Soul Sides originally began in the summer of 2000 as a casual records review site.
The transition to a blog took place in May 2003 and I began to add sound files in February 2004, marking the informal “birth” of the site as an audioblog (and a darn fine one, we think). I post far less often these days but it’s still a convenient outlet for posting about music where I want to say more than an IG post but not enough to actually pitch to a publication.
As for me: I’ve been writing about music, arts, and culture since 1994, having cut my teeth at both URB Magazine and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. I spent the next ten years writing for alternative weeklies as well as most of the major hip-hop magazines that came about in the ’90s and early ’00s. For the last ten years, I’ve shifted towards outlets like NPR, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, album reissue liner notes, and a variety of podcasts. You can look at my writing portfolio here.
In 1993, I began as a DJ at KALX FM in Berkeley and had a weekly show there for nearly 10 years straight until stepping away in 2004. From 2013-2015, I had my monthly Shades of Soul show on RadioSombra.org and since 2020, that show has lived on Artform Radio.
—Oliver Wang, Los Angeles