For Episode 59, Host James Dier aka $mall ¢hange welcomes veteran New York City DJ, radio producer and party promoter REGGIE JOHNSON.
Reggie Johnson is an audio engineer, radio show host, party promoter and all around good ppls. He’s been working as an engineer behind the boards at WBAI Pacifica for a few decades, and co-hosting Jeanie Hopper’s Liquid Sound Lounge since ’98. His own radio show From the Soundboard has been running since 2007, a ‘program that usually focuses on concerts regardless of genre. This is where the artist and (or) group perfects the art of the “call and response” with its audience.’ He does great deep dives on all kinds of artists and groups like Gal Costa, Link Wray, Yusef Lateef, Paul Robeson, Ramsey Lewis and many others. He’s also helped promote parties since 1998 and has a longtime summer thing called Beats & BBQ. In his own words, he’s ‘just an average individual who believes in Socialist principles through music, arts and action. Everything is connected to everything.’
Reggie is a humble and real dude which isn’t always the case in these music and party scenes haha. We start out talking about classic parties and DJs like the Loft, David Mancuso, Paradise Garage, Nicky Siano, Turntables on the Hudson, and Liquid Sound Lounge, where Reggie got his start promoting and getting involved with WBAI and doing his own show. We also get into a lot about politics, Palestine, Ukraine, our disappointment with Bernie, critical thinking, and his own journey coming out of his shell as an introvert into promoting and throwing parties. We ended up rapping for over two hours so a longer convo. Enjoy!
Reggie also gives us a tasty mix of vintage African funk to accompany. To hear this exclusive 90-plus minute Stark Reality Playlist, go to Episode 60 of Stark Reality.
For the latest news and updates on Reggie’s radio show and events, follow him @deepdancenyc on Instagram.