Volunteer Profile: Lewis Jay

Lewis Jay is a veteran programmer at CFBX and has one of the longest running shows on the air right now. Catch Radio Schizo every Wednesday, 9-10 PM.

1) HoDigital Cameraw long have you been doing your radio show?

Coming up on 10 years here.  I started in 2009 when I was 15 and have done around 470 shows.

2) What made you want to volunteer with CFBX?

When I started, a huge inspiration for me was Dean McKerchar, host of Ska on the X. When I was in elementary school me and his son were assigned a classic rock project in music class – despite the criteria being traditional rock bands I picked the Clash and he invited me on the radio to talk about them.  It was amazing for me to come up to the station and see how everything worked.  The organization and seamless flow of the whole production and studio had me hooked on college radio right then and there. Watching him make that happen was so cool.  Just one guy in the booth making magic. Dean is still king.

3) What is your show about? What can we hear in your show?

My show is a contemporary and classic hardcore punk music show with lots of history and scene stories.  I have been archiving punk music since I first developed a love for record collecting and I am absolutely fascinated with it.  This comes out a lot on my program and helps (I hope) others engage more and relate to the bands and records, rather than the mundane streaming platforms that slide in and out of the day to day leaving little to no mark on the listener.

4) What makes your show unique? Why should we tune in?

I have spent the last 10 years aside from this show actively touring and playing in bands locally and provincially.  This has opened me up to many underground circuits and communities across the world and has laid the foundation for tons of real life stories and experiences I have had with lots of these bands and their members.  Quality punk and hardcore has always had a very underground and secretive existence, so the thick of the genre is rooted in physical involvement to really grasp what is happening and what has happened.   Its never been something you can view purely on a screen or through the web so to really understand it it takes years of networking and active engagement.  Radio Schizo is a program of sharing exactly that, in the most inclusive easy to understand ways available.

5) What was the best show you’ve done to date?

Couldn’t say.  You win some you lose some.

6) Name an artist you’ve discovered in the past year you think your audience should know about?

Terrorist from NYC.  This band aesthetically and musically drive it right home with traditional yet interesting and not over done song writing.  I met the vocalist Poncho when gigging in Brooklyn earlier this year and really hit it off with him.  He’s British, and it sounds really good with the heavy American HC styled instrumentation behind him. He moved to NYC after being in Sweden for a few years playing bass in the legendary D-beat band Infernöh.  Hanging with him and picking his brain was really cool and this new band hits it out of the park.

7) What was a recent live concert or show you have been to that you enjoyed and why you enjoyed it?

I got to see The Impalers again from Austin Texas while I was in Toronto in October. They are always a powerhouse live band and the crowd goes nuts for them at every gig. Really cool people and very, very abrasive song writing.  Watching people do flips and slam dance across the stage to this band never gets old.

8) Are there any local artists, writers or musicians that you think your audience should know about?

Locally, I cant recommend to much but Chain Whip from Vancouver are really tearing it up right now.  Josh Nickel (The Atomics and The Cheats) who grew up here in Kamloops fronts the group and is a mad man on stage.  Their new 7” is great.  Starvation from Vancouver as well are a vicious new Scandi-hardcore style group worth checking out as well!

9) Name another show on CFBX you enjoy and why you enjoy it.

Hostage Radio (RIP) with Gary Hostage was the best.  Right now everyone should enjoy some Ska on the X with Dean McKerchar (Wednesdays, 7-8 PM) and Broken Glass with Myles Gregory (Sundays, 9-10 PM)!

10) What are your plans for your show in the next year?

More recorded Skype interviews and on the road chit-chats with dear friends from great bands! Cheers