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Haidy Velasquez

It’s time! Yes, another week, another internview. This time we are interviewing Haidy Velasquez! Also I apologize guy’s but there will be no preface today guys, just going to dive right into the questions! Here we go!

1.) Haidy is the Promotions Director here at KCSC. So what does that mean? Well, I will tell you, she is the one who directs all of promotion. Pretty self explanatory I guess, but there will be no room for error in this interview so explain I shall! To further clarify, I am sure most of you have been near the BMU or Library and heard some great music blaring from a stand directly in front of the student store, well that is Haidy. She tables and gets all of you informed on our program and what we do.

2.)So what is our Director of Productions DJ name? DJ Peaceskis. For what reason you may ask? A political statement on peace and love? Nope. She literally just thought of it one day at random. The lesson to be learned here: Don’t look too deep into everything, some things are simple!

3.)In addition to her awesomely random DJ name, Haidy also has one of the best show names I have ever heard. Are you ready? Dark Roast, Extra Bold. If you are a caffeine junkie like me your heart may very well have fluttered upon reading that and if you are interested her show is on Mondays at 4pm. So if you hate Monday’s and need to some caffeination, tune in at 4pm to get a good dose of Dark Roast, Extra Bold.

4.)As if Haidy’s show name wasn’t enough to pull you in, her show features music of the pop punk and “sad boy” persuasion. Haidy is drawn to these genres because they sound great. They pick here up when she is down(following the Monday theme) and ironically enough “sad boy” music makes her the happiest. I can understand that, there is nothing like connecting to lyrics that make you feel a sense of relief and unity, like you are not alone.

5.)If you were interested in Haidy’s music, of course tune in, but also listen to some of her recomendations: Modern Baseball, Dance Gavin Dance, The Cardboard Swords and Somos.

6.)As we have already gone over, Haidy is a Director, but how did she get here? In our interview, she stated that she overheard someone having a conversation about it and also had a friend and involved, both of which got the ball rolling.

7.) “What do you feel KCSC offers its listeners that other stations don’t?” I asked Haidy this and she responded that the people we have on air are just so fun and the music played hasn’t charted so it exposed people to up and comings and diverse artists they may not have known otherwise.

8.)As you may or may not know, KCSC is noncommercial and student run. This is unusual so I asked Haidy how she felt that affected the quality of the station and her response was that it allows for so much freedom over what is played and said. The station is unregulated and she thinks that gives us an edge.
9.)In her time at KCSC Haidy has learned a lot. Some of which she shared with me in our interview. She said that she has learned how to utilize social media which is a useful skill, but the most important thing she gained from the radio station was a close group of friends.
What does Haidy have to say to you guys? I asked and she responded with this;
“All hail our lord and savior, Mason.”
10.)I also asked Haidy what her most embarrassing moment on air was and she declined to answer. Sorry guys.

As always, We love and appreciate all of you and tune in!!

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Album Review: Motorama- Dialogues

Artist: Motorama
Album: Dialogues
Label: Talitres
Release: October 21, 2016motorama-diologues

Hailing from Roston-on-Don, Russia, the post-punk band Motorama has managed to achieve a style of music that wouldn’t be typically be expected from their place of origin. Founded in 2005, and performing only in English, the band has released four full-length albums as well as 2 EPs. The bands indie pop style, melancholy vocals, and synth-filled sounds clearly demonstrate the influence that earlier British post-punk bands such as Joy Division and The Smiths had on Motorama’s style. Their most recent album Dialogues, released in 2016, is a perfect example of the bands desire to recreate the sound of classic post-punk bands and their success in doing so.
There is no better word to describe the album Dialogues other than dreary. However, this is not necessarily a negative description if you’re looking for an album to stare out the window and watch the rain, mend a broken heart, or feel bad for yourself. This is clearly evident even in the albums song titles such as “Hard Times”, “Loneliness”, or “Deep” to name a few. It’s an album that you can listen to the entire way through and hardly notice when the song changes. It is consistent, with hardly any time changes, and most certainly no hidden surprises. The band heavily relies on synths for the majority of the melodies, backed by dreamy guitar riffs, and a drum beat that sounds computer generated. All of this is then tied together by saddening and lackluster vocals singing lyrics of lost loves and what could have beens.
Yet, at the end of the day, these components come together to create a sound that is extraordinarily easy to listen to and oddly attractive. They utilize their synths to juxtapose the vocals and lyrics by playing sharp melodies that almost give a sense of hope in the midst of all the despair. If you can get past the song titles and disheartening lyrics, there is some quality sounds coming from these apparently heartbroken and discouraged young men. The music they produce is something that you can play in the car with your parents without them raising any objections. It’s easy going music with foot tapping jams and has an energy that could be substituted for a lullaby.
Nevertheless, there are a few tracks that certainly stand out among the rest. Track 2 titled “Tell Me” is hands down one of the best on the album. This particular song stands out the most because it has one of the most uplifting and catchy melodies of the album. The guitar continuously picks at various scales and melodies, which goes pleasantly with the high-pitched synths that hold the song together. Moreover, the chorus which asks “Tell me is it hard, to love each other?” has one of the best and most memorable messages of the album which makes the song different from most of the other songs revolving around hopelessness and anguish. Another song that stands out is the song “Deep”. What makes this track so significant is yet again their great use of synths but this time paired with the vocals and an acoustic guitar making the song easy to listen to and vibe with. The synth has complete control over the whole song with scales that repeatedly progress and descend followed by succeeding long notes that guide the vocals and set the tone for the song and will most likely be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
All in all, there is nothing to be lost by adding Dialogues into your music arsenal. At the very least put it on next time you go for a drive and give it a chance. Although not everyone will be down with some of the sadness and negativity that this album creates, musically, it is without a doubt well composed. Starting from the first song to the last, it is an album that is hard to disregard entirely. I think it has a little something for everyone depending on the listener’s musical taste and emotional state at the time.
Reviewed by Jackson Sawa

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Album Review: Cool Company- Slice of Paradise

Artist: Cool Company

Album: Slice of Paradise

Label: Cool Company Music Group

Release Date: October 5, 2016cool-company-slice-of-paradise

Tired of the same old Spotify and Pandora playlists to fill the background of your mellow Saturday afternoon, dinner hour, or long, dazed drive? Leave it up to hip-hop/R&B duo called Cool Company to refresh your background music.

Cool Company’s newest album “Slice of Paradise” is comprised of chill, laid-back tracks and interludes that blend together seamlessly. The sophisticated production combines mellow hip-hop beats, easy electronic synths, and delicate samples that cohesively create a textured platform for the gentle but emotionally present vocals. Each track is dynamic in theme: some groovy, some relaxed, and some energetic, which deems “Slice of Paradise” an entertaining album that listeners will have on repeat. The mix of gospel-esque singing and smooth rap brings eccentricity and sexiness to the album’s character.

The lyricism on “Slice of Paradise” encompasses relatable subjects of getting high, best friends, lovers, and life’s unexpected experiences. The easygoing tone of the rapper/vocalist sets a tranquil mood for the album, but still establishes its presence through catchy choruses and head-bopping beats. “When Did We Get So High?,” “Ride or Die,” “Slice of Paradise,” and “Shame” are top recommended tracks that generously represent the brilliance of this albums’ overall production. Cool Company is especially suggested for those who dip into Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, and The Internet.

Switch up your mellow jams and add some flavor to your background music with Cool Company’s “Slice of Paradise.”

Reviewed by Michelle Fafard

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