Wednesdays are where it’s at on ZUMIX Radio!

The team behind 94.9 ZUMIX Radio have been hard at work building a lineup jam packed with goodies you won’t hear anywhere else on the dial. Check out a sample of our new Wednesday shows, added to the mix this summer!

Midday Motivation Hosted by DJ Cinco P Beatz
Wednesdays 11am-12pm



Looking for a jumpstart to your day? Tune in for an electric mix of EDM, Dubstep and Party music all spun live by DJ Cinco P Beatz, a Haitian American DJ who brings his passion for dance music to the studio who you can find more about here:

“I find myself preparing for a show every week & compared to a a party its totally different with a radio show being live on air it takes a whole different type of preparation. You might be waking up and be like ‘hey i wanna listen to this!’ to start your day and me being able to play EDM around that time hopefully gives them that little bit of motivation.” – DJ Cinco P Beatz

What’s Up Eastie? Hosted by Kannan Thiruvengadam
Wednesdays 12pm-1pm



In this talk show, Kannan, an active resident of East Boston interviews thought leaders on a variety of social justice issues ranging from climate change, immigration and inequality.

“I’m doing this show to bring out awareness for issues that people feel in East Boston and also to get a context for that issue in larger sense like a regional or national level. ZUMIX is all about the youth and our future is all in there hands so the better they know the issues we’re facing today the better equipped they’ll be to shape their future.” – Kannan Thiruvengadam

Sakurata Radio Hosted by Sakurata Type~A
Wednesdays 1pm-2pm


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Playing Japanese and Korean music, Sakurata Type~A has an in-depth knowledge of asian music genres and runs a variety of rock/pop from overseas. She is returning to doing live shows this month after being on tour with LOKA, an alternative hard rock band from Tokyo, Japan. You can find more about the show here:

“SAKURATA RADIO is the latest show about Japanese and Korean music in the Boston area. We don’t just play music, we also learn about the people behind the music in our artist spotlights; so please tune in and have fun!” – Sakurata Type~A

Staff Picks: July 2017

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It’s the last week of July, which means it’s time for some monthly staff picks! This month has been a busy one with new music, concerts every Sunday, album release parties, and the start of summer programs. We caught up with ZUMIX staff members and asked them about their favorite songs they listened to this month to keep sane during the hustle and bustle of everyday life at ZUMIX – and they delivered! So sit down, put on some headphones, and jam along!

“This Must Be The Place (Talking Heads cover)” by Kishi Bashi

“I’m singing this at a friend’s wedding later this month, so all I can think about when I hear it is a summer night on a Wisconsin farm. Plus, if all of pop music was reset to string quartets, I think I’d be pretty much at my happiness max.” – Anni Leff, Development Associate

“Ojos Del Sol” by Y La Bamba

“Tender and raw, at once rooted in traditional Mexican folk and in their own original sound, this song by Y La Bamba totally melts me. I can’t get it off repeat.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato

“This is the perfect song about post-breakup glow and simultaneously makes me want to dance because of the upbeat tempo and strong base as well as cry because of her out-of-this-world vocals that I could never even imagine having” – Saphire Broxton, Events Intern

“Another Story Told” by Sam Amidon

“The vibes, the beat, the freedom and exploration, the friendship!” – Avi Salloway, Z-Tech Live Sound Coordinator

“Cryin’ in the Sheets” by Zeshan B

“Sometimes you just gotta get into that Soul, enjoy” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“One Day Too Late” by Skillet

“One sentence on why you love it: I feel that this song sends a great message to people of all ages that every moment lived shouldn’t be taken for granted and that people should come together to help each other and make the world a better place while they can.” – Kaylene Sheran, Pathways Intern

“Slusher” by Tredici Bacci

“Paying tribute to the great film score composer Ennio Morricone, the Italian Pop Orchestra, Tredici Bacci teams up with Brattleboro folk legend Ruth Garbus for a sonic journey of tropical delight.” – Scott Mizrachi, Volunteer Coordinator

“Mexican Chef” by Xenia Rubinos

“Who knew the revolution would have such a catchy anthem?” – Kelly Baker, Director of Development

“Diving Woman” by Japanese Breakfast

“I’ll let the artist, Michelle Zauner explain as she told NPR: ‘There’s an island in South Korea called Jeju that’s famous for its female divers, [who are called] haenyeo. With each dive, many haenyeo can plunge up to 30 meters and hold their breath for over three minutes. They collect abalone, conch, sea urchins and oysters and sell them at the marketplace. I really admire the haenyeo — that lifestyle, of regimen and endurance.’” – Jeeyoon Kim, Events Associate

“Heavy” by Oh Wonder

“It’s funky, it’s dance-y, it’s everything you want it to be!” – Juan Gutierrez, Assistant Rock Ed Coordinator

Wild Painting Album Release Party

By, Saphire Broxton, Events Intern

This past Saturday, July 22nd, at the ZUMIX firehouse, Wild Painting had their first album release party for their new album, Emotions! Wild Painting is a group made up of ZUMIX youth and who has spent the last few months working with ZUMIX staff such as Dan Fox and recording in the ZUMIX studio to put together their album. Emotions features 8 tracks and includes upbeat songs such as “Within (You)” as well as more chill, deep songs like “Distractions”.

