DJ Aaron Byrd
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DJ Aaron Byrd Biography
Aaron Byrd, 24, has the distinct honor of being KCRW’s youngest host, but he learned his DJ skills from the best of them – the station’s own Garth Trinidad. After paying his dues as a volunteer at the front desk, Aaron had the opportunity to sit in during Garth's show. As they were leaving the studio one night, Garth told Aaron he had a great voice and the right taste in music and quickly took him under his wing. Two years later Aaron brings the KCRW audience his own show, based on the idea that we were all once part of the same land mass and that music is the way to break down the barriers and social constructs we have built. “Art is a unifying force and music is the best medium to make that connection,” said Byrd. “Music can break down borders – be it based on geography, gender or class. You go to a concert and you see people of ages, races and backgrounds and I’ve always thought of it as the one thing that unites us all.” Aaron’s music tastes have always been very eclectic and expansive, and he has always had a “DJ mentality” of searching for music. “A lot of the music will be fusions of several genres from different locales. For example, trip hop from Argentina. By most people’s accounts trip hop began in Austria, but Argentine DJ's throw in a tango influence and I want to share that unique sound with a wider audience.” Byrd is a native Angeleno, born in Inglewood and carrying a degree in Environmental Science from UCLA.