KZSC Staff in attendance: Rizal Aliga, Neroli Devaney, Kavya Aswadhati, Maelin Rose, Duncan Ober, Alex Varelijan, Kathy Hermosillo, Dani Lopez, Josh Zupan, Daniel Martinez
WATCH: KZSC Santa Cruz Radio DJs spin at the Santa Cruz Roller Palladium for the 2018 Spooky Roller Disco Night!
DJ Brandon Berry | DJ Rocko
Directed|Shot|Edited By: Rizal Aliga
Setup: Rocko Bauman | Ryan Cormack | Jasmine Stade | Jose Domingo | Sierra Grindstaff | Brandon Berry
KZSC and (((folkYEAH!))) Events Present Ty Segall at the Rio on Monday, October 22nd! Don’t miss out on this opportunity, ticket info can be found at folkyeah.com
WATCH: KZSC Santa Cruz Radio DJs spin at the Annual UCSC Welcome Week Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Frolic 2018! *NSFW*
DJ Brandon Berry | DJ Kaviar | DJ RIZZYSTAYDIZZY
Directed By: Rizal Aliga & Kathy Hermosillo
Shot By: Rizal Aliga | Kathy Hermosillo | Rocko Bauman
Edited by: Rizal Aliga
Setup: Rocko Bauman | Duncan Ober | Alex Vareljian
On May 20th, 2018, 18-year-old rappers, YBN Nahmir and YBN Almighty Jay from the YBN crew performed at the Catalyst in Downtown Santa Cruz. The performers showed out to a hyped up audience who had been anxiously awaiting the two acts. Headliner YBN Nahmir gained recognition and huge popularity after his track, “Rubbin Off The Paint” was released on Soundcloud in August 2017 and continued his popularity with “Bounce Out With That” in January 2018. YBN Almighty Jay is not only known for his track, “Takin Off” but also for his most recent relationship with stripper Blac Chyna. However, these boys, “…first assembled YBN as [teenagers] on XBOX live, posting [their] Grand Theft Auto live streams to Youtube and later freestyling during Live sessions,” (Ben Dandridge-Lemco, The Fader). These two from the YBN crew came out to the venue with a surprisingly large audience, eager to hear the new artists’ music.
Opener YBN Almighty Jay warmed up the crowd by laying down fresh raps and performing a number of his singles, as he is yet to produce a debut album. When headliner YBN Nahmir appeared on stage, Almighty Jay stayed on along with other openers, King Midas and Antdog Da Beast. The four rappers performed alongside main act, YBN Nahmir, despite not being featured in his original songs. Each had their own style, however, Nahmir’s music is heavily influenced by Bay Area type beats, similar to SOBxRBE and E-40.
The entire set was wild. Not only were the artists keeping the crowd alive with their music, but YBN Jay Almighty facetimed rumored to-be baby mama Blac Chyna to say “Hi” to everyone in the audience, just to add to the chaos. The crowd was ready for the hype when YBN called out a mosh pit and they were not hesitant to rush the stage when Nahmir told them to. Our own KZSC volunteers had the opportunity to party with Nahmir and his squad on the stage.
WRITTEN BY: DJ N$TY K & DJ LODÄNI
On May 19th, 2018 American alternative R&B and soul singer-songwriter and producer, JMSN, along with his drummer and bassist, appeared onstage at the Atrium in the Catalyst in Downtown Santa Cruz. Opening up to a smaller audience, the crowd was able to truly embrace the intimacy that JMSN and his band showcased; his soulful and powerful voice captivated members of the crowd. The passion that each member of the band has for music was revealed especially during their solo performances.
JMSN’s genre is primarily known for his R&B and soul music, however during his elaborate guitar solos, he let his passion for rock music transpire. These solos at times had musical elements similar to those of rock bands such as The Neighbourhood, especially once JMSN’s guitar talents were met with the bassist’s smooth beats. He performed hit songs such as “Drinkin’” as well as premiering his newest track “So Badly.” We had the opportunity to chat with JMSN after his enticing set. If you haven’t seen JMSN perform live yet, you should definitely make an effort to see him next time he’s in a town near you! Check out his music on Spotify or Apple Music.
Written