NRL Grand Final entertainer Macklemore may be currently whipping up controversy, but he’ll have to go hard to beat Carlos The Jackal when it comes to sending a rugby league crowd into a frenzy this weekend.
Set to DJ Saturday’s GYG Rise of The Underdogs international rugby league event at Hillier Oval, Liverpool, the energetic Latino has built a reputation for giving sports fans the unexpected.
Born on Rapa Nui – also known as Easter Island – the Chilean showman fuses Latin American bachata, reggaeton, funk and samba with deep house, break beats and driving grooves from his pulpit on the sideline.
He’s become a secret ingredient in getting the crowd into the mood at a growing list of international fixtures.
On Saturday he’ll be doing a marathon set, with the day’s schedule including:
1pm Africa United U16s v Malta U16s
2.30pm Oztag Exhibition 1 (mixed all ages)
3pm Latin America V South East Asia – tackle
4.45pm Oztag Exhibition 2 (mixed all ages)
5:15pm Chile V Thailand – full tackle rules for RLIF points
7pm Oztag Exhibition 3 (mixed all ages)
7.30pm El Salvador V Uruguay – full tackle rules for RLIF points
We caught up with him ahead of the big day and asked him some pointed questions.
1. Favourite Latino track? Marc Anthony – Aguanile
2. Favourite all-time track (any language)? Lovebirds – Want You In My Soul
3. Go-to track to get the crowd pumping? Yves Deruyter – Back To Earth ( Too hard to answer, this is the first cab off the rank)
4. Five favourite artist: Len Faki, Maceo Plex, Solomun, New Order, Rick James
5. Dream festival to see?: Burning Man
6. Dream gig to play?: Awakenings Festival
7. Favourite gig attended?: Subsonic Festival / New Order / Ritchie Hawtin – Top 3 within the past year
8. First tape/CD as a kid?: NWA 100 Miles and Running
9. Most listened-to song on iPod?: Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good
10. Favourite DJ dance move?: The shopping trolly
>> The Rise of The Underdogs on September 30 at Liverpool All Saints, Hillier Oval, Liverpool, features a full day of international matches from 1pm, with Malta Under 16 playing Africa United Under 16, Latin Heat Development facing ASEAN (South East Asia) at 3pm, Chile playing Thailand at 5.15pm, with the El Salvador v Uruguay showpiece at 7.30pm. Tickets are $10 an individual or $15 for two adults and children.