Saturday nights – 10pm to Midnight
Hosted by Jason Bentley
Bentley brings back the show that launched the electronic dance music revolution in Los Angeles in the early 90’s.
Metropolis will air Saturday nights from 10pm to midnight, starting FEBRUARY 23
KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley is relaunching his groundbreaking exploration of electronic dance music, Metropolis, as a weekly show from 10pm to midnight on Saturdays starting February 23. The accompanying website will be a destination for fans to find exclusive mixes, playlists, interviews, and more with some of the top names in the genre.
Bentley, one of the most respected figures in EDM, both as a DJ and an industry leader, currently serves as host of the LA public radio station’s signature show Morning Becomes Eclectic.
“People always tell me they miss Metropolis, so we decided to bring it back in the perfect time slot – Saturday night. It’s a new chapter for Metropolis and you can expect the best new music, classic tracks and guest mixes each week,” said Bentley.
As a daily nighttime show in the 90’s, Metropolis gained a dedicated following and, like other trailblazing KCRW shows airing in an age before internet streaming, fans would tape the show on cassettes and share them with their friends, even sending them around the world. KCRW’s current focus on making our unique content available in the digital realm will now take the show to the next level.
“While the EDM movement was taking shape in the 2000’s, Jason ushered in a new way to translate that intoxicating club feeling into nighttime radio in LA. Metropolis, as solely a radio program, became a magnet for those intrigued by driving beats and finding out what was happening across the globe,” said KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro. “Now we are in a unique position to take that a step further and become an online gathering place for this community, with fantastic, exclusive content and Jason’s forward-thinking vision.”
The online home for Metropolis – KCRW.com/metropolis — will feature exclusive content like a series of short documentaries tracing the roots and surveying the evolution of electronic music. As part of the Electrospective series produced by EMI, Jason hosts interviews with an array of artists like Paul Oakenfold, Crystal Method, Boys Noize, Mute Records Founder Daniel Miller, Photek, MIike Snow, and Deadmau5.
Tune in on February 23 for the inaugural episode and find show archives, exclusive mixes, and much more on KCRW.com/Metropolis. Read an exclusive interview with Jason, at LA Weekly’s West Coast Sound.
About Jason Bentley: As music director for LA NPR-affiliate KCRW, Jason oversees all music initiatives for one of the most influential radio stations in the country. While his roots are firmly in the underground, Jason now hosts KCRW’s signature weekday radio program, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Widely respected as a live DJ, he has performed at major music festivals everywhere from Ibiza and Australia to Los Angeles’ own Coachella. Jason was instrumental in the creation of a new Grammy category to recognize the “Best Dance/Electronic Album” and hosted the inaugural EDMbiz Conference last year, held in conjunction with Electric Daisy Carnival. He is also a distinguished music supervisor whose credits include TRON: Legacy with Daft Punk and The Matrix trilogy.
About KCRW: KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’ s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. . Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW’s acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.