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.

“It’s a Nice World to Visit”: Eight Years at Freeform Portland

When Freeform Portland first broadcast eight years ago, at the beginning of April 2016, it changed the Portland radio landscape for the better. My first show was April 5 that year, and I’m happy I was part of the initial schedule.

I chose “It’s a nice world to visit” as my radio show name because it reflects a less cynical nature. Over the years I’ve tried my best to honor that ideal. As circumstances in my personal life have changed, my show has moved to a few different days and time slots. You can hear it now every Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Jeff Ross in the studio

I’ve made a commitment to the station and more importantly, the listeners: I endeavor to do a new show every week. When you tune in at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, you’ll hear two hours of music selections that aren’t the same as the prior week. The show I present has no higher purpose than to be entertaining. If you happen to tune in to my show, and crack a smile, tap your foot to the beat, enjoy a segue from one song to next, or hear a song you might never have heard before and are intrigued by that song, well then, I’ve done a good job.

Freeform Portland broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and has a full schedule of all sorts of music, presented by a number of volunteer DJs—emphasis on “volunteer.” Everyone at Freeform Portland volunteers their time, energy and knowledge by choice, because they want to.

My time at Freeform Portland has been my best experience in radio because of the people who are dedicated to making great radio, and a great radio station. The volunteer nature of the station is one of the best aspects, as it helps to ensure that there are always new voices and ideas coming to the station, adding new shows and diversity of sounds for our listening audience.

I’m among a handful of people who were a part of the first schedule and remain with the station. And I hope that years from now I’ll still be a part of Freeform Portland. I’ve loved music since I was a small child. And as I collected music, I learned the joy of sharing music. Thank you everyone who has listened to my show and supported Freeform Portland over the years. It’s truly you who makes it possible for me to do my weekly show, and for that I’m extremely grateful and appreciative.

Listen to Jeff Ross’ “It’s a nice world to visit
on Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m.

Station Top 30 – Week of 2/12/24

1. Actress – LXXXVII (Ninja Tune)
2. Nailah Hunter – Lovegaze (Fat Possum)
3. The Umbrellas – Fairweather Friend (Slumberland)
4. Sleater-Kinney – Little Rope (Loma Vista)
5. Juliana Hatfield – Juliana Hatfield Sings ELO (American Laundromat)
6. The Bug Club – Rare Birds: Hour Of Song (We Are Busy Bodies)
7. Astrid Sonne – Great Doubt (Escho)
8. Analogue Monsta – BOOM (Young Art)
9. Ty Segall – Three Bells (Drag City)
10. Mol Sullivan – GOOSE (s/r)
11. MJ Lenderman – And The Wind (Live and Loose!) (Anti-)
12. Bombino – Sahel (Partisan)
13. Mint Field – Aprende a Ser (felte)
14. Tapir! – The Pilgrim, Their God and the King of My Decrepit Mountain (Heavenly/PIAS)
15. Vanishing Twin – Afternoon X (Fire)
16. Mary Halvorson – Cloudward (Nonesuch)
17. Anna Hillburg – Tired Girls (Speakeasy Studios SF)
18. Lalalar – En Kötü Iyi Olur (Bongo Joe)
19. Slowdive – everything is alive (Dead Oceans)
20. NOBRO – Set Your Pussy Free (Dine Alone)
21. Bill Ryder Jones – Iechyd Da (Domino)
22. June McDoom – With Strings (Temporary Residence)
23. DVTR – BONJOUR [EP] (Lisbon Lux)
24. The Smashing Times – This Sporting Life (K/Perennial)
25. SPRINTS – Letter to Self (City Slang)
26. Tamar Berk – tiny injuries (s/r)
27. Packs – Melt The Honey (Fire Talk)
28. bar italia – The Twits (Matador)
29. Leslehee Smucker – Breathing Landscape (Beacon Sound)
30. HEALTH – RAT WARS (Loma Vista/Concord)

