Taste of the Town
Taste of the Town: KEXP’s Kevin Cole
The host of the Afternoon Show talks Twizzlers, veganism, and the five songs nobody should die without hearing.
Some questions are easy for Kevin Cole to answer.
What does he do? He’s the Senior Director of Programming at KEXP and hosts the Afternoon Show every weekday from 2 to 6pm. How long has he been into music? Ever since he was a kid, glued to the radio, hanging on every song. Did he always want a career in music? Yes and no. He wanted to be a rock star, but he also wanted to be a priest, a photographer, and an Olympic athlete. His favorite artist? Prince, hands down. Cole even DJ’d at Prince’s 30th birthday party.
Other questions aren’t quite so easy. The best local bands right now? Seattle has the best music scene in the country, says Cole. But if he had to pick two artists that are “on the precipice of international appreciation for their enormous talents,” it would be Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and the Head and the Heart.
And the hardest question of all, the one that took Cole weeks of hand-wringing concentration to answer: What songs should no person die without hearing? Here is his painstakingly conceived list: The Five Keys, “The Glory of Love; ” Lorraine Ellison, “Stay With Me;” Sigur Ros, “Svefn-G-Englar;” John Coltrane, “A Love Supreme;” and the Arcade Fire, “Wake Up.”
After all that agonizing about music, talking favorite foods was no problem at all.
Eat to live or live to eat?
My whole life is pretty much organized around food and music. While eating one meal I’m thinking about the next. That said, I love clean, healthy food, and definitely eat to live.
Are you or have you ever been a vegan?
Yes, I’ve been every kind of vegetarian. I’ve been vegan, a health food vegetarian, a candy bar vegetarian, macrobiotic, and I am currently a non-dairy occasional fish eater. I’m sure there’s a name for it.
What’s your guilty food pleasure?
Dark chocolate or red Twizzlers.
Favorite way to burn calories?
Jump up and down to Ramones records—or as I like to say, Ramonesersize!