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.