In 2006 I was called by Ricardo Wang, who wanted me to meet (and run sound for) his friend Derek Johnson, a cellist and performer who already had some impressive credits to his name, even then. I love reflecting on experiences like this, because over 10 years later, we’re still collaborating to make excellent live radio, even if there are a few years between hanging out.
But hanging out is so much fun, because his approach to music is equal parts excellent performer, electronic wizardry, improvised musicality, and an excellent ear for what to play next. It’s a treat to see him so often in one weekend. His show last night at the Fifty Pub & Grub was fantastic, but for the radio audience, his performance is much more focused, and in many ways, quite intense.
But that’s not all! As part of a bonus, extended version of the program, MVM hosts MKUltramegaphone collaborate with Derek for a second set of live musical oddities that you can only find on our program. This is what I really hope the program can be more like; while I have always enjoyed the shows I did on my own, having guests to collaborate with really takes the show in unique (and exciting) directions. MKUltramegaphone is about to make some live appearances, so if you live in Oregon and you like Mid-Valley Mutations, you can come and see us do it live, very, very soon.
The KMUZ Pledge Drive starts tomorrow, and with that, you should consider becoming a member of the station supporters who keep us on the air. Mid-Valley Mutations listeners can visit our Bandcamp Page, and make a purchase in the name of KMUZ. All money I earn through that page will be donated to the Pledge Drive, so that KMUZ can keep us on the air and let us keep doing what we enjoy doing so well. If you like our show, and what us to keep it up, please, support the station, any way you can.
This show works best by letting it wash over you, so sit back for an excellent presentation by Derek M. Johnson Love. LIVE!
Derek M. Johnson Love, LIVE!
Part I: Preview
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Set Two * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live At The Fifty Pub & Grub 9 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
03.) Live Set * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live 23 September 2006 * What’s This Called? (2006)
Part II: I’m Under Your Cell Window
04.) Set * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live 6 December 2008 * How’s It Named? (2008)
05.) Live Performance * Derek M. Johnson Love * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: The Black Arts
06.) The Black Arts (Live Performance) * MKUltramegaphone w/ Derek M. Johnson Love * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) Set Two * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live At The Fifty Pub & Grub 9 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)