Author: KUPS Engineer

Rose Dorn Interview (2020)

words by Nayra Halaijan (Rose Dorn, Jamie, Scarlet, Joey, from left to right) Los Angeles-based band Rose Dorn made a stop at the KUPS Studio in September to chat with General Manager Nayra Halaijan. Band members Scarlet, Joey, Jamie, and their friend Derec (OMW2HEAVEN) talk about all things involving music, LA, and every possible tour snack you could imagine.   How…

awakebutstillinbed Interview (2018)

Words by Hugh Schmidt Photo: Hugh Schmidt In 2018, San Jose emo band awakebutstillinbed (Tiny Engines) released their debut LP “what people call low self-esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you” to critical acclaim, and have been touring non-stop ever since. Before their show at Chop Suey with Alien Boy, Sunsleeper, and Sundressed back…

Music, Magic, and Healing: An Interview with Old Time Relijun’s Arrington de Dionyso

words by Evan Welsh After a decade of silence, Olympia and K Records heroes Old Time Relijun have re-emerged and re-formed to respond to and confront our current socio-political mess with an enthusiastic and timely new record, See Now and Know, as well as an upcoming American tour. Visual artist, This Saxophone Kills Fascists founder, and Old Time Relijun’s bandleader,…

Connecting the Dots with Perry Porter

One Friday night nearing the end of my first semester at UPS, I was advised to “hit-up the hip hop show in [some kid’s] basement on the corner of [some dead president] Street and [some number]th Avenue”. Blindly following the directions, I found myself opening the door to a jam-packed house that smelled of pot, sweat, and Rainier- I knew…

‘Pharma’: Nmesh Interview (2018)

words by Val Bauer I talked to electronic artist Nmesh (Alex Koenig) about his newest release ‘Pharma,’ released August 4, 2017 on Orange Milk Records. ‘Pharma’ most notably took #7 on the Needle Drop’s ‘Highest Rated Electronic Albums of 2017,’ Resident Advisor’s 2017 ‘September’s Best Music’ and Tiny Mix Tapes’ ‘2017: Favorite 50 Music Releases.’ (Bandcamp/Keith Rankin) First of all,…

Mike Park Interview (2017)

Mike Park is the motivated man behind Asian Man records. He started the label out of his parents garage in the San Jose area. Over the years he has signed various ska, punk, and rock bands like Jeff Rosenstock and Joyce Manor. In addition to the label, Park himself has been in several great ska and rock bands. One of…

A Few Questions with JAHKOY (2016)

You just dropped your “Foreign Water” EP at the end of October.  What was the process of making that project and what has been the response from your fans? The process of making the project was really good, you know, just to have fun and just introduce myself to the audience and give my introduction because I hadn’t put out…