Miranda here! Read along as I pick our General Managers brain and learn about topics such as pop-punk angst, his unique start at KCSC, and his advice to interns at the station.
Me: Let’s start with the basics, DJ name and Show name?
Sam: DJ Two Ham Sam, and Sam’s Soapbox. It was originally called the hour where Sam talks about his feelings and favorite movies, but that was too long, so I just stuck to feelings thing, so basically I just play some really angsty music, then jump on the mic and talk about things that annoy me. (Sounds like some good stress relief)
Me: Is the commentary thought out and scripted, or do you speak whatever is on your mind?
Sam: Well it’s on Sunday so I can just see all the bullsh*t that happens during the week, probably some of that will set me off. The music I play is also pretty representative of my feelings at the time. Not to mention the angsty pop-punk music fits well into my stressful schedule.
Me: What is your favorite genre, pop punk?
Sam: I really like all music but I would say it is heavily pop-punk, and before that it just emo music, before that is was hip-hop. Not to mention there is a really big pop-punk scene in Chico, and I’m pretty familiar with them and play a lot of their music.
Me: Oh so do you also go to the freaky metal shows at Monstros?
Sam: I have gone to some of those, Monstros is a cool place, it doesn’t even feel real, kind of like you’re walking into an episode of the twilight zone.
Me: How did you get into music, do you play instruments?
Sam: No, but I grew up in a household where we all were connected by the music we would listen to, and would all talk about the music we listened to. My dad for instance was always really into the pop music he would listen to, like David Bowie and Elton John, and so we have always really bonded over that. Even though no one in my family played instruments, we all listened to music and have always really appreciated it.
Me: What was one of your favorite live shows?
Sam: Kaytranada – I saw him at the Observatory in Orange County. I like that he has a unique sound, and is not like other DJ’s. He has a funky sound that is great for vibing to at shows, because I’m not into the mega high energy, loud, bass in your face, but I like the whole vibey sound. He also had some trippy visuals, and had some sick dance moves while he was up there. For one of his songs, he had three beats in a row and he dabbed perfectly with each one of them, and it was the perfect triple dab.
Me: Do you have any funny stories from the radio station you would want to share?
Sam: The story of how I joined the station is pretty funny, it was my freshmen year and just my second day of going to Chico, and I saw the table, and they were playing this Outkast song I was really into at time, and I walked up to them, and said “Hey this is a great song” and they said “Hey if you like this music you should join the radio station.” So now three years later, here I am in charge of it. (6 semesters strong at KCSC!)
Me: What has been the best part of interning at KCSC, and best part of now being the manager?
Sam: The best part really is the strong community of people, if you get involved you know that you become friends with all the interns, and you know you always have friends at the station. As a manger I love being able to facilitate that kind of emotion, because that’s how you get people to work harder, and put in more effort into what the do.
Me: I agree, I always thought it was unique when I first began at KCSC how I would walk into the radio station, and a people would always be hanging out on the couches and conversing.
Sam: The only problem with that is that it can feel a little cliquey, like it is the group of people who is in charge, but that has been one thing I have been trying to fix this semester so that every feels included, and its not just the directors, but this is your space too, and you can hang out here.
Me: Building on that, do you have any visions for the radio station?
Sam: Right now one of our visions is to become a little bigger in the local music scene, and be able to facilitate our own shows. We want to be able to help local artists. For example hosting shows at the Naked Lounge.
Me: What do you think KCSC has taught you in your time here?
Sam: KCSC has taught me a lot about maturity because I am still younger than a lot of the interns at the station, but I am the manager. So theres a lot of learning as I go, and growing up. I had a lot of proving of myself to do because I went straight from a normal intern to the General Manager, rather than first holding a board position. It can also be hard to manage your friends, because you don’t want to come down on them, but you have to sometimes.
Me: So after the radio station and graduation in a year, at this point where would you like to go?
Sam: I am a media arts major, and I am trying to figure where I would fit best. I have been getting a lot of radio offers already, I have already been asked to fill the DJ spot at 103 fm. And a lot of Alumni have gotten good positions at radio stations after KCSC, because it is really good real world experience. So I may end up in radio, but my biggest goal is to end up on the visual side. I want to be on TV on day.
Me: Words of wisdom for future KCSC DJ’s?
Sam: Enjoy it while you can. Take it seriously, but remember there are a lot of learning experience and it is for fun. You need to do your job, and be good at what you do, but take every opportunity you get, because we do give you a lot of opportunities here at KCSC.
Interview by: Miranda Moog, DJ Moog of Barbie & Friends.Read More