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January DJ of the Month: Alex
by Elizabeth Bui

January's DJ of the Month is Alex Aiello, our hardworking RPM director! Get to know the meaning behind his show name, favorite artists of the moment, and Music Staff experience. Alex's show Random Wave Generator blazes the airwaves Thursdays from 6:00PM - 7:00PM. 

Name: Alex Aiello 

DJ Name: DJ AIM 

Show Name: Random Wave Generator 

Show Genre: RPM / Electronic 

Year/Major: Junior  / Journalism and Media Studies

What’s the meaning behind your show's name? Between the randomness of myself and the music I play, added with the fact that all my favorite genres have the word "Wave" in them, it seemed like a perfect fit. Also, waves are just such a vibe. 

What’s it like being RPM Music Director?  Super fun, I choose this genre due to my admiration for it and not cause I'm super into it as much as Indie or Pop. It opened me up to many new styles of house and glitch that I never knew I liked. RPM is such an immersive genre that people look over sometimes, so being able to share weird beepboops with everyone is a dream come true. 

Tell us a little about what artists/bands you've been listening to recently. My number one artist right now is Orville Peck, goth country coming from the electronic guy, wild I know! But my go-to album as of this week is KAYTRANADA'S BUBBA, gotta keep those tropical vibes alive. Also enjoying the new Georgia album, new Wild Nothing tracks, and the Uncut Gems soundtrack by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) is excellent! 

What has been your favorite experience as a DJ?  Mega cheese alert but just making friends and going to shows with people who love music as much as I do. Also, I can't imagine how many cool bands I wouldn't have found out about if it wasn't for my fellow music nerds. If I had to pick one event, it would be the Show Me The Body show last October, royal vibes! 

Any advice for prospective DJs?  Don't be afraid to try new genres. If you play mainly one genre, set aside a few songs from another, it will make your show sound cooler and also broaden your already rad music taste!