OG Willikers // Zach Maloof

What is your name and DJ name?

Zach Maloof, OG Willikers. I perform as OG Willikers, that’s my emcee name, or hiphop name, or stage name, or alter ego – whatever you want to call it.

What is the name of your show and when is it on?

Rhyme Schemes with OG Willikers, 7-8pm on Tuesdays.

Please describe your show. What is its format?

The tagline I came up with organically: “Underground hiphop from the Southwest and beyond.”

Underground hiphop is the underground network of independent artists that either don’t do it full time, or have done it lifelong but have never made a career out of it. It’s a network of DJs, and emcees, and promoters and club owners, and a lot of those people are kind of the same thing. So collaboration is a huge element, and that’s kind of what this show is – it’s me playing musicians I know, have worked with, or are part of this underground network.

What drew you to participate in KMRD?

I’ve been DIY since Warehouse 21 days in Santa Fe, when I was a 14 year old kid and I was learning how to promote and book concerts. I’m 34 now, so that’s 20 years  now that I’ve been involved in DIY, underground. Back then it was punk rock, I didn’t really do the hiphop thing til my twenties. I was a promoter, event organizer, did tour booking, and that all went away, but I have this thriving network of awesome people I’ve met and I loved growing it. It was just so fun to meet new people, and put all the dots together. So when that ended, I was drawn to this, because it’s like a pivot during COVID – this was my way of still being able to give these people a platform, and be heard. 

What drew me to participate was also wanting to be more involved in this community. Instead of just being someone who lives here and takes up space, I wanted to contribute and share and get to know people, and it’s helped build a sense of camaraderie with, “Oh, what do you play on your show?” “How do you do that?” “Do you need me to edit that track for you? I’ll do that for you.” It’s just a fun thing for everyone to talk about, and have in common. One friend plays Texas country music (Dirt Devil, Fridays 11am-noon) but we still chill and talk about the radio shows, and it’s fun. I don’t listen to that music, I don’t really want to, but because it’s her show I enjoy it. I imagine as much as I get out of it – I can express myself – I can imagine other people feel the same way. So that’s what I think is so cool, that we can all kind of share ourselves in this community, get to know each other in a fun way.

What is the appeal of doing a radio show? How does it fit into the rest of your life?

I have this network of artists I was booking and working with and building with, and my monthly event, which is kind of the biggest thing I’ve ever done, a culmination of all my skills. It was this awesome thing – that’s the thing that still makes me really sad with COVID and everything, that one really still stings. But I was booking around five artists, once a month, from all over the country. Now, with this show, I play seventeen artists a week. So that’s really cool, how that’s exponentially grown. And it’s really showing in my social media feeds, and even now when I’m releasing music, I have all these people who are like, “Hey, he played my track! That’s cool, I’ll check out his music.” We’re all kind of sharing, and in a way that’s been really cool, how this has actually helped me with my platform as well. 

What difference has being a DJ made in your life?

I’ve been a big fan of music for so many years, and I’ve always enjoyed all these other artists. I’ve seen everyone live so many times, but this has been an experience where I’m sitting there and paying very close attention to their recorded works. Their records, their discographies… I can see their strategies even: that person released that single, and then they released another one this month, and then they released an album. Just seeing how everyone moves. I feel like a lot of underground artists in my position, we’re just so busy working on our own craft that we’re not really as aware of how other people even in our own bubbles are really doing things. So for me, I’m getting so many insights. I’ll be digging through artists I know very well’s music and I’ll see someone they worked with, click on that and realize that that person worked with this other person I know, and the network just gets more woven. I discover more and more music that way. I’m digging – I was never a sample-digger, but this – I definitely relate to digging because I’m like, “I gotta find that hot track for my playlist this week, I need something fresh!” It’s been very enriching to me.

What are your hopes for your show?

It’s what I hoped for, I like it as it is, I like that it’s growing, I like meeting new artists. I hope that when the world opens up I get to meet a lot of the newer artists I’ve discovered through this show, that I get to actually work with them, and grow.