Station Top 30 – Week of 1/29/2024

1. Juliana Hatfield – Juliana Hatfield Sings ELO (American Laundromat)
2. André 3000 – New Blue Sun (Epic)
3. Actress – LXXXVII (Ninja Tune)
4. Lalalar – En Kötü Iyi Olur (Bongo Joe)
5. The Bug Club – Rare Birds: Hour Of Song (We Are Busy Bodies)
6. @ – Are You There God? It’s Me, @ (Carpark)
7. Family Worship Center – Kicked Out of the Garden (CorpoRAT)
8. Yussef Dayes – Black Classical Music (Brownswood/Cashmere Thoughts/Nonesuch)
9. Sam Gendel & Marcella Cytrynowicz – AUDIOBOOK (Psychic Hotline)
10. L’Rain – I Killed Your Dog (Mexican Summer)
11. The Exbats – Song Machine (Goner)
12. DJ Shadow – Action Adventure (Mass Appeal/Liquid Amber)
13. Mitski – The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We (Dead Oceans)
14. Pharoah Sanders – Pharoah (Luaka Bop)
15. Jamila Woods – Water Made Us (Jagjaguwar)
16. Vanishing Twin – Afternoon X (Fire)
17. Laurel Halo – Atlas (Awe)
18. Nihiloxica – Source of Denial (Crammed Discs)
19. Goat – Medicine (Rocket)
20. Nailah Hunter – Lovegaze (Fat Possum)
21. Laura Misch – Sample the Sky (One Little Independent)
22. Polo & Pan – Carrossel Do Tempo EP (Ekler’o’shock/Hamburger/Virgin)
23. MUNYA – Jardin (Luminelle)
24. SPRINTS – Letter to Self (City Slang)
25. Osees – Intercepted Message (In The Red)
26. Slaughter Beach, Dog – Crying Laughing Waving Smiling (Lame-O)
27. Le Couleur – Comme Dans Un Penthouse (Lisbon Lux)
28. HEALTH – RAT WARS (Loma Vista/Concord)
29. Deena Abdelwahed – Jbal Rsas (InFiné)
30. Mukqs – Stonewasher (Hausu Mountain)

Portland Show Calendar: February 3 – 11

Hello! This is dj zen_hound. In the past I’ve published some local events calendars, to give Freeform Portland listeners and blog readers an idea of what sort of things are happening in our city a week or so at a time. Well, after a bit of a hiatus, I figured it was time to start it up again. So here’s a list of shows occurring through Sunday the 11th of February. Scroll around and click wherever you want – I hope you find something cool to listen to!

Saturday 2/3

Body Shame, Diositopes, {[(gang radio)]}

ADX (Art Design Xchange) (417 SE 11th Ave)

For Fans Of: experimental noise, industrial, noise, no wave, doom, sludge, trap, drone, ambient, instrumental

Collate, Lizard Skin, Noxeema, Cut Piece (Benefit for It Did Happen Here Spring Book Tour)

Black Water Bar (835 NE Broadway)

FFO: art punk, post-punk, no wave, death rock, noise rock, goth rock, hardcore punk

A Hope For Home, Bug Seance, Bashface, Jade Dust

Bridge City Sessions (1140 SE Powell Blvd)

FFO: post-hardcore, post-metal, post-rock, shoegaze, indie rock, math rock, emo

The Secret Light, Wire Spine, DV8R, Ringfinger (Sinth: PNW Dark Elektro Music Fest Day Two)

The Coffin Club (421 SE Grand Ave)

FFO: darkwave, synthwave, synth pop, post-punk, electronic body music, industrial, electro, shoegaze, coldwave

Nasalrod, Tacos!, Black Shelton and the American Dream

Mississippi Studios (3939 N Mississippi Ave)

FFO: art rock, art punk, experimental rock, heavy rock, heavy metal, hard rock, rock’n’roll

Crucified Class, Vueltas, Death Ridge Boys, Temple, All Out (Fast & Loose Fest)

The Six Below Midnight (3341 SE Belmont St)

FFO: anarcho-punk, hardcore punk, death rock, gothic rock, post-punk, punk rock, street punk, oi!, darkwave

Sunday 2/4

Dead Friends, First Class Martians, Glen & The Sunshine Gang, Get Down Moses

The Hallowed Halls/The Bomber (4420 SE 64th Ave)

FFO: pop punk, garage rock, pop rock, power pop

YARDSSS, Glacial Fall, Ellipsism (Self Group Collective 14th BDAY Bash/Benefit for Outside In & Sisters of the Road)

Holocene (1001 SE Morrison St)

FFO: ambient electronic, drone, synth, post-metal, sludge, post-rock, art punk, experimental

Bland Accent, Bitter Camari, Omo, Knablinz, Sapsucker!

