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DJ Carissa

Friday 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

1. What is the name of your show? Why did you choose that name?

The name of my show is Filmsic. It is simple really, I just melded together the words film and music.

2. What do you talk about during your show?

Growing up the way I would find new music was through watching movies and I am not ashamed to say I had the equivalent of a Black Amex card at Blockbuster. So naturally, when I was thinking about what to do for my show I decided to talk about films and their soundtracks. Since there are several songs in a film, I typically chose around four scene/song pairings to really elaborate on.

3. What is your personality like during the show?

Trying not to seem as anxious/nervous as I really am.

4. What have some of your favorite albums this year been?

I would have to say Ash & Ice, which is the fifth studio album by The Kills. In an interview, the lead guitarist Jamie Hince stated that he was recovering from a pretty bad hand injury and feared he wouldn’t be able to play guitar like he used to so he decided to add more rhythm to the album. Ash & Ice is definitely a departure from their usual raw sound but I believe it still works. I recently saw them in Oakland for the third time and they are as amazing as ever.

5. Favorite music video?

Hah, so I honestly like to watch artist’s live shows on YouTube and rarely watch music videos but I guess I would have to say either Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran” because I want the featured patent leather dress and fierce eye makeup or the Velvet Underground’s “Heroin” because I mean it’s the Velvet Underground and I wish I was living in New York during that era.

6. Favorite television show?

Oh God, that is too hard so I am just going to list a bunch in no particular order:

Daria, Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, Arrested Development, Archer, The Fall, Futurama, Orphan Black, Penny Dreadful, Westworld, Peaky Blinders, Top of the Lake, Black Mirror, Dexter, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Utopia (British), Broad City, The Office ….

7. Best concert you’ve been to?

Jeez even harder. However, seeing Patti Smith was pretty cool. I was living in NYC at the time and Patti and James Franco happen to be doing an intimate poetry reading of Walt Wittman’s work in the Rockaways.  None of my friends could make it so I decided to take the hour and a half train/bus from Brooklyn and attend the reading/show on my own. It was the best decision I could have ever made. I was front row center listening to the living legend that is Patti Smith while she read poetry and sang her classics.

Carissa’s videos of Patti Smith and the Kills, below.

8. Goals for your show?

Honestly, going into my show I didn’t expect much to come out of it. I am currently a PhD student in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences program, so as you can imagine my academic life can be pretty stressful. I was really just looking for a creative outlet but Filmsic has become so much more. It even charted a couple of times for college radio on Mixcloud, which is more than I could have ever asked for. I am really just glad to hear my family and friends are enjoying it and being so supportive.

Listen to past episodes of Filmsic below.