Interviews


Vakili Band Interview (2023)

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 by The Professor

They came back 🙂 In studio with the Vakili Band during a stop on their way from NY to their show in DC at The Pocket tonight.

Ben Ostrowski ’24 once again hung out with Lily and the full band for their second in studio visit. It’s always great to have bands revisit when they have new material. We had them hang out for an hour to talk about their 3rd and latest release Honey, touring and more. Rumor has it they may do a show with Crown Me King (Ben’s band…). We can’t wait for them to come back in the spring for a show in Baltimore.

Meanwhile check out their new album and listen to the interview in case you missed it live.



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The Courettes Interview

Wednesday, September 27th, 2023 by The Professor

The fabulous Courettes (Martin and Flavia Couri) from Denmark sat down with me to chat about their upcoming tour in the US, their new US-only orange vinyl release “Boom! Dynamite” and more. We discussed their home studio that they designed to recreate the infamous Wall of Sound from legendary producer (and dangerous lunatic) Phil Spector. Timed perfectly to be ready for the pandemic, they were able to hardness the lockdown to write and record more songs for an upcoming album. Catch them at the Runway in DC 10/3 or right here in town at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore on 10/4 with DJ Rob Macy and The Flying Faders. It’s going to be a blast. They may even stop by the station!

Stay tuned to learn how you can win one of the 1000 limited edition orange vinyl copies of Boom! Dynamite before it even reaches the stores!



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Arts Fishing Club Interview

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023 by The Professor

We were thrilled to welcome our Song of the Week winners, the guys from Arts Fishing Club who stopped by on the way to their show at MilkBoy in Philadelphia! Well actually just Christopher Kessenich (lead singer/songwriter) and Chancy (lead guitar) made it to the studio as the other guys were off at Miss Shirleys loading up on food for the drive 🙂

DJ Johnny Cozza sat down with them and talked about songwriting, the Nashville scene, playing Bonnaroo, and much more.

As a bonus they played his song request “Doug’s Song” live for us. It’s in the interview so listen all the way through for a great rendition of the song. They have tour dates through at least September so try to catch them when they’re in your town!


(Apologies for the overdriven audio at the start, it gets better shortly.)



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Phoneboy Interview

Thursday, May 4th, 2023 by The Professor

Back in March our intrepid DJ/Production Manager Ben Ostrowski ’24 caught up with one of the station’s favorite bands Phoneboy for a chat about their start, college, recoding, touring and advice for DIY bands getting their start. We lost the interview for a moment, but in the meanwhile they’ve posted their second Album of the Week here at WLOY. Listen now before they sell out 10 nights at Madison Square Garden!



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Jon Anderson (YES) Interview (TVC)

Monday, March 20th, 2023 by The Professor

Our man on the volcano, Daniel Jones got the chance to sit down with not 1, but 2 members of one of the foundational bands of progressive rock: YES. Last week it was keyboardist Rick Wakeman and this week singer Jon Anderson.

It turns out Jon has a vast love of Hawaii as a spiritual retreat and he and Daniel found a ton of overlapping literature and music. We get to hear a lot of fun stories and learn more about new projects Jon has going, along with his tour. In case you don’t know Daniel hosts the weekly deep dive into classic rock, blues and more on The Volcano Chronicles, Wednesday nights 7-9pm Eastern and Hawaii times.



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Rick Wakeman (YES) Interview (TVC)

Sunday, March 12th, 2023 by The Professor

Our man on the volcano, Daniel Jones gets the chance to sit down with not 1, but 2 members of one of the foundational bands of progressive rock: YES!

This week it’s keyboardist Rick Wakeman CBE and stay tuned for next week with lead singer Jon Anderson. Quite the amazing back-to-back conversations! Rick talks to Daniel about the upcoming tour, roots of his musical education, family and why he dropped out of the Royal College. Imagine being given the choice to work with David Bowie and YES on the same day! Or encountering Salvador Dali on your stage. Check this out and don’t miss next week with Jon Anderson!



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DJ Spotlight: The Starry Night Show

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Show name: The Starry Night Show

DJs: Sophie LaBella and Nez Blaho

When: Saturdays 8-9pm

Q: Tell us a bit about your show

A: The Starry Night Show. The theme is pretty much just music we both really enjoy! We have super similar music tastes (91% match on Spotify) and want to share some of our favorite songs with everyone. We also have a section towards the end of our set where we both throw it back/slow it down with more relaxing, “oldie” style music that everyone remembers. Both Nez and I love art (Nez is a theatre major and I am a studio art minor) so our show reflects our love of art through our name with Van Gogh. 🙂 (more…)



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DJ Spotlight: Coffee Break

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Show name: Coffee Break

DJs: Charlie Wahlberg and Caitlin Cavanaugh ’24

When: Tuesdays Noon-1pm

Q: Tell us a little bit about your show

A: Coffee Break. I host the show with Caitlin Cavanaugh, each week we try a coffee shop in the Baltimore area and review it for the show. We like to play some of our current favorite music, which is a mix of R&B, and indie music. Some of our favorite artists are SZA, Tame Impala, and Noah Kahan. We also discuss pop culture, some of our personal experiences as college students at Loyola, etc. (more…)



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Jon Spencer Interview

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 by The Professor

The incomparable Jon Spencer (see Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, etc…) has a new band together Jon Spencer & The HITmakers and they are back on the road after a minor delay due to some global pandemic or something… Our own Ben Ostrowski ’24 caught up with Jon in advance of his show this Saturday at The Ottobar. Give it a listen and find out more about the new album, the tour, Jon’s elevation of bluesman R. L. Burnside and much more. Then catch the show Saturday at The Ottobar for the rest of the story!



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Vakili Band Interview (2022)

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 by The Professor

Wooo! We are BACK! In studio with the Vakili Band during a stop on their way to their show in DC at The Runaway tonight. Ben Ostrowski ’24 hung out with the full band for our first in studio band visit since the dreaded closure of 2020… So glad to start having bands back in and they were a great one. The whole band hung and talked process, their new Walking Sideways album, recording vs live versions, and how well Gordon packs the van. A lot of fun and a great way to get back into live interviews. Can’t wait for them to come back in the spring for a show in Baltimore. Meanwhile check out their new album and listen to the interview in case you missed it live.



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