Turn! Turn! Turn! (8 NE Killingsworth)

FFO: hip hop, lofi hip hop, underground hip hop, hip hop beats, experimental rock, country rock

Tuesday 2/6

Smoking Data Guns (CA), Fell Off (WA), Bory, Conspire

Black Water Bar (835 NE Broadway)

FFO: indie rock, alternative rock, heavy rock, power pop, pop rock, post-punk

Poison Ruïn, Alienator, Reek Minds

Mississippi Studios (3939 N Mississippi Ave)

FFO: hardcore punk, punk rock


No Fun (1709 SE Hawthorne Blvd)

FFO: experimental jazz, jazz rock, ambient rock

Superchunk, F*cked Up

Revolution Hall (1300 SE Stark St)

FFO: hardcore punk, psychedelic punk, indie rock, punk rock

Thursday 2/8

Clambait, Ex-Intelligence, None

The Fixin’ To (8218 N Lombard St)

FFO: experimental rock, psychedelic rock, alternative rock, indie rock, cow punk, country rock, noise rock, post-hardcore

Friday 2/9

Contact Cult, Mnemonic Pulse, Spiritual Exit

Azoth (NE 87th and NE Sandy)

FFO: drone, ambient, experimental electronic, industrial, post-industrial, new age, noise

Full Metal Jackson, Nihilist Nation, Spill, Leader-1

Dante’s (350 W Burnside St)

FFO: death metal, power metal, Michael Jackson, grindcore

Left To Rot, Rank And Vile, Gaspack

High Water Mark Lounge (6800 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd)

FFO: hardcore punk, powerviolence, death metal, grindcore

Gondos, Machine Country, Happy Death Men

The Six Below Midnight (3341 SE Belmont St)

FFO: garage rock, punk rock, psychedelic rock, alternative noise, noise rock, experimental rock

B|_ank, Sea Moss, Eric Schlappi

Turn! Turn! Turn! (8 NE Killingsworth)

FFO: experimental noise, harsh noise, avant-garde, improvisation, noise punk, industrial

Saturday 2/10

Atomic Terror, Sweater For An Astronaut, Hangfire, Set In Stone, These Cursed Hands, Within The Pyre (Wacken Metal Battle 2024)

Dante’s (350 W Burnside St)

FFO: thrash metal, speed metal, crossover thrash, grunge, alternative metal, hardcore, metalcore

Darkswoon, Medejin, Shadowlands

High Water Mark Lounge (6800 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd)

FFO: darkwave, post-punk, shoegaze, goth rock, indie rock, dream pop

Synths & Gadgets, Cosmonox, Etxera

No Fun (1709 SE Hawthorne Blvd)

FFO: ambient electronic, experimental electronic, chillwave, drone, glitch, dance music

Bedlum, Hovering Shrikes, Splendor

Shanghai Tunnel (211 SW Ankeny St)

FFO: new wave, post-punk, alternative rock, indie rock, melodic metal, crust

  • dj zen_hound, host of WHOA THIS IS HEAVY Friday 2-4pm on Freeform Portland Community Radio

RUNOTI interview

Artist Runoti with a stone background, cloak, & smoking ornament with logo in the corner

featuring Jet Shea by Shan St. J0nes

Freeform Portland presents PDX local Jet Shea, the innovative force behind RUNOTI, offering an exclusive glimpse into their solo musical project

RUNOTI is formulated with a diverse array of genres including Dark Wave, Industrial, EBM, Synth Punk, Noise, & experimental electronic music to produce a sonic statement that is [almost] joyously agonizing [like an empathetic wrath met with a pleasure resurrection through dance]

Jet’s work exemplifies a commitment to pushing artistic boundaries. In this interview, Jet sheds light on upcoming releases & a forthcoming tour following their latest release “Libra Moon” EP [obtainable in digital format, alongside cassette]

Sitting Down with Runoti

When, & how did you become a musician?
As a kid, I would organize my friends on the playground to sing & dance together [like the pop stars of that era.] I sang in the school choir, learning to cultivate my voice into an instrument. Once I moved out of a rural area I fell into the punk scene

As I’ve developed my solo project into RUNOTI, I started digging into playing hardware synthesizers & producing in Ableton to shape my raw vulnerability into danceable, cathartic songs

Can you describe the progression of how you came to the sound you perform today?
When I sang for punk bands, I didn’t use any effects – just my raw shouting, yelling, singing. I relied on the melody in my heart to carry everything out. I still follow that ethos now… Like, I do not know how to play piano, or really any instrument. I turned to using software instruments & looped my voice in layers. From there I got a Casio keyboard, Alesis QS6 & microKorg. I layered them all together until it felt right

