Major League Baseball has a long, long season, with a ton of games and a lot of downtime.
We now know Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May spends some of that time dreaming up sweet, techno-flavored dance beats. May, now in his third year with the team, released a single called "Balvenie," named for a popular brand of Scotch, on his Bandcamp page on Tuesday.
As songs named after whisky written by professional baseball players go, this is not what you'd expect. Described as "a house tune built to invoke groovy, techno vibes," May's solo work definitely accomplishes this goal.
The song is streaming free online, but you can also buy it for $1, with proceeds going to support the Twins Community Fund charity.
The music is trippy, atmospheric, and, like a lot of electronic dance music, falls into that difficult-to-navigate valley between irresistibly hypnotic and annoyingly repetitive.
Put it this way: No one's accused the clean-living May of taking illicit substances in his playing career. But anyone who hears this song and starts dancing should be drug-tested immediately.
Here, listen for yourself.
May, 26 and a native of Washington state, talked about his love of trance music in this interview with Artist Direct, where he said his hobby is a welcome mental relief from his stressful job.
"Sometimes, when I'm sitting in the locker room, my mind wanders to a project I'm working on. It's a really fun thing. I love that a lot of people know that about me and talk about it. I believe in having something else you're passionate about. Focusing on one thing all day every day is not how to be successful."
May also revealed that he DJs under the moniker MAZR, though we're partial to the name he used to use: DJ Heybeef. Seriously, who's walking past a club with "DJ Heybeef" on the marquee?
On the field, May pitched in 48 games for the Twins last year, appearing mostly as a reliever, and finished with an 8-9 record. Midway through spring training, he's angling for the last spot on the team's five-man starting rotation.
Only Paul Molitor can determine if May's got the goods for that role. But now, everyone knows he should be in the starting rotation when people are all up in the club and lookin' to get turnt up.