Lisa Interviews DJ COLES From The Blues And The Green, 2K

Lisa: So, tell me how it all began.

Coles: (Chuckles) I went to the org meeting and got myself a show.

L: Did you start off in the middle of the country?

C: Yes, at age eight. I heard an announcer for the St. Louis International Raceway with a booming bass voice.

L: And what did that do to you?

C: It made me want to be just like that guy. That guy had a cool voice. The coolest thing about it was that I couldn't see him.

L: So that's what did it.

C: Yes, plus the fact that since I figured I couldn't afford a monster truck or tractor, I could be the voice.

L: What does St. Louis mean to you? There's an arch, right? Did you live near the arch?

C: It was far away, but I could see it because it's the tallest free standing monument in that part of the country.

L: What types of music did you like?

C: '60s and '70s soul music, on AM radio. That's all I could get. I was listening to the funky soul singers.

L: Did you try to dance to their music?

C: Yes. At my eighth grade graduation party I was the first guy to get up and dance.

L: So you liked soul music. Did you like "Shaft"?

C: Yes, very much so. Actually, that used to play every time Lou Brock came to bat, back when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. It was his theme song.

L: Were you a latchkey kid?

C: No, I was the youngest of six. My mom was a full-time housewife. I had a great childhood. I used to come home from school and play street hockey and wiffle ball.

L: Did you live in St. Louis for your whole childhood?

C: When I was fourteen, my parents moved to a tiny town called Gerald in the depths of mid-Missouri. I didn't really fit in. I was shy.

L: Did you hit those difficult adolescent years?

C: Every year for me is awkward. I was voted the craziest person in my high school. In a small town, you either listen to classic rock or country.

L: Let's move into a different area. You weren't into classic rock, were you?

C: I still like to listen to oldies like the Rolling Stones occasionally, but you grow out of those things eventually.

Coles with Blues Legend John Hammond, 21K

Coles with Blues Legend John Hammond

L: What would you say your favorite 80s song was?

C: "Candy" by Bow Wow Wow. Seriously, music that changed my life, like the Clash's "London Calling," the Sex Pistols, and reggae, which I heard on a college station.

L: I've heard that music you hear in high school influences what you'll listen to for the rest of your life.

C: Hearing that music made me want to get into it more. I got interested in artists like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Interestingly enough, at 11:00 on that college station a show named "Pipeline" came on. That's where I got the name of my very first show from, because I never heard that kind of music before (punk and surf).

L: That's very cool. When did you first start at KZSU?

C: January 1995.

L: So you came right in and got a show right away?

C: At 3AM on a Tuesday morning. I had a demo tape already. I was lucky to get a show. I told Clay, the PD at the time, that I was interested in getting a show. He told me I could start on Tuesday. I was pretty scared.

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L: So you've had a slot continuously ever since you started?

C: Yes. "Pipeline" for a year, and the "Blues and the Green" for the last eight months.

L: Could you explain the "Blues and the Green?"

C: Blues is blues. Green is Irish music. The Green is on the last Saturday of every month.

L: Will you continue the "Blues and the Green?"

C: Yes. I like the "Blues and the Green." I wish we had more Green (Irish) so I could do more.

L: But your job is conducive to acquiring music.

C: Yeah, not conducive for getting food.

L: But most music/creative-type jobs don't ...

C: ... pay ...

L: Yes; we don't appreciate that sort of thing as much as we should. So tell me what your future holds.

C: (Laughs) Let me look at my crystal ball ... I would like to do a radio show for the rest of my life. Either daily or weekly, it doesn't matter.

L: Would you be happy exploring different types of music?

C: Yes. I played different types of music on "Pipeline." However, I'd like to stick with blues for a while, if possible.

L: I have to say that it's been a pleasure doing the Concert Calendar with you. What's your favorite cartoon?

C: Daffy Duck always comes to mind. Also George of the Jungle, Super Chicken, and old Fantastic Four. I thought TV was much funnier in the '60s and early '70s. So, what do you see in your future?

L: (Chuckles) This is my dream come true.

C: Ever since I was little, I wanted to do radio. It's my dream come true, also.

L: Do you have nightmares?

Coles with Blues Guitarist Duke Robillard, 20K

Coles with Blues Guitarist Duke Robillard

C: Yes, (laughs), usually from 6:30-8:30 on Mondays ... when our meetings are.

L: Do you have a favorite trait of your own? What would they say back in high school about you now?

C: "Boy, you've got long hair!" At my high school reunion, they said I was the most changed person.

L: What's your biggest pet peeve?

C: I dunno ... I hate people being slobs. I'm a slob at home, but when I come here, I want things to look nice.

L: Maybe we can say that's pride in what you do and where you go. I think you are a very easy going person. You've tried and succeeded, I'd say.

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