Arts

WPAA Reopens: Sharing Studio Music with the Community

After a few months of hiatus, Andover’s WPAA radio station is back in action. The club kicked off its reopening last Sunday by welcoming the public to its newly revamped studio for open recording sessions. Throughout the afternoon, eager students showed up to record their acts, including duets and solos. The club hopes to generate new interest in Andover’s radio amongst the student body by allowing campus musicians to host their own radio show or record themselves performing their own works. All of the recorded performances from this weekend’s open studio are available on WPAA’s SoundCloud (soundcloud.com/wpaa-andover-radio). Here are some of the student artists who came to WPAA’s recording session to share their music with the community:

 

S.RAO/THE PHILLIPIAN

 

**Will Reid ’15**

Instruments:
Piano, 12 years
Guitar, 5 years

Q:
What is your musical philosophy?

A:
“If I have one, I would say it is probably focused on music that makes people lose control of themselves. Maybe the song makes them dance, or maybe it causes an emotion to surface. Whatever it does, it has to be visceral.

 

 

 

 

 

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J.BECKWITH/THE PHILLIPIAN

 

**Arthur Doran ’15**

Instruments:
Piano
Drums (a couple of months),
Guitar (a couple of years),
Recorder,
Xylophone, 
Kazoo,
Banjo and Ukulele

Q:
If you life was a song, what 
would it be? 

A:
“‘Like a Virgin’ by Madonna.”

 

 

 

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I.TAN/THE PHILLIPIAN

 

**Lauren Luo ’16**

Instruments:
Vocal, 6 years
Guitar, 1.5 years

Q:
Do you think that the lyrics of a song are just as important as the musical aspect?

A:
“Well, I have been playing guitar for about a year and a half now, and I taught myself. I definitely think that the lyrics of a song make just as much of a difference as the music of a song. The lyrics give the song meaning, and the whole point of writing a song is to try to convey a story or emotion.”

 

 

 

 

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E.KAUFMANN-LADUC/THE PHILLIPIAN

**Sebastian Bishop ’17**

Instrument:
Guitar, 3 years

Q:
What are the top three most played songs on your iPod?

A:
“The top three songs on my iPod are ‘Waiting Room’ by Fugazi, ‘Stranger than Fiction’ by Bad Religion and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana.”

 

 

 

 

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J.SCHMITT/THE PHILLIPIAN

**Jack Elliot-Higgins ’14**

Instrument:
Guitar, 13 years

Q:
Kanye or Drake? Why?

A:
“Kanye definitely- [I am] partially biased because I do not know much Drake, but I reall appreciate Kanye’s albums. Albums like ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ are really fantastic… I find Drake kind of boring when I do listen to him, and Kanye is anything but boring. His personality is so overblown and crazy, but also really enjoyable if you take a step back and realize that it is all just a show.”