As a huge soccer fan, both playing intramural league soccer and attending both men and women soccer games, junior Mike Sheehan shows the same exact love for music. The Boiling Springs native and soccer fanatic has a 6 p.m. to 8p.m. slot every Wednesday on WCUR playing a wide range of variety music.
Sheehan’s love for his music shows in his program, never sticking to one genre.
Depending on the day, in one show you can hear a track from a fellow jazz musician, electronic pop or just some “good old” classic rock.
“Some of my favorite bands are Animal Collective, The Arctic Monkeys, Pavement, and Led Zeppelin, to name a few,” Sheehan said.
Although you may hear some of these artists on the station from time to time, Sheehan’s not afraid to step outside the music box even further.
Sharing music that may seem unfamiliar to some, opening people’s taste to new genres is one of Sheehan’s favorite parts of being a DJ.
“The whole idea is to attract that person driving in his car, listening to WCUR, hearing that new song and [have them] say:
‘What’s that song I’m hearing? I like it!’ Getting people to listen to stuff they don’t normally listen to,” Sheehan said.
One of the different sounds Sheehan brings to his show is called “Dub-Step.”
Popular in England, Dub-Step is a mix of two-step and house genres, with heavy base and no vocals.
One of his favorite Dub-Step artists is Caspa, who just recently released a new album entitled “Everybody’s Talking, Nobody’s Listening.”
Currently, this is Sheehan’s second semester being a WCUR DJ, while he majors in respiratory therapy.
After completing his degree, he plans to work at a hospital and help people with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and other related illnesses.
Ideally, Mike would rather something in the music industry.
“I would love to do something in the music industry, particularly the recording studios, but anywhere in the music business wouldn’t matter to me.”
Tune-in every Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. to hear Mike Sheehan, future musical pioneer, bring Dub-Step into popularity on WCUR on 91.7fm.
“I still got some more practice on the turntables,” Sheehan said. “I’m trying to bring it in little by little.”
Dan Colon is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at DC741117@wcupa.edu.