We caught up with Alison Chi after the Hana Vu and Sugar Candy Mountain Show at Welcome to Junior High to get her thoughts on planning the event and potential UCLA Radio-curated shows in the future.
What’s your name, age and major?
Alison Chi, like the Slowdive song “Alison.” That’s what I like to say. I’m like the Slowdive Alison. That’s the vibe. I’m 20 years old and I’m a geography major.
What’s your title?
Music Director of UCLA Radio.
Is this the first time you’ve had an event off campus?
Yes, technically yes.
How do you think it went?
I think it went really well. It was kind of very a backyard-ish kind of jam, which, y’know, wasn’t planning for that but it worked out in the end. I think we had a really relaxed set too which is awesome. I think it was a no-stress kind of set. The band created a less stressful atmosphere and it was great.
How long did it take you to plan this event?
It took us about three weeks to a month. It was about that time that we secured the venue.
How did you find out about this venue?
Actually a lot of my friends come here to see shows. I know that a lot of them know it’s very pro-feminine and POC and queer, which really got on my radar. I reached out to Faye, who owns the place, and she was down so that’s how it happened.
How did you get in contact with the bands?
Hana Vu, the opener, is actually a friend of a friend’s, so I texted her in the middle of the night, “Hey can you play this show?” and she was like, “Yeah,” and that’s how we got Hana. Sugar Candy Mountain I think has the same agent as LA Witch. I was trying to get them and then their booker suggested them for this kind of venue. It actually worked out perfectly. I think they were more suited for this low-key kind of venue.
Would you do an event here in the future?
Oh, yeah. I love the space.
Do you plan on doing more off-campus events in the future?
Yeah, we would love to. It really was quite stressful putting this on and we do a lot events on campus too, so it’s kind of just balancing the events for UCLA Radio, coordinating everything. But we would love to do more events off-campus, kind of supporting the LA community and making people more aware of the artists we have in this area.
How did you come into your position at UCLA?
I don’t know actually. It kind of came about because the old music director was on her way out and she started kind of training me a little bit last year. She’s graduating and just kind of letting me take on this quarter, and here we are now. So it worked out.