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Doug Vandelay

Presenting: Snooze Button Up Late

People generally fall into two categories. Freaks and Normies. The severity of the category present in each individual can be represented in the same way as a political horseshoe graph. The more different someone seems to you, the closer they probably are on a fundamental level. I collaborate with a lot of Perth artists and designers, so you may see me floating around at galleries and gigs from time to time.

How did you become involved in the station?

My entire high school and first years of university were geared toward becoming a radio presenter. My upbringing dictated my life trajectory as High School > University > Job so I had never considered volunteer broadcasting in the meantime. Now in my fifth year of Architecture school, I was looking for volunteer work to offset the insanity of my course structure and found out about the training program. So I guess finally the stars have aligned.

If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?

  • The Beach Boys – Surfer Girl
  • Kanye West – My Beautiful Twisted Duck Fantasy
  • LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
  • Elvis Presley – Elvis’ Christmas Album
  • Willie Nelson – Good Times

What is the best thing about being involved in the station?

Meeting people that are so passionate about their hobbies and the music they love. In my industry people become very career oriented and often jaded, so it’s very refreshing to be a part of such an eclectic, positive community.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?

The first time being left completely alone to run Up Late and realizing I was in some way running an entire radio station for 3 hours.

If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?

I would like to present Difficult Listening, but I don’t think for the right reasons. I am heavily passionate about anti-comedy (see Andy Kaufman, Scott Aukerman, Nathan Fielder) and would love to play music that is literally difficult to listen to for no other reason than that it is. Please don’t let me do it.

What do you do in real life?

I run a design practice taking whatever jobs we can get/are interested in, so the dynamic and job title changes with the wind.

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