Rebel Radio Ep. 7: Garth Trinidad - How to Handle 'The Hustle' as a Radio DJ
Rebel Radio is a weekly podcast, hosted by your humble servant, exploring the relationship between art and business in underground culture. Through interviews with creative entrepreneurs who have shaped the roots and future of the underground, we uncover what it takes to build and sustain a career out of making art. Rebel Radio is presented in partnership with EDM.com.
This week I’m in studio with Garth Trinidad.
Garth has been a DJ on LA’s legendary KCRW independent radio station for over 18 years, helping to shape the city’s landscape of progressive music. His playlist blends an international mix of future soul, deep dance, indie rock, and jazz, and his show has won LA Weekly’s award for Best Radio Program multiple times. He helped to break some of the most important alternative artists of our time — Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Little Dragon, and he keeps on digging.
We talk about the important mentors in Garth’s career, including American Idol judge Randy Jackson, and how he manages all of his side hustles: Music journalism (NPR, PBS, LA Canvas magazine), music supervision (Entourage), and most recently music production as half of the deep house duo Trinidad-Senolia. And there’s more. Cousin stays busy.