17/01/2014

"Can you feel your heart is beating?"

NEWS REPORT: ehf-euro.com talked to DJ Poul-Erik, the mastermind behind the music for the EHF EURO 2014

Photo: Uros Hocevar

Photo: Uros Hocevar

Every single time the ball ends in the back of the net at the EHF EURO 2014 a wave of music comes blasting out of the arenas' loudspeakers.

But if you think the choice of music is entirely random, you are horribly wrong as all of the tracks have been selected with care exactly this tournament.

The brain behind it is Danish DJ Poul-Erik Jensen. He is responsible for all the music during the championship.

"I am responsible for the music, the cube that shows the scoreboard, and the speaker who has to create the right atmosphere in the arena," he tells from his seat right at the court's sideline at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning.

"I am in charge of all four venues, and I have chosen the people who work in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg.

"Together with DJ Stefan Julian I selected all the songs for the EHF EURO 2014.

"The most important criteria is that the music fits both the young part and the elderly part of the audience.

"We spent the last three months choosing the perfect songs," says Poul-Erik.

The chosen tracks vary across many different genres, but according to Poul-Erik Jensen the beat in the song is the main thing.

"The songs we play in the arenas around Denmark are popular hits in Europe.

"They have to have the right beat in order to bring people in the right mood and make a good atmosphere.

"If the beat is right, people can clap their hands and create a perfect frame for the matches," says Jensen and reveals which song is the most popular at this event.

"The special song at this EHF EURO is 'Can you feel your heart is beating'. People enjoy it because they can sing along. It’s all about the atmosphere!"

So why was Poul-Erik Jensen chosen to be in charge of the music at one of the biggest sports events in Denmark?

Well, probably because of his experience. He has been a DJ at numerous tournaments, and on a daily basis he controls the music for Danish handball clubs such as Randers HK and Aarhus Handball.

I have been a handball-DJ for 12 years now. I was in Sweden in 2011 for the Men's World Championship.

"And in 2010 when Denmark and Norway hosted the Women's EHF EURO I was there, too."

"The claim goes that I am the best handball-DJ in Northern Europe," he says with a huge smile on his face.

written by Jonas Sauermilch / Trine Søgaard / ts