People in Minnesota- where we focus on you, the Minnesota music fan!
Name: Andrea Swensson
Occupation: Author, music journalist, and host at The Current
How did you get involved with The Local Show: When I started at the Current in 2012, my main focus was writing — before coming to MPR, I had worked as the music editor of City Pages and done a bunch of other writing around town. I launched the Local Current Blog, and would appear on The Local Show to discuss local music stories with the show’s longtime host, David Campbell. He was always a huge supporter of my work and had encouraged me to develop my on-air voice and audio production skills, so over time I began to create my own segments and specialty shows. When Campbell left his position at the end of 2015, I transitioned into the role of host and have completely fallen in love with the radio format. Putting together the playlist is a highlight of my job, and I am constantly in awe of just how much new music is produced in Minnesota week to week.
What you are currently listening to: Gully Boys and Scrunchies because they give me life, Willie Murphy’s entire catalog because he’s a legend (rest in peace), Mountain Man because they help my baby fall asleep, Janelle Monae because she’s the future.
What was your first concert: Moody Blues at the DECC in Duluth, maybe 1993?? I don’t recall much of it. My first vivid concert memory happened a few years later, when I saw No Doubt at the Warped Tour. Gwen Stefani was in her pink hair phase and I was feeling it.
What is your most memorable musical experience: Watching Prince perform Nothing Compares 2 U at the Dakota Jazz Club with the NPG, who were all crammed onto that tiny stage. He and Shelby J traded verses while the entire room held its breath and wept.
What local artist is currently the “Must See”:
What concert are you most excited about in 2019?
Who do you think is the most overrated band/artist of all time:
Father John Misty (ducks)