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Wednesday, May 30, 2018|2 a.m.
During the first round of the playoffs versus the Kings, the Beach Boys struck “Surfin’ U.S.A” played over the mammoth stereo at T-Mobile Arena. The audience did the wave in time to the music and Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury took part with the crowd, making for a remarkable moment.
Golden Knights Music Director Jake Wagner has many memories from the team’s debut season, however the Fleury-wave is among his favorites. That and the Oct. 10 house opener. “I still get chills considering it,” Wagner states.
” It’s been truly special, like soundtracking a movie in real time,” Wagner states about picking the music for the Knights’ astronomical increase. He likewise plays organ/keyboard, books several DJs throughout the arena and aids with production material when needed. “( It’s) among the best stories in the history of sports.”
So how does he choose music for video games? It’s an art that happens in genuine time.
Jake Wagner’s favorite tunes to play at Golden Knights’ video games
Arcade Fire, “Signs of Life”
Avicii, “The Nights”
ASAP Rocky & & Skrillex, “Wild For The Nights”
Greta Van Fleet, “Highway Tune”
Tiesto + The Chainsmokers, “Split (Only U)”
The Black Keys, “Gold On The Ceiling”
Papa Roach, “Born For Achievement”
Gizzle, “Get Loud For Me”
Alice Merton, “No Roots”
Steve Aoki, “Delirious (Boneless)”
Envision Dragons, “Whatever It Takes”
John Wick Mode, “Le Castle Vania” (group entryway track)
DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels, “No one Speak (important)” (team walk-off track)
WWE Introduction Styles (Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles and more)
Penguin Jail, “All Night Long” (Lionel Richie cover)
Welshly Arms, “Famous”
Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Hail To The Victor”
Jax Jones, “Yeah Yeah Yeah”
Wolfmother, “Victorious/The Joker and The Burglar”
J Balvin, “Mi Gente (remix)”
Ball game, “Unstoppable”
Junior Senior Citizen, “Move Your Feet”
Major Lazer, “Light It Up (remix)”
Poolside, “Do You Believe” (intermission track)
Classic anthems by artists such as DJ Casper, DJ Kool, Queen, House of Pain, Led Zeppelin, The Bee Gees, The Ramones, Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers, Kanye West, Black Sabbath, The Clash, ACDC, The Village Individuals and Lil Jon.
” I attempt my finest to match the in-game scenarios and love informing a lyrical story when possible,” Wagner states. “You definitely desire tunes that have a lot of energy and make you move. The main objective is to leave everyone with a favorable experience, regardless the outcome of the game.”
Some tunes are already tradition. When the Knights score an objective, expect to hear Panic! at the Disco’s “Vegas Lights.” When the Knights win, naturally it’s Elvis’ classic ode to Sin City: “Viva Las Vegas.” And when Fleury makes a fantastic save, “The Guy” by Las Vegas’ own The Killers helps fans commemorate.
On video game days, Wagner takes demands via Twitter (@jakewagnermusic), attempting to work a couple of fan selects into each game.
” It’s actually cool to see exactly what everyone wants to hear,” Wagner says. The “timeless stadium stompers” are most requested, however other favorites consist of Black Sabbath’s “Neon Knights,” Kiss’ “Crazy Nights” and Scorpions’ “Big City Nights.”
The Golden Knights are known for their deep connection to the regional neighborhood, and the video game music is no exception. A variety of local artists have actually been played: Trade Voorhees, The Dirty Hooks, Mercy Music, Chop 808, Sober Junkie, Silversage and more. Throughout pregame warmups, local DJ Joe Green spins.
For Wagner, the very best part of this dream gig is seeing the delight on the faces of young fans.
” It’s so cool to understand they might grow up and end up taking their kids to a Knights game,” Wagner states. “It’s constructing a custom that’ll be felt in the neighborhood for years to come.”
In the ’90s, Wagner was one such young fan. He discovered how to like hockey from enjoying the now-defunct Las Vegas Thunder play. He states it’s the factor he ended up being interested in soundtracking live sports. “They ‘d play ‘Thunderstruck’ each time the team took the ice and it blew my mind,” Wagner says.
His path to the Golden Knights has been a life-long journey. He learned piano and guitar in school and played in local bands around town. He worked as a stage manager for the Taxi and was the music organizer for the Life is Stunning celebration in its early years. Thanks to his enthusiasm for sharing brand-new music and artists, he has actually dealt with the radio station KUNV as well as with Nevada Public Radio’s music discovery channel in Reno (NV89). Before the Knights, Wagner curated music for the Las Vegas 51s baseball team and he will likewise be soundtracking the Las Vegas Aces’ WNBA basketball video games for their 2018 season.
What music can we expect to hear throughout the rest of the brief season? “I can’t state much about the final playlist,” Wagner says. “Each video game has an unique feel and I do not usually select music ahead of time. I can state that we’ve got a few surprises in store.”