... A music head since age 3, when she hastened the early retirement of her preschool teacher by breaking the rules and playing tunes on the classroom's record player during coloring time. J Zed grew up listening to funk, hip hop, and disco (her first record she made her mother buy was Van McCoy's "The Hustle") before falling for New Wave in the 80s. Developing a healthy love for alternative Brit bands like New Order, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Happy Mondays and Joy Division, she discovered house music in the early 90s. Instantly gravitating towards the soaring anthems and diva vocals, it was a love affair that wouldn't soon die, and having a radio show in college at Drake University with a good friend sparked an excitement for being on the air that she never forgot. Still an aficionado of the music genres of her youth, J Zed celebrates the evolution of them into the new and fresh -- listening to hours upon hours of music per month helps her have a keen finger on the pulse of what's coming up, which she translates into her weekly shows.