Producing AW7 has been such a fantastic experience. I had been gravitating towards the idea of radio for quite awhile but the timing was never quite right. Then I arrived in Belgium and things just fell into place. Producing the show has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done and I am truly grateful to have been offered this opportunity.
After the first episode I went home and cried for two hours because I was so disappointed with myself and that’s when I realised this little indie show meant so much to me, in order to elicit such a reaction. I also realised that sure, I was awful but no one had died and I would get better.
And so I went in not even being able to find the light switch in the control room to doing production, sound engineering and post production. I know there’s still room for improvement and that’s what makes it so exciting.
Promoting under-represented musicians and giving exposure to local talent is one of my great passions and the interviews were one of my favourite aspects of the position. Interviewing was also my favourite task when I was a reviews editor but there is something so fundamentally satisfying about listening to a live broadcast and hearing the energy in the room.
A big thank you to all of our guests who came in for interviews, STUK and of course, Radio Scorpio. Thanks to Laurian and Dana who started as co-presenters and finished as friends. And most importantly, I want to thank all of our listeners both live and on Mixcloud as well everyone who has offered their support via this blog and through social media.
As a reminder: all of our shows (with the exception of episodes #1 & #8 when we encountered tech issues) are on Mixcloud for perpetuity, or until standards of taste and decency require their removal.
Until we meet again…..
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Just uploaded our final episode. Lots of great tunes and interesting news!
Good news for Canadians, Canada was voted as the place with the best reputation worldwide for the third year in a row! It is important to note that only G8 countries voted. As a Canadian (writing this on Canada Day while in Belgium) I feel very conflicted about this news.
There’s obvious happiness that this is the public perception but it worries me because our treasured health care is suffering, we’re still not very progressive in our stance towards the First Nation population and please don’t get me started on the Kyoto Accord or linguistic issues.
My greatest fear is that these results are going to be used as a type of shield by those perpetuating these trends as a way to avoid dealing with the issues. I’m not going to harp(er) on it as today is supposed to be a day of celebration. Instead I will raise a glass (ou deux) in honour of the fact that people don’t really know us well enough to despise us (and yes, despite beliefs to the contrary, Canadians do share some cultural commonalities, deprecation being one of them).
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Played this song on the show Saturday. Rattlesnake Choir are a fantastic band from Toronto. And yes, the percussionist (Sam Ferrara) is playing an instrument made from slinky toys.
There are free outdoor music performances every Friday in Leuven for the month of July. Lets hope for good weather!
There’s a B-Movie fest in Recyclart for the month of July. You know you want to……
Pickings are slim and I kindly suggest that you direct your support towards establishments who make an effort during the student free months….
- There’s a dance night with Stevolver at Louvain, Louvain.
- Radio Scorpio has Lazy Sunday at OPEK from 2-6 and it’s free every Sunday.
- Mai Harvest & You’ll Live play Rock Café
- Happy Canada Day!
- Shakin’ Up plays a Rockabilly Blues show at 9pm in Orient.
- There’s a free urban trad show in Oude Markt from 9-1130pm.
- A VIP Africa Nite at Club Montreal starts at 10pm. €5
- Wheel of Smoke play Rock Café.
The Get Out of Town Gig of the Week
- Sjock Festival, Gierle (5th – 7th July)
- 60 km North of Leuven
- B-Movie Extravaganza! (4th July- 1st August)
- Recyclart, Brussels
Just uploaded our latest broadcast. Lots of great sleazetastic tunes!
There are four songs in this episode that share a common connection. If you live in Leuven and email a correct answer (listing the songs and what they have in common) before next week`s episode – I`ll buy you a beer!
These tights are being marketed in China as a deterrent for unwanted sexual advances (perhaps they should be called Stockings for Stalkers?). Once again, potential victims are being asked to take responsibility for the lack of impulse control exhibited by others. Sigh.
While on many levels this is actually quite funny, the `solution`fails to recognise that harassment is not merely about beauty, it is about perceptions of public ownership and will most likely result in one form of unwanted attention being replaced by another.