Made in Miami

DJ Irie

The two-time NBA Champion Miami Heat are a world-class team with all-star players, so it抯 no surprise that they have one of the best DJs in the business pumping up their crowds of devoted fans nightly. DJ Irie, the NBA抯 first official DJ, is the man behind the music for the Heat, mixing chart-topping hits with Latin tunes for a sound that is pure Miami. In our latest installment of our Made in Miami series, DJ Irie breaks down his favorite hotspots for music, food and partying, and gives us a sampling of a few of his favorite beats.

You are the NBA抯 first DJ. Do you play basketball?
If you can call it that! I stand here the owner of two NBA World Championship rings and I can barely dribble a basketball卪uch less shoot. So, no, I can抰 really say I 損lay basketball, but I sure can watch really well!

Which Miami Heat player has the best song when they come out onto the court? What song would you come out to?
All of the guys have great taste in music, and I actually discover a lot of my new tunes from them. I would probably come out to Drake抯 揝tarted from The Bottom because if I were ever to take the floor of an NBA game, I would literally be starting from the bottom.

What song gets the crowd going?
Apache Sugarhill Gang
Don抰 Stop The Party Pitbull featuring TJR
Party Rock Anthem LMFAO
Good Feeling Flo Rida
Jump Around House of Pain

How would you describe the Miami music scene? What抯 unique about it?
The Miami music scene is eclectic and cutting edge. The fact that it抯 one of the nightlife capitals of the world and many of today抯 most notable and internationally renowned artists come from and make their music right here in Miami is very inspirational. What抯 most unique is Miami抯 diversity. There抯 such an amazing mix of culture and artistry that it抯 one of the few places where you can experience multiple genres of music in their authenticity within a small radius.

After a winning game, where do you go to celebrate?
Foxhole Bar & Lounge

What抯 the ultimate music weekend in Miami?
Hands down the ultimate music weekend in Miami is ULTRA Music Festival. It happens every year in March during Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week. It抯 the one event where you can see the biggest and best talent in dance music today.

What songs personify Miami to you?
305 Anthem Pitbull featuring Lil Jon
Born N Raised DJ Khaled featuring Trick Daddy

What are three Miami insider secrets?
Garcia抯 Seafood Grille & Fish Market, Lucali in Sunset Harbour and Foxhole Bar & Lounge.

If you were the in-house DJ for a hair salon, how would you set the musical mood? What would you spin? Where should salon owners go for musical inspiration?
I抎 play the soundtrack to Hairspray on repeat all day long! Salon owners should check the trends on Spotify and music blogs like Hypem.com. Salon patrons are a captive audience for extended periods of time. Why not let them discover new great music while having their hair done?

What抯 your hair and grooming regimen?
Cut it, wash it, wear it!

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