For our Monthly Music Feature this month, we are introducing Shantan Wantan Ichiban, a name plastered over local club nights and radio waves, as a DJ and a host on one of the biggest stations in Australia. He throws wild parties around town where you'll find yourself dancing and sweating to Hip Hop, Trap, Future Beats, Bass, Grime, Dancehall and R&B, all at the same time.
We spoke to the local music selector to find out how he got into radio and some of his favourite guests on his show.
How did you get into radio?
I got into radio via FBi, and I think music for me has always been number one.
What goes into making a good show?
Don't take yourself too seriously and be willing to make a fool of yourself publicly.
What's one of the wildest parties you've thrown and what happened?
This is a hard one. There have been so many great nights. Either our Dutty Dancing Carnival Special in the old Good God or our more recent Dutty Dancing Afrobeat nights, which have been some of the sweatiest wettest wildest nights of wiggling and wining on the dancefloor. These are the parties where the dancers dance and it is next level.
Who has been your favourite or funniest guests you've had on a show?
So many highlights. Best thing about radio is the interviews. Skepta freestyling, K.Flay doing a rabies trivia, and Kool Keith giving dating advice - were all a heap of fun. But I would say talking to more niche artists like Jean Grae was a stand out. I was a huge fan and just knew a lot about her via her music, so ended up getting great stories.
Are there any artists you think we should be listening to right now?
Merc Swazey. Originally from New Zealand and now in Melbourne. He brings a sense of humour back to rap music. Check out his new album Back To The Brickphone with Tommy II.
Are you working on anything coming up?
Possibly some music out, if it doesn't suck!
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