Junior DJ prefers old-school punk
Annie Wilson '11 is a self-proclaimed punk with a passion for music. She makes her mark on the Hill as the alternative and independent music director for WMHB, the College's student-run radio station.
Wilson applied for a DJ slot at the station after she noticed its table at the Campus Life Expo as a first-year student. "It was fun to put my voice out there and share my taste in music with the campus and community," she says.
This year, Wilson is a genre music director for the radio station, and she loves it. When she's not playing softball on the College's varsity team or helping out with the Colby Republicans, Wilson spends time reviewing albums, keeping up relationships with record labels and helping independent artists get air time. "If a band or artist is talented, then I'll listen," Wilson says. She admits that although she loves all kinds of music, she can be picky at times, and she claims that "99 percent of mainstream music is nothing but fluff." Wilson prefers old-school punk music such as The Clash, the Misfits, the Dead Kennedys and Minor Threat, but she is willing to give any music a chance.
Wilson spent this past summer working in Los Angeles, Calif. as a concert photographer and blogger, and as part of her job she was often sent to music video sets to cover bands.
Wilson recalls an experience on the set of a Boys Like Girls music video: "I left in the worst mood because the song, which was played take after take after take, was so inane." She points out that some songs are appealing simply because they're catchy on the most basic level.
Not every behind-the-scenes experience was unenjoyable, though. "I did get to cover a Joan Jett concert and interview Paramore and the Sounds," Wilson says. Indeed, one of Wilson's favorite activities is attending concerts. Her job last summer allowed her to go to approximately 20 concerts and music video sets and she has already been to five shows this school year. One of her most recent events was a trip to see POS at the Space Gallery in Portland. "[The show] was awesome because the venue is so tiny and the crowd was so energetic," Wilson says.
Wilson has a unique look to match her punk-rock style. "Last year I had a pink and green mohawk, but this year my hair is brown," she says. Though many would assume that Wilson sported eccentric hair to make a statement, she says otherwise. "It's just something I started in high school," she says, since her mother allowed her to do anything she wanted with her hair because it would eventually grow back. Wilson enjoyed her unconventional hairstyles because they were always conversation starters. Friends "could always find me in a crowded dining hall," she jokes.
Regardless of the color of her hair, number of concerts she has attended, amount of time she spends on air for WMHB or which bands she prefers and why, Wilson always stays true to herself.