Kalen Bergado, 22
San Francisco, CA
We recently sat down with San Francisco’s newest music enthusiast, Kalen Bergado to talk life, food, tea and all things audio. From podcasts to classical music, public radio to mix-tapes, Kalen is ardent about the entire definition of what sharing sound can be. And, with his Adidas and man bun, you would never think to pin him as a self proclaimed rap aficionado.
WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT DREAM JOB?
Right now? At this moment? I would say, working for a music platform company. Specifically for their user compatibility and community support network. So, looking at what makes this music platform more user-friendly and how can a company change or adapt to what users want it to be. Like, right now, Soundcloud would be cool or the public sector of NPR.
WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU CURRENTLY LISTENING TO?
Nils Frahm, he’s a classical pianist turned electronical pianist? I don’t even know how to describe him. He’s pretty insane. Young Thug. He’s actually my favorite artist at the moment, hands down. No contest. Caribou too. Actually, to be honest I just really love hood rap. I love being in public listening to it, knowing that nobody around me would ever suspect what I’m listening to.
PODCASTS YOU LOVE.
This American Life. That’s been my number one for as long as I can remember. This may be kind of cliche, but it was one of the first podcasts that got me into radio. In a way that was more so than just listening to NPR in the car, like listening to something more than just because it was on.
WHAT WAS ON THE FIRST MIX-TAPE YOU EVER GAVE SOMEONE?
I would say the first one I ever gave one to was definitely my mom, I think for Mothers’ Day. What was on there... You know, probably some Bright Eyes. Just the most embarrassing mix of songs. Definitely some Jackson 5, some Usher. I wonder if my mom still has it.
WHAT’S THE BEST MEAL YOU’VE EVER HAD?
In terms of actual food, like quality of the food? I would say Blue Plate. I went with my parents when they were in town a few weeks ago and I had this King Salmon on a bed of polenta. Oh my god. The salmon had this crust on it that I couldn’t figure out how they even got it on there. It was magical.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE CITY YOU LIVE IN?
I love that I’ve been here for only two plus months and I barely have a grasp on the area that I’m in. Every time I go out I find something new and different and that’s pretty great. I like that.
NAME 5 THINGS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Music. It doesn’t have to be in any particular form as long as I have some type in my life. Food. Obviously, I love food and if I had to eat some type of Soylent Green, I would be the most depressed person. I couldn’t function. Next would be, access to sunshine. Then my bike or a bike in general. Oh and my last one, right now...my leather jacket. I spent so long waiting for it. It took forever. Wait, no. I’m going to keep my leather jacket and then change sunshine to my patience, because thinking about waiting for my jacket, I wouldn’t want to be a person who couldn’t be patient.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST RELATIONSHIP WITH TEA?
Probably the typical when you have a sore throat thing. My mom would always ask if I wanted hot tea with honey when I was sick. It was either peppermint or the box of tea with all the bears on it... Sleepytime! That was my jam. Now, I’m still not very big on caffeine so when I drink tea it’s still of the same type. And, to be honest, I only like hot drinks at night still too, so nothing with caffeine at all.
WHAT MAKES YOU A TEA PERSON?
To me, Tea People, as a company strives to show what tea can be. I feel that where I want to be in life, a lot of it is centered around showing people what things can be. Like what I was saying earlier about the community and wanting to help them get what they desire out of a music platform. I feel like Tea People, does that, what I want to do, but for tea.