Matchday DJ Of The Week #1 – Gordon Simpson (Aberdeen F.C.)


Welcome to our brand new segment where each week we’ll be interviewing a matchday DJ from the world of football, asking them 10 serious and not so serious questions.

In the spotlight for our first edition and getting the 2021/22 season underway we have Aberdeen‘s very own, Gordon Simpson!

  • Name: Gordon Simpson
  • Occupation: Stadium DJ @ Aberdeen F.C.
  • Club Website: Aberdeen F.C.
  • Division: Scottish Premier League
  • Stadium: Pittodrie Stadium
  • Capacity: 22,199

The Interview

SM: When did you take over as matchday DJ at Aberdeen F.C?

GS: I took over about 15 years ago.

SM: How long have you been with Aberdeen & how did you initially get into the role of Match-day DJ?

GS: I’ve been with the club for about 17 years, helping out generally. I was initially working in a nightclub called Espionage in Aberdeen, and my fellow DJ was working for the club. He came to me and explained that the club needed someone to help out with Angus The Bull, the Aberdeen Mascot. I kinda fell into the role of DJ through him!

SM: Can you remember your first football match/stadium experience?

GS: It goes back a long, long time. It was Aberdeen vs. Clydebank, and my uncle took me as an eight year old. From that point onwards, I was hooked.

SM: Would you say your first experience of live football was motivation for taking the job of matchday DJ?

GS: Not really, I started DJ’ing at 18 and at the time I still played football, so couldn’t get to too many games. As I progressed as a DJ and stopped playing I got to see more matches, and it was really my friendship with the previous Aberdeen DJ that helped me progress into the role.

SM: In all your time at Aberdeen, who’s the best player you’ve seen wear the famous red shirt?

GS: As a fan, I’m old enough to remember our European Cup Winners Cup Legends. From Willie Miller and Alex McLeish through to Gordon Strachan, they were all heroes. Since working for the club we’ve also had some rising stars on loan, Danny Ward and James Maddison were outstanding. However, I would have to go for a local hero, Russell Anderson. Mind you with some of our new signings this transfer window, that could well change soon.

SM: Who is your favourite artist/band of all time?

GS: I grew up in the era of Simple Minds and U2, so they would both be up there. I wouldn’t necessarily say I have a favourite though, I’m lucky enough to get the chance to listen to and play new local music at Pittodrie, and would love to see some of these guys make it big. Especially a Marc Cullen, a Colin Clyne or The Capollos, these are local guys who are giving it their all.

SM: Which piece of music do you think is the ultimate track for motivating a footballing side?

GS: Simple Minds – ‘Waterfront’ & AC/DC – ‘Thunderstruck’ are immense, although Faithless – ‘Insomnia’ is certainly up there too.

SM: Do you have an all-time favourite track that you play at Aberdeen?

GS: Any of the above, really! Or as I said earlier any local bands we can play, so we can hopefully give them a bigger audience and potential fan base.

SM: What are the main songs you use every week at Pittodrie?

GS: At the moment Tiesto – ‘The Business’, The White Stripes – ‘Seven Nation Army’ & Neil Diamond – ‘Sweet Caroline’ are getting lots of airtime.

SM: On a final note, are there any funny mishaps/cock-ups that have taken place that come to mind when you think about your career so far?

GS: It’s not so much music-based, but mainly being useless with Pronunciation of names! It’s not so handy for team line-ups, I’ve had some interesting attempts during our European adventures over the years 😳

We’d like to say a big thank you to Gordon for taking the time to talk to us. We wish him and all the Dons players, staff and supporters the very best for the season ahead!


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