The New England Revolution have a lot to be hyped about after winning three straight regular season games and an Open Cup match. One way they get pumped up before hitting the field is by listening to music in the locker room provided by the resident team DJ, defender Darrius Barnes.
The 26-year-old has taken on the role of selecting songs from his iPod to put his teammates in the zone.
"I operate the ones and twos," said Barnes. "Sometimes I pass the responsibility during practice, I'll give somebody else a chance, but game days it's all me."
Barnes leans toward hip hop, playing music by artists including J. Cole, Rick Ross, Wale, and 2 Chainz. He chooses songs that are upbeat to get the players "kind of bouncing around" when they hear it. Every so often he will throw in a dance/electronica hit as well.
"(I play) Icona Pop's 'I Love It,' " Barnes said. "Nobody ever expects me to play it and people get into it."
When it comes to finding new music, he checks out the websites HipHopEarly.com and HotNewHipHop.com to find songs released that day. Barnes' predication for the next big artist is the rapper Euroz -- he is a fan of his mixtape, 'The Foundation 2.'
"A lot of times I bring music in that nobody's heard of and it gets mainstream," he said.
Barnes' musical selections have been a hit with the Revolution. Saer Sene gave him credit for bringing the most current songs to their locker room.
"He has a good iPod," said Sene. "He has all the new music coming out. He's the first one to have it here. He gives me music sometimes and picks good music (to play before games)."
Barnes will add to his playlist as the season goes progresses. He is open various musical genres and artist whose earlier work he may not have listened to in the past. That even includes the Biebs.
"I'm a little bit of a (Justin) Bieber fan, I'm not going to lie," he said. "His more recent stuff as he's matured."