When Steph Curry rainbowed in a 27-footer late in the fourth quarter of a recent game against the Blazers, Derrick Robinson—otherwise known as DJ D-SHARP—knew exactly what song to play to honor Curry’s 62-point night. In the middle of the prerecorded “Warriors’’ chants that filled the empty Chase Center, Robinson stood alone at his station and pressed play on an edit of A$AP Ferg’s “New Level,” which includes the line: “Steph Curry on a new level.”
Robinson has played that song during Curry outbursts before, and he’s got a whole rotation of uptempo tracks for when Curry nails a 3. But this season, he’s playing them to a largely vacant gym. There’s no audience, no sold-out crowd to hype up, and no immediate feedback for Robinson as he attempts to do the job that’s gotten him three championship rings.
“It’s a little weird, I can’t lie,” Robinson said over the phone recently.
If you would have tuned into the local League Pass feed during a Warriors preseason game against the Nuggets last month, you would have seen Robinson bouncing along to his own music during halftime as if he were playing to thousands. But despite Robinson’s on-camera disposition, he says the experience was eerie. “I started doing my set and I looked around and I was like, ‘Oh, there’s no one here.’ … I just kept going, though. I didn’t let it mess with my performance.”