Champaign Is Also A Band

Champaign Is Also A Band

One songwriter, one song. Podcast about stories & songs of Champaign-Urbana music. In each episode Sven sits down with a person from the C-U music scene to hear the story & the background of a favorite song they’ve written.


December 2, 2022 61 min

Sven chats with Jason Finkelman (He/Him) of Kuroshio about the piece "bereavement" off of their self-titled album, improvising by meditating on a concept, building community with the Improvisers Exchange, and his favorite non-musical thing.

SONG: bereavement

ALBUM: Kuroshio

BANDS/GROUPS: Kuroshio, Improvisers Exchange, Bourema “Ibrahim” Ouedraogo and Jason Finkelman, Sea of Stars, Music for Dance, SUNSAT IV, IO Mining Core,...

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Sven zooms with Genaro Jr (He/Him) about his song "American Gothic" from his album "Pentimento," the DIY music scene, and his favorite non-musical thing.

SONG: American Gothic

ALBUM: Pentimento

BANDS/GROUPS: UIUC Hip Hop Collective, Hidden Renaissance Collective  

Favorite treat : Raspberry Lemonade

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Sven chats with Doug (He/Him) and Ian (He/Him) of The Weird Meat Boyz about their venue in development: "The Space," creating unique food, booking shows at the Brass Rail, and the opportunity to support "The Space" on Kickstarter: (Ends 11/25/2022)

Favorite treat: Old Style

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Sven takes a trip back to 1993 to talk with Rob Arrol (He/Him) about the song "9 Outta 10," playing in the early 90s, and his favorite non-musical thing. 

SONG: 9 outta 10

ALBUM: Lasso Your Heart (EP)

BANDS: Rob: dick justice, Ticks, Mary Me, June and the Exit Wounds, Belva Plane, and Shotgun Wedding

Treats: Coke and Cherry Twizzlers

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Sven chats with Francis (They/Him) and Thomasin (She/Her) of The Joy Machine to talk about their song "Herd Immunity."

BANDS: Francis- The Failures, Mid Nite Leg

Thomasin- Haki-N’M, Feed the Monarch

Favorite treats : Francis- true north seltzer (black cherry)

Thomasin - Vanilla Coke/ extreme sour patch kids


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Sven chats with Emily (she/they)(EP67), Camryn (they/them), and Abbey (she/her) of Emily the Band about their recent release "the heartbreak album

Digital copy:

You can also pre-order a cassette from Failed Poem Records all cassette proceeds donated to: 

Album photo by: Caspian Voss


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Sven chats with Joy Yang (She/Her) after she records an improvised piece in the studio titled "Moon Dream." 

SONG: Moon Dream

ALBUM: Unreleased

BANDS:  Joy Yang Trio, Joy of Regatory, The Briar Sclenkar Trio, No Las, Leads the Noise Ensemble Almost"A" Quintet

Favorite treats : Fine Chocolate/Matcha Tea Latte

Photo Credit: Andy Zalot

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Sven zooms with Colin Larson (He/Him) of Otherglow to talk about his song "Winter Wind" from the EP "Spacey Sounds," reminiscing about the CU Scene, and his favorite non-musical things.  

SONG: Winter Wind

ALBUM: Spacey Sounds EP

BANDS: Johnnyork, Withershins, Otherglow

Photo: Eric Frahm


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September 9, 2022 46 min

Sven chats with Mic (She/Her) of the MNG Collective and her radio program on WEFT 90.1:  Mic's Bag on Saturday Nights at 6-8PM.

Check out their Bandcamp page at: 


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Sven sits down to chat with past CU musician Tricia Scully (She/Her) to talk about her song "Fidgety," how an unplugged electric guitar helps her write songs, things she remembers from the CU scene, and her favorite *non-musical thing. 

*If you're female identifying or non-binary and would be interested in playing hockey in a league check out the Women's Central Hockey League

SONG: Fidgety

ALBUM: Recorded Live "...

