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

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.

Pee-wee Herman

Pee-wee Herman returns to our TV screens with his first movie in 28 years. What songs inspire the iconic character? He gives us the scoop, with a playlist heavy on funk and soul.

Jon Taffer

Jon Taffer is an entrepreneur and nightlife consultant with a knack for turning around failing businesses. His energetic, inspirational personality is on full display as he talks about how artists like Jimi Hendrix and Traffic changed how he saw the world.

Madhur Jaffrey

Chef and award-winning actress Madhur Jaffrey is known as the godmother of Indian cooking and is credited with bringing Indian cuisine to the Western World.

Rob Corddry

Rob Corddry is a comedian, writer and actor who stars in the Adult Swim show Children's Hospital, as well as the HBO series Ballers. Rob's song picks tackle the topics of love, procreation and real estate –all in a humorous fashion. He also pays tribute to his comedy inspiration, Steve Martin.

Maria Bamford

Stand-up comedian Maria Bamford is truly one of a kind. Her comedy is imaginative and unconventional, as are some of her favorite artists, including Bjork and Nina Simone.

Larry King

Legendary broadcaster Larry King got his start as a disc jockey in Miami. He has a great affection for music, particularly American classics like Frank Sinatra, and tells us tales about wooing women and launching his career.

Alex Ross

Comic book artist Alex Ross recently took on the Beatles, transforming some of their famous imagery into his painted, photorealist style. The Fab Four made his Guest DJ set song list, as did David Bowie, Queen and The Monkees. Alex also tells us the role of music in his creative process.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins

Portland-based artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins specializes in mixed-media sculpture – transforming household objects into creations that speak to the chaos of domestic life. She strives to transfer the feeling of music she loves into her work. Hear some of her obscure and intriguing favorites.

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