Let’s remember the moment we went to the stadium to watch basketball. The dark battle that raises expectations before the start of the game, the players sweating, the flushed face of the coach directing the strategy, the cheering song that resonates with the player scoring, and the cheering scene from the crowd on the screen. It’s familiar when you think of it, but ‘Who will play the cheering song? The moment you wonder, “How did I get caught on the billboard?”, it will feel unfamiliar. In response to this question, we introduce the story of people sweating off the court for a game.
※This article was published in the January issue of Jump Ball.
Every stadium has an electronic piano in one corner. basketball and piano? There may not seem to be any connection, but this electronic piano is responsible for all the music that comes out during the game, from cheering songs to shooting sound effects and rhythmic music during defense. For example: If you press Do, Hana One Q Shin Ji-hyun’s cheering song, if you press Re, Yang In-young’s cheering song, and if you press Mi, ‘Diffen Jakjjakjjak’ resonates throughout the stadium. This electronic piano is connected to a computer and has a system that transmits specific music. During the game, we met sampler Yang Seung-ho (35), who is in charge of all the music.
What does a sampler do on the pitch?
To put it simply, he is in charge of all the music transmitted during the game. It’s different for each club, but it’s also called a sampler or an operator. It is to transmit the music, shot effect sound, and player cheering song that appear in the attacking situation during the game at the right time. When you press a key on an electric piano, it is transmitted to the speaker through the computer.
How about being a little more specific?
When the game starts, the moment the ball goes up during the jump ball, music like ‘ppampabam’ is played to announce the start of the game. When the team is defending, the defense clap clap, when attacking, round clap, and when a player scores a goal, the cheering song for the player fills the stadium. It’s about adding fun to the game with music that’s right for the time.
How did you get started?
When she was 20, he worked as a mapping boy for Samsung in Seoul. With that experience, he worked for a baseball event team, and after that, he was offered a sampler job at Ansan Shinhan Bank (now Shinhan Bank) and started it. At first, I felt pressure because I had to play music in real time, but it was fun to do. 메이저사이트
What’s the appeal of this job?
The first is that he personally chooses the music that matches the fast basketball characteristics and the situation to entertain the fans. I feel proud when I see fans waving stick balloons and cheering for the music I chose. Together, we are excited. The second part is that I can contribute to the victory as a member of the team. In a situation where we have to do a jigong, we turn on calm applause-oriented music, and in a situation where we have to go quickly, we send out music with a fast tempo. I feel rewarded when a player scores a goal and plays a cheering song in a flow that matches the match situation and the music. I feel like we’re leading this game together. I usually stop the music from the moment I have 7 seconds of attack time left. However, if you turn off the music at the moment when 6 seconds are left, the players recognize that there are 7 seconds left and play. That would mentally earn you a second of your hasty attack time. When the players score at this time, I feel really proud.
I don’t think it was easy to adapt to the real-time work.
I’ve been doing this for 10 years, but I still think I’m not good at it. There is no right answer, and it is a field that has no end. Since I do intangible work, even on my days off, I continue to study what kind of music would be good for a certain situation while watching the game. I also study basketball flow. There are times when each club requests new music, so I am still adjusting to it by listening to various music and editing it (laughs).
What is your routine like on match day?
I usually go to work 3 hours before the start of the game. While meeting with the field staff, we point out special events or important parts. 2 hours and 30 minutes in advance, rehearsal and match it yourself. Before the game, we change the atmosphere of the stadium by holding an event or playing signal music with the feeling of cutting off the tempo just before the announcer gives a comment. After that, when the game starts, I turn on the music that matches it.
What are the downsides of work?
You have an irregular life pattern. The commuting time is different from that of ordinary office workers. There are many cases where I can’t go to the wedding ceremony on the weekends because the games are held early (laughs). I usually work at night on weekdays, so I get off work late, so the days and nights change.
Are the cheering players choosing themselves?
It’s different for each club, but usually the players choose themselves. But sometimes when the players don’t choose the music, I choose it. After Kim Dan-bi transferred to Asan Woori Bank this season, I didn’t choose a cheering song separately, so I had a lot of worries about which cheering song to choose. So, from Shinhan Bank days, I compared the styles of cheerleaders Kim Dan-bi chose. So I picked Pillbox Patti’s Young and Stupid and they fit well. Choi Hee-jin of Cheongju KB Stars asks me what kind of cheering song I will sing every year (laughs).
I guess there are some players you became close to while working?
Since I started working 10 years ago, the players I became close with when I was young are already on the coaching or high level. Bucheon Hanawon Q coach Lee Si-joon, Suwon KT coach Park Jong-cheon, and Skill Factory CEO Park Dae-nam became close while they were active. Young players have risen to high places, and I also became a veteran (?) after working in the field for 10 years, so we are proud of each other and are friendly.
How do I do this?
First of all, you need to gain experience in the sports field. There aren’t many jobs, and rather than looking for people through documents or interviews, I tend to look for them through introductions. I think opportunities come along when I make connections with people on the field while working part-time at a club or a sports agency.