This month, AMP interviewed the DJs from Like the Beatnix about their international tastes, childhood influences, and name stories.
Can you explain the name of your show?
The Beatniks of the late 1950s – 1960s were a part of a revolutionary subculture for music. We’d like to think the music we play on our show exemplify this attitude, modernized. In our first semester at Radio UTD, some of the older DJs and our friends would call us the “beatnix,” so the name kind of stuck after that in addition to our original concept.
What is the concept behind the music you play on your show?
We play music from various genres, from folk to retro wave to R&B. Due to the fact that Radio UTD has only two pop shows this semester, we take pride in how needed this genre is for diversity. Diversity isn’t exclusive to the USA, but it also encompasses international sounds of varying languages and cultures. We frequently feature songs from many nations such as Colombia, Korea, France, Indonesia, and many more. Generally, we play music that not only appeals to us, but also that appeals to a widely diverse audience as well. Good music is good music, no matter the label, so our concept behind our repertoire is art that transcends cliques and niches.
How did being raised together influence your music taste?
We both have strong foundations in the same music tastes, thanks to our parents. They raised us with jazz, classic rock, 80s pop, and a collection of other classic songs. Similarly, we grew up in the same schools and classes, so we followed the same musical trends growing up. Thus, not only do we have similar tastes with each other, but also with the era and people we grew up with.
How do you balance out your individual music tastes when curating your show’s selections?
Though we like each other’s music, we do have individual tastes. Sheinootnoot is more into electronic, lo-fi, and rap songs. DJ SELLOUT’s taste has more classic influences such as 50s era music, rock, and Mexican bolero. We don’t feel there is a need to balance out our individual tastes because we appreciate the diversity; the more different a good song sounds, the more inspiration it shares.
What’s the story behind your DJ nicknames, DJ SELLOUT and sheinootnoot?
DJ SELLOUT is a play on Shielah’s nickname: Sela. We used to say DJ Sela, but when we said it fast on air, it sounded like DJ Sellout. Being the self-deprecating humorists we are, it was a comical transition. Sheinootnoot arose because one of Sheina’s favorite TV shows is Pingu, which was partly known for their strange “noot” language. In high school, a friend would call her Pinga, commonly with a “noot noot” in addition. Thus, the sophisticated moniker ascended.
What motivated you to start a show with RadioUTD?
Before we were comets, we went on a campus tour of UTD and found out that the university had its own student run radio station. We thought it was amazing that students could play their own music and share what they wanted to say. The independence in running your own show was appealing, especially to a pair of high schoolers that had a very little amount of people to share with. We love the fact that RadioUTD lets students share their love of music campus-wide (and technically world wide via internet).
What are your DJ plans now that this semester is ending?
Next year will be our last year, so catch us while we’re hot!