Matchday DJ Of The Week #21 – Michael Smith (Rangers F.C.)

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Welcome back to ‘Matchday DJ Of The Week’, where in every issue we put 10 serious and not so serious questions to a matchday DJ from the world of sport! Our first edition of 2022 sees us sit down and chat with Rangers FC DJ, Michael Smith!

 

 

 

  • Name: Michael Smith
  • Occupation: Matchday DJ @ Rangers F.C.
  • Club Website: Rangers F.C.
  • Stadium: Ibrox Stadium
  • Capacity: 50,817
  • Nickname: The Teddy Bears
  • Twitter(s): Rangers F.C.

 

The Interview 

SM: When did you take over as Matchday DJ for Rangers?

MS: I took over in July 2017, my first game as the Rangers announcer was against Dunfermline in a cup game, so I thought that would be a good game to ease me in and get me off and running!

SM: How did you initially get into the role of Matchday DJ?

MS: I’ve worked in radio in Glasgow for years and have DJ’d across Scotland, and Rangers were looking to change up their matchday experience, and part of this was adding a new announcer. So, my dad who is a friend of Rangers legend John Brown who new my background in radio etc, put my name forward to the commercial department at Rangers, who then got in touch with me and offered me a three game trial which went well and lead to the full time gig.

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

MS: I’ve been a Rangers fan for all my days and my dad took me to my first ever game in 1992 which was a game against St Mirren that we won 4-0 and clinched us the title that year. I was absolutely buzzing and wanted to go to every game after that!

SM: Would you say your first experience of live football and the memories of that day were motivation for taking on the role of stadium DJ?

MS: I wouldn’t say from my first game, but after going to a few more games, I remember thinking, oh that sounds like quite a cool job, but even at away games I’d be listening to what the announcer was doing and always remember thinking it sounded like a really cool job.

SM: In all your time at Ibrox, who’s the best player you’ve seen wear the famous royal blue strip?

MS: In my time as a fan from going when I was young, Ally McCoist has to be my favourite player, he was just a goal scoring machine and I loved watching him play. My time at Ibrox as announcer in the last 5 years, the best player I’ve seen wear the royal blue would have to be Ryan Kent, just with his ability to run at players, take them on and create great chances, although, I could have easily picked another 3 or 4 to join him as best player.

 

 

 

 

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

MS: The Killers, I absolutely love them and have seen them a few times now and have just booked the holiday of a lifetime to see them play in Las Vegas, August 2022

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

MS: The big rock tracks always seem to do it that you hear pretty much in every ground you go to, but for Rangers I would say it’s any of their own songs, like Follow Follow, Four Lads Had A Dream (sang to the tune of Sloop John B by the beach boys) or Every Saturday We Follow.

SM: Do you have an all-time favourite track that you play for Rangers matches?

MS: In the last couple of years I’ve played a dance track by The Sunset Brothers called ‘I’m Feeling It’, which has to be my favourite. We played Celtic near the start of our 21/22 season and after winning the match, I played it and the stadium was bouncing, you could actually feel the stadium shaking.

SM: What are the main songs you use week in, week out at the ground?

MS: I try to play stuff that fans can sing along to to get a good atmosphere going, so aim to play songs that the fans have maybe changed the words to that they sing for particular players in the team, like ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division for Ryan Kent, The White Stripes, Seven Nation Army for Alfredo Morelos and recently ABBASuper Trooper’ that the fans sing towards a few players.. All these tracks with our own Rangers songs thrown in seem to do the trick.

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?

MS: We were playing FK Shkupi in a Europa qualifier and it can be a challenge reading some foreign players names at times, so Shkupi were making a sub and as I announced it, I totally fluffed up the second name of the player to which the people I work in the sound booth with burst out laughing, which set me off, but I hadn’t got the microphone down in time, so the full stadium heard me laugh which then made 50,000 of them laugh back at me… A very embarrassing moment!

 

 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Michael for taking the time to talk to us. We wish him and all of The Teddy Bears’ players, staff and supporters the very best for the rest of the 2021/22 season!

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