Exclusive: KCRW to Relaunch Metropolis with Original Host Jason Bentley
The relaunch is also a natural extension of the the electronic scene in which Bentley resides. "I'm out with these people and have these relationships anyway, whether it's Gary [Richards] at HARD or Pasquale [Rotella] at Insomniac. These are my longtime friends I'm in touch with anyways. Metroplis just makes a connection between circuits, KCRW and my passion for dance culture."
Bentley serves as a bridge of sorts between the younger, pacifier and dubstep crowd and the grown and sexy technophiles. He frames this divide in terms of a new Coachella stage that will be debuting this year.
"It's roughly a discotheque with a wooden floor and air conditioning that's meant to cater to the lost of art of DJing and mixing records," he says, adding that it's in contrast to the big lights and bombastic sounds of the Sahara Tent. "There's a place for that, but part of what we're responding to as Metropolis relaunches is that there are adults and other generations who want to listen to this music presented in a thoughtful way."
The return of Metropolis, in short, has Bentley totes geeked. "It's the music that makes my heartbeat faster and my brain start to fire quicker. My intention is not to have the program directly identified with me, but I am the best person to do it. It's just a matter of fact."