Britney’s “Hold It Against Me” has at least one fan fist-pumping: Pauly D. And he’s not alone!
MTV News caught up with the “Jersey Shore” DJ via Skype to gauge his reaction to Britney Spears’ hotly anticipated new track, “Hold it Against Me,” and the accompanying video , which premiered Thursday on MTV. He was feeling under the weather during our live “MTV First: Britney Spears’ ‘Hold It Against Me’ Video Premiere” discussion but kept his appointment: “It’s all good, man,” he said. “I’m a warrior!”
Increasingly known for his night job as a DJ, the reality-show star gave a strong endorsement for the track’s club-worthiness.
“It’s a major, fist-pumping track,” he said of the reactions the song has gotten when he’s put it on. “The hands immediately go up when that beat kicks [in]. It’s such a hard beat. It’s like ‘ba-ba-ba,’ they’re fist-pumping to that track. It has energy. I love it!”
When Pauly is working a room, he’s careful to stay in tune with the vibe of the crowd. A track like Britney’s latest single is exactly the type of song he prefers to keep in his arsenal as a secret weapon. It’s the type of song he’s dubbed a “go-to” track when DJing.
“I don’t make any set [lists],” he explained. “I read the crowd. And then if I’m playing something and I’m kind of losing them a little bit, I know if I drop that track, I bring ‘em right back!”
So how might a great DJ follow up a “go-to” song like “Hold it Against Me”?
“You gotta keep that momentum after that track, so I drop my track immediately after that, ‘Beat Dat Beat (It’s Time To),’ ” he offered, in something of a good-natured plug for his own single.
Pauly D’s position of privilege as an MTV star and budding DJ has, in addition to the obvious perks, afforded him an opportunity Britney fans would salivate over: the chance to hear much of her forthcoming new album, Femme Fatale, which doesn’t drop until March 29.
“Seriously, it’s all full of club bangers,” he revealed. “And I’m so excited about it, because I cannot wait to play ‘em in the club. Literally, you can play the majority of that album in the club. I love the way she went to that route.”
In a move that displayed his increasing media savvy, Pauly refused to let any song titles slip, but he did reiterate that “they’re all club bangers. They’re a lot like ‘Hold it Against Me.’ [Femme Fatale is full of] major, major, club-banging tracks.”
Do you agree with Pauly’s “club banger” assessment of “Hold It Against Me”? Let us know in the comments!
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