Saturday, January 29, 2011

Blip Nation Interview: Meet muffinlab

Blipper since: November 18, 2009

Pete Dulin: What part of the world do you live in? 

muffinlab: Calgary, Canada.

Dulin: Since you began blipping, have you had any experiences that surprised you? Please explain.
muffinlab: I'm surprised that I genuinely like so many people I have never met.

Dulin: How would you improve Blip.FM?

muffinlab: I'm easy to please, but the YouTube covers have got to go, It bugs me that I can't blip Neil Young without sifting through 800 vids.

Dulin: What animal, cartoon/comic book character, or character in a film best personifies you?

muffinlab: I'd like to think I'm a cross between Beatrix Kiddo aka Black Mamba (Kill Bill) and Margot Tenenbaum, however in all honesty I am most like Tank Girl.  Kind of a tomboy, problems with authority, extensive weapons training, eccentric and questionable taste in boyfriends.

Dulin: What legacy of musical knowledge would you like to impart to someone else you know?

muffinlab: I'd like to introduce ANY OTHER genre to my uptight, vegan friends. There is more out there than punk rock! (Not to detract from said punk rock.)

Dulin: What band or artist would you most like to meet and why?

muffinlab: I would say Damon Albarn, but I'd bet money he would be a total prick; so, I'll go with Beck Hansen. I've never met a real live Scientologist, and he's a total babe.

Dulin: If you could impersonate a Blip.FM DJ for a day, then who would it be? What songs would you play?

muffinlab: I'd impersonate @nastysurprise and blip a load of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nickelback because they are his favourite bands.

Dulin: What Blip.FM DJs would you recommend following?

muffinlab: I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings here, but for a good time call @FunkShoi @dronnoisseur @TheNewYorkChimes @GrassyKnoll @Arth @PennyDreadfulsNightmareJuice @Modster @anothercraze @igetfreepie @Letranger. Also, you can learn a lot from @radolo, @rojdoj and @sandyriverside. Bonus! These DJs are clever and quick-witted. (There are so many more!)

Dulin: Name 5 songs that would be essential for a road trip mix.


Led Zeppelin 'Immigrant Song'
Fugazi 'Waiting Room'
Gnarls Barkley 'Storm Coming"
The Beatles 'Here Comes the Sun'
Fever Ray 'Keep the Streets Empty for Me'

Dulin: What interests you about blipping?

muffinlab: I'm too lazy to have a music blog, or read them.  I'm enamored with the idea of having comments to my soundtrack..and vice versa.  Also, Blip.FM>Facebook.

Dulin: If you could travel anywhere in the world to see a band/artist perform live, then where would you go and who would you want to see?

muffinlab: DREAMSHOW! - Gorillaz/Radiohead/Glastonbury. Note: This may have actually occurred at some point. Clearly, I missed it.

Dulin: What song would you like to see retired from Blip.FM?

muffinlab: NONE! that would be censorship :)

Dulin: What song or lyric do you wish you would have written? Why? Aesop Rock 'None shall pass' because his rhymes are sick! Also, his lyrics and style inspire me.

Dulin: Do you have a special song that makes you think of a significant other or a moment in your life? Tell us about the song and moment.

muffinlab: Pavement's 'Shady Lane' reminds me of my first love. The Killers' 'Somebody Told Me' reminds me of the day I lost it.

Dulin: Think of another Blip.FM DJ. You don’t have to reveal who it is. What question would you most like to ask him or her?

muffinlab: I'd ask @rojdoj for his beauty secrets.

Dulin: You're in a vault at a major record label. You get to pick a secret album by any artist never before released that will be shared worldwide in 2011. What artist/band would you pick? What would you want the music to sound like?

muffinlab: Beck...and I would want it to be a return to Midnite Vultures.

Dulin: What song(s) would you want to hear on a date that would sweep you off your feet?

muffinlab: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes - "Home" (le sigh!).

Dulin: Any other thoughts to share?

muffinlab: Hercules and Love Affair - 'Iris'. You didn't ask, but that's the song I'd force the world to listen to if I could :)

Pete Dulin is the co-publisher and editor of and writes freelance for magazines, websites, and newspapers. Always looking for the next great song, he can be found in the Blip Nation at He can be reached at, and

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