Host Spotlight: Yeti Wang

Host Spotlight: an opportunity to shine a light on our wonderful radio hosts and wider community, be it a new music release, a brand new music residency or simply to champion them as an individual. Originally hailing from Hohhut, China, and now studying here in Liverpool, we chat with DJ and radio host Yeti Wang. His Melodic residency ‘Between Corner and Margin’ focuses on Asian music, including forgotten deep cuts and new released by Asian musicians. We find out more about how Yeti first got into music, the music scene in his hometown and more…

Hi Yeti! How did you first get into music?

When I was in primary school my parents were busy with business, so it was just me and my older sister at home. She always went to the record store to buy and play Cantonese music tapes, and sometimes I would study how to sing them. When I was in Grade 5, my father gave me 5 Yuan a week and sometimes I would spent 3 Yuan on a tape, so I should thank my sister for introducing me to music.

We’re loving your new residency ‘Between Corner and Margin’ on Melodic Distraction Radio. What are the inspirations behind the show?

Before I joined MD, I noticed that there are few Asian musicians in the UK, and even Western people don’t know many Asian musicians. So, I just want to share some musicians who everyone can love, not just Asia.

What is the music scene like in Hohhut, China? How does it compare to Liverpool?

Hohhot music scene is very small. Most young people prefer hip-hop and some new DJs just focus on techno, when their taste should be open to more genres. 

Some original DJs couldn’t bear the quiet vibes so left the city, but in Liverpool there are so many labels and promoters doing different parties. In some big cities, the music scene is more international and open, but here the creativity is the importance of the music scene.

Do your surroundings have much of an impact on the music you play?

Sure, I think a good DJ should play suitable music for different places, but it’s not appropriate for every DJ. Sometimes, the power and mood of my music decides what I play.

Where do you usually go to discover new music?

I usually follow labels on Soundcloud, as well as buying new releases on Juno Records. NTS radio is good too.

What else do you have planned for 2022?

Hopefully I can produce an EP for 2022 and get more gigs – I’m 29 years old this year, so it would be a present for the last year of my 20s.

Join Yeti for the next ‘Between Corner & Margin’ on Sunday 3rd April’, and in the meantime listen to the latest edition featuring special guest Beos below!