If you count on KMHD as your late-night soundtrack, you probably already know and love Luis Ocasio. Host of the brand new show The Joint, Luis delivers a chilled-out set of boom-bap beats and dynamic, post-hip-hop jazz every Monday-Thursday from 11pm-midnight. Here we find out more about his life and what he gets up to when he’s off the air.
How did you first get into radio?
I’ve been a musician and music lover my whole life. I always listen to KMHD. Being a radio host had never occurred to me. One day I randomly stumbled into Scott Thayer‘s record store, I didn’t even know it was him! He graciously listened to me tirade about music changes over the years, and then suggested I have my own radio program. He could see my passion for the music. I had never considered this before, but it is exactly where I need to be. Life is funny like that.
What was surprise people most about what you do in your personal life?
People might be surprised to find out what a freak for music I really am. I don’t think I have a personal life, it’s just recording, going to shows, making beats, digging for records, playing in bands, and now hosting radio! Rinse and repeat.
When you aren’t listening to the music you play on KMHD, what are you tuned into?
Well my show is a hip-hop show, so I guess I could say I love listening to hard bop and 60s spiritual jazz, that eastern stuff. I Also love some of that heavy conscious soul music like WAR. I don’t really put them on anymore but there’s a place in my heart for Tool and A Perfect Circle.
Tell us about an interesting hobby you have?
I’m a gardener. I love plants, and soil. I like learning about the relationship of living things. I used to work on a CSA (community supported agriculture) project for two years that fed 30 families. Growing plants is fun and feeding people is fun!
Where do you live and what are your some of your favorite neighborhood spots?
Right now I live in Sellwood, favorite neighborhood spot Dig Vinyl. Always easy to find stellar records in there. But really I want to talk about Vancouver because that’s where I went to school and grew up. My favorite spot is Brickhouse on 15th St. they got a bunch a great beer and they always have good local musicians coming through.
If you could bring someone back from jazz history and hang out with them for the afternoon, who would it be and why?
Probably Dizzy, he seem to have his head together. He made it through those times successfully because he made good decisions and he kept it all about the music. Or if I could just have a game of chess with Clifford Brown. Another monster player with the wise and gentle spirit.