A 19-year-old Melbourne DJ says he is “stoked” that US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is using his song at her campaign rallies.
‘Throttle’, aka Robbie Bergin, is originally from the east Melbourne suburb of Glen Iris and is currently in Los Angeles pursuing his DJ career.
The track the Clinton campaign is using, ‘Together’, is a collaboration between Bergin and Canadian singer David Spekter.
Bergin said he first heard the Clinton campaign was interested in using his song “about three weeks ago”.
“My manager got an email from someone at her camp saying that they were big fans of the song and would love to use it for her campaign,” he told 774 ABC Melbourne’s Rafael Epstein.
“It’s been a bit of a wild ride since then, but enjoying it all, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks.”
DJ would have given song to anyone but Trump
While he was not originally a strong supporter of Mrs Clinton, Bergin said he was “certainly a fan of her now”.
He said the media interest in his work since his song was chosen by the campaign had been “pretty crazy”.
“I’m stoked that she’s using it,” he said.
He said he probably would have assented to his song being used by any candidate, Democrat or Republican, with one exception.
“[Donald] Trump would have been the only one I might have turned down,” he said.
Bergin said his idols were musical, rather than political.
“My biggest hero is Justin Timberlake, he’s what got me into music,” he said.
Throttle, Clinton yet to meet
Bergin started DJing at house parties when he was 13 years old, and soon after started making his own electronic dance music.
“All throughout school I was student by day, musician by night,” he said.
His early music was much more aggressive, he said, and he decided to call himself Throttle.
“That was the best that my 13-year-old self could come up with,” he said.
“Now it’s sort of more disco, funky music, but I guess the name’s sort of stuck to me.”
He has not yet been to a Hillary Clinton rally to hear his song in use but was hopeful he may make it to one during his next tour.
“Hopefully something will line up and we will be able to meet up,” he said.
Watch Throttle’s video for ‘Together’ below: