Meet the WillCall Fam: Katiana M.
Meet one of our kickass Music Business interns, Katiana Mashikian: show spotter, music fanatic, and resident DJ. Read on to get to know a member of the WillCall family and explore Kati’s spectrum of musical fetishes. Stretch those limbs out and get ready to jive, boogie, and get down to Kati’s eclectic desert island playlist!
Q: So tell us a little about yourself. What’s your life story? Where are you from and how did you end up at WillCall?
A: My life story, eh? I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to loooove. I’m from Southern California, LA area, but I moved up here for school which is actually where I really did fall in love: KUSF, USF’s college radio station. A friend of mine asked me if I wanted to ride along on his graveyard shift one night, and that was that. That same friend miraculously brought me out of my post-grad-blues phase and introduced me to the WillCall team!
Q: What’s your current musical obsession?
A: Really digging Gnar Tapes and Burger Records, and my love for Motown and soul is still strong. However, my serious obsession is live music. It’s a cure for all ailments for me — nothing makes me happier than dancing with that sweaty crowd I see at all the local shows in SF.
Q: What do you do with your time when you’re not working for WillCall?
A: I still DJ at KUSF and I am hoping to start a short film project of some sort. But I am most likely either watching Good Burger or writing a bit of my own stuff.
Q: What kind of music did you listen to in middle school? I feel like that usually says a lot about a person.
A: I was mostly a Rude Girl, looooved me some ska. But at that time, I was also in an all girls cover band, Shock Treatment; playing the classics, like Nirvana and The Ramones. So I had a split between the grunge punk scene and ska ska ska.
Q: What is the best/most memorable show you’ve ever been to?
A: One of the best shows of my life was a Harry and the Potters show. It was their big summer tour in 2008 called Unlimited Enthusiasm, and it was amazing — Harry Potter trivia, wizard rock, dizzying synth pop dance riots, and a guy named Uncle Monsterface. No words can describe the epicness of that hullabaloo.
Q: What is the coolest part about being a member of the WillCall team?
A: Hands down, music discovery and the live shows! Oh so many shows!
Q: Desert island playlist please?
A: Right here: