Trapped within the world I have created,
I hunger for only you.
The pain of desire, overwhelming.
Blood filled tears stain my aged face.
I would sprout wings and fly, but I cannot
for I am a cat prowling the night for my
When I try to love, I only devour.
He is NOT a robot. Although you may not hear him speak often, he is on air live every weekday from 8am to 9pm EST. Whenever another DJ is not DJing live, his box runs the show on auto-pilot. The concept of Second Shifters sprang from his mind after an experience he wrote about on his DeadJournal:
"So... Many of the listeners and many of my personal friends have started to ask me just what brought me to start broadcasting on internet radio in the first place. It's something that very few ever expected of me and it doesn't exactly seem to fit with some of the other things that I've done online in the past. My answer is that it comes from several different inspirations I've had over the past year or so, with one particular example that stands out a bit above the rest.
A number of years ago there was a larger band by the name of Ben Folds Five that performed a popular song by the name of 'Brick' (yes, yes, I know that this is not the kind of music that I play, but bear with me here). I saw them live in concert back in 1998 at the first concert I'd ever been to. The show was great, as I expected it to be, and in a way it brought me to like music a little more.
Skipping to a number of years later... Six months ago I was fortunate enough to go to a Ben Folds concert with a friend of mine. Now, note that I said Ben Folds and not Ben Folds Five. You see, the band broke up quite some time ago, and the lead man, Ben Folds, went on independently to do his own shows.
Instead of a massive crowd of people filling an arena, this was a smaller show of only about eight hundred people. However, as small as this show was, there was something very distinctly different about it vs. the other show. The people there were real fans, they weren't just people along for the ride. Having eight hundred of those kinds of people at any show is quite a feat to accomplish. Ben Folds himself seemed a lot more casual as well. He didn't seem like he was anyone that had ever been a star. It was just a guy in a t-shirt and jeans, sitting there playing the piano for everyone who showed up.
In the truest sense of the word, Ben Folds had become *just* a musician. His name got him the audience he wanted, so he didn't need to market himself anymore. He wasn't selling anythig to anyone; he wasn't trying to portray a certain kind of image; he was just playing the music he wrote with no bullshit to try to make the crowd go crazy. The talking he did between songs seemed more like conversation with the audience than it was giving a speech, and the show was more enjoyable than any other I've been to thus far.
After the show it wasn't very difficult for me (before I had any affiliate with any radio station) to go up to him and just talk to him in person. It is a very rare occasion that you get to see both sides of someone that has been in the spotlight, and that one lucky glimpse I got was enough to get me interested in music enough to want to be able to play the songs that might not be the biggest hits of the week, but instead the songs that give people something to think about and maybe even be inspired by."
You can message or email him 24 hours a day, and if he's awake and at the computer, he'll do his best to respond to you as quickly as possible.