At that time, I didn’t know anything about production or music theory. It was all heart. I sound design all of my samples & drums in Ableton Live since learning MIDI. When I play live, I manipulate it in a more tactile way on my Roland SP404 & Elektron Digitakt

What majorly influences your music pieces?
My personal life. My internal world. I struggle with sensory overload & emotional processing. Music has always been an outlet for me to really reflect to the world my internal experience & exorcise it in that way. I’m always daydreaming about the possibilities of the next piece

Is there an ambiance &/or mood to your music?
Urgency, pain, pulsing, grief, beauty, pleasure. I feel & transcribe my experience sonically

What is the most fulfilling part of producing your creative vision?
After I lay down the basics of a good drum beat & a bass or vocal loop, I start to feel this rhythmic sense in my body. From there, I sing a melody that comes straight from my chest [no specific words.] This is usually my seed for a song to build on the energy cultivated from there

Is there any piece of music equipment you stand by? What equipment?
My Roland SP 404

Are your live performances multimedia based?
Yes, I usually include visuals to my performances if the space allows. My early visuals were videos recorded with my phone, edited together with iMovie. Lately, I have been experimenting with visual synthesis on Critter & Guitari’s Eyesy

What sort of experience can we expect when we come to see your performance?
An exhibit of raw emotion, but also songs meant to cultivate pleasure & thriving. I want my performance to draw people in with my vulnerability & feel connective in the universality portrayed

Would you say you have established a community with other artists in Portland?
Yes, I have been playing music in some capacity here since 2010. It takes a long time to build community & I think consistently showing up has helped me connect with people. [Music has been my social icebreaker] Performing in front of people with your soul bare allows other people to connect, or feel safe to share themselves too

What seems to drive the success of a thriving Portland music scene?
There is something for everyone, every micro genre has a scene here to dive in. It takes going to shows & keeping an eye for fliers. If you dream it up you can seek it out here

Are there other Portland musicians you play shows with you would like to mention?
Killeen Dolan is my closest musical collaborator, we have recently joined forces with Kora Link & Maggie Jane to create a new & unique performance project

I have always enjoyed playing music with Lucia Luna, Xibling, Jen Void, Trust Anchor, Billy, Dancing Plague, Graveyard Gossip, Perimeters, & Production Unit Zero

Are there Portland musicians you have not played with, but interested to connect with?
Plenty! Physical Wash, Glori, Hexteria, Light Asylum, Orkis, Sweet Love Under Tyranny, & more

Are there specific venues you really enjoy booking with?
I heavily relied on others to ask me to join shows up until recently, so I’m relatively new to booking venues. I host shows at Blackwater Bar too

Do you book house shows, or performances outside established venues? Where?
I would like to organize some battery powered outdoor shows to make it more COVID friendly & explore creating space to perform & dance outside

Do you play benefit shows? What causes have you supported with your music?
Yes, in December 2022, Trust Anchor, Lucia Luna & I raised $300 for Club Q survivors

Is there any advice you could lend to other musicians starting out in Portland?
Go to lots of shows, tell people you play music, be fearless in your execution & share yourself generously

What future do you hope for in the Portland music scene?
I would love to see more Goth, Dark Techno club culture emerge

I want intentional space for queer & disabled folks [mask required events.] Places to sit down, lay down, stand & dance while experiencing music. Spaces that deeply consider sensory issues & provide a place of respite from sensory input. The scene here has always been so fertile & ever growing, I’m hopeful we’ll create or see some of these things emerge

Outro & Info

With a decade-long history of contributing vocals to punk bands & synthesizer expertise to dark wave projects, Jet Shea’s impact on the local landscape is evident.

You can check out RUNOTI [on their upcoming tour] in PDX Friday 11.24 at Azoth on the bill with Jen Void, Odd Person, & Haato. Stream Runoti online here Runoti Bandcamp
Check out photos & merch & more here Runoti Cargo

Upcoming Tour Dates

Runoti laying on sand on the edge of water with the city in the distance. Tour dates are listed across the image logo in the left corner
Runoti 2023 Tour Dates

Fri 11.24 Portland at Azoth w/ Jen Void, Odd Person, Haato
Sat 11.25 Olympia at Cryptotropa w/ Static Ghost & Military Bass
Sun 11.26 Tacoma at Real Art Tacoma w/ Pentacles, Tim Held & David Lutz
Mon 11.27 in Bellingham at Karate Church w/ Immanuel Kunt, August & Jennifer What