Culture Jam

No industry is more deeply ingrained in our culture than music is. From the songs we play on repeat to the artists we idolize, music is the ultimate expression of who we are as individuals and as a society. Join host Zoe Francesca as she takes a look at the musical icons who have made the music scene what it is and analyze the cultural influences that make her who she is.

Audio editor: Anna Zelenski

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Ep. 5: Melanie Martinez, Gender Roles, & Head Hunch8

Tyler Ricks joins Zoe to discuss Melanie Martinez, her perspective on women’s issues, and how she inserts social commentary into her conceptual albums. Zoe chats with Head Hunch8 about the stigma around rapping, starting a record label, and making a name for South Carolina in the music scene.

Ep. 4: U2, Activism, & Kenzie McCarter

Jack Calvery joins Zoe to discuss U2, their weaving of music with philanthropy, and the importance of musicians taking interest in world issues. Zoe chats with Kenzie McCarter about moving down south, processing relationships and experiences with songwriting, and channeling faith through music.

Ep. 3: Halsey, Identity, & Bear Ley

Jada Mack (@jada__mack) joins Zoe to discuss Halsey, her latest album Manic, and the complexities of trying to portray a sincere personal image to the public. Zoe chats with Bear Ley about finding community in the music scene, channeling nature and relationships into music, and being a farmer musician boy.

Ep. 2: The Beatles, Boy Bands, & Cooper Smithson

Reid and Zoe discuss the Beatles, Beatlemania, and the birth of the boy band craze. Zoe chats with local artist Cooper Smithson about the importance of album cover art, creativity in a pandemic, & more.

Ep. 1: Harry Styles & Male Femininity

Our hosts, Reid and Zoe, introduce themselves and what they'll be talking about in future episodes of Culture Jam. To start off, we discuss Harry Styles, his unprecedented Vogue cover, and the concepts of androgyny and gender-nonconforming fashion in the music industry.