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Midnight in a Perfect World

KEXP's weekly guest DJ mix show is a multi-genre program featuring eclectic sets by a rotating cast of local, national, and international DJs and artists. Every late Sunday night at midnight, a guest DJ outside of KEXP's on-air talent will take you on an hour-long journey through their record collection to showcase their unique sonic vision of a Midnight In A Perfect World.
Check out the archives of previous exclusive mixes here, and check out the upcoming schedule below:


photo by Dre Romero


October 4th: RUI HO

RUI HO is a Berlin-based Chinese trans artist currently paving a unique path with her bold, colorful, and adventurous style of maximal pop. Debuting in 2016 on cutting-edge Chinese label Genome 6.66Mbp, her hyper-kinetic and genre-bending music takes inspiration from traditional Chinese melodies as well as energetic European club music for a technicolor sound that defies simple categorization. Following a string of hotly-tipped EPs, RUI HO just released her debut full-length album titled Lov3 & L1ght this past September on Planet Mu Records.

photo by Georgia Lee


October 11th: Nardeydey

Nardeydey is the alias of London-based musician Shirley Tetteh, an emerging artist who initially made her name as a session guitarist, traversing genres as wide-ranging as folk, Italo-disco, pop, jazz, soul, gospel, and more. A co-founder of the fast rising jazz collective Nerija (Domino Records) as well as a member of Maisha (Brownswood Recordings) and the 2019 Mercury Music Prize-nominated SEED Ensemble (Jazz Re:Freshed Records), Shirley recently opened up to reveal her deeply personal and remarkable songwriting as Nardeydey, releasing her debut solo single "Speedial" in late 2018 that served as a precursor to her infectious self-titled debut EP that arrived in late 2019. 

photo by Cristi Russo


October 18th: DJ Veins

DJ Veins is the alter-ego of Dave Segal, a Detroit-born, Seattle-based music journalist who has been DJing since 1996, starting at Cleveland's WCSB, where he hosted Secret Ions, a freewheeling showcase of various underground-music genres. Pre-pandemic, he organized Obscenely Obscure, the city's only library-music DJ night, at Vermillion Gallery, and co-hosted the Instant Party monthly at Jupiter Bar. In the last decade, he's been involved as an organizer and DJ in events such as the Hypnotikon psych-rock festival, Rare Air (ambient/New Age), Estranged Sensation (experimental electronic music), PROG (prog rock), and Breezy Manner (blissful psychedelic rock). A 15-year staffer at The Stranger who was laid off in March when COVID-19 decimated the newspaper's ad revenue, Segal currently freelances for The Wire magazine, Pitchfork, and Northwest Music Scene.

photo by Landon Speers


October 25th: Photay

Photay is the multi-faceted project of NYC-based drummer, electronic producer, and all-around versatile musician Evan Shornstein. Hailing from the lush and peaceful evergreen valley of Woodstock, NY, Evan was still a teenager when he emerged as Photay in November 2012 with the release of his debut album '1st,' an album that set the stage for his beloved breakout self-titled debut album in 2014 on Astro Nautico Records. This past summer Photay released his fourth full-length album titled Waking Hours, a record that marked his first on Mexican Summer Records and found him adding a funky pop-tinted element to his absorbing, rhythmic, and exploratory sound.

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