Behind the Mic: Meet Joshua Justice

This interview is part of our new weekly series, “Get to Know Your DJs.”

How did you first get involved with Freeform Portland, and what does being part of the station mean to you? I began volunteering in the summer of 2016 filling in for shows. That autumn I applied for a show and have been a part of Freeform Portland ever since! Being part of the station means creating and maintaining a diverse, caring, inclusive environment, and also sharing the music we love with our community!

What inspired you to become a DJ? I’d been DJing at KPSU (Portland State University) prior, and still felt like too much of an amateur for a “real show.” After my first volunteer meeting with Freeform Portland, I felt so welcome and encouraged by the folks at the station!

Who are some of your favorite artists or bands? Nina Simone, Bobbie Gentry, Karen Dalton. The three greats!

What record can you listen to over and over and never tire of?
Nina Simone’s Live In Paris.

Tell us about your show! My show Static + Distance has evolved over the years, but one thing you can count on is me never sticking with one genre long. I primarily play music from the 60s/70s, but not always. I also usually play from my record collection, but curate the occasional all digital show for stuff I don’t own.

What advice would you give to aspiring DJs? Go for it! Don’t get stuck in the idea of what a DJ “should” be. One great thing about Freeform Portland is there’s room for all types!

Most memorable live show? During my 100th episode, I had a bunch of Freeform folks come down and play records with me. I love collaborating with other DJs, so this was a special treat! You can hear the episode on Mixcloud.

Outside of radio, what are your other interests or hobbies? I love tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs) and I write/publish content for the Mothership Sci-Fi Horror RPG. I also enjoy playing guitar and going to shows! Of course, record collecting is at the top of my list of favorite things to do too.

Tune in to Static + Distance every
other Sunday from 10 am – 12 pm.