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For the Record is a conversation series where we speak with all manner of music heads — DJs, music journos, indie label captains, record shop owners, listening bar kingpins, et al — about their stories + the music that makes them.

C.Y. Lee

C.Y. Lee grew up in Boston where he studied music, architecture, and computer science. He started with piano and cello, then migrated to DJing and college radio in the late 80s, amassing a huge collection of vinyl and CDs. His career is rooted in 80s college radio, 90s PC software, 00s Internet, and 10s social apps. He is currently collaborating with artists, scenes, and platforms to create new ways to narrate & finance the artist’s creative process via NFTs. His intention is to foster a culture where fans enthusiastically support independent artists via new forms of patronage.
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Music Mentions

Early days & journey into music:

College radio DJing to now (19:54):

Discovering music today, evolution of artist-fan relationships (25:43):


Artists of note discovered in the last year (35:11):

Most under-appreciated artist from your favorite music decade (37:51):

Desert Island Discs (55:05):