I began writing professionally in 1994; a column for Asian Week. Then Jeff Chang recruited me to write on music for URB and soon thereafter, I landed my most important gig (in terms of my development as a writer) at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Since then, I’ve written for almost every major hip-hop magazine to have come along since the mid-1990s, including The Source, XXL, Blaze, Vibe, Scratch, etc. I’ve also written for Spin, Yolk, A Magazine, The Nation, Mother Jones, the LA Weekly, Minneapolis City Pages, and Boston Phoenix, not to mention more/other defunct pubs and websites than I’ll ever care to remember.
These days, my primary outlets are NPR, the LA Times and Wax Poetics, and of course, Soul Sides. I write primarily on music but I do cover other arts and occasionally, politics and society. (This is all separate from my academic writing).
Thanks to this blog, I was able to produce my first official CD compilation in 2006, Soul Sides Vol. 1. The second volume followed in the spring of 2007. I continue to produce mixes on my own.
In 1993, I began as a DJ at KALX FM in Berkeley and though I left college radio after 10 years, I continue to spin in clubs and the occasional radio gig. I’m available for booking for private gigs, events and weddings.
—Oliver Wang, Los Angeles