July 10, 2012

DJ Zoom Breaks Down U.S. U19 Team's Pre-Game Playlist

by Zach Oliveri | LaxMagazine.com

U.S. U19 goalie and co-captain Zach Oliveri also goes by "DJ Zoom" and is reponsible for Team USA's music.
© Lane Errington

Hi everybody, my name is Zach Oliveri, a goalie on the U.S. under-19 men's national team and for the University of Massachusetts. Although Zach is my given name, this summer with the U19 team I've been going by something else. Why, you may ask? After finding out that I am a part-time DJ back home on Long Island, my teammates wouldn't let go of my stage name "DJ Zoom" from the moment they heard it.

Once they actually realized that I was a real DJ, saving the ball in goal and being a leader for my team were no longer my only jobs with this group. From the first time in the C.W. Post men's lacrosse locker room for Long Island training weekend in June, I was in charge of our team's music, and this includes off-the-field endeavors as well. You can ask Charlie Raffa, face-off man from the University of Maryland, and Greg Danseglio, defenseman from the University of Virginia, about how great of a DJ I was on our bus ride home from Long Island. Playing good lacrosse isn't our team's only talent, we would later find out that night. After the music played, everybody, including the coaches and trainers, started dancing on the bus. But Raffa and Danseglio stole the show.

However, before I get too far into our team's wonderful dancing abilities, I'd like to explain my love for music and the role it plays in my pre-game mindset as well as the music I got playing for my teammates in our locker room.

Of the many odd rituals I have before games, music is one of the most important! Music has been a part of my life forever, most likely starting with the wonderful oldies tunes my father Jim Oliveri has always been playing. From there, it escalated into every genre of music.

Many people get a misconception of the music I listen to on and off the field. Coming from Long Island I grew up with a strong hip hop and house (club) music influence and have listened to that my whole life. But if you happen to get a hold of my iPod you'll learn that's not all I listen to. I listen to everything and anything that sounds good. In the locker room before games, my headphones are blaring with hip-hop and house music that keep me loose and dancing before the games. But when I'm off the field I like to relax and the only way to do that is with some soft R&B and country music. Yes, I listen to everything. Believe it or not, my favorite genre has to be R&B.

What I found incredibly surprising was how much my teammates and I all share a very similar taste of music. Not only did it make us even better friends then we already are, it made my job as the team DJ a lot easier. [Editor's note: Oliveri was also voted one of three team captains on Saturday.sh]

Below is the list of songs preferred by my teammates after Lacrosse Magazine asked us for our pre-game favorites. I've added descriptions of a few of them and why they might appeal to those guys. Thank you for reading, and enjoy! In no specific order...

Levels – Avicii (Tyler Barbarich)

A group of guys did not surprise me with their song choices. The Jersey Boys -- Tyler Barbarich, Ralph "DJ Dirty Dags" D'Agostino, and Steven Pontrello -- all had similar choices. The picks of Levels by Aviici, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall - Coldplay / Avicii remix, and In My Mind - Axwell, prove that these weight room junkies have not left the Jersey Shore once in their life and love the club scene. Ralph is the leader of the Jersey Boys. You may see his well-practiced fist pump after he scores goals all summer with the national team.


Turn it Down - Kaskade (Connor Buczek)

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall - Coldplay / Avicii remix (Ralph D'Agostino)

Requiem for a Dream theme (Daniel Eipp)

You Da One – Rihanna (KarbonKopy Remix) (Matt Florence and Stephen Kelly)

Two of our young bucks, Stephen Kelly and Matthew Florence, have shown their sensitive side with the request of Rihanna's hit track. They must of known my love for R&B. From what I gather, these two youngins have high school sweethearts they love dearly and do not want to leave behind when they leave for college. I believe this song is dedicated to them. Overall it still is a great locker room choice and potential shower jam of the week (the first song thrown on in the locker room immediately after practice).

Ragoo – Kings of Leon (Luke Howard)

Domino – Jessie J (Stephen Jahelka)

What to say about one of my longtime buddies, Stephen Jahelka? A tremendous guy with a tremendous heart. On the field he is one of the toughest guys. However after his request of Domino by Jessie J on the pre-game mix, I was surprised. All though it is a great song, it is a song you don't want to brag about. However when approached about his song choice, Stephen Robert Jahelka simply said, "I wanna be sexy and freee" quoting the wonderful Jessie J.


Still D.R.E. – Dr. Dre (Matt Kavanagh)

Public Service Announcement - Jay-Z (Kyle Keenan)

Semi Charmed Kind of Life – Third Eye Blind (Joey Leonard)

Midnight City - M83 (Sean Mahon)

Blueprint 2 - Jay-Z (Tanner Ottenbreit)

In My Mind - Axwell (Steve Pontrello)

Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Charlie Raffa)

Can't be Touched – Roy Jones Jr. (Mike Tagliaferri)

Eyes - Kaskade (Ryan Tucker)

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston (Kyle Turri)

We all know goalies are different, I can agree. One of my best buds Kyle Turri has one of my favorite song choices. I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston is a phenomenal song for everything. I'm highly considering adding this song to my own pregame list. You may sometimes catch Turri jamming to this song all throughout the locker room practicing his dance moves for the moment he finally gets his special first dance. RIP Whitney, this is the all-time favorite shower jam.


The number one track on my pre-game list? It comes from my boy Davey the Barber, stage name Amero with the track, "GPK Mic West's Amero - Soundoff Freestyle."

In closing, DJ Zoom and DJ Dirty Dags Shower Jam of The Week is "Party In The USA" by Miley Cyrus. Yep, that's right. Thanks for jammin' out with us and see you in Finland!!

The U.S. under-19 men's national team will compete for a seventh FIL World Championship July 12-21 in Turku, Finland. Opening ceremonies are Thursday and Team USA's first game is Friday against Australia (noon EST). Visit LaxMagazine.com/teamusa/u19men for live updates and coverage from Finland throughout the next two weeks.


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