The vibe at the party was very relaxed and calm, with low light, softer music, and twinkly lights around the stage and the tables. There was pizza and dessert, as well as disposable cameras that could passed around for everyone to take pictures on. They were selling CDs, as well as some art from local artists.


To start the night, the bands Tribe Sweat and Mint Green performed, hyping the audience for Wild Painting’s set. By the time the band was ready to perform, the crowd had grown quite large, with excitement and anticipation in the atmosphere. When the band did come on, they were welcomed warmly by the crowd – all there to support Wild Painting and congratulate them on their milestone.

Half way through the set, there were some technical difficulties, but Wild Painting took them in stride and opened the mic up to the audience to tell some jokes while the difficulties were fixed. Even the bassist, Juan Gutierrez, joined in and told a joke.

The band’s set was a mix of originals from their album and covers, such as “Love Me” from The 1975; for some of the songs, it was the first time the band had performed them live. They even brought in another ZUMIX youth, Project Method’s Dawry Ruiz, to perform a song with them as a surprise for the audience.

They ended the night with a dance party on stage, a Stranger Things theme song remix, many thank you’s – including ZUMIX staff, their parents, and their friends – and by signing CDs.

Now that Emotions is out, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about Wild Painting in the very near future! Listen to and download Emotions here:

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Wild Painting will be performing at The Hatch Shell on August 9th.

1st Week of Programs

By Saphire Broxton, Events Intern

This week, summer programs started here at ZUMIX! ZUMIX youth all started classes in Director’s Cut, Con La Corriente, Street Program, and more! Over the course of the next two months, the students will be learning things such as Latin dances, how to manage a radio show, how to fix instruments, and how to write songs. As it is the first week, most classes were simply administrative; learning names, setting goals, and familiarizing the students with their classes and ZUMIX. However, once that was over, they quickly went down to business! I sat in on a few classes like Rock-Ed and Fix-It to have a better understanding of the kind of work they would be doing over the summer.


In Rock-Ed, the youth facilitator started off the class with some more ice-breakers, playing games like Elephant King and going around asking people for their names and favorite ice cream flavors. Then, they began to look over some song choices the students gathered so that they could pick one to learn to perform at the ZUMIX Rock-Ed night on August 18th.


In Fix-It, the students started to familiarize themselves with some of the tools they will be using throughout the summer as they learn how to fix things such as guitars. Dan Fox, the teacher, showed them how to use tools like screwdrivers, wrenches, and hammers. The students were also learning the differences between the tools and their uses.

These two classes only represent a small portion of the kinds of classes students have the option to take for free at ZUMIX. All year long, students are in-and-out of ZUMIX and expanding their knowledge on a vast amount of topics, so next time you’re at ZUMIX, ask about our youth programs!

Career Panels with a Twist

By Kaylene Sheran


Summer vacation for some means spending time at the beach, but for youth at ZUMIX, it means scrambling to find summer employment, spending hours upon hours on perfecting college applications, and thinking about the future. One way that many youth and community members began focusing on their futures this summer was through attending the first of four Summer Speaker Series events this past Friday.

The Summer Speaker Series is a series of “how to” events where professionals in various industries come together at ZUMIX to speak to members of the audience about what their jobs entail on a day-to-day basis. These events were organized in an effort to help the community with exploring various careers in which they may be interested.

This week’s “how to” event was “How To Find A Path You Love Even If You Don’t Know What You Love”. At this panel, we had professionals from various industries such as education, marine science, digital technology, and computer science. Based on the enthusiasm that every panelist showed when speaking about how they got on the career path that they are on today, it was obvious that our panelists truly loved what they do.

Some panelists, such as marine scientist Caitlin Shea-Vantine, who calls herself the “fish enthusiast”, knew that she had an interest in studying aquatic animals from a young age. However, Ashely Harton-Powell, an academic coach, didn’t realize that she had an interest in working with youth until she did some trial-and-error through going to a health careers based high school and realizing that the medical field wasn’t for her. At the end of the event, the audience was eager to ask numerous additional questions to the panelists and breaking into small groups. At the end of the panel, one of the panelists, Caitlin, even got the opportunity to explore another path that she seemed to love; music! She got to jam out with ZUMIX youth, Juan Gutierrez.

