We caught up with our favorite radio DJ (who is also a total babe), Mukta Mohan, on what her feminist art collective Honey Power is all about, her favorite vintage shops in LA, and new albums to listen to this Summer!
You can listen to her weekly radio show on KXLU on 88.9fm that highlights independent artists, or on Rookie Mag radio and MTV news. Also listen to her co-host the Honey Power Radio Hour on KXLU 88.9fm which highlights independent artists, or catch her behind the scenes at Crooked Media.
Describe your style in 3 words.
inspired by vintage
Tell us about your job as a radio DJ and podcast producer? How did you get into it?"
I've been hosting a radio show on KXLU 88.9fm for quite a few years playing independent and lesser known artists and interviewing bands. The show I'm co-hosting now is "The Honey Power Radio Hour" which features a rotating cast of Honey Power DJs who play music from various time periods and parts of the world. It's really fun because it feels like a special private dance party with my best friends every week! We play music we love really loud, turn on colored flashing lights and dance around until we have to talk on air or change the song! It's so fun!
I've always loved music and when I got to college I knew that I wanted to try out radio. I ended up falling in love with the medium and went on to learn how to produce podcasts too. I recently started producing podcasts at Crooked Media including the political shows Pod Save America, Lovett or Leave It, and Pod Save the World. Before this I was working on a bunch of shows from MTV News and also the Rookie podcast which was a dream because I love the website, teen girls, Tavi and all of the guests on that show!
Tell us about Honey Power! How can we get involved?
Honey Power is a feminist music and arts collective that I co-founded a few years ago. Lately we've been focusing on using music and art to create or inspire social change. We organize benefit shows to raise money for local non-profits, host panel discussions and live interviews, and a bunch of us DJ so we play music at lots of fundraising events for good organizations. We recently started a discussion group that meets every few weeks to talk about topics that we find thought-provoking, and we also host "The Honey Power Radio Hour" every Thursday from 8-9pm PST on KXLU 88.9fm in LA where we play music we like and interview guests.
The best way to get involved is to start coming to our events and talk to us! We're always hosting dance nights and discussion groups so you can choose what your vibe is!
We love your vintage style! Do you have any favorite vintage shops in LA or secrets on where you find your pieces?
Ooh thank you! Some of my favorite vintage stores in LA are The Bearded Beagle, Painted Bird, Worship, Squaresville, and all the vintage stores on York Blvd. in Highland Park. I also like some online shops like Bratty and Whurl. And I buy a lot of clothes off my friends who are getting rid of things too! haha
Words to live by?
Watch the world with starry eyes! There's magic and beauty everywhere and in most everything, but you have to be present to notice.
What are your top 3 albums of the moment?
Harumi's self titled album - he was a Japanese musician in the 1960s who went to NYC to record this album and it's so good! He went back to Japan and disappeared after the album was released. No one knows his real name or if he continued making music.
William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor? - really cool Nigerian funk music from the 1970s and 1980s!
Arthur Russell - Calling Out of Context - a compilation that Russell had reworked and recorded many times but never released in his lifetime. All of his music is beautiful!
What's next for you?
I'm focusing on producing podcasts at Crooked Media, hosting discussions with Honey Power and DJing international music at a dance night that aims to resist through celebrating our diversity. It's still summertime and I love long days so I hope to enjoy the weather and spend lots of evenings cooking and eating with friends!