Trapper Schoepp

Assistant Producer, WUWM@Nite

Trapper joined WUWM in May 2009 as an intern with Lake Effect, and has since worked with the station behind the scenes and on-air. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as a certificate in Rock and Roll Studies from Peck School of the Arts.

He recently signed on as an Assistant Producer with WUWM@Nite, aiding in all aspects of the show’s nightly music programming. Dubbed “Reitman light” by Program Director Bruce Winter, Trapper hopes to engage the lineage of contemporary and classic rock 'n' roll music with WUWM listeners.

Outside the station, he can be found on stages across America performing as a singer-songwriter. Off-air, he can be heard exchanging quotes from The Big Lebowski with WUWM’s Mitch Teich.

His radio aspirations stem from hearing “W*O*L*D” by Harry Chapin, a song that chronicles the life of a transient disc jockey in search of happiness and a good song.

The six-string successors of country music are tuning up, and it's Jonny Fritz's turn at the mic. Contrary to the country charlatans who purport the genre today, some authentic performers are releasing compelling work free of the recycled cliches that pervade contemporary country music. 

“I really put myself on the page,” says Nick Amadeus of the songs on the Delta Routine’s latest album, You and Your Lion. The band celebrates the release of their 11-track album Sunday, February 22nd.

The touring atmosphere Amadeus immersed himself in provided a new lens to write from. “Gone Again” and “Home With You” chronicle the transient life Amadeus and band have faced since releasing their last album, Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares.

Bruce Winter spoke with Luke Jacobs about storytelling, working with Carrie Rodriguez and the meaning of his new album title - Velvet After Feel. 

"A record is a big process and it can be kind of rough. To get it done and smooth it out feels really good," Jacobs says. "There's a velvety after feel to the whole process." 

Songs featured:

1. "The Trouble With Love"

2. "Remembering"

“People say, ‘You should sing like you’ and at this point I’m happy saying I sing like myself,” says Ehson Rad, lead singer of Devil Met Contention.

The Milwaukee four-piece celebrates the release of their new EP, American Times, February 26th at Hotel Foster.

Rad was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and has lived in Texas, Michigan and now Milwaukee. The musical heritage of those places and his transient upbringing inform songs like “Snakeskin Blues.”

“If you try to solve a problem by a problem, it will never be solved,” says Albert Mazibuko, who has been a full-time member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo since 1973.

The ever-evolving vocal group is a South African institution - but their songs of peace, love and understanding have also left a vast footprint in American music history.

Their traditional singing style, known as isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), was developed in the mines of South Africa and rose to prominence in America through Paul Simon’s Graceland and the Lion King soundtrack.

Miles Nielsen stopped by WUWM@Nite to chat with Bruce Winter about his genreless sound and being the son of Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.

“It seemed like a pretty fun job to have,” says Nielsen, who spent much of his youth traveling alongside his father. “I thought, ‘How fun is that?’ You get to go with your best friends and travel around the county playing music.”

Tristan Casey

Chris Carrabba was a defining voice of the emo scene that blossomed in the early 2000’s. 

Buffalo Gospel’s Ryan Necci spoke with Trapper Schoepp about the impetus behind his latest album, We Can Be Horses, and his newfound songwriting perspective.

“I find inspiration in writing from animals’ points of views,” Necci said.  “Sometimes I lose interest in human interaction and writing about myself.” 

In his own dark times, Necci became inspired by the stubborn yet resilient nature of the buffalo - a spirit animal of sorts to him.

In our interview with Hayward Williams last month, he discussed his attempts to diffuse anxiety both on and off the stage. He started performing songs in a lower key, slower tempo and even putting himself in sensory isolation before shows. These struggles seemed entirely distant from the stage that Williams stood on to celebrate the release of his new album, The Reef.

“There isn’t really a specific kind of music that is Canadian,” says Lauren Gillis, whose stage moniker is Lucette. “Because we’re such close neighbors, it just makes sense to draw so much from American music.”

The 22-year-old Canadian songwriter took to Nashville to work with producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) on her latest record, Black is the Color.