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Home > Blog > The Most Influential Person in Music. . .
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Sunday, June 26, 2005 9:15 AM
The Most Influential Person in Music. . .
Anita Sharpe on Creativity

. . .just might be a 47-year-old public radio DJ in Los Angeles named Nic Harcourt. According to a profile in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, this is the man who is giving non-formulaic music -- ranging from the Doves to Cafe Tacuba -- a chance to break out. What I love most about this story is that it's another example of how iconoclastic individuals and creativity will always find a way around bureaucracy and business-as-usual.


3 comments

Grant - 6/28/2005 5:22:15 PM
You are quite right. I flip back and forth between the two stations regularly, so please excuse my confusion. But since I should have made my post about KCRW and not Indie, let me talk about my favorate DJ on the air in Los Angeles: Jason Bentley. For a long time I didn't know he was on KCRW, just knew that he had a show from midnight till three on Saturday night on KROQ. Luckily for me, I started listening to NPR, both KCRW and KPCC, for news, and I just happened to flip to KCRW when DJ Jason Bentley was on. Now I get to listen to his awesome music selection six nights a week.

Anyways, radio is not dead, there are still some DJs who play new and inovative music. At least in LA we don't need to rely only on the internet for non-top 40 music.
martin - 6/27/2005 10:24:12 AM
Grant -

Harcourt is on KCRW at 89.9 FM not 103.1.

I believe that the management and mission of this college radio station is to be applauded. Without the vision to provide an alternative to traditional radio formats, DJ's like Nic Harcourt would be a thing of the past.

One addition: for those interested in hearing an old school jazz DJ (there ain't but a handful left) check out H. Johnson's 'Jazz Classics' show Saturday evenings streamed from www.wabe.org.
Grant - 6/26/2005 8:13:31 PM
Nic Harcourt isn't the only awesome DJ on Indie 103.1, nor is he the most influential. There are also people on that station like Steve Jones (which Wired wrote about in their March 2005 issue) who was the guitarist for the Sex Pistols. Some of their other DJs include Rob Zombie and the Crystal Method. All long estabished artists that are given the ability to play whatever they please. This is giving a lot of smaller bands-who would never get a chance to be on the radio with a larger, more corporate station-some air time. I really don't think it's just one DJ, the entire station is as influential as Nic.

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