Clap Your Hands Say Techno
A chronic gripe of mine has been KEXP’s aversion to playing techno. Sure, the popular Seattle station will dabble with downtempo electronic music (almost always tracks with vocals), but when it comes to anything in 4/4 time above 120 bpm, KEXP mostly ignores it. In its Variety Chart, only Nortec Collective (at #79) can even vaguely be considered a techno act. KEXP’s Electronic Chart consists of one other artist who can be construed as techno (Apparat).
This is unfortunate, especially because in Seattle alone there reside several techno and house producers who are internationally acclaimed, but might as well not exist in the ears of KEXP’s decision-makers.
Although Lusine's Serial Hodgepodge received sporadic airplay, music by local luminaries Caro, Jeff Samuel, Bruno Pronsato, Jerry Abstract, and Jacob London largely escaped KEXP programmers' attention.
I'm not asking for techno 24/7, or even 12/7, but KEXP can surely do more than it's currently doing with the genre, especially in light of Decibel festival's growing stature. In the three-plus years I've lived in Seattle, I've seen no significant effort made to give techno anything other than the paltriest consideration.
If KEXP management can present marketing research that shows listeners tune out in droves when techno is played (how would they know if they only play it during the wee morning hours?), I'll shut my yap about this topic (I realize only a minuscule percentage of readers even care about it). Otherwise, I'd like to see more than token energy devoted to improve this facet of KEXP's programming. Techno fans should also call and e-mail the station to request your favorite artists. Rumor has it that KEXP responds to its listeners.