Peter Jacobson is a Viva Veteran that hails from New York, not to be confused with Peter Jacobson of Law and Order fame. (Viva) Peter ran Lower East Side record store Sound and Fury in the early aughts for a few years, which means his playlists are consistently awesomely curated. It's kind of like asking for recommendations in an actual record store, except you don't have to say "alright, I've really gotta be going" after dude behind the counter has been describing the finer points of country moog for 15 minutes. Anyway, we chatted with Peter about his beginnings with Viva, Wrecks, and seapunk.
VR: Ey, Peter. How'd you end up getting involved Viva Radio? How long have you been with the station?
PJ: I'm not sure how I got turned on to Viva; I knew Matt [Werth] and Ted from a record store I used to run on the Lower East Side called Sound and Fury. I've been on Viva for a while. I number my playlists and I think I've been at it for four years or so!
VR: Do you usually try to tie your shows together via some kind of theme?
PJ:I have a general theme but I do subthemes! My show has changed over time. The first year or two I was playing mostly Krautrock mixed with experimental, noise and a lot of drifty static e.g. Aidan Baker, Tim Hecker. Lately things have been more loosened up with a more 80s, Jan Hammer, keyboard-heavy direction,but there's tangents. Recently did a show on Seapunk 'cause I've been chronicling some of that world on this tumblr and I also did a show on some of the South African Shagaan Electro and related stuff.
VR: What do you hope to leave the listener with?
PJ: I fall on the chilled out end of the Viva spectrum. I like and play a lot of instrumental music. I work a lot on the computer while listening to music so I'd hope the show is pleasant to work to, or do dishes to, or something.
VR: What have you been listening to lately? What do you never stop listening to?
PJ: Recently bought the new Monolake and some Lee Hazelwood. All time, things like Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream are kind of unavoidables. Most favorite ever would be the Smiths. Also was a serious indie kid so I can remap the pacific NW of the 90s by closing my eyes. I bring it with me.
VR: Anything exciting you do aside from Viva Radio that you'd like our listeners to know?
PJ: I wish. I need to find some excitement.
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