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.

The Snake’s Nest

The Snake’s Nest djs

DJ Jiah (Left) & DJ Ced (Right)

Introduce yourselves (name, year, major, fun fact, etc.). 

Ced: My name is Cedrick Alcala and I am a junior at the university. I am a journalism major with
a minor in cinema and media studies. A fun fact about me is that I usually go by Ced. Whenever
a place asks for my name they swear I’m saying Seth.
Jiah: My name is Jiah Jewell and I’m currently a senior. I’m a journalism major with a history
minor. A fun fact about me is that i have 4 initials and they’re all J’s. Also I’ve never met
someone with the same spelling of Jiah as me.

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

Ced: Our show is called The Snake’s Nest. It is a direct reference to a $UICIDEBOY$ tape
called High Tide In The Snake’s Nest. I met Jiah through that amazing rap duo. The first day I
met Jiah we already made plans to go see them live. That following weekend, we road tripped
to SF to see the BOY$ on tour.
You can expect to hear a lot of fast-paced aggressive rap on our show however we stay
switching it up so much you might have to call us snakes.
Jiah: We came up with the show one night at Ced’s house after a concert. I was currently living
back in California for the time, as I had taken a break from UNR for personal reasons. Anyways
we were up late one night after a concert (I think it was Xavier Wulf) and we got to discussing
this and that, and ended up boiling down to that we’re gonna do a hip-hop radio show once I got
back into town. Boom.

Who are some of your favorite artists to listen to?

Ced: I have a lot of love for so many artists of all genres. People think that because I host a
primarily underground rap show, that is the only thing I listen to. I love getting put on to new
music. Some favorite artists of all time include System of a Down, Gorillaz, Outkast, and Wu-
Tang Clan. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Rex Orange County, Steve Lacy, Corbin, Boy
Pablo, and Night Rooms. Some favorite rappers right now include Yung Bans, Lil Gnar, and
Lord Saiyan. I will forever listen to Lil Peep, rest in peace Gus.
Jiah: Growing up my dad was a vocalist in a Tool cover band, so I grew up listening to a lot of
Maynard projects, from Tool to A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. I’m just like Ced, in that I also
listen to different genres. Some of my all time favorites across the board would be Deftones,
Rage Against The Machine, Lil Ugly Mane, Quasimoto, and MF DOOM. Lately some of my
favorite hip-hop artists have been Icy Dave, the Boyfriendz trio, the whole Goth Money Records
collective, and Five Finger Posse. I’ve also been listening to some Conqueror and Revenge in
my spare time, bloody good stuff.

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

Ced: One memorable music experience I had was my first concert back in Oakland 2007. Soulja
Boy, Bow Wow, Chris Brown, and Sean Kingston. Another favorite one was last summer in Los
Angeles; $UICIDEBOY$ had a show at the FTP & FUCT pop up. Police showed up with riot
gear and shut it down ‘cause it got too crazy. Lately I’ve been getting into a lot of concert
photography. Favorite person to shoot by far was Travis Scott in Lake Tahoe.
Jiah: My first memory at a concert came in like…2003? This was weird as hell though. I went
with my parents (I was 7) to this event in Modesto, CA called “Rock n’ Wrestling jam”. Basically, it was this band called Static-X and there was a local independent wrestling promotion that was
doing a show at the same time, in between the intermissions of the bands on-stage. I met
Gangrel there who scared the shit out of me as a kid, but he was my favorite wrestler then. One
of the most memorable experiences I’ve had at a concert I’d say would be Goth Money Records
in a warehouse in Oakland, went too late that the cops ended up kicking down the doors and
kicking us all out. Either that or GWAR, as my dad and I ended up running the mosh pits
together that night, with him using my head as a battering ram at points.

What can we expect from The Snake’s Nest this semester?

Ced: This season of The Snake’s Nest you can expect to hear Jiah and I ramble about our
favorite musicians and what not. Join us as we play underground rap and depressing love
songs, as well as conveying interviews with local artists. We have a lot of plans for the future of
The Snake’s Nest that doesn’t just involve radio. Thank you to everyone that has ever taken the
time to listen to our show and to everyone that continues to support us. Stay tuned and follow us
on social media. Or don’t.
Jiah: Yeah, pretty much what Ced said. We be playing depressing songs but then turn it around
into some big body powerbomb through a table type stuff. We got a lot of plans for the future,
one of them being we’re DJing at the Holland Project on March 30th, yall should pop-out for it if
you’re reading this. And I also gotta thank anyone and everyone who has listened to The
Snake’s Nest, y’all helped me get out of a rut I was in, so I deeply appreciate y’all for tuning in.
Stay tuned for what we got coming up in the near future on our social medias, or don’t.

Get in touch with these two from their socials below and make sure you tune in to THE SNAKE’S NEST playing every Wednesday from 9-10PM PST on wolfpackradio.org

https://twitter.com/THESNAKESNEST

https://twitter.com/snakesnestjiah

https://twitter.com/cedgotobed