Brand new band Quadron mixes soul and electronics. You can’t do that! Can you?
How many times have people told you “you can’t do that” when you tell them something difficult you really want to do? I guess they think they’re giving you a dose of well-needed reality. And as someone who’s been told that a lot, I’d like to urge you to ignore them.
When I started here 15 years ago at the station, I told a primetime DJ about wanting to eventually have a weekend shift, she looked at me like I was nuts, patted my hand and whispered “Good luck with that.” (To her credit, it took 10 years to get that shift.)
My mom was very upset with me when I decided not to go to graduate school. Instead, I wanted to do radio, to be a DJ and to write scripts like on This American Life. She thought I was a dreamer, that I’d never be able to make a living. Like the other woman, she was almost right, it did take me forever to get a full-time creative job in radio (12 years). And it wasn’t until I was DJing in New York City on KEXP’s sister station there that my mom started to consider this a “real” job. In fact, this year, on KEXP’s membership drive she and her husband pledged for the first time.
Funny thing was I never even considered quitting radio. Yes, it’s hard work, competitive, hard to earn a living at, but how can you leave a place that has a library of over 20,000 CDs and hundreds of dusty vinyl records? A place that lets you play Nina Simone next to Cat Power next to Sleater-Kinney? A place where live bands come in almost every day?
The other thing impossible to do without is finding out about the newest and best bands as soon as they put their record out. One step out the door of KEXP and you are missing the latest news.
Quadron is a band whose first record (simply called Quadron) is not even out yet (due out March 23rd). And because of KEXP, we’re getting a listen to it before anyone else! This Danish duo is likely to be one of the top 10 of the year, with its sway between floating soul-pop songs like “Pressure”:
… and loungy R&B mood tracks like “Simili Life”:
… anchored with dramatic soundtrack feel, like on the song “Day”:
Now, lots of people might say that two pale Danish people named Coco and Robin have no business playing R&B or soul, that looped music is passe, that electronic soul as a genre doesn’t even exist, but I think we know enough not to listen to them…. Turn up the music instead.
Michele Myers hosts Saturdays from 3-6pm on KEXP Seattle, and Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-9am on WNYE New York. She produces KEXP Documentaries and hopes someday to write a bestselling memoir.