Interviews


Passion Pit Interview

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 by The Professor

Passion Pit is celebrating 10 years since the release of their album, “Manners”. Michael Angelakos, lead singer and mastermind of Passion Pit talked to WLOY’s Mackenzie Britt ’21 about the upcoming anniversary tour and what he’s looking forward to, as well as looking back on where the band came from. He talked about the journey to get here, the challenges of live music with a synth sound, and what the band does differently. Passion Pit will be in Washington D.C. on May 25th at the Anthem.



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Gooch Palms Interview

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 by The Professor

Leroy, one half of the magical Australian madness that is The Gooch Palms stopped by the station today to chat with the Professor about their upcoming show at The Crown here in Baltimore. As long as he was here we wandered off on topics from touring the US as a couple in an RV, their new album, signing to a major label (and yet being able to keep their indie label brand), aliens in Texas, moving back to Australia, why they haven’t been in the station since 2016, and Kat’s amazing new addition to her touring kit. Check it out and make sure to catch them at The Crown, or when they come back in the fall in support of the new third album, which may or may not be called THREE… and drops May 10th.



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ATW – Alternative Baseball – Interview

Friday, February 8th, 2019 by The Professor

Check out WLOY After the Whistle host Austin Medina as he sat down with Taylor Duncan, founder and CEO of the Alternative Baseball Organization. Alternative Baseball is a league dedicated to teens and adults with Autism and special needs. Taylor called into WLOY Radio to speak on behalf of his organization, which started in the Spring of 2016. The organization gives a platform to those who are diagnosed with Autism or special needs who want to enjoy and learn America’s pastime, free of judgment. Alternative Baseball has gained traction and is now expanding all across the country, including the Baltimore area. They are looking for coaches and players! For more news or donations, be sure to visit www.alternativebaseball.org

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Bitty McLean Interview

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 by The Professor

Linton “Junior” Hinds ’06, our alumnus host of the amazing I Never Knew radio show, caught up with the talented and very busy Bitty McLean for an exclusive hour of reasoning. The British/Jamaican singer, songwriter, producer and engineer speaks about the influence of his fathers record collection, sound system culture in London, being a engineer for UB40, and transitioning in to a reggae artist. Bitty also explains the creation of his classic album ‘On Bond Street’, and the artistic relationship with reggae legends Sly and Robbie. Pieces of the interview have aired on the weekly I Never Knew show (Sundays 9-11am) but here is the complete exclusive interview.  We have many more INK interviews to add so keep watching this space!

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Mike Mains & The Branches Interview

Monday, October 8th, 2018 by The Professor

On Monday October 8, Emma caught Mike Mains on the phone for a few minutes between DC and Philly shows. She managed not to mention Mac DeMarco even once. Mike discussed his newest single and the new album When We Were In Love due later this year.

Mike Mains & The Branches first entered the national music scene with the release of their debut album Home, released in 2012. While touring Home, founding members Mike and Shannon fell in love and got married. Mike and Shannon began writing their second album, which they crowdfunded without the support of a record label, in 2013. Matt Hoopes, of Relient K, would produce the finished album, with Zach Farro of Paramore, playing drums. They the finished Calm Down Everything’s Fine and released the album in 2014. The album hit the top 20 ranks on Billboard’s New Artist Albums Chart.

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Shemekia Copeland Interview

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

The Professor was lucky enough to snag a few minutes on the phone with the amazing Shemekia Copeland, on October 2, just before her shows in DC and Columbia. She’s on tour with her new album America’s Child which explores the fractures in our society, touches on some important history lessons and pulls no punches. It’s her most personal work to date in an outstanding 20 year career. From her first appearance on stage at the legendary Cotton Club at age 9(!) to her incredible guest artists list on the new album, Shemekia shares some great history with the Professor. Listen to the interview and DEFINITELY check out the new album!

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Kabaka Pyramid Interview

Sunday, September 16th, 2018 by The Professor

‘I Never Knew Radio’ host Junior had the pleasure of having a powerful reasoning from the lyrical mastermind Kabaka Pyramid. Kabaka Pyramid has made a name in the reggae and hip-hop world as top tier lyricist who uses his abilities to speak out against social injustices in Jamaica and around the world.

In this interview, Kabaka speaks about the production process of his recent release ‘ Kontraband’, lessons learned touring with Damien ‘Jr Gong’ who also produced the album. Kabaka explains the story behind numerous songs on his new album ‘Kontraband’ and the process of getting features from internationally known artist like Stonebwoy, Akon, Chronixx, and Protoje.

Kabaka also opens up about his spiritual journey into mysticism, negative effects of marijuana, and the immense influence the early works of Sizzla had on his life.

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Paul Nelson Interview

Monday, September 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

Legendary session guitarist, bluesman and producer Paul Nelson sat down before his recent show in town with DJ Tim Tilghman from the Radio RockonTour show. They talked about starting in the world of Jazz Fusion and session playing and how it led to touring with the great Johnny Winter. Paul produced Johnny’s first solo Grammy winner, toured with him and got him clean after decades of serious drug abuse. Listen to the whole interview here

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Guided By Voices Interview

Friday, August 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

Mark Shue, bassist for Guided By Voices took a few minutes out of their current tour to chat with DJ Earl Crown about the band, recent recordings and more. GBV has been around in various incarnations for 35 years and dozens of albums led by frontman Bob Pollard. Guided By Voices will be in town at the Ottobar on Tuesday August 14 and Earl will be there…

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Jimmie Bones Interview

Monday, February 19th, 2018 by The Professor

Jimmie “Bones” Trombly is probably best known for his role as keyboardist for Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, but he’s been a part of Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, and played on and co-produced the final album of bluesman R. L. Burnside, among his many credits.  

Currently on tour with Kid Rock and heading to the Royal Farms Arena on March 3rd, Jimmie has also released his first solo project “Snakebit and Wandering” on Funky D Records. Jimmie kindly took some time to talk to The Professor from WLOY’s Monday Morning Blues show in advance of their arrival in town.  From getting the guitar of Wayne Kramer (MC5) on his album to the joy of touring by private jet, they covered a lot.  Check out the interview below, and pickup a copy of Jimmie’s CD here

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