DJ of the Week – Holden Chen

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* DJ of the Week – Holden Chen *



DJ: Holden Chen // DJ Holden

Genre: Alternative

Show: “Conventions Left Behind”

Year: Freshman

Major: IPE & Chinese

Hometown: Sherman, Texas


What kind of show do you have and how long have you been a KUPS DJ?

This semester I’m doing a krautrock show, which investigates the late 60s and early 70s prog – German prog rock. And I’ve been a DJ since last semester.


What made you want to have a krautrock show?

I was just searching around during winter break and I found this really interesting genre. ‘Cause I was wondering what I wanted to do for this semester’s show and so, I was just doing some looking around and found it and thought it was really cool and interesting, so I wanted to take it on and share it with people.


What inspired the show name “Conventions Left Behind”?

Definitely the progressive nature of krautrock. Definitely leaving a lot of conventions behind that are really evident in a lot of the British and American rock n roll during that time. It kind of deviated from that standard.


What was the first concert you ever went to?

The first concert I ever went to was a festival actually, and I can’t remember what it was called. It was a music festival and it was some alternative, local radio station that sponsors it every year. And I think the headliner was Death Cab For Cutie. I really liked that band at the time so I went and saw them.


What was the first CD/vinyl/cassette tape you bought?

I’ve actually never bought any vinyl, but I did win a vinyl from KUPS. It was some psychedelic band that I don’t remember. I was probably like 10 when I bought my first CD, it was probably, like, Jesse McCartney or something like that.


How did you get introduced to the music you play on your show?

YouTube, Google, doing a lot of search on Spotify. Spotify has been really good for like, music searching lately. And reading some blogs online. Definitely the internet was a huge help.


Who are some of your favorite musicians/albums right now?

I’ve been listening to this band called NE-HI – it was on rotation this week and I’ve really been enjoying them. And Cherry Glazerr, and a couple weeks ago I went and saw Hippo Campus – they released a new album called Landmark and it’s really good, I’ve been enjoying that lately.


What’s your favorite part of being a DJ?

My favorite part of being a DJ is definitely getting to know the people that come before me and come after my show – just talking to them and asking them what kind of music they’re interested in and sharing music with them. Just like, being connected with all the DJs and stuff – I think it’s really cool ‘cause I’m just interested in hearing what they like to listen to. I think that was a huge part in what actually drew me into KUPS so, it’s pretty cool.

(Interview by Shanna Williams, Digital Media Director)