Specializing in vinyl, DJ Modrey Hepburn brings the oldies to KJHK and the Replay Lounge
Emily Scholle’s weekly show on KJHK, “Vintage Vinyl,” truly lives up to its name. Scholle, also known as DJ Modrey Hepburn, is the only KJHK DJ who strictly plays records on the radio, though others may play vinyl on occasion. “I really love records,” she said. “I really love how they sound.”
Tune into her show or see her live and you’ll hear songs from the ‘50s through the ‘80s.
“I started playing 1950s. That’s where it all started out,” she said. “I love oldies, doo wop, and rockabilly. All those sappy songs no one listens to anymore. I think my main focus would be ‘50s and ‘60s—rock, British invasion stuff. Those are my two main genres I stick with.”
Her interest in records began when she started DJing for KJHK in summer 2011. At first, she didn’t even own a record player—now, she’s acquired records from Chicago, Los Angeles, and other places when traveling.
“It’s so hard to find [records] that are in good condition,” she said. “So many people bought them and played the hell out of them.”
She said Half Price Books is her local location of choice when it comes to an affordable, wide selection of records, but she also shops at Love Garden. Some of her proudest finds are a few Beatles 45s.
Scholle is a senior at KU studying music education. She said the emphasis in the program on transcribing music and being able to identify music keys has helped her—perhaps subconsciously—make smart decisions on what songs to play alongside each other.
“I think that getting an actual education is really helpful,” she said. “[It’s] really helpful as far as which records go really nicely together,” she said.