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Sven sits down with Larry Gates II (He/Him) to talk about his song "Take It From Me," what the CU music scene needs, and his favorite non-musical thing.

SONG: Take It From Me

ALBUM: Single

BANDS: Worm/Starlight & Yuk. The Goody Patch, Satiiva, Lorenzo Goetz, The Jezebelly, Curb Service. DJ LEGTWO

Favorite treat:  Sparkling water and a pear


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Sven meets up with Ayla McDonald (She/Her) at KCPA just before she heads off to the UK. We talk about co-founding the Folk Jam Circle, exploring the roots of folk music, and her favorite non-musical thing. 

Cover Photo by: Basia Latawiec

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Sven sits down with Cade Whitt (he/him) to talk about his song: "Uncertainly Certain (Take Caution)" off of his album "People In Places," the need for more all ages music venues, and his favorite non-musical thing(s).

SONG: "Uncertainly Certain (Take Caution)"

ALBUM: (Debut) "People In Places,"

BANDS: Octave

Favorite Thing: Dr. Pepper!



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Over some rib tips (with mix sauce) and lemon shakeups Sven chats with Harsh (He/Him) about his song "The Truth," collaboration, community, and some CU venues from long since past...

SONG: The Truth

ALBUM: Single

BANDS: UC Hiphop 

Broke Rappers coalition 

Chalice Dubs 

DJ Belly (EP63)

Favorite Thing: Lil’ Progy’s Mix Sauce

Photographer: Rachel Storm

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Sven chats with Kyle Fleming (He/Him) of Fleming Music Therapy to talk about his music therapy practice, what music therapy is used for, why music therapy works, and maybe why he might just say "abracadabra!" from time to time...

Favorite Treat: Frozen Swiss Miss Rolls




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Sven sits down to chat with Briar (They/She) to chat about their song "electrophorus," what makes a great music community, some things we could do better, and their favorite non-musical thing.

SONG: electrophorus by the briar schlenker trio

BANDS:  the briar schlenker trio, ZOEY.xBRIAR, The Goodwin Avenue Trio, New Music Mosaic, Improviser's Exchange Ensemble

Favorite Thing: Virgil's root beer and Pillsbury Cherry T...

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Sven chats with Sarah Durbin (She/Her/Hers) about her song "Live Wire," learning from Ryan Groff (EP35), and her favorite non-musical thing.

SONG: Live Wire

ALBUM: Single

BANDS: Jo's Corner, lyric theatre UIUC

Favorite Thing: DIET COKE and Oreos

Photographer: Ben Heppner

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Sven chats with Eli (She/Her) of Mermaid Heaven about her song "nightbloom," what makes a good music scene, and her favorite non-musical thing.

"You" Video: (NPR Tiny Desk Concert entry)

SONG: nightbloom

ALBUM: Single  

BANDS: Dalipop (~2014) Sleeping okami (~2016) Mermaid Heaven (~2018 to present)

Favorite Treat: Jameson on the rocks and an amazing, simple cheesecake

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Sven sits down with Sean Kutzko (He/Him) to talk about his efforts with documenting, preserving, and promoting the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois jazz scene with ChambanaJazz. Memories of Nature's Table, and falling in love with jazz.

If you have live recordings of jazz performances in CU please reach out to Sean Kutzko at: 




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Sven chats with Deane Geiken (He/Him) and Adam Porter (He/Him) (EP26) about the upcoming Perimeter Road Music Festival May 7th, 2022 at Parkland College

Parkland College (Lot B1)

2400 W. Bradley Ave

Champaign IL,61821

Contact Info:


Phone: 217-373-3790


noon Anika Emily (EP39)

1pm Disaster Kid

2pm Melvin Knight (EP7)

3pm Ashland

4pm Moe Pesci

5pm Modern Drugs (EP35 and EP58)

6pm Union Avenue...

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