What are your hopes for the station?

I hope that COVID goes away soon and that we can start doing more activities, and grow on another level: grow physically, not just over the airwaves. 

Raven

What is your name and DJ name?

My name is Raven and my DJ name is Raven.

What is the name of your show and when is it on?

My show is called The Sugar Show, it’s on 8 to 9 on Sunday nights.

Please describe your show. What is its format?

I have no format, really. There’s some loose format. I play whatever I want, and that’s really fun. I try to share interesting tidbits of information about the artists, and I like to let people know what year the record came out and what record it’s on. So I do a little more of a formal back-announcing than some people do. But other than that, there’s no format, really. It’s mostly music – pretty much entirely music. 

What drew you to participate in KMRD?

I knew about KMRD as soon as I moved back to Madrid in 2017, so it had been going for two years by then. I was super excited to come back to town – I grew up in Santa Fe, and a little bit in Madrid too, and to come back and find out that there was this incredible collective effort for community radio was invigorating, and I was so psyched. Being the nerdy person that I am, I looked it up and read as much as I could about it. I remember reading about how KMRD got started, and the licensing window for Low Power radio stations and so it was like I knew I wanted to take part in it just seeing what it did for the community, but then also reading about what you had done to make it happen as a small group in the genesis days of KMRD made me really want to be part of it. But then I was really shy and didn’t feel really ready for the public presence that I would have to bring to doing a show, so I put it off for years, and then didn’t start until 2020. I spent three years thinking about it…

What is the appeal of doing a radio show? How does it fit into the rest of your life?

Learning new technology and new ways to present myself, or my creative mind, has been really exciting. The idea of radio before doing the show and training here felt impossible, like something that only radio people do. It’s almost like you have to already be in it, or you have to be invited by the radio gods, or something, or be that person in college or something – I felt like I missed my window in school. And I just never felt welcome to this space. So something that’s really exciting to me is feeling welcome to the space. The appeal is really rooted in that it is so community-oriented and accessible and diverse. I feel like no matter where I’m at – however weird or not weird my show is, if it’s expected songs, or if it’s really whacko songs that I’d be nervous to play to a party – I feel like there’s space for it here. There’s so many cool things coming out of this radio station, but I think it lacks that cool kid affect that can be really exclusive and exclusionary. That’s what I want to be part of at this point in my life. I feel way more comfortable expressing myself now, through the radio, than I ever thought I would be. It’s built confidence in this really unexpected way, and it’s an anchor for my week now: it’s the only thing I do consistently, other than work, and like, eat. I don’t have any social engagements that are as consistent. It’s a really positive challenge that’s just anchored at the end of my week – to be creative and make space for that every week, and that’s awesome. 

What difference has being a DJ made in your life?

I think the biggest difference it’s made in my life, aside from what I’ve already said, is I listen to music differently than I did before. I have always been kind of nerdy about music to some extent, in my own weird way, but now it’s like I see a lot more potential in music than I did before. I think before I saw music as an expression of my identity, like the things that I liked were somehow ways of expressing my identity, now there’s still that, but I listen to music in a way broader way. I allow myself to openly enjoy much broader things, because I’m just thinking about what’s interesting – not what’s cool, or what’s “good,” or what’s good enough to play in front of other people, or good enough to admit liking. All those weird shame processes – it makes me think of school, going through public education and just getting made fun of or something. I’ve totally been able to let go of that and just been like, what’s enjoyable? or what’s interesting? I play things I don’t even always like, because I think they’re interesting. And that’s really different, that’s changed my relationship to art, and to music especially. It’s a really cool different lens for art and artists and what people are making and how it fits into the bigger world of art-making. I’m enjoying music in a different way and it’s also changed me just because I make time for creativity every week, and that’s the biggest thing. Even when I don’t want to, then I have to, and it always feels good.

What are your hopes for your show?

I really want to learn how to actually DJ, like Will does. I want to learn how to mix and layer things. I think the feminist approach for me is really exciting, wanting to get skills that I feel like I’m not welcome to, like technical skills that I think I could totally learn here. 

