After a weeklong downpour typical of autumnal Seattle, the cozy atmosphere of the KSPU Launch Party was a welcome end to the week.
About 50 students bathed in the blue and green stage lights, chatting amongst themselves in Weter lounge last Friday night during the KSPU Launch Party. The annual event served not only to promote SPU’s radio station but also to recognize the musical talent of SPU students, according to senior and KSPU Station Director Jacob Zimmer.
“Exposure for everyone, really, ” Zimmer said. “Just getting more people to know about the station so they know they can listen, know they can DJ, and they know that we have more events like this that they can participate in throughout the year.”
CDs dangled from the ceiling and a very literal disco ball glinted and reflected light onto the walls.
A Lingua booth was set up in the back along with a box of free CDs and a raffle for tickets to see Tech N9ne.
According to junior event coordinator Kharis Lund, the warm atmosphere, color scheme and choice of bands worked to contribute to this year’s theme, Pacific Northwest.
“We kind of set up a theme and thought [about] what goes with that,” Lund said. “The rainy season’s just started so it’s kind of a way to bring everyone in…We’ve got blue and green lights going, kind of lodge-y, and I think Weter has that kind of feel as well.”
Junior Michael Worotikan kicked off the evening as the first musician, a solo act consisting of only his guitar and vocals. A relaxed performer, Worotikan began the night with a cover of Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning.”
Worotikan interacted with the audience, prompting them to speak and sing along with him.
“I’ve performed a bunch before,” Worotikan said. “It’s just fun, it’s what I enjoy doing.”
After a brief intermission, SPU student band Further North began its performance with their first song “Maj Nun.” The four members swayed and danced to their music as the audience responded with head nods.
“It was a lot of fun,” said sophomore band member Braden Gillispie, reflecting on the performance. “The audience was really nice, really supportive.”
Duo band Ghost Empire finished off the night with a combo of guitar and drums. The band’s performance at the event was their debut. Josh Baez, senior and lead singer and guitarist of Ghost Empire, said he enjoyed the atmosphere and was especially appreciative of the KSPU staff.
“I personally liked that everybody who worked here was super friendly, super welcoming,” Baez said.
Sophomore Zak Crabtree, Ghost Empire’s drummer, enjoyed the atmosphere as well.
“At first I was a little taken aback by everybody sitting down, but as the night progressed, it was kind of like…a chill vibe going on,” Crabtree said. “Hopefully we weren’t too loud for that.”
After the performances, a dance party ensued involving the audience, band members and even the KSPU panda. As Zimmer said after the last band’s performance, “How rock and roll was that?”