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Jock Jams

A peek inside a DJ’s in-venue music choices

by Jeff Vrabel

Looking to add a little energy to your game day? Some programs turn to in-house DJs who employ social science in their song selection. If you don’t have the resources, consider these favorites from DJ Roueche (real name Jeremy Roueche), one of two DJs for the UCLA basketball teams, who also spun at the 2016 Olympic Games. “My job at UCLA is to help create a festive atmosphere,” he says, “and complement the energy from the players and the amazing UCLA fans.”

“Kernkraft 400 (Sport Chant Stadium Remix),” Zombie Nation

“I use this for the tipoff of every game. It raises the energy in the Pauley Pavilion and gets the crowd and The Den chanting along.”

“It’s Tricky,” Run-DMC

“You probably know the words. The hi-hat and drum intro, followed by the energy of Run-DMC, makes this a timeless sports anthem.”

“Rattle (Seven Nation Army Bootleg),” Bingo Players

“If there is drama in the game, this is a perfect track to play coming out of a timeout.”

“It’s You,” Duck Sauce

“I don’t feel like this track is on a lot of other sports DJs’ playlists. It may be a little quirky, but it’s such a fun track that fans can’t help but bounce along to it.”

“Higher,” Just Blaze & Baauer

“If your arena has a booming sound system, the crowd can literally feel its bass. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.”

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