Q: Speaking of Oracle, what’s been the biggest difference between playing at Oracle and playing at the Chase Center so far? DJ D Sharp: “I will say this. Chase has been crazy. It’s starting to live up to Oracle right now, and I think it’s because we’re winning. The past two years no one has been really excited about the Warriors. Even this year, I don’t think people expected us to be where we are right now. I’m definitely getting Oracle vibes in Chase right now. I can’t lie, it’s beautiful to see. “I love Chase, but I don’t think Chase will ever be what Oracle was. Oracle was just a special place, man.” Q: I’ve never caught a game out there, but I’ve only heard great things about the soul of Oracle. That brings me to my next question. Last year, the NBA started the season not allowing any fans in the arena. DJing is all about reading the crowd and playing for an audience. So how did you adjust to playing in an empty arena? DJ D Sharp: “I kept doing what I was doing. I kept playing as if it was a full arena. I never slowed down. It’s funny though, because when they announced they were talking about bringing DJs in with no crowd, I saw it as an opportunity to play to the players. “That’s what I do with my warmup set. When I first get there, I’m on the floor and I kind of play to the players. I thought I could extend that into the game but I was told I had to play as if it’s a game. So, I was like ‘All right, cool.’ And I didn’t change anything I do, I just kept it going.” Q: Do players come up to you and make requests? DJ D Sharp: “During the summer I got a text from JP, Jordan Poole. He was like, ‘Yo! We’re gonna change some stuff up going into this season.’ He sent me like two playlists of like a bunch of stuff. I don’t know if it’s stuff he listens to or stuff the guys in general listen to. I got him in touch with Shawn Bennett, who runs entertainment for the Chase Center and the Warriors, and they’ve been working some things out. I listen to the playlist that he sent me from time to time. It’s a dope playlist. It’s like all the newer music from the trap guys. “I follow these guys on social media. I see what they listen to and what they like. It’s rare for guys to hit me up like JP did. But, like in the past, when Zaza [Pachulia] was here he was like, ‘I need house music. I don’t care, I need house music.’ I was like, ‘I got you, bro.’ I know that Andre Iguodola is a humongous hip-hop fan and he listens to all the real lyricists like the Kendricks [Lamar], the Jay-Zs, the Drakes, all that stuff. I know Steph is really into Christian rap. He listens to Lecrae, Bizzle, Andy Mineo. He turned me onto those guys and they’re dope. Lyrically they’re dope. Production-wise they’re dope. Their music can be mainstream, but they’re just talking about Jesus. It’s a lot of positivity.” Q: What’s your preparation process like? DJ D Sharp: “I download music every day. I’m in a bunch of DJ pools. Part of my day every day is to go download what’s hot, what’s new, listen to stuff that I like, some stuff I don’t like that I may need to download. I have crates and playlists available that I’ll drag music into that I think fits. Then I just go. It’s pretty simple. “I’ve developed a blueprint of how everything goes. Where the music goes and where to go to get certain music. I can show up and always be prepared for a game.” Q: Who’s one of your musical inspirations that would surprise people? DJ D Sharp: “Well if you know me, J-Dilla wouldn’t surprise you or Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest wouldn’t surprise you. For those who don’t, I would say Miles Davis, John Coltrane. I love jazz music. A lot of people don’t know that.” Q: I love J-Dilla. “Donuts” is a classic. DJ D Sharp: “If he was here today, there’s no telling where music would be. After he died, even up until now, you know the whole lo-fi hip-hop movement is J-Dilla. That’s J-Dilla. You can’t escape that. He has a whole genre, whether you want to believe it or not, that he created unintentionally. But, it exists because of him. Phenomenal.” Q: Is there an aspect about DJing that people have a misconception about? DJ D Sharp: “Yes, and I’m glad you asked this question. DJing is all about making people happy, right? It’s one of the things I love most about my job. You play a certain record and you see a certain response from a fan, client or from a person at a club. Whatever it is, you play for the people. “I can’t go to Chase and play ‘Donuts.’ I can’t do that. I would love to all the time, but I only have when it’s appropriate. I just did a gig recently where there were a bunch of requests. It was like, ‘Yo, you hired me to play your party. Let me do my job and you will be happy.’ “You have to let a good DJ cook. You have to let a good DJ read your crowd and play to your crowd if that’s what you want. I think that’s a big misconception. People hire DJs and just think that they’re jukeboxes. It’s not our job to be a jukebox. It’s our job to read your crowd and know how to play to that crowd.” Q: What’s your go-to song to get people hyped? DJ D Sharp: “There’s no one song to get people hyped. I look back at videos of me and I used to play the hell out of ‘Turn Down For What’ [by DJ Snake and Lil Jon]. Because of that, I’ve retired that song. That’s one song that used to get people hyped. No matter what setting I’m in, I’ve never had a bad reaction to that song. It kept me playing that song. “Now, it’s just whatever I felt might be hyped. It could be anything, anything from DMX usually works.” Q: On the flip side of that, basketball is a game of runs and the team will go into timeouts on the wrong side of momentum. What’s your go-to song then? DJ D Sharp: “‘Blow the Whistle’ [by Too $hort] is a big one in Chase. It was in Oracle as well. I read somewhere where somebody was like ‘The Warriors just played ‘Blow the Whistle’ and it pumped fear into the opponent.’ I think certain teams know when they come into our house and that song comes on, it’s over for you because now we got Dub Nation behind us. Too $hort, Bay Area’s finest, is coming through these loud speakers and the team turns up.” Q: Naturally, there’s a ton of energy during the playoffs. Is there a specific playoff moment that sticks out to you? DJ D Sharp: “I’m a huge Kanye West fan. One time, Peter Gruber [The Warriors co-CEO] walked Kanye West over to me during the playoffs. We had a moment. I had a long conversation with him. He was a humble dude. We were smiling and all this stuff. I was like, ‘Hey, can we get a picture?’ That was the moment where you see him in the photos and it’s like he hates to be there. “Another was Prince walking into Oracle one time. When he hit the floor the whole arena went silent. There are so many, man. There are so many records that were broken during our playoff runs. “Another one would be playing to our crowd when we won our first championship. We would show games live in the arena. Every aspect of the game was there except for the players. You got me, the cheerleaders, the Hoop Troop, everybody’s out there. We’re playing the game, the team is in Cleveland, we win, and it was a celebration on the floor. That’s one thing I’ll never forget. I could keep going on as you can see.” Q: Do you get a championship ring when the team wins? DJ D Sharp: “I do. I have three things. I’m probably the only DJ in sports history with three rings. I think the [San Francisco] Giants DJs might have a couple, too.” Q: I noticed on your Instagram that you wear a jersey with No. 8. Why do you wear that number? DJ D Sharp: “A lot of people think I’m paying homage to Monta Ellis. It has nothing to do with Monta Ellis actually. No. 8 is just my favorite number. The reason I like the number eight is because it’s like an infinity circle. Endless possibilities. We just flow and we keep going. It’s infinity.” Q: That’s all I have. I really appreciate your time. DJ D Sharp: “No worries. Shout out Lil’ Vic, too man. He runs the sound for the Warriors and he plays mostly all the stuff going up and down the court. The ‘Defense’ chant, all that. He actually plays a majority of the music when I’m not playing, so I wanna give a big shout out to Lil’ Vic. He’s doing his thing.” I’ll be sure to listen closely for “Blow the Whistle” the next time the Warriors need a pick-me up.