Turntables

Turntables djs

Introduce yourself.

My name is Guillermo Del Valle, but I typically just go by Memo since it’s a lot easier to spell (and say). I’m a computer science major and a freshman at the university.

What is the name of your show and how did you come up with it?

So the name of my show is Turntables. The name is inspired, obviously, by one of the most iconic objects in music history. The reason why I chose to reference this object is because of its importance to hip hop. Hip hop started at the turntable, with DJ Kool Herc mixing and sampling songs. The focus of this show is the samples and inspirations behind some of hip hop’s most influential music, so it was just natural

Who are some of your favorite artists to listen to?

Man, if I’m being honest, I have a lot. A big reason as to why I chose to make my show a show about sampling is because it gives me freedom to play a lot of different things. My favorites change a lot. Some of my favorites right now are people like Prince, Frank Ocean, Jay Z, Sufjan Stevens, Father John Misty, Jack White (though I can’t say I like his new album), and Kendrick Lamar and groups like The Flaming Lips, Wilco, the Arcade Fire, Interpol, Radiohead, the Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, LCD Soundsystem and a lot more. To be honest, I probably listen to ten new albums a week, so it’s hard to keep track of who I like and who I can really call a favorite. I recently just got into Elliot Smith and Animal Collective, both of which are climbing up rapidly on my ladder of favorite artists, and there’s probably a bunch that I forgot here. Out of all of these guys, my all-time favorites are probably Frank Ocean, Jay Z, Sufjan Stevens, A Tribe Called Quest and LCD Soundsystem.

What is your favorite music memory (show, festival, etc.)?

My favorite music memory, which if I’m being honest will probably remain my favorite for a long time, is when I went to the DAMN. Tour with two of the people that are closest to me. First of all, it was this massive three-day epic of a trip where we embarked to California with just ourselves to Oakland. We stayed at places where we had family, but for the most part we were on our own, traveling to a place that none of us had been to before, to go see one of our favorites ever perform. We missed DRAM, but we caught Travis Scott and, of course, Kendrick Lamar. It was an amazing time which I don’t think any of us are going to forget soon.

What can we expect from Turntables this semester?

So you can expect more in-depth looks into music. I am really excited for Turntables, there is a lot of cool stuff on the horizon that I got planned. Upcoming episodes are going to cover albums such as Illmatic, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Atliens. Additionally, there are going to be artist spotlight episodes, looking at some of the most significant figures in hip hop history, such as Tupac. The goal of Turntables is to teach the hip hop fan, both old and new, stuff that they never really knew before. As I do my research for samples in each episode, I learn more about artists that I had already covered extensively. It’s actually pretty amazing how much stuff is out there that not many people are aware of.

NIGHTHOWL

NIGHTHOWL djs

Introduce yourself.

I’m the Nighthowler. During the day I live my life as a regular student, walking the same hallways and going to the same classes as you do—but when the sun goes down and the moon comes out—I can’t help but change a bit.

What is the name of your show and how did you come up with it?

NIGHTHOWL. A “night owl” is someone who is usually active or awake at night, and because my show plays music for the nighttime hours, it was a perfect fit. Since we are on Wolf Pack Radio, I also changed “owl” to “howl” to make the show have some subtle school spirit. Despite the change, I still don’t pronounce the “H” in the name whenever I talk about my show, but either way is fine with me.

Who are some of your favorite artists to listen to?

Most of the time it depends on my mood, but my music tastes have ended up being pretty weird. I’m a big fan of electronic music, so my all-time favorites are Daft Punk and Justice (specifically the albums Discovery and Cross). I also find myself always coming back to Gorillaz, Cage the Elephant, Queen, and David Bowie when I need something to listen to in a pinch. As for the for the more niche stuff: Nujabes definitely comes to mind when I think of my favorites, as his music is perfect for relaxing and studying. A bunch of Future Funk has also bled into what I listen to everyday, so I’ve really come to like MACROSS 82-99, Future Girlfriend 音楽, and Moe Shop (don’t judge me). Finally, to top it all off is a cubic ton of synthwave—but you’ll have to listen to my show to find out who my favorite synthwave artist is.

What is your favorite music memory (show, festival, etc.)?

My favorite music memory is listening to this old 70’s rock cassette that my dad played in the car whenever we would be driving to Los Angeles. I’m a Reno native, and we would go there often, so it ended up being this regular 12 hour trip that was always filled with the same bunch of songs. By some miracle I never got tired of listening to any of it, and a few of those songs are still in my favorites.

What can we expect from NIGHTHOWL this semester?

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to my show, then you can expect some quality synthwave music along with my thought and opinions on the stuff happening in the genre and the world in general. Come join us every Tuesday—I promise I don’t bite. To all of you out there who do catch my show every week, then know that I’ll keep on playing the best synthwave music I can find. A bunch of new releases are rumored to be lined up, so I’m really excited to be able to play those and share them with you. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet some people who share my taste in music, so I’ll see if I can get some guests on the show for some extra energy to spice things up every once in a while. Other than music selection, I’ve also got some stuff in the works for a new intro and better quality in general. At some point during the semester all this stuff should kick in, so stay tuned!

You can follow the Nighthowler on NIGHTHOWL’s twitter here.

J. Pike - Powerhouse EP

J. Pike, otherwise known as Josh Pike, gifts us a collection of four songs with his debut Powerhouse EP. Complete with clanging hats, running basslines, and eclectic samples, this EP showcases not only J. Pike’s talent, but also his personality. In this way, you get to know him with every listen through not only as a producer, but also as a person.

Cover art by Tiffany Javier.

The Powerhouse EP opens up with “Gangsta,” a dynamic track that possesses otherworldly sounds reminiscent of your classic tech house DJ. You can definitely hear the influences of some of J. Pike’s favorite artists including FISHER, Billy Kenny, and Latmun. Every time I listen to this track, I feel this bassline in your plums, and the laserbeam-like sounds create a futuristic atmosphere. This song transports you to another dimension right off the bat, and throughout the EP, you just got further and further into the shadow realm.

They say mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, but this EP is quite a powerhouse on its own. The debut single alone after which the EP is named (“Powerhouse”) can easily be heard at your local club rumbling the floors and bumping the bodies.

Upon interviewing J. Pike prior to the EP’s release, he revealed the appeal many house-heads had for “Powerhouse.” One listener had even claimed to expect this song to play on legendary producer and Dirtybird Records founder Claude Vonstroke’s infamous Birdhouse podcast. I could definitely see this song, and any song from the EP, picked up by music labels such as Dirtybird.

“East Harlem Shakedown” includes a wacky sample from the one of J. Pike’s favorite movies, Anchorman, and it is extremely fitting to his persona. As the sample dictates, he truly does take that bassline for a walk, and I am walking alongside it the entire time.

J. Pike closes the EP with some deep dark techno, his specialty in my opinion. Even the title “Abyss” alludes to the type of vibe this track conveys. The sound is clearly reminiscent of the kind of content you would expect from some of J. Pike’s favorite techno labels such as Drumcode Records.

As a longtime friend and listener of J. Pike, I highly commend Josh for his growth and development as a producer. He claims to already have more tracks on the way this year that are bigger and better than ever. His work ethic shows and his natural talent just keeps on growing. I am incredibly eager to see what Josh has in store for us.

You can listen to the Powerhouse EP below on SoundCloud and connect with J. Pike through his Twitter or Instagram!