It's safe to say that students obsess over music. The ear-pods constantly block out the world, and some playlist from Spotify or some streaming station manages to make days better and change our moods. The search is half of the fun. But – what if the search was done for you? Yeah, you can get that online or wherever, but what if it was someone in Alfred; someone you could talk to. What if you turned on the radio, the REAL radio, and happened upon someone playing your kind of jam? Alfred's a small place. Chances are good that you shout your favorite music across campus and someone answers back with a "Hey, me too."
WALF has several students curating this kind of experience. Sebastian Peterson is one of them. Sebastian is a junior and an English-major with a keen knack for writing about what goes on in the prisons we call our brains. His two-hour block on Sunday nights from 10 PM to 12 AM titled, "Loud Noise and Sad Boys" is a chance for students to see that in themselves, and probably get some of their own frustration out.
The key aspect of the show is the complete absence of Sebastian's voice, or any indication of his DJ-ness whatsoever. Sebastian likes to put it simply: “That's just how I want it to be.” The show is split into two separate hours, one focusing on alternative-rock and some indie stuff that might appeal to a larger audience. The other hour is Sebastian's opportunity to share a little more specific taste of what he's into. It's based around metal – extreme metal as Sebastian describes it.
His spectrum covers sludge, doom, black, death, and every other little subcategory. He names artists like Dystopia, Batushka, and Gutted to name a few. Go ahead, search YouTube. This music may not be for you, but it can be a very liberating experience to let go of your inhibitions and just embrace its rough edges.
If you’re looking for something new, especially a perspective, do yourself a favor and tune in to Sebastian's show. Find a pillow to scream into. Write the way it makes you feel. Even if you don't like the music, you're engaging in a conversation with someone without ever speaking. That can be a powerful tool in a world where our social cues are taken from an app on our phones.
By Andrew Wiechert