Ursula 1000 will guest DJ on Midnight in a Perfect World. Richard Majchrzak


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Seattle radio station KEXP (90.3 FM, kexp.org) is launching a new weekly show on February 21 called Midnight in a Perfect World (yes, it's an homage to the dreamily funky DJ Shadow track of the same name). Slated to air every Friday at midnight, the program will feature a different guest DJ each week spinning a one-hour set. KEXP associate program director/The Morning ShowDJ John Richards, who conceived the idea, will select the DJs. The plan is for both local and out-of-town musicians and DJs to appear on Midnight in a Perfect World. (Some sets will be prerecorded and some will be live.) Decibel Festival founder Sean Horton—aka Nordic Soul—will be the first guest DJ.

When asked what the impetus for the show was, Richards says, "I came up with the idea because I'm always trying to think of ways to get more voices, more music, and more mixes on the air. I was also inspired by Michele Myers, who does our Friday night show, and just how perfect her vibe is for a Friday night, followed by Alex [Ruder], who does the show after. They are completely different shows and mixes, but I think they just define a Friday night/Saturday morning. The other inspiration was all the live sessions we have here. We have more than 500 a year from artists and bands, but not many DJs. So my idea was to treat it like a live-band session and give them a chance to create on the air—and in this case, for at least an hour instead of 20 minutes or so for a band." Ruder will host Midnight, and he is credited as coproducer with Richards.

So far, KEXP has booked DJs through early May. After Nordic Soul, the lineup includes Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard (Feb 28), Sophisticated Mama resident DJ Nitty Gritty (March 7), Portland producer DJ Gigs/Natasha Kmeto (March 14), Scottish JD Twitch of Optimo (March 21), President Bongo of Icelandic group Gus Gus (March 28), +Plus resident DJ Miss Shelrawka (April 4), Seattle producer Lusine (April 18), New York's Ursula 1000/Alex Gimeno, and Long Beach, California's Yppah/Joe Corrales Jr. (May 9).

Pondering Midnight in a Perfect World's long-range plans, Richards says that the station will continue "to expand who we have come in, as I don't have plans to have resident DJs on the show right now, and we also hope to expand these mixes live on the air and live out in public. One way we know we can do that is in the new space [at Seattle Center, where KEXP is moving in 2016]. Just imagine in our open gathering space having Michele rock your Friday night, and then one of our midnight DJs coming in for another hour live on the air, followed by Alex to finish the night off... all within the KEXP home."

Midnight in a Perfect Worldwill also be available on-demand from the archive at kexp.org. recommended