Chicago Fire’s official DJ releases new mix for team’s 20th anniversary – MLSsoccer.com
As the Chicago Fireâs official match-day DJ, Ben Stepnowski, a.k.a. DJ Step, helps keep the stands at Toyota Park moving. And it helps, naturally, that it wasnât too long ago that he watched the team from those same stands. In fact, Step ascended to his gig with the team after taking in matches after his older brother gifted him with season tickets.
âI wanted to create a video to show my brother how much it meant to me,â he says, deciding to draw on his passion aside from soccer â turntablist-skilled DJing accompanied by custom-mixed-and-cut video mash-ups. âI wanted to show people, hey this is what I do normally — mix and DJ — and this is what Iâve followed my whole life â soccer — so letâs fuse the two together and say thanks to the community for giving me the chance to be involved. After it was released, the club noticed it, and offered me the job. The rest is history.â
This means, of course, keeping things moving at home games, where he creates a soundtrack incorporating classic Chicago artists, iconic music from Fire supporter history, and tracks from the visitorsâ city. He also takes requests from both fans online and the team, and takes halftime break to showcase his scratch skills.
But Stepâs latest offering reflects one more part of the gig: creating special mixes and video mash-ups for the start of the season and other important dates. This one feels extra-special, he says, because itâs meant to mark 20 years of the clubâs history, with the accompanying video condensing some of the teamâs top moments along with the soundtrack.
âThis yearâs mix was really a celebration of the city and community. Itâs also our 20th season anniversary so the feeling of a party is central to the project,â Step says. âI wanted this video to show that weâre all connected through music and sport. We integrated the Fire Fanbulance as a representation of that this year, and I wanted to comprehensively bring as many people as possible into the production piece. So many people stepped up and gave us their support. As a d.i.y. Project at itâs core, Iâm indebted to those people.â