Photo by Inger Klekacz
About: To put it as romantically as possible, I was born and raised in a small mountain village in the southeastern corner of Idaho a few miles from a sizable lake the color of the Carribbean sea. The summers were dry and hot, the winters were snowy and cold, and the opportunities to be exposed to obscure pop music were non-existent. A nice place to visit, but you know. I came to Portland in 2007 for the opbmusic.
Still the coolest thing I've ever done: Inspired by Kerouac, Guthrie, et al, in the summer of 1999 I embarked upon two train-hopping trips. Barely planned, ill-funded and with the state of Maine as its end goal, the first one was stopped in its tracks in the middle of Nebraska after 1100 miles, the result of hyper-vigilant law enforcement searching for the "Railway Killer," who was terrorizing the midwest at the time. Chastened by my weekend in jail, the second was a quick extended weekender that took me through eastern Oregon and points unseen over the Blue Mountains.
I became a DJ because of some deep-seeded need to be heard, no doubt, and to have some sort of authority attached to my voice in the process. That was what I heard on the radio growing up, anyway, and to be serious for a moment, it was those voices on the radio, those DJs (tuned in long distance from Salt Lake City or syndicated nationally) who were a kind of lifeline to what was musically happening in the world. That was a big deal for me growing up, MTV-less and living in flyover country. Also, I love music, and I love the music I love even more, and I want the people who make it to be known and to flourish at doing it. I'm just trying to spread the gospel, see.
Ear-Worm Song of the Moment: Like right now, at this instant? Probably Shy Girls' "Gonna Get My Name Back," but that could change in five minutes.
Top Three Favorite Songs or Artists: I really can't keep it to three. Just throwing some out, though: The Smiths, Built to Spill, The Clash, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, all the other good stuff everybody likes.
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