What Artist(s) Inspired Your Current Taste In Music? Cont.

So I saw the original blog post, and despite not being a DJ anymore, wanted to get in on the fun! I sent my thing to Melissa, and she told me to make it its own post. Without further adieu, here is the band and the explanation of how they inspired my current taste in music.

Thursday

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DJ Survey: What artist(s) inspired your current taste in music?

Pondering what terrible/magnificent force brought our DJs into the station with a desire to share their playlists is always an interesting train of thought. Regardless of the time spent considering this, the only way to know is to ask! Here are some of our DJs sounding off on the prompt:

What artist really “got you into music”?

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A Night Out With Dispatch

“Best night of my life.” A phrase that I will undoubtedly use again to describe something of monumental meaning to me in the near or distant future. But for this moment the title goes to Dispatch and their sold out performance at Radio City Music Hall. It was their first outing at the world famous hall, and mine as well. In fact, if I were to compare myself to many of the younger crowd, I’d say I wasn’t alone. From the time those golden curtains ascended, we all began the night on the same level: old friends, newcomers, on untouched land that we were about to stake as our own.

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The Most Played Artists in the History of WCDB

WCDB started charting online in 2002 (8/23/2002 by DJ Starks who played Pharcyde – Passin Me By). Some of us (I) were (was) curious to find out which artists have been played the most on our station since that starting point.  This entire list was constructed through manual searches so there are potential artists that could’ve slipped through the cracks. If you find one make sure to let me know in the comments. (Just know that you have to make sure you don’t count covers of their songs and songs where they were just featured.)

All this being said, I’m proud to present the top 10 artists that I found in WCDB’s charting history!
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BRAINSTORM

BAND: BRAINSTORM

ALBUM: Heat Waves

LABEL: Tender Loving Empire Records

RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2012

This experimental pop trio reigns from good ole Portland, OR and are here to make you feel good. These songs were created to make you move. The guitar riffs and intricate, driving percussion make this band interesting and fun to listen to. I seriously cannot get enough of the drumming on this album! Listen closely; Drummer and Vocalist Adam Baz is working hard behind the set. I describe his drumming as “intricate” because he keeps it varied and spontaneously controlled.

Some songs use unusual time signatures for this kind of music (7/8) specifically Tracks 6 & 7, “Word Up” & “Upward”. “Upward” is a rambunctious instrumental for you to shake it. My personal favorites are Track 8, “The Crown Caves In” and Track 2, “Beast in the Sky” for the way they make me dance in my seat.

They have a new music video out (REMEMBER THOSE?!) on IFC: CLICK HERE FOR THAT