Overall, the first panel of the Summer Speaker Series went extremely well and we are all looking forward to meeting the panelists at our upcoming panels! The next Summer Speaker Series event will be on July 21st from 6-8pm.

Our next event will be “How To Use Art For Healing”, and we have artists who specialize in music, body language, performing arts, DJing, and visual arts. All Summer Speaker Series events are free and open to the public! We hope that you will be able to attend!

Staff Picks: June 2017

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Summer is in full swing here at ZUMIX. In anticipation for the inevitable barbecues you will be at tomorrow for the 4th, here are some suggestions for additions to that backyard playlist courtesy of your friends at ZUMIX. These are the tracks we were digging over the past month including Roxbury-based artist, Vintage Lee, who has been hailed as Next Wave of Boston Rap.” Sit back, press play, and dive right on in. The water is fine!

“How Can I” by Laura Marling

“I’ve been traveling a lot recently and have discovered that there is absolutely no better sunset plane ride music than Laura Marling.” – Anni Leff, Development Associate

“Free Room” by Raven Lanae Ft. Appleby

“It’s finally summer! And right now, this song feels like a celebration of the sunshine.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Bless You” by Vintage Lee

“Chill summer vibes, posted up at Popeyes. I think the catchiness of the track and the visuals made me hit repeat.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

“Neighbors” by J. Cole

“Neighbors called the police because a lot of people were going in and out of this house. They assumed cause they looked like thugs that drugs were being sold here. Police then raided the house only to find a recording studio where artists rent out to record. Inspiring this song by J. Cole with live footage in the video of the raid. Thats what I call real.” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Yes We Can” by Lee Dorsey

“Recently discovered the treasure chest of funky soul grooves that comprise the catalogue of Lee Dorsey. With a positive message, a voice that drips melody like tupelo honey, and New Orleans’ very own the Meters as his backing band, what more could you possibly ask for?” – Scott Mizrachi, Volunteer Coordinator

“Farmer In The City” by Scott Walker

“I love it because: I’m a farmer in the city.” – Ed Meradith, Teaching Artist

“Toe Toes” by Palm

“The mesmerizing drum and bass combo lets me drift away while the jarring guitar tones and rhythm keep me alert. It’s a very refreshing take on syncopation with interesting melody, noise, and chord choices.” – Ramsel Gonzalez, Program Manager

“Blood Muscle Skin & Bone” by Brandi Carlile

“This song always gets me through hard days and reminds me to ask for help when I need it!” – Kelly Baker, Director of Development

“Guilty” by Lady Wray

“All month I have been fixated on Charles Bradley, affectionately known as the screaming eagle of soul. This is not Charles Bradley but an algorithm at Spotify told me that I would also dig this track. Turns out I do!” – Jeeyoon Kim, Events Associate

“Lately” by Polica

“This is a love song whose meaning I’ve repurposed to be about trust and truth in all kinds of relationships. If it’s good it’s gonna stay.” – Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager



Alumni Spotlight: Charles Paizante

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Like many ZUMIX participants, Charles found out about our programs through a friend of his. “When my friend got accepted off the wait-list to take private drum lessons, I wanted to take lessons too”, remembers Charles. “I was about 8 then, and it took me a couple of years to get off the waitlist! But while I was waiting, I got to take many group programs, and it just felt natural. ZUMIX’s community is so welcoming and supportive.” Charles immersed himself at ZUMIX by taking Voces, Radio, and being a part of the Jazz All-Stars Ensemble. Although he had to leave ZUMIX before graduating high school so he could focus on his academics and applying to college, he still carries many lessons and fond memories with him to this day. “Meeting so many different people with different goals, values, priorities, and backgrounds really pushed me to think about life in a whole new way. I think my experiences at ZUMIX continue to help me step out of my comfort zone and do things to give back to my community, East Boston.”  

Charles is currently an Environmental Science major at Northeastern University. This year, he took time off to work for the city of Boston at the Boston Centers for Children and Families. The work he’s done this year has helped him gain a better understanding of what he wants to do in the future, and he is looking forward to starting classes again in the fall. He has goals of opening up a business in East Boston to help the community, and intends to stay in touch with ZUMIX for years to come.

Charles urges current ZUMIX participants to be true to themselves and to never be afraid of taking positive risks. He says, “It’s okay to take risks! Don’t let society tell you that you can or cannot do anything, listen to yourself. Do things even if they’re hard, and give it your all. It’s okay to go from point A to B to Z and then back. You’ll learn about yourself, expand your thinking, and be a stronger person for it.”