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Behind the Mic: Aaron Bergeson (DJ Survival Skills)


Photo Credit: Jeffrey Tan

 DJ Survival Skills, Beat Parlor

Every Monday through Thursday night from 11pm to midnight, Aaron Bergeson, AKA DJ Survival Skills, brings you “Beat Parlor,” a show dedicated to the spirit of jazz embodied by modern, creative and thought provoking music. The show mixes instrumental Hip-Hop, downtempo and the space where electronic music meets jazz.

How did you first get into radio? 

My introduction to radio was with XRAY FM about three years ago. I did a short run rocksteady show when the station launched. I’ve been a live DJ in Portland for about eight years now and I’m a lifelong record collector. 

What would surprise people most about what you do in your personal life? 

I’m an electronic music producer myself – and most of the music that you hear behind my microphone breaks is original work. 

When you aren’t listening to the music you play on KMHD, what are you tuned into?

I listen to a huge variety of music and take it in from many different sources. Recently I’ve been really into a French record label called La Souterraine which has an excellent variety of French pop, psych and electronic music. 

Tell us about an interesting hobby you have. 

I’m a ridiculous record collector, coffee drinker and amateur photographer – I love to travel and feel that the best way to get the pulse of a city is through exploring all three of those things. 

Where do you live and what are some of your favorite neighborhood spots? 

I live in North Portland. A lot of my old haunts have disappeared in Portland. 360 Vinyl was a longtime favorite, as well as Tiga. Current day I spend a lot of time at the Cardinal Club on 28th and Burnside, dig for records at Mississippi Records and Beacon Sound, and I really enjoy Miho and Zilla Sake for a bite. Also, shout out to Dead Stock coffee for being my fav coffee stop in town. 

If you could bring someone back to life from jazz history and hang out with them for an afternoon, who would it be and why? 

Easy. Sun Ra, to gain some of that cosmic perspective.

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