Well here you go UndrgrndSound family, we have an exclusive look behind the scenes of some of the biggest sources of EDM!
Q:You are quite a busy person, why don’t you tell us a little bit about what you do at SiriusXM as well as other things your involved in?
I’m a radio geek through and through. Weekdays I’m on BPM, the electronic dance channel on SiriusXM and on weekends I DJ on 92.3 Now, the top 40/pop channel in NYC. I also host an independent podcast called The Bender, which is a hybrid talk and music show covering pop culture and music.
Q:What is the best part about being on both Commercial and Satellite Radio?
I love being on the radio so any venue that allows me to do so I’m grateful for. Satellite is great because the listenership is so loyal – with commercial free music stations people listen for hours on end in their cars, plus it’s a national audience. BPM listeners are so passionate about their music and they don’t hesitate to get in touch – I love getting tweets from listeners.
As for FM, the ability to interact on the phones and do live contests is huge for me. I grew up listening to FM, and despite what some people say I don’t think it’s a dying medium. Sure, you have to sit through commercials but local, live radio creates an emotional connection like nothing else. I’m glad to be working at 92.3 where we’re all live and local…that can’t be said for other stations and cities.
Q: How and when can our followers tune in and check it out?
I’m on BPM weekdays noon-6 EST. Weekend afternoons on 92.3 in NYC. And my podcast The Bender comes out every Wednesday on iTunes and www.benderlounge.com.
Q: So, it seems you already have made some noise by having guests such as Carmen Electra, Damien Fahey, and Wendy Williams. What kind of future endeavors might we expect to see on upcoming episodes of The Bender?
The Bender is my personal playground where I get to set the rules and binge on topics and music I want people to know about. I’ll be at ULTRA Music Fest so I’m sure there will be some shenanigans I’ll be talking about on the podcast that might not make it to air on BPM… plus we have some Coachella tricks up our podcast sleeves.
Q: And you also have deep roots in NYC radio and media, tell us a little bit about what your proudest past achievements are….
I started on the radio in NYC doing nights for K-Rock, which was Howard Stern’s flagship radio station. It was an honor to be on the same station as him and a totally surreal experience as the ship went down before he moved to satellite radio. I was the youngest full-time DJ they ever had, so as a kid only a couple years out of college it was an unbelievable experience for me to join the big leagues so early in my career.
Q: As you know, we focus heavily on Electronic Dance Music both well known and unknown…
Who are your favorite artists and who are some of your musical inspirations?
BT was my first EDM obsession. His album “Movement in Still Life” helped me through some tough times in college… that was the album I used to listen to while plopped down on my tiny twin college bed, wondering what the future held. Nowadays I like the heavy-hitter EDM artists, especially the ones that have cross-over appeal with pop radio: Zedd, Krewella, Avicii, Audien. I also enjoy more minimal EDM artists you’d hear on Electric Area. They’re great cooking music…even though I don’t cook.
Q:This is a wild card question, but hey, why not: I understand you have a cat Malcolm, would you consider him one of your inspirations as well?
Ha! Malcolm is a true #EDMCat. I leave BPM on when I leave my apartment because he’s such a huge fan. His brother Luther prefers straight up pop music, but what can you do?
Q:Where do you think EDM is heading in the near future?
I feel like I joined BPM at the top of a crescendo for the EDM format. I’m psyched about the trajectory of the format, but I can also sympathize with ardent EDM followers who feel like the format is “selling out.” As someone who has worked on the sell-out side of radio, I would tell those people that mass exposure of the music you love doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It might feel less exclusive as time goes on, and yes, massive amounts of money might spoil some of the top EDM artists…but just think about the pleasure your favorite EDM album gave you. Why not let the rest of the world in on it?
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