I want to incorporate other forms of art in creative ways, in imaginative ways – like how can I weave in little tidbits of writing or of maybe my own writing and art-making into it. At the end of the day, I think I want my show to be a little more textural than it is now. Right now I play songs, and then I’ll back-announce them and then I’ll play another set – I do like sets, and it’s kind of more simple, kind of classic radio structure. It feels like a very simple format, and I’d like to still have that human, accessible, live DJ vibe, but have things be a little more textural, where it can be a little more of a feeling or an idea than just like these segments, like a little caterpillar. 

I also want to do collaborative shows. I’m thinking of music as an interview, with friends and stuff, and as excuses to connect with people I haven’t talked to in a while, to build shows together. And probably not even have them and their voice in it very much, if at all, but hear them through the music that they pick, and do little interview sets.

What are your hopes for the station?

I want to up my participation in the space, I want to be a little more involved in what’s keeping this place up. I want to ask more people to do the same. I want work to be spread a little more evenly, because I want it to last for – I’d love to have a kid who knows about this radio station. Or gets to have like a 10-year-old’s show. Either we get money, or get work spread out more. That’s the big one – I have lots of dreams, probably, for this place. 

Dylan

What is your name and DJ name?

My name is Dylan, and my DJ name is also Dylan.

What is the name of your show and when is it on?

The HipHopapotamus Show, and it’s on Sundays from 9 to 10.

Please describe your show. What is its format?

I noticed that there was a minimal amount of hiphop in the area, in general, so I decided to focus mostly on hiphop, but I deviate to soul, and neo-soul, and funk and r&b.

What drew you to participate in KMRD?

Kate and Adrian told me to do it and I thought it was a good idea.

I used to DJ in Denver a little bit, but I was helping behind the scenes  – it was like a podcast/DJ thing, and I was doing the online editing stuff while the video was going out. That was mostly like a radio talk show about hiphop in the area – it was community radio there. I have experience with sound boards, and I like music a lot. 

What is the appeal of doing a radio show? How does it fit into the rest of your life?

The appeal for me, specifically for hiphop, is that a lot of hiphop on the radio is overplayed, like one or two songs from the newest artist, and they don’t play a lot of the underground stuff or DJ instrumentals or anything like that. That also is what drew me to KMRD – is that it’s freeform, you can do whatever you want. The appeal is to play underrated music.

I actually was not listening to music that much until I started doing the show, and then I started finding more music. I do professional cleaning on the side, too, and you listen to music while you’re cleaning a lot. Before I was just playing whatever, like old stuff I listened to, but I found a lot of new music since I’ve started doing this, so that’s exciting.

What difference has being a DJ made in your life?

How DJing has changed my life is introducing me to more music – and more people, on the station, and their taste. More music in general. 

What are your hopes for your show?

I hope that I can get it together each week – before the hour of. That would be nice. My other hope is to eventually get (partner) Xochitl to collaborate with me. For a while I thought it would be cool if we did hiphop history, because I’m just always playing music but I never really talk about what I play. Some of it you don’t really need to talk about – like the classic stuff and instrumental stuff – but talking about where they got the influence from…

I hope that people who don’t listen to hiphop might start to.

What are your hopes for the station?

That it never dies!

DJ Thrifty

What is your name and DJ name?

DJ Thrifty.

What is the name of your show? When is it on?

The name of the show is The Junk Joint Jukebox, on Thursday nights from 9pm to 11pm.

Please describe your show. What is its format?

My show takes place in a a junk joint in an abandoned mine shaft under Madrid, with a secret passage from KMRD to the junk joint, in which sirens (that I’m a little bit afraid of) and blind albino reindeer roam. I have the world’s largest jukebox, with every song in the world, so I have the ability to play any song.

What drew you to participate in KMRD?

I was originally encouraged by the DJs of The Nightjar to participate, since I had had public radio experience.

What is the appeal of doing a radio show? How does it fit into the rest of your life?

