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Future performs onstage at The DS2 Takeover presented by Footaction at the Hollywood Palladium on August 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Aug. 11, 2015 – Source: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images North America)

*Seattle Seahawks arena DJ, DJ DV One, is featured in a new Billboard article about NFL teams traveling with professional DJ’s who provide the inspiring soundtrack to the practice and warm-up sessions. DV tells Billboard that one of the most surprising things about DJing a practice is Coach Dan Quinn handpicking the music.

“One of the most surprising things is Coach Quinn himself,” he said. “I didn’t really know how hands-on he was going to be with the music…but he will come to me and be like, “Play this, play that.” I will never forget this — as soon as I met him, he was like, “Can you do me a favor?” The first two people he asked me to play were Tupac and Rick Ross. From that moment on, it set the tone.”

DJ DV has been providing music for the team for nearly a decade and he spoke about the moment upper management realized the value in having a DJ help get the players pumped.

“When Pete Carroll came on, things changed. I was DJing in Touchdown City, an event center where people go before the game starts. Pete Carroll realized there was a DJ there, and he was like, “We need this energy at our practices.” One of the upper management guys came to me and said, “Are you available for three weeks in the summer to do our public practices?” I came and I would do those gigs — he sort of used me as a tool to motivate and get the players pumped up for the public practices. Then, after that, he was like, “This shit works — we need you on the field before the game starts.”

Russell Wilson and Ciara

DV also revealed that the weird dynamic between star quarterback Russell Wilson, his girlfriend Ciara, and rapper Future prevent him from playing music by either artist.

“This year, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for Future. But that dynamic is weird too, because I can barely play Future with Ciara running around and that’s her baby’s dad,” DJ DV said. “It’s just that he has a dope-ass album out right now, players like to hear it, it definitely gets you pumped up.”

DV added that while he used to play Ciara’s music, now that she and Russell are an item, he refuses to play her out of risk of being teased.

“I also feel weird playing Ciara, because I was playing Ciara before she started dating Russell. I’d play “Goodies” and stuff like that for the crowd because its mainstream — it’s dance-y music, it’s popular, it’s stuff that you can get away with playing. Now that she’s dating Russell, I don’t want people to be like, “He’s just playing that because she’s dating Russell.”

Read more from his interview at Billboard.