For Bradley Burns, spinning records is as much of a visual experience as it is an audio one. The Bay View artist is an avid creator of recycled toy sculptures - what he calls "mutants with an attitude" - and although he's sold them for years, these days they tag along with Burns to his DJ gigs.
Burns -- and his mutants -- will spin 78s on his Hamilton Mighty 920 portable sound system a couple of Sunday nights a month at Sven's Café, 2699 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
The next gig is Sun., Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free.
An independent artist who sells his work at art shows and craft fairs (including Milwaukee's DIY extravaganza, Art vs. Craft), Burns owned an East Side retail business in the '90s called "Saved By The Light." Today, he operates a small production company called Dustbin Records, and works as a "Hawaiian DJ" who spins "swing island style" for weddings and private parties.
"I'll bring out the paradise feeling in your event," he says.
He collects vintage 78s, finding them at flea markets and rummage sales for less than a dollar each. He says he prefers the sound of these oldies, and spins everything from Ella Fitzgerald to country classics.
"78s have a very warm sound," says Burns. "Nothing sounds like them; with all of their beautiful pops and scratches."
Sven's, which opened in 2004, is a cozy, non-smoking café serving homemade soups, sandwiches, paninis and coffee drinks.
For more information, call Bradley Burns at (877) 582-5990.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.