For January’s Alternative Addiction Podcast, I enlisted the help of a guest host- Mike Jones out of DC101 in the U.S. capital. Mike helped out AA by playing songs from Sir Sly, RDGLDGRN, and J. Roddy Walston & The Business. He also did a quick Q&A with me to talk about his background in D.C., and his personal music interests.
How long have you been at DC101?
I’ve been at DC101 for seven years. I started out in 2006 after I had worked in Baltimore for awhile. I got the chance to come here to Washington D.C. and I couldn’t pass it up. I took the job and it’s been moving up ever since.
What kind of stuff did you listen to growing up?
Nirvana, Metallica, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden. I grew up in the early and mid 90’s so you have to throw in Primus and Bush in there too. The stuff we actually had seen on MTV back then. That was the stuff that I love and I still love those bands to this day. I also love Foo Fighters, AWOLNATION, and I love all the new music that’s coming out right now. I have a big appreciation for all the new music that’s coming out right now.
What was the first album you bought?
I think I got “Chronicles” by Rush and The Black Album from Metallica at the same time. I remember those two albums being the first things I really listened to. I was big in to Rush and I still am. I’ve always had a thing for great instrumentation. Those are the first two that really stick out of my head. Then Chili Peppers “Blood Sugar Sex Magik" form ’91. Guns ’n’ Roses “Use Your Elusion” and Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled album. That was a big album for me too. Those were the first albums I really was into.
There’s a lot of great bands coming up out of the D.C. area. You’re certainly familiar with a lot of them. I’m into this band called Tarfu, they’re really young and raw but I see some potential there.
I’m glad to hear that is music being made here in D.C. You want to know that there are bands that are up and coming. It seems like there hasn’t been a lot of room for the indie bands to come to. We need to give them the love too. There are a lot of great musicians here and in Baltimore and Richmond - just the areas around here. Getting discovered has to be tough for them with all of the competition that’s out there but if they can get discovered and get a lucky break, then good for them. I’ll definitely check out Tarfu.
You can listen to Mike Jones’ show on DC101 through IHeartRadio. You can also visit his official page here www.dc101.com/pages/mikejones.html.
Listen to the January version of the Alternative Addiction Podcast