What is the site’s history?
Soul Sides originally began in the summer of 2000. It was designed as a records review site.
Do you take requests?
I take…”suggestions” via the “Ask Us Whatever“Â form but keep in mind that it’s hard for me to honor most requests because of other time or music access but it’s worth a shot.
Any other questions?
I began writing professionally in 1994; a column forÂ Asian Week.Â ThenÂ Jeff ChangÂ recruited me to write on music forÂ URBÂ and soon thereafter, I landed my most important gig (in terms of my development as a writer) at theÂ San Francisco Bay Guardian. Since then, I’ve written for almost every major hip-hop magazine to have come along since the mid-1990s, includingÂ The Source, XXL, Blaze, Vibe, Scratch, etc. I’ve also written forÂ Spin, Yolk, A Magazine, The Nation, Mother Jones, theÂ LA Weekly,Â Minneapolis City Pages, andÂ Boston Phoenix,Â not to mention more/other defunct pubs and websites than I’ll ever care to remember.
In 1993, I began as a DJ at KALX FM in Berkeley and had a show there through 2004. And between 2013-2015, I had my Shades of Soul show on RadioSombra.org.
I continue to spin out inÂ clubs and I’mÂ available for bookingÂ for private gigs, events and weddings.
—Oliver Wang,Â Los Angeles