The punk-rock DJ

Text Will Caron
Thread music

Hawaii Public Radio's Nick Yee began spinning LPs at KTUH, the radio station of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. We asked him what shaped his musical palate.

"You know what it was. They got to me young. And they got to me -- how can I say this -- they got to me before I had any bad influences.

"I was always a slightly weirder kid, eclectic ... I always swam upstream, and luckily the kind of people that influenced me musically were the same type of people. It just hit home with me.

"You know when you hear a song, it just kind of resonates with you? Music in general did that for me. It took me to a level of comfort and discomfort in the sense that music always instilled in me a desire to explore more. Any time you explore something new -- I mean, you've traveled before -- there's that thrill of exploration where you don't know where you're going and you don't know where you're going to end up, but it's exhilirating getting there. That's true of music and it's true about everything."


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