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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Last Collector Standing: DJs Crucial and Agile 1, The Coolest Young Parents in St. Louis

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How did you both meet? Rob: I had just gotten back from going to college at SIU Carbondale. We knew each other, but both had boyfriends and girlfriends. I ended up trying to get in the scene [in St. Louis]. I was invited to spin on her radio show at KWUR. I did that quite a few times. For years we just knew each other. It wasn't until both of us had bad break ups [Laughs] and we were still hanging out. It was this slow transition into us becoming a couple.

Is there a song or an album that you bonded over? April: An album we bonded over... what's really coming to mind was when we took a road trip to Chicago a couple of weeks after we really started hanging out. I had brought some CDs I had gotten at Vintage. One of the CDs was Sonic Youth Dirty. I loved it in high school. I don't remember if I knew that [Rob] liked it. We knew each other from the hip-hop community. He was like, "I love this album." We were relieved that we both listened to something other than hip-hop. That kind of opened the doors to talking about how much we love Nirvana and some of the other stuff we listened to in high school.

Our first dance [at wedding] was Barry White "Never, Never Going To Give You Up."

Rob: The extended version (Laughs).

What's your favorite Hip Hop record together? April: Ol' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers. Separately, in our own different universes...

Rob: We didn't know each other yet.

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April: We both loved that album. Basically I was obsessed with the Wu Tang Clan. Back to Iowa, being in my own little bubble world of being a Korean misfit, I had to escape into something. I was like, "Oh my god, there is a rap group that appreciates Asian culture!" Validation! (Laughs)

Rob: Once it was established we were together, we would be DJing at Blueberry Hill which was a big thing for us; The Science of Hip Hop every Friday night of our lives for years. I would spin, then she would spin and I'd be done. I'd walk down through the crowd and they would see her spin and they'd be like, "Ah, you taught her good!"

I'm like, "No, I didn't!" (April laughs)

It's weird that that still happens.

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