WHO IS DJ LLU?
For over 20 years, I have produced a variety of audio experiences here in Vermont – radio, podcasts, and live DJing. My current projects are:
- WRUV-FM, Burlington (90.1 FM) Sundays 8pm-10pm, “Get Fresh with DJ Llu,” two hours of new music from the record labels & the web. My show is part of the FMQB alternative rock national panel for new music on U.S. radio.
- Mic Drop with DJ Llu, a monthly podcast interviewing bands that tour through Vermont.
- A live DJ for local clubs and other gigs, busting out dub, hip-hop, way old school jams, and way more.
- Pop-Up! Queer Dance Party – a queer party that pops up for special dates and holidays during the year. Started in 2012, that produces events in and around the Burlington, VT area. We alternate between dance parties and other awesome events (bingo, kick ball games, POP-TALKS, etc). I co-produce and headline DJ for it. popupqueerdanceparty.com
My back DJ story:
I got my start in 1994 in radio at WGDR, Plainfield (Goddard’s college radio statin) and have been on-air even since then – most recently holding down a ten-year residency at the alt rock station – 99.9 the Buzz (Burlington/Montreal) – hosting new music show, “Early Warning,” until 2012.
While in college I managed Castleton State’s Radio station WIUV (91.3) from 1998-2002, and dabbled at professional stations such as WORK (107.1) (Barre), Cat Country (Manchester), The Fox (Rutland), and The Point (Montpelier). From 2001 until March of 2012 I worked at 99.9 the Buzz (Burlington) hosting “Early Warning,” a new music program.
In 2009 and 2014 VT’s indie newspaper Seven Days, voted me the runner-up Seven Daysies Best Radio DJ in Vermont. In 2014, I was also a runner up for best club DJ in the daysies.
Past Projects –
“Tour Date with DJ Llu” – a bi-weekly music and interview podcast done in partnership with Seven Days in Burlington, VT. These short, 7-15 minute podcasts interviewed a wide range of musicians including Grace Potter, the Indigo Girls, Cake, and many more. Find all the back episodes at the Seven Days website.
Past Radio residencies –
2002-2012- WBTZ, Burlington/Montreal – 99.9 the Buzz, a commercial alternative rock station serving Burlington, VT and Montreal, QC. At the Buzz, I hosted the local music show Homebrew for a couple of years and then stepped up to become the Buzz Speciality Music Director and host of “Early Warning” (a weekly new music show).
1998-2002 – Commercial radio stops at 104.7 The Point, Cat Country in Manchester, and 107.1 WORK FM in Barre.
1998-2002 – WIUV, 91.3 FM at Castleton State College
1994-1998 – WGDR, 91.1 FM a community radio station at Goddard College
Past Club residencies:My plunge into dance parties began in the summer of 2002, when cRAIG mITCHELL gave me my start as a club DJ at (now closed) Burlington gay bar, 135 Pearl. Since that hot, steamy 4th of July night I have been part of the Vermont queer community dance party scene as a host, DJ, drag performer, and activist.
When 135 Pearl closed in 2007, one of the monthly dance parties I DJed moved to Higher Ground, “First Fridays.” For the next 8 years, I would headline this party until it came to a close in 2014.
Oh yeah, and I am one of the only, (perhaps the only), gender queer DJ in Vermont.