Conservatory Lab Comes to ZUMIX

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This past week, the fearless Nic Benjamin, host of Monday Night Facts, interviewed a group of young brass musicians from the Conservatory Lab Charter School. In addition to his radio broadcasting skills, Nic also plays the trombone. Together, Nic and his guests shared fun facts about brass instruments and discussed the role of music in education. Take a listen to the following clips to hear Nic’s interview and three live songs performed by the Conservatory Lab:

Part I: What is Conservatory Lab?

Part II: Brass Instrument Fun Facts

Part III: Stand By Me

DJ Diamonds and DJ Lolz Shine Light on Living with Chronic Illness and Being Vision-Impaired

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Kaylene Sheran and Kat Raschi, aka DJ Diamonds and DJ Lolz, hosted a special episode of their weekly radio show, Friday Variety. In celebration of Heart Health Month and Low Vision Awareness Month, the co-hosts shared their own personal stories of living with chronic illness and being vision-impaired young people. Their courage, resilience and strength shines through every minute of this memorable radio discussion.

Part I: Kaylene’s Story

Part II: Gratitude

Part III: Kat’s Story / Challenges, Accomplishments & Ways to Help

ZUMIX DJ Carlos Perez Gets Exclusive Tour of AMP Radio

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Long-time ZUMIX DJ, Carlos Perez, has been working with his mentor, Matt Shearer, for almost 3 years. Throughout the course of their relationship, Carlos has grown into a confident and enthusiastic radio DJ, hosting a teen perspectives talk show called Alternative Adolescence. Together, Matt and Carlos have built a strong and caring relationship that acts as a model for what a mentor-mentee relationship can be. We are grateful to both of them for their consistent hard work and commitment to one another.

When Matt’s not mentoring at ZUMIX, he works as a professional radio producer at AMP Radio. This past week, Matt brought Carlos to his place of work for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of AMP Radio — one of Boston’s biggest commercial stations. There, Carlos saw their impressive facilities and had the chance to talk with a number of well-known radio personalities. Here’s what Carlos had to say about his experience: “Getting the chance to see what a commercial radio station is really like, it opened my mind to what a career in radio could be. It was an overall great experience!”

Thanks, Matt! We’re so glad Carlos got this opportunity!

ZUMIX Radio DJ Manuela Melguizo Hosts Youth Musicians from Boys & Girls Clubs Across Boston

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Last week, ZUMIX youth DJ Manuela Melguizo and her mentor Andres Lombana-Bermudez hosted over 20 young musicians from Boys & Girls clubs across the Boston area: Charlestown, South Boston, Blue Hills, Roxbury, Chelsea and the Mattapan Teen Center. If you’ve ever been in the ZUMIX Radio studio, you know that we have only four guest mics. Thus, squeezing so many people into our space was a logistical challenge, and one that Manuela handled like a pro! She interviewed the group in two sections. During each session, she aired the young musicians’ tracks — each produced at their respective Boys & Girls Club — and followed-up with discussions about songwriting process and artistic inspiration. Take a listen to the following two recordings to hear an exciting collaboration between 94.9 FM ZUMIX Radio and Boston Boys & Girls Clubs.

BAD GAL RADIO hosts the ICA’s Fast Forward Class

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ZUMIX Youth DJ Angelina Botticelli, host of the feminist indie rock radio show BAD GAL RADIO interviewed teens from the ICA’s Fast Forward program. The Fast Forward program teaches Boston youth film production, and an important part of that work is collecting and curating audio. And herein lies a beautiful collaboration between ZUMIX and the ICA. Angelina aired the classes’ audio pieces, each a sound-based response to a visual artwork at the museum. Listen to the following clip to hear these pieces, and dive into a conversation about art, music and what’s its like to be a teen artist in Boston today.

Angelina closed her interview by leading a powerful conversation about teenage activism. Check it out here!

ZUMIX Youth Interview Local Hip-Hop Artist Latrell James

Last month, ZUMIX packed the firehouse for an electric hip-hop extravaganza. ZUMIX youth Jr. Biggie opened for local hip-hip acts Oompa and Latrell James. These artists’ powerful poetry and commanding stage presence brought the house down for a night to remember. In preparation for the big performance, the hosts of Ramble Radio interviewed Latrell James and Jr. Biggie on 94.9 FM ZUMIX Radio. Check out the following clip in which ZUMIX youth and Latrell James bond over the unparalleled creativity of young people and their love of cartoons:

Also take a listen to this impromptu freestyle session between Latrell James and ZUMIX youth Biggie Jr. and Chad Williams:

Staff Picks – February 2017

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February vacation is right around the corner – what a perfect time to put some headphones on and melt into new music. Check out this month’s edition of musical selections that our team has stamped off with a seal of approval. Missed January’s picks? Check them out here.

“In Two” by Mini Dresses

“Mellow dreamy lofi popsong.” -Scott Mizrachi, Volunteer Coordinator 

“Drop” by Chloe x Halle 

“Haunting. Original. This sister-duo act (signed to Beyonce’s label!) is incredible.” -Kelly Baker, Development & Communications Manager

“Genius” by Sammus

“Sammus’s lyrics are raw and real, and I love her flow. I’ve been so into this whole album lately.” -Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Paradise Fell” by Kaia Kater

“Just a woman, her banjo, and a handful of activist ballads- what more could you want?” -Anni Leff, Development Associate 

“No Crying in Baseball” by Mothers

“Strength and vulnerability are not mutually exclusive. I am still learning to not apologize for and instead embrace my own sensitivity – Mothers was just able to put a soundtrack to it first.” -Jeeyoon Kim, Community Arts & Events Coordinator

“Wander” by Icebird (RJD2 and Aaron Livingston)

“This entire album makes me dance.” –Kramer Gibson, Teaching Artist

“Good Morning” by Peter Ram

“This is my favorite soca song from the 2017 Carnival season. It was a big tune in Trinidad and Tobago’s annual Panorama competition, and it has been really fun to hear arrangements and performances of it by some of the world’s best steel pan ensembles.” -Brian Paulding, Teaching Artist

“Back Pocket” by Vulfpeck

“The moment the ooey-gooey vocal harmonies of the chorus come in, I can’t help but sway back and forth and tell myself, ‘life is good.'” –Ramsel Gonzalez, Program Coordinator/Business Administrator

“Sister” by Angel Olsen

“This almost-eight minute anthem — introspective and yearning — unveils a journey through quiet realizations that swell into a wailing guitar solo and echoing exit line: ‘All my life I thought I’d change.'” -Sophie Kazis, ZUMIX Radio Program Coordinator