DJ Spotlight: Luke Bradley “Around the World”

We love all of our eccentric DJs here at CYR and we have had one guy has taken the station by storm with silent force. That man is none other than Luke Bradley of “Around The World” with his diverse musical taste and knowledge that goes along with his very composed demeanor. So we took it upon ourselves to ask him a few questions so that way you get to me the voices beind the mic on this week’s DJ Spotlight.

CYR: Hey Luke! Congrats! You’re our next DJ Spotlight!

Luke: Sweet! Thanks for the opportunity! I hope not to disappoint.

CYR: What is the name of your show and how did you decide on it?

Luke: The name of my show is “Around The World.” It’s a pretty common phrase, is fairly straightforward, and tells really all you need to know about what kind of music I do on my show. (More specifically, I showcase a different musical scene from a different country each week.) I wanted to go for something a little bit punnier or creative (suggestions still welcome!) but it’s served me pretty well thus far as is.

CYR: What is your favorite album of all time?

Luke: Gosh… This one’s always difficult. It’s probably Entroducing by DJ Shadow. Typing out why in all its detail would probably be a 1000-word essay, so suffice it to say that I haven’t heard music samples used this creatively and cohesively, it contains some of the best-picked and produced drums I’ve ever heard, and the atmospheres and soundscapes created here are second to none outside of ambient music. The compositions also flow very well, even in the ones with looser structures… It is THE album to listen to at 2 in the morning on a rainy night in the middle of a metropolis. I should probably stop there. Anyone who’s into music should listen to it at least once.

CYR: What is your go to song for when you feel…angry?

Luke: Depends on what I’m in the mood for, and if I want to continue being angry or not. “Mr. Self Destruct” or “March of the Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails are usually good options, as is the last 4 minutes of Kayo Dot’s “The Manifold Curiosity.” (Their “Floodgate” deserves an honorable mention.) Lots of stuff from Strapping Young Lad and Devin Townsend’s solo material, like “Bastard,” “Earth Day,” “Pandemic,” “Poltergeist,” “All Hail The New Flesh,” “Detox,” “Skeksis.” If I’m in a “f*** the system” mood, anything by Minor Threat works well.

Oh, and Swans! How can I forget Swans? “Oxygen,” “The Sound,” everything after the 6 minute mark of “The Apostate,” anything off of Public Castration Is A Good Idea (wonderful title, I know).

If I’m angry and I want to calm down, I’ll listen to anything by Grouper (especiallyRuins, Alien Observer, or Violet Replacement). Global Communication’s 76:14and Steve Roach’s Structures from Silence are other good options. Merzbow also works well at this, ironically enough, probably because his music’s so damn consistently loud and overpowering that it forces you to chill out.

CYR: What has your experience at CYR been like?

Luke: It’s been wonderful so far. I’ve made a few awesome friends who I hang out with regularly and share some musical taste with. The amount of weird that regularly goes on in the office has been just right, and it’s been really interesting learning about other DJs’ musical backgrounds and interests. I’ve also got a piano composition on the upcoming CYR mixtape that I’m pretty excited about, and I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone else contributed as well.

CYR: Alright, this next section is “Yum” or “Yuck”! We give you a word, you either Yum or Yuck it, got it?

Luke: Got it.

CYR: Someone driving a Prius

Luke: Pretty yum. I likes me some environment, and they’re solid all around cars.

CYR: Staplers

Luke: Yuck. They go around poking holes in everything and tend to be aggravating to work with. Can also lead to all sorts of terrifying horror-inspired deaths. Not really a fan.

CYR: Youtube

Luke: Yum, delicious. There’s a slight slimy aftertaste they’ve started putting in recently that I don’t particularly like, though. Could be due to the red sauce.

CYR: Ham and Cheese

Luke: Yum. It’s a classic; you can’t go wrong with it.

CYR: Babies (we’re talking like 3 and younger)

Luke: I’m probably going to get some flack for this… but yum if you don’t have to take care of it, yuck if you do.

CYR: Teletubbies Cubby Custard

Luke: They seem to like it a lot, and there may be strawberries in it due to the pink color. Then again, there may be pink chicken slime in it too… And they’re aliens, so the custard may not even be edible by humans. Hmm… Gonna go with a tentative yum on this one. Might as well try it, right?

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