KCRW's Guest DJ Project

KCRW's Guest DJ Project


KCRW's Guest DJ Project invites an array of cultural icons to share and discuss songs that have inspired and moved them with KCRW DJs. Actors, authors, chefs, athletes, directors, tech entrepreneurs and more share their musical passions, giving deep insight into both their lives and their creative process. Check back each week for new sessions with notable guests in this ongoing exclusive feature.More from KCRW's Guest DJ Project »

Most Recent Episodes

Penn Jillette

Actor, author, and raconteur Penn Jillette, better known as half of the Emmy award-winning magic duo Penn and Teller, reveals all in his Guest DJ set. He talks about how a Frank Zappa concert inspired his career in entertainment, how "word poems" are a rip off that resulted in the creation of beautiful music and delights in the avant-garde yet sexy sounds of The Residents.

Mark Mothersbaugh

Mark Mothersbaugh is best known as the singer for new wave legends Devo, and has expanded his creative output through film scoring, visual arts and even designing his own line of eyewear. In his Guest DJ set, he talks about discovering The Beatles, how Captain Beefheart rocked his world and the lessons he learned about subversion from an unlikely source.

Wil Wheaton

From his role on Star Trek: The Next Generation to hosting the popular gaming web series Tabletop, it's safe to say that Wil Wheaton a geek icon.

Nigella Lawson

London-based chef Nigella Lawson is often referred to the domestic goddess and her Guest DJ set revolves around the kitchen – and the dancefloor.

Jeff Goldblum

Off screen, beloved actor Jeff Goldblum is as offbeat, quirky and charming as some of the characters he plays. In his Guest DJ set, he talks about discovering his love for acting, how his dad turned him on to jazz and the Miles Davis song he uses to wake up in the morning.

W. Kamau Bell

Comedian W. Kamau Bell calls Jimi Hendrix the "patron saint of black weirdos," talks about how John Coltrane inspired his particular brand of comedy, and credits Rollins Band with pumping him up to do standup. Bell currently hosts the United Shades of America series on CNN and has a stand up special on Showtime called Semi-Prominent Negro.

Paul Scheer

Paul Scheer co-hosts one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts — How Did This Get Made --- and stars on tons of TV shows, from FX network's The League to ABC's Fresh Off the Boat. He relates to Weezer's lovelorn lyrics, channels his inner pop diva, and shows his softer side with a dedication to his wife. He is currently the show runner on Fox's Party Over Here and is behind the teen drama parody series Filthy Preppy Teen$. Hosted by Raul Campos.

Gillian Jacobs

Actress Gillian Jacobs starred in the cult favorite comedy "Community" and recently attracted attention for her role in the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix comedy, "Love". She picks a few songs she likes to sing to while driving, talks about her high school rebellion, and shares her anthem for life. Hosted by Aaron Byrd.

Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong)

Before Tommy Chong joined up with Cheech Marin to form Cheech and Chong, he found fame as a musician. He tells us how Elvis changed his life, how Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" was an inspiration for the incredibly popular comedy duo, and much more.

Ethan Hawke

Actor and director Ethan Hawke plays jazz legend Chet Baker in his latest film, but his personal connection to music goes beyond any single role. In his Guest DJ set, he shares the Wilco song that helped him through hard times, celebrates the neverending creativity of Willie Nelson, and shares some jazz favorites.

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