Every week this summer, CJSW takes you behind the mic in the booth to spotlight one of our amazing programmers. This week’s spotlight programmer is D1ma, host of Radio Interference from midnight to 2:00 a.m. Thursday mornings on CJSW 90.9 FM. D1ma chatted about mixing radio signals and the modern day dystopia. Interview by Melanie Woods.
What show do you host and what does it focus on?
I host Radio Interference. It airs from midnight to 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday [nights]. The show’s philosophy is romanticizing the idea of present-day dystopia. With the world around us and whatever’s happening in it, it’s kind of reminiscent of dystopian novels and sci-fi. So, you know, with population control and global surveillance and all of that, but at the same time we live in it and it doesn’t have to be dark. We can still enjoy it. There’s beauty in decay, and the show is kind of an intersecting of radio frequencies and ideas.
How do you choose what you play?
It usually goes with the mood I’m feeling presently. That’s why I kind of find it hard to prepare in advance because I might be feeling a different way the week after I have an idea for a show. So it doesn’t always work out, planning ahead. But yeah, usually I just go through a lot of my library and I choose the songs and tracks that fit a certain mood I have in my head. Usually I don’t even have to listen to a song completely to know what it sounds like. I listen to a couple of snippets and then I know.
How did you get started as a programmer?
I used to volunteer for a while — since 2014. Basically, I just got to Calgary and I was driving around and switching through stations and then I heard someone playing noise in the middle of the day and I thought ‘wow, this is amazing, who could this be?’ And then I found out it was CJSW and I hung out with a couple of friends and they were like ‘dude, you should totally come down and volunteer.’ So I did and after a while they proposed me a show.
What is your favourite part about CJSW?
The community [and] the freedom of speech and freedom of expression — that’s even more important. It just feels kind of like my second home here. It’s a great place for people to come and meet each other, to network. That’s kind of what my first goal was when I first came to CJSW — just to build my network of friends, acquaintances and the people that would kind of inspire and stimulate me as well. And that totally happened — it’s awesome.
What is your favourite sandwich?
I love veggie and goat cheese sandwich with rye bread or pumpernickel — Russian pumpernickel.