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!
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