A trumpet sounds and an ominous, rumbling drumbeat accompanies New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz as he steps out of the bullpen — usually in the ninth inning — to unleash his 100 mph fastball and his dreaded slider over the opposition to retain the lead. Baseball-headed mascots, Mr. and Mrs. Met, frolic atop the dugout, bugles in hand, driving the crowd to a fever pitch. And the cameras switch from a black-and-white image to color, following Diaz as he sprints up the mound to the sound of “Narco,” a five-year-old song by Dutch EDM duo Blasterjaxx and Australian horn player Timmy Trumpet.
The closer — the pitcher who hopefully saves the game in the final inning — has come with entrance music from the days of San Diego’s Trevor Hoffman using AC’s “Hells Bells”/ DC and Yankee Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera strutting at Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” But Diaz took practice to new heights by knocking out nearly two out of three batters he faced, leading the Mets to the top of the National League East for the first time in seven years.
It’s all new for Thom Yongkind, who formed Blasterjaxx in The Hague in 2010, then was joined by partner Idir Makhlaf, performing their house and electro in the big hall on the big stage at well-known EDM festivals like Ultra. Music (composing his theme with fellow Dutch DJ Tiesto) and Electric Daisy Carnival, and in collaboration with global superstars David Guetta, Afrojack, Nicky Romero and Hardwell.
Still, ‘Narco’ brought the duo to a whole new audience, since baseball – dubbed “honkbal” in Holland – is a niche sport in their country (alongside football and Formula 1), since the nation n only produced a pair of American major league players, in retired pitcher Bert Blyleven and former Yankee shortstop Didi Gregorius. Attention put “Narco”, originally released in 2017, at No. 1 on Spotify’s Viral 50, with streaming numbers approaching 42 million.
“Our music has been played in stadiums before, but nothing like it,” admits Yongkind, who continues to tour as a live DJ while Makhlaf produces and creates the music in the duo’s studio outside The Hague. . “Obviously it has to do with the Mets and the way they play. Everything is falling into place right now.
“I don’t know anyone who plays baseball here,” Makhlaf says. “It’s not very popular.”
Aussie Timmy Trumpet (born Timothy Jude Smith) is also well known in EDM circles for releasing his music on reputable Dutch labels like Spinnin’ Records (home of Blasterjaxx) and Smash the House.
“They hooked me up with their studio, showed me this track they were working on, and I absolutely loved it,” Trumpet says. “It was a no-brainer to work with them. We were just waiting for the right idea to connect, and I think we got it right.
The original track featured a Middle Eastern-style flute part that was immediately replaced by Trumpet’s signature horn sound – a cross between a matador entering the arena, a spaghetti western gun duel and a soldier heading towards the battle – as Diaz takes the mound for the Mets, touting his filthy arsenal of sliders and fastballs.
“The trumpet sounds deeper, more epic and majestic,” Yongkind explains. “The original wasn’t even a real flute…it was just a hardware plug-in from the computer. The trumpet is a real instrument, with a dynamic frequency range. It’s this combination of drums and melody that makes it so dramatic.
The title “Narco” comes from the Netflix series. “We were a bit lazy, so we decided to call it that,” admits Thom. “If you’re lucky, maybe it will get people to listen.”
The song, which is also used as background music by Atlanta Braves wide receiver William Contreras, has garnered worldwide demand, and although the duo and Diaz have exchanged video messages on social media, there are rumors that the trio will report to the Mets. Citi Field to play the song live.
“You’ve heard better things than me so far,” Yongkind laughs. “Who knows? We played it live with Timmy for the first time just a few weeks ago.
“I can’t wait to get to Citi Field and watch my first game,” Trumpet enthused. “The crowd just keeps getting wilder. It’s like a party when Diaz heads for that mound. Nothing makes me happier. That’s exactly what this song was supposed to do. Safe to say, I’m officially a Mets fan for life.
Diaz first used the song in 2018 while pitching for Seattle, saving 57 games in the process, then inexplicably ditched it when he was traded to the New York Mets in favor of “No Hay Limite”. “, decidedly less dramatic, by Miky Woodz. , which coincided with his worst year ever in 2019 – seven missed saves, seven losses and a staggering 5.59 ERA. The 28-year-old Puerto Rican native returned to ‘Narco’ in 2021 and started to bounce back, but nothing could have predicted this year, when he reached new heights with his team amid talk of Cy Young and MVP .
“We’re usually focused on the track we’ve released at the moment, but then it happened, so it’s a good thing because we play it every night in our set,” Yongkind explains. “It’s familiar to our fans, but now we have a lot of baseball fans who have never heard of us before. And it’s very important for us, to be able to connect through music.
With their own label, Maximize Records through Spinnin’, Blasterjaxx’s music is released by Warner here in the US, but major US labels have been hitting since this viral global hit.
“It’s great for us,” says Yongkind. “We believe that all genres can be combined. Each song we create has an influence that comes from a different country, and we combine them by thinking outside the box.
Who knew this would include the batter’s box in American baseball?
“Absolutely,” Yongkind nods. “Let’s go put.”
The 10 Best Closest Songs of All Time (according to MLB.com):
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees: Metallica, “Enter Sandman”
Trevor Hoffman, San Diego Padres: AC/DC, “Hells Bells”
Edwin Diaz, New York Mets: Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet, “Narco”
Jonathan Papelbon, Boston Red Sox: Dropkick Murphys, “I ship to Boston”
Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants: House of Pain, “Jump Around”
Eric Gagné, Los Angeles Dodgers: Guns N’ Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle”
Dennis Eckersley, Oakland A’s/Goose Gossage, New York Yankees: George Thorogood, “Bad to the Bone”
Sparky Lyle, New York Yankees: Toby Wright, “Pomp and Circumstance”
Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers: 2Pac & Dr. Dre, “California Love”
Hansel Robles, Los Angeles Angels: WWE’s Jim Johnston, “Rest In Peace (Undertaker)”