The Art of Eastern European Folk Music

I am a violinist by trade, and the reason I started playing and became a musician in the first place is because I was exposed to Balkan music- or Eastern European folk music. This tradition is radically different from the Western paradigm in many ways, which is part of why I’ve been inspired by the music since I was a child. This folk …

~ DJ of the Week: Ben Stephens ~

DJ: Ben Stephens // DJ Friemd Genre: Hip Hop Show: “Beige Alert” Year: Sophomore Major: Geology Hometown: Park City, UT     What kind of show do you have and how long have you been a KUPS DJ? I’ve been a KUPS DJ for two semesters. My show this semester is focusing on particular aspects of beats in hip-hop. Every …

~ Interview: Alejandro Zerah from Hesperian Sound Division

Alejandro Zerah is a 21-year-old producer and DJ who currently resides in Chicago, IL where he is attending school. In late 2013- early 2014, Zerah and his friend Nick Tillman started the record label Hesperian Sound Division and came out with their first release, an EP by TSR-2. In August of 2014, Hesperian released their first compilation online, featuring artists …

~ DJ of the Week: Parker Simpson ~

DJ: Parker Simpson // DJ Pucker Pan Genre: Alternative Show: “Pucker’s Purgatory” Year: Freshman Major: Undecided Hometown: Renton, WA What kind of show do you have and how long have you been a KUPS DJ? It’s sort of an experimental, psychedelic with some funkier stuff too. I’ve been a DJ for two semesters, last semester and this semester too.   …

~ DJ of the Week: Johnny Yacovelle ~

DJ: Johnny Yacovelle // DJ Big Johan Genre: Loud Rock Show: “Rockturnal Emissions” Year: Junior Major: Chinese and Psychology Hometown: San Diego, CA   What kind of show do you have and how long have you been a KUPS DJ? My show is pretty much just a variety of metal. Usually, I have a common theme depending on what’s going …

~ DJ(s) of the Week: Liam & Cooper ~

DJ: Liam // DJ Sculpin & Cooper // DJ Lil Coopy Genre: Hip Hop Show: The Rhythm Changes Year: Senior // Senior Major: Geology // Business & Gender Studies Hometown: Bellingham, OH // Clairmont, CA     What kind of show do you have and how long have you been a KUPS DJ? Liam: Our show is kind of a …

Great Study Musik and Cosmic Vibrations from the Days of German Yore

When preparing for the midterms week ahead, I often find myself conflicted between studying for those midterms and perfecting the silly, insignificant things about how I study. Music, with its aural environment that can facilitate learning and work, comes to mind as the most important detail. It decides whether or not I can concentrate properly, become relaxed without becoming sleepy, …

~ Interview: WMD ~

Interview by Electronic Music Director Padideh Aghanoury     I recently sat down with local electronic musician Maddie Levine, also known as WMD, to talk about their musical approach, their thoughts on the electronic music scene up in Seattle and other surrounding areas and their upcoming tour. Maddie started fiddling with machinery around age 14 or 15, and by 19 …

~ DJ of the Week: Sarah Johnson ~

Whew! It’s been a while since we’ve done DJ of the week but it’s a new semester and we have a new programming schedule with awesome DJs fighting to be crowned ~ DJ of the Week ~ by their music directors! To start off the semester we have Alternative DJ Sarah Johnson!   DJ: Sarah Johnson // DJ Young Sarah …

Interview: Working for the Peace Corps

This week we are helping promote the Peace Corps! Fun fact: The University of Puget Sound was recently named #1 in Peace Corps volunteers among small colleges. KUPS Intern Sarah Rogowskey interviewed UPS student Aaron Pomerantz about his experience volunteering in the Peace Corps in Gambia:   Q: What inspired you to join the Peace Corps, and why did you choose to …