It feels good to give back to the community once a week, and share music that has influenced my week or is pertinent to the global condition. 

It gives me the ability to share all the new music that I load in the junk joint jukebox from the thrift stores around the world.

What difference has being a DJ made in your life?

It’s continued to expose me to more music and keep an open mind with new music and all genres of music.

What are your hopes for your show?

I hope to be able to have a global dance party every week, with positive vibes for the whole world.

What are your hopes for the station?

I hope the station lasts longer than I live, and continues to be the bright light in the south Santa Fe County (and the world, via the internet). 

DJ L Boogie Woogie // Elle LaGuardia

What is your name and DJ name?

My name is Elle LaGuardia, and my DJ name is DJ L Boogie Woogie.

What is the name of your show? When is it on?

My show is Moonday Medleys: The Moon at Six, formerly known as The Moon at Noon.

Please describe your show. What is its format?

Usually what I tend to do is pick a theme, and that usually kind of gets the whole flow of the show going. I will pick anything from a color to a fruit to a subject, and I tend to flow my show around that. What I like about picking a subject is that it helps me kind of get a flow, but get comfortable using different genres. 

What drew you to participate in KMRD?

I was having a difficult transition in life and I needed an outlet. Being a radio DJ here and volunteering for our radio station was something I had thought about for a few years, and it was actually a really difficult time in my life that drew me to come here and take on a new hobby. I am so grateful to have this medium in my life and I truly enjoy it, and I cherish it. I’m grateful to have KMRD and it helped me through a difficult time in my life. And I would recommend it to anybody who is having a hard time.

What is the appeal of doing a radio show? How does it fit into the rest of your life?

One of my favorite things about being a radio DJ is introducing myself to so many new songs. That is so fun for me – in the past two years, almost, as a DJ, I have introduced myself to hundreds of new songs that I would have never heard if I wasn’t taking time to research my shows. Just researching a show and putting it together forces you to sit down and explore music, which is pretty amazing. And I wouldn’t be doing so if I wasn’t a DJ.

What difference has being a DJ made in your life?

For me, it’s actually an art form. It’s a medium for me, it’s my artistic outlet, and it may not be visual but it allows me to express myself in another way, which I absolutely love. Moonday Medleys is my schedule. I look forward to sitting down and creating my show on Sunday, and I wake up on Mondays and I get excited. I may not be sitting down with a canvas, but I am creating a canvas, and I’m sharing it with the community, which is pretty awesome. 

It’s really nice to be able to have a voice in the community as well. Being able to express something that you’re feeling. For example, doing my suicide awareness show was super important to me. It felt really great to have a way to share that with my community, of something that I was feeling and I wanted to share, that I thought might help one listener. And that felt really huge to have the opportunity to do that.

What are your hopes for your show?

My hopes are to continue to have something to look forward to, week to week. It’s truly something that’s in my agenda that I look forward to, when there’s so many things in my agenda that I do not look forward to. My hopes are just to keep me uplifted as a DJ and to keep me excited and to keep me open-minded and continuing to discover new music. And being able to share my discoveries with all the listeners – I mean, that’s what excites me. It’s like at least one song a show I find gold – and I’m like, “Oh my god, I need everybody to hear this song!” So my hope is that when I put on that golden song, I hope everyone’s listening. Being able to take my personal time to discover really beautiful music, and then being able to share it with the listeners.

What are your hopes for the station?

I want us to live on forever and ever, of course!

My hope for the station is that we continue to receive the donations to be able to stay afloat, without struggle. 

To continue to be this beautiful KMRD community that we are. To continue our gatherings, and our fundraisers, and our amazing little family parties. It does feel like a family. The Christmas parties are so amazing, and they make me feel included. I hope to see it continue. I hope to never see an end. It’s really a beautiful amazing special unique thing, that KMRD offers to our community. And community’s really important. So to have something like this, I just never want to see it die. It’s really special to be part of something so unique. In order to continue being part of it, I want to see the success of the station and we rely on our supporters for that. So I just hope to continue our support, and I hope our support grows.