As part of a periodic series taking you in-depth and behind the scenes with a battle personality you understand, but wear t actually understand, we bring you the UFC s main DJ, Albert Lineses III aka ALMF3 with words, pictures and video by MMAjunkie assistant editor Matt Erickson. COMING MONDAY: Part III Rockin round the world with ALMF3
When it concerns music, the sports world is a diverse one.
It would be difficult to determine one style for a sport like football or baseball. There are likely as lots of fans of rap and hip-hop as there are fans of modern-day rock as there are of traditional rock as there are of nation. And the same certainly is true for MMA.
Simply inspect the walkout music for the fighters on any provided UFC program. The recent program in Rotterdam, Netherlands, consisted of Prince, Jay-Z, Coldplay, AC/DC, Survivor, Iggy Pop, Eminem and Whitney Houston. The fans in Pittsburgh earlier this year got to hear the similarity Tupac, Johnny Cash, Meredith Brooks, James Brown, Queen, Whitesnake and possibly the deepest cut you ll ever hear at a UFC show: Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill.
With the music the fighters want to hear right prior to walking into the cage to punch and get punched all over the map, Albert Lineses III needs to make certain he’s covering simply as wide of a spectrum when he goes to work. As the UFC s official DJ for the previous 7 years, ALMF3 needs to keep a pulse on the full variety.
Over the years, I’ve begun to alter the UFC sound to make sure it’s always progressing. I’ve included EDM, trap, dubstep a couple of years ago when it was more hot however still keeping the components of hip-hop and aggressive rock in there so we keep the UFC sound.
It’s a significant role, spinning between fights. And it’s an unpredictable task, too. Depending upon how rapidly a fight ends, and how much time is offered prior to the next one, Lineses might have all of 30 seconds to work or he may have a minute, 2 minutes, five minutes, eight minutes.
It’s never ever rather the same, and he gets the briefest of cautions in his headset: They’ll cue me: AL3, you’ve got two minutes to rock the crowd, 30 seconds to rock the crowd, or You’ve got five minutes to rock the crowd, and it’s turning up in 10 9 8.
I choose the five minutes, however if all I’ve got is 30 seconds, then I’ve got to use that turntable trickery making sure because 30 seconds, I make everyone hyped.
Before he began as the UFC s DJ in 2009 a lengthy run of FedExing a mix CD pitch to UFC President Dana White lastly culminated in a possibility conference with the boss in Las Vegas, which became a possibility to offer him the CD face to face, which turned into a gig, which became an exercise session, which became the task offer ALMF3 was playing club shows around the country.
Getting work wasn’t an issue for the three-time nationwide DJ champ, who was playing clubs all over the nation something he continues to do. And it’s that experience on the club scene that helps inform what he does when he goes to deal with UFC battle nights.
I always want it to be club meets the UFC, he stated. I want it to be enjoyable. I desire it to be aggressive. I want to make you to where you wish to toss your hands up in the air, just get you pumped depending upon exactly what’s taking place during the course of the night.
In the video above, ALMF3 discuss the sound of a UFC live show and how he customizes it based on the energy of the crowd and the city or country he’s in. Don t miss Part I of our behind-the-scenes look at the UFC s official DJ, and remain tuned Monday for Part III.