WMSE loves free-form radio. Our format’s complete and genuine freedom allows our DJs to explore an insane number of genres — music without limitations! It’s a fact that each WMSE show has its own community within the larger, more inclusive WMSE community; diverse radio programming is rewarded with a loyal listenership like no other.
But because the WMSE DJs are only on the air for three hours each week, you the listener might not get to know them quite as well as you might like, so to give you all a bit more insight, we’re proud to introduce the Get To Know Your WMSE DJ series. Each WMSE DJ gets the same five questions, and just like our free-form format, they choose to answer however they want: short or long, intense or humorously…we ask, they answer, we post.
Sonic Diet will be posting a new addition to the biweekly series on Mondays and the first batch of WMSE DJs featured will be those whose show falls within the 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. show slots. Now up:
DJ: Brian Janssen
Show Name: World Music Mondays
Day/Time: Monday, 9am – Noon
How do you spend your days and nights when not hosting your radio show?
Oh boy, this is a reminder that I have too many hobbies! Well, I play guitar and write music — I’m currently exploring jazz guitar and nylon string acoustic in various styles. I just put the finishing touches on a crude home studio so maybe I’ll get some solo material out someday! I’m always volunteering at WMSE-sponsored events whenever possible. I own a house and like gardening so there is always work to do with that. I am an Elite-level cyclist and compete regionally and throughout the state, as well as manage a team of ten riders. I research music for my world music show, as well as other styles. I draw and paint and do most things artistic and looove crossword puzzles! I’m a private chef, so sometimes my skills are requested by friends for a little dinner party and my girlfriend is always willing to take a night of good cooking.
Do you remember what band, album or song took you from being a casual music listener to a passionate music lover? Is there a memory associated with that experience?
My parents were avid music listeners so I was reared on Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, BTO, Ted Nugent, Montrose, ELO, etc. in the early 70’s. We eventually discovered all of their 45s from the 50’s and 60’s, so we found a record player in the neighbor’s trash, dug it out and fixed it. It wasn’t until the late 70’s that my older brother started playing bass and one day brought home a record from this band called Rush. 2112 to be precise. It blew me away and opened the door to a lot of their other stuff. I can’t say that I have stayed with them all of these years but they opened my eyes.
What band have you heard or discovered in the past six months that reminded you why you want to continue being a WMSE DJ?
Ocote Soul Sounds, Wamsley, The Danglers, Nick Drake…the list goes on and on. There is so much music all around us and someone needs to try and bring as much of it to light as possible. Online music sites help a little bit, but the DJs at WMSE have access to more music than they do. We have a surprising number of artists in our library that self-release their music, not only local, but worldwide, and these don’t make their way to the surface if we don’t play them. As a DJ, I feel that I have the responsibility to entertain and educate the listener so I have to scour the archives and the incoming so they discover as much great music as possible.
Who is your favorite non-you WMSE DJ and why?
The Wax Addicts rule! They’re on early in the morning, so I recommend checking out the archives. Sam and Mickey pull together some great grooves. Alien Andre, because he knows music and isn’t afraid to pull out all the stops! Dewey Gill…you know why. Tom Crawford (and no, I’m not sucking up to the boss!)…this guy really brings the best balance of knowledge, musical taste and DJ prowess.
I’m going to add a new question: who is the best candidate for a show that doesn’t want one? Jason Mohr. Come on Jay, get your feet wet!
What do you want to be when you grow up?