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The Best Rockstar Nerd I Know: A Conversation with Rookie Doyen

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Sanjay John was already at the radio station by the time I strolled in after my chem class. He was leaning in the doorway to the recording studio, chatting with other frequenters of the station lobby in between long classes. This radio station has been a place of discovery for me; from learning about audio to exploring new music to being introduced to some of the best people I’ve met, KSDT radio here at UCSD has been one of the best things to happen to me.

I first saw Sanjay perform at a KSDT-hosted open mic night back in November. At the time, I knew a limited selection of the radio station folks—I didn’t even have an official show slot yet. But I was there, sitting in on the soundboard when I saw the group go up. By the reactions from the crowd, I immediately knew it was a station-associated group, but I never caught any names.

They broke out into upbeat music, bright melodies that immediately induced foot-tapping and unconscious dancing. Sanjay, whom I had yet to meet at the time, faced the microphone right at the front. Until that moment, I hadn’t witnessed such energy and fearlessness from a group of college kids. Part of me didn’t think it was possible, solely projecting my own consciousness of being unapologetically immersed in performing for a crowd. I’ve always been a little scared to put on a show, so the energy I felt ebbing from these people blew me away. After that open mic, I slowly started to mix in more with people from the radio station (in fact, I’ve become “a person from the radio station”), and I finally met Sanjay through further station-associated interactions.  Continue reading

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Hermit crabs are my friends.

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18.

It’s been a few days of Adulthood™ now. Pretty much nothing has changed, but I must say I am excited by the thought that I could go get another ear piercing right now if I wanted to (don’t worry, Mom, I’m not actually going to– it’s more expensive down here in San Diego anyway).

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Moving Forward, 2017

It’s been an eventful year, as always. It was a sound wave of up and downs, and I don’t think I ever truly understood how much could happen within a short amount of time until this fall after starting school.

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Soundtrack: November

On Constant Closeness and New Sandals

I bought some new sandals to walk around my new school. Our campus stretches about 3.4 miles across, and my closest class is a ten-minute walk from my dorm.

People have been telling me to get this kind of sandal for months now, and I finally caved because I knew that my current ones wouldn’t cut it for the treks I face every day. They arrived in my mailbox, and no more than five minutes later they had made themselves at home on my feet. I was determined that these would be my favorite sandals.  Continue reading

Mndsgn: just look at each other and dance

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Mndsgn at The Loft, October 2017

“You don’t have to look at me, y’know, you can look each other and dance.”

Producer Ringgo Ancheta, known as Mndsgn, grew up in New Jersey and is now based in Los Angeles, California. He played a set at The Loft at UCSD last night, filling the room to its corners with his unique sound.  Continue reading