S.M.A.B Staff


Are you the type of person who follows your favorite bands’ schedules and new releases religiously? Is New Music Friday your favorite day of the week? Do you feel like that obscure band you’re obsessed with just doesn’t get the publicity they deserve? Or are you just looking to meet some super cool people and start some new playlists?

Yes? Sounds like you’d fit right in at SMAB!

SMAB, or the Student Music Advisory Board, is a dedicated group of students that meet once a week to create KXSU’s power rotation. The power rotation is the list of the top 30 songs that play at the top of every hour, so members of SMAB are able to get extra air time for their favorite artists.

SMAB’s mission is to use the unique college radio mentality to diversify the airwaves by adding underrepresented genres to the mix. We try our best to reflect the diverse music tastes of Seattle University when creating our power rotations so that those obscure indie bands, swingin jazz combos, EDM DJ’s, and musicians of many other genres that aren’t typically featured on big-name radio stations have a chance to get played on the radio!

Not only does SMAB create the weekly power rotation, but our club also offers those music lovers out there who annoy their friends with constant excitement about new releases a chance to feel at home with a group of like-minded individuals.

2018-2019 SMAB Staff

Duke Denham

Duke is majoring in Business Management at Seattle U. His hometown is Honolulu, HI. Duke’s favorite bands are  Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator, BROCKHAMPTON, King Krule, and Toro y Moi.

Eli Brown-Martin

Eli is a 1st year mechanical engineering student. He hails from Oakland California, where he greatly appreciates the fact that the seasons never really change and its almost always warmer than Seattle. He enjoys listening to almost every type of music except country, although he mostly listens to Alt, Rock and Rap. He enjoys skating around campus, playing his guitar, video games and sailing. He finds himself pretty funny, and he’s almost always in a good mood. He dislikes writing, which is part of why he’s an engineering major and also why this bio is going to be shorter than it should be.

Jay Franco

Jay is from Franco Oakland, California. There are lots of Oakland people in SMAB. Jay doesn’t have a major yet but he is getting a theater production minor.  He wouldn’t necessarily say he has a favorite genre but he generally listens to either rock or hip hop music. His favorite artists are King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and MF DOOM.

Karina Comes
Karina is a biology major hailing from Concord, CA. She finds enjoyment in all genres of music(guaranteeing that there’ll be at least one song from any genre she’ll come to enjoy), but always finds herself going back to electronica and jazz. She stays on her feet by being involved in a couple of other groups on campus, keeping up with her love of music(playing piano or hearing tracks), learning or trying new things, or just hanging out.

Karsten Kohout
Karsten is a freshman majoring in humanities from Redmond, WA. Karsten is the guy who cares too much about all the details in a song from how the mix sounds to what samples are being used in the track. He loves some heavy bass music but all the tracks he submits to SMAB are the poppy side of EDM and slow trap. He was suggested to join SMAB purely on the basis that his music tastes are different than people who had been in SMAB for a while, so every week he tries to live up to that reputation and adds some variety to the weekly power rotation. Some of Karsten’s favorite artists include: Eptic, Trampa, Zomboy, GRiZ, and Virtual Riot. He enjoys making music on his own and got to share with his peers at Seattle U’s 2018 Battle of the Bands which he says was a crazy experience.

Lily Rodriguez
Lily is from lovely Oakland, California. She’s currently a pre-major in the business school, and she’s still in the process of figuring out exactly what she wants to study. She likes all kinds of music from punk to funk to psychedelic rock, basically anything she can jam to on my bass. When she’s not at the radio station, you can find her exploring the local coffee shops to fuel her caffeine addiction, wandering around in the rain, reading about philosophy, and checking out the music scene in Seattle.