Interviews

Jeffrey Bissoy: 'I want to make sure I'm here for my community'


Jeffrey Bissoy is a former MPR News producer, a contributor at The Current, freelance reporter at the Sahan Journal, and founder of an app called Plugged. Bissoy spoke to Jill Riley about his experiences growing up as a black man in the Twin Cities, as well as the impact his app, Plugged, could potentially have on black communities nationwide.

Toki Wright speaks on this 'pick-a-side moment'


Toki Wright has worn a lot of hats: artist, activist, The Current host, and most recently, educator. This week, he called up The Current's Jill Riley to educate about injustice, white silence, and the hard truths of "being Minnesotan."

Bob Mould talks about 'American Crisis'


In an interview with the Local Show's Andrea Swensson, Bob Mould talks about his new single, 'American Crisis,' which just happened to be released as the nation experiences a new awakening to Civil Rights. 'My role is to share what my heart tells me and to share the water that I catch when it rains,' Mould says.

Trampled by Turtles singer Dave Simonett releases his first solo album under his own name


After almost 20 years leading the Duluth-based bluegrass rock band Trampled by Turtles, singer and guitarist Dave Simonett just released what could be -- depending on how you look at it -- his first or his third solo album. Simonett's latest collection 'Red Tail' is much lighter and more open to interpretation than two he issued as Dead Man Winter.

DJ J. Blase on the art of mixing


Once a corporate banker, DJ J. Blase has risen in the ranks of Twin Cities DJs. In this interview with Jeffrey Bissoy, DJ J. Blase talks about how he got into the field, about how he prepares for gigs, about why Blase N Friends does it better, the importance of getting the vibe right, and his pride in donating time to DJ for school-age kids.