Category Archives: Interviews

KEXP Exclusive Interview: Butch Vig and The Smart Studios Story

Last year, the documentary The Smart Studios Story premiered, a tribute to the now-legendary recording studio, founded by also now-legendary producer/musician Butch Vig and Steve Marker. Opened in 1983 when the two were college students at the University of Wisconsin, and closed in 2010 after a decline in usage, the studio helped bring to lifeRead more…

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International Clash Day 2017: KEXP Exclusive Interviews

They may have broken up back in 1986, but The Clash continue to influence new generations of musicians every decade. KEXP had a chance to speak with a few of these artists, both old and new; hear their thoughts on “The Only Band That Matters” below. KEXP celebrates the fifth annual International Clash Day onRead more…

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Remembering Bowie: KEXP Exclusive Interviews

In this day and age, you’d be hard-pressed to find any musician who wasn’t influenced by David Bowie. KEXP has chatted with just a few, which we share below, on this one year anniversary of Bowie’s passing. KEXP celebrates the life of David Bowie on-air beginning Sunday, January 8th, on what would have been DavidRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Paul’s Boutique Tribute in Brooklyn 11/16 + Exclusive Interview

This Wednesday, November 16th, Brooklyn is stepping out to pay tribute to the Beastie Boys’ 1989 masterpiece Paul’s Boutique, an album that KEXP dissected last year. The event is being organized by the Hip Hop Loves Foundation, a non-profit based in New York with a worldwide reach, and a mission to “educate underprivileged people globallyRead more…

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KEXP Presents: Lol Tolhurst of The Cure 10/28 + Exclusive Interview

Join us this Friday, October 28th as KEXP welcomes Laurence “Lol” Tolhurst, founding member of iconic post-punk band The Cure, and author of the new memoir, Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys, out now on Da Capo Press. Tolhurst and Robert Smith began their friendship at the age of five, holding hands at aRead more…

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Exclusive Interview: John Carpenter

Master filmmaker and composer John Carpenter just doesn’t know when to slow down. With almost 4 decades now separating him from seminal films and soundtracks like Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from New York, Halloween, and The Fog, Carpenter is looking to expand his repertoire. 2015 marked his entrance into electronic music sceneRead more…

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Interview with Bassist MonoNeon, One of the Last People to Play with Prince

Interview by Trent Moorman For the past year, Prince had been playing with a 25 year-old bass player from Memphis known as MonoNeon. He is Dywane Thomas, Jr., a preternaturally talented musician, previously enrolled at Berklee College of Music. When he plays, Thomas’s face is often covered by brightly colored ski masks, he has aRead more…

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Funky Drummer Day: 24 Drummers, 24 Interviews Part Three

In honor of Funky Drummer Day, local musician and journalist Trent Moorman has graciously shared interviews he’s done for The Stranger and Vice Magazine for 24 Drummers, 24 Interviews, a four-part series here on the KEXP Blog! Listen all day today, Wednesday, March 9th from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, for Funky Drummer Day itself!Read more…

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Funky Drummer Day: 24 Drummers, 24 Interviews Part One

In honor of Funky Drummer Day, local musician and journalist Trent Moorman has graciously shared interviews he’s done for The Stranger and Vice Magazine for 24 Drummers, 24 Interviews, a four-part series here on the KEXP Blog! Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9th from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, for Funky Drummer Day itself! KEXPRead more…

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KEXP Presents: International Clash Day New Home Benefit at The Skylark 2/6

The station “where the music matters” is paying tribute to the “the only band that matters” this Friday on the air, but the party doesn’t stop there: on Saturday, February 6th, The Skylark in West Seattle hosts an International Clash Day Concert to benefit KEXP’s New Home! Seattle favorites Polyrhythmics, Skullbot, The Dumps, Solvents, HotelRead more…

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