for everyone close to him.

But as the emails were exchanged and people began debating each other’s playlists, Matt’s younger brother, Luke Bonner, noticed that people were getting pretty heated in their arguments because “everyone wants to be a DJ.”

And that gave Luke an idea: Put famous people’s playlists up on a website for others to vote on to see whose playlist really is the best.

Thus was the beginning of Track Wars, a Tumblr site created by the Bonner brothers that will feature a one-on-one vote between the custom playlists of two athletes, musicians or celebrities every week. Each celebrity’s playlist will consist of five to 10 of their favorite songs ever, not necessarily the best songs ever.

“The whole idea of viewership and fandom has changed in this day and age; we want to know more about the people we’re watching,” said Luke, who played college basketball at UMass from 2006 to 2009 and then a couple of years overseas. “Like, I’m watching WWF and I wonder what the Undertaker is going to listen to on the way home.”

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