I was born and raised right here in Portland, Maine. As the son of two local TV Journalists, I was always interested in broadcasting – however, I wasn’t interested in music until I picked up the guitar at the age of 11. (Yes, of course, to get girls to like me! Why else?) My love of music led me to attend Berklee College of Music, where I began hosting a weekly radio show on the Berklee Internet Radio Network. There, I honed my DJ skills, taste in music, and propensity for dad Jokes. Since graduating from Berklee, I have come home to join forces with the station I grew up listening to: 94.3 WCYY. In my free time, I enjoy writing and performing music, roasting bad movies, and skiing. I also teach guitar at the Maine Academy of Modern Music, where I can share my love of rock and blues with the newest generation of musicians.
Xander on Music: What is Mastering, and Why is it so Important?
Recently, my band got our new single "Lonely" mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering Studios... But what does that mean? Let's find out!
5 Things Xander Loves About His Trip to Nova Scotia
I had such a blast last summer riding The CAT Ferry and exploring the Acadian Shores. Here's are all the details to plan your own getaway!
Rave N Rage – Live Music for the weekend of 5/16/2019
With new album releases, big music festivals and progressive punk bands, this weekend's mix has a little something for everyone!
Rave N Rage – Live Music on the Weekend of 3/29/2019
This weekend has plenty of variety, from pop-punk, to solo piano, to a tribute to one of the Portland music scene's most beloved musicians.
Rave ‘N’ Rage – Live Music on the Weekend of 2/8/2019
Looking to go out on the town this weekend? Here are CYY's live music picks for the next 4 days!
Rave N Rage – Live Music on the First Weekend of 2019
The new year has finally come! Along with it, unsurprisingly, comes live music. Check out this rock-heavy weekend of shows in southern Maine!
Rave N Rage – Live Music Roundup for New Year’s Weekend
Now that Christmas is out of the way, it's time to bring on the New Year's Eve festivities!
Rave ‘N’ Rage – Live Music in Maine on the Weekend of 12/13/2018
With Christmas less than two weeks away, local bands are busting out their holiday spirit. Check out where and when to catch some of Maine's coolest acts this weekend, some even playing here for (what might be) the last time.
Xander Explains What It’s Like to Make a Music Video
Xander explains what's so cool, and what can be awkward, in making an entirely Maine-made music video.
Rave N Rage: Live Music Roundup for the Weekend of 11/9/2018
This weekend sees a swath of country and indie rock hitting stages all over southern Maine!
Take a Listen to the New EP from Our Morning DJ: Xander
For all those who wonder if he's actually any good on the guitar, now's your chance to find out!
Rave N Rage – Live Music Roundup for the Weekend of 9/28/2018
From country-rock to soul to funk, this weekend's lineup has quite the interesting mix of styles.
Rave N Rage – Live Music Roundup for the Weekend of 9/21/2018
With a big music festival in downtown Portland and visits from americana legends, this weekend is shaping up to be pretty sweet!
What is Maine Best (and Worst) At?
Here's what Maine (and all 49 of the other US states) have to be proud of... And what they might need to fix.
WATCH: Maine Music School Releases Cover of The Who’s “Join Together”
The video features students from all across Maine, and a cameo by a familiar DJ...
The 5 Best Things About Being In A Band
Xander explains why it's awesome to play with a group of like-minded musicians! You know, besides the obvious things like attention, adoration, and an excuse to party.