The Garden of Intellectual Fungus
Song - Artist -
Fado Portugues - Amalia Rodrigues -
Earlier in the semester, Tonka, KBHAM, and myself decided to all interview one another, as we often wind up hanging out in the studio during one another’s shows and thought it would make for some interesting blogs. Here are the questions that they asked me:
1. How did you hear about WHUS and what made you want to get involved?
When I transferred to UConn my sophomore year, a couple of my friends were in the training class for WHUS and talked about it all the time. I love listening to the radio, but I was always more into the production/recording aspect of music than wanting to be on air. At the beginning of spring semester that school year, I kind of just woke up one morning and decided I was going to join WHUS and do a radio show. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into, but it was honestly the best decision that I have made in my entire life. I've met some of my best friends from being at the radio station, interviewed one of my favorite bands, and it was definitely the highlight of college for me, and doing a show is the highlight of my week now that I have graduated.
2. What do you do as a "day" job?
I am a substitute teacher, which sounds awful but I love it! I'm going to grad school right now to get my teaching certificate and Master's degree in English, so this is good practice in the meantime. I have the best students that I could ever ask for.
3. Tell me who your favorite Musical group is and why?
My favorite band changes every few years. Currently it is Minus the Bear. I love bands that write either intelligent music or lyrics, or both, and Minus the Bear has probably the most unique music out of any band I listen to. That, and I love stuff that has twinkly sounding guitar riffs. "Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse" and "Pachuca Sunrise" are two of my favorite songs ever.
Oh, but since I play mostly punk rock on my show, I'm going to cheat and say that Rancid is also my favorite band, since I have been listening to them since I was 14 and they are one of the bands that first got me into punk.
4. Who is the most famous person you have ever met and how did you meet them?
I have never met any "celebrities," but during my time as a DJ, I have interviewed These Arms Are Snakes and Jordan Blilie of Past Lives and the now defunct Blood Brothers. Meeting the guys in These Arms Are Snakes was definitely one of the highlights of my life because they were one of my favorite bands all throughout college. They are all really awesome dudes, and I'm glad that even though TAAS is broken up now that they are still playing in other bands (Ryan Fredericksen's in Narrows and Brian Cook is in Russian Circles).
5. What is your favorite childhood memory?
It's a tie between Olympic Day every spring in elementary school and going on day trips to Cape Cod with my grandma to visit relatives/hanging out with the Dodds clan in general.
6. Have you ever gotten lost/ what is your best getting lost story?
I actually pride myself in the fact that I am like a human GPS and can figure out where I am at any given second. I don't know if I have ever really been lost, because I go for drives and try to get lost for fun all the time, but I can always easily find my way back to a road that I know. Road trips and aimless adventures are pretty much my favorite things to do, which is kind of a weird hobby, but it's so much fun.