By Laurel Brown
Have you listened in to our newest DJ, the Soul Eraser? Well we were lucky to contact him for an interview in order to learn a little more about him and his radio show!
Q: How did the Soul Eraser come about?
A: “I came up with the persona this semester before starting WHWS again. Since I started doing radio my fall of Freshman year, I’ve always been trying to improve the quality of my show and get more creative with it. One thing I realized is that I get sort of self-conscious while trying to speak into the mic, and I would always come off as a little awkward. I think the persona gives me a little buffer, and it allows me to become another figure that is not just [me] doing radio. It makes me more comfortable speaking on air and it lets me have fun with the audience too. The name comes from a Grouper song.”
Q: Would you consider it a persona, a character, an entity, a mood even?
A: “I would say that the Soul Eraser is more of an ethereal being. I like to imagine him as a ghostly figure who haunts the airwaves, and can’t really be reached unless you tune into the show. I’m a very spiritual person and I find listening to music to be very connected to my spirit too. The Soul Eraser allows me to express my music taste in a way that comes straight from my heart without the constraints of human consciousness.”
Q: What kind of topics do you discuss on your show? What kind of music do you play?
A: “I mainly talk about the music as is and what kind of feelings it conveys to me. I like playing Ambient, Post-Rock, and any sort of moody or emotional guitar-orientated music. The music I’m really into is typically very dramatic and melancholy, which I think matches the late-night hour really well too.
Q: What is your goal in approaching broadcasting from this perspective?
A: “My goal with this is to explore my capabilities as a DJ and a creative. I think my show and my vision has always been unique. I also love picturing the image of some random person flipping through the stations at night, coming across some heavy drone track, having the cackling voice of The Soul Eraser follow, and just being totally thrown off. That’s something you would never hear on the radio! I like coming into the space of radio and just totally dropping it on its head.
Q: Do you ever invite/plan to invite guests on your show?
A: “I experimented with having guests on my show before, but I think I prefer doing my show alone. I like being in control of the atmosphere, and carefully planning which track should follow which. I treat the show as my own personal space where I can express myself as I want.”
Q: Favorite part about WHWS radio?!
A: “I love everything about WHWS. I think it’s a really great outlet for students on this campus who want to let their creative and musical voices ring out. Going through everyone’s playlist and getting to see everyone’s selections is so beautiful to me. I think music taste says a lot about people, and having a space like WHWS where students can come and choose what they want to broadcast is truly amazing. Being able to listen to and share music is a gift.”
Q: What should listeners be prepared for before tuning into your show?
A: “Do not expect a typical college radio show. The Soul Eraser takes you on a sacred journey that will be sure to open your Third Eye.”
Q: Any other important comments about your show/persona?
A: “Listen at your own risk.”
Intrigued? So are we! Be sure to tune in to WHWS 105.7 FM on Wednesdays at 10 pm to listen to The Soul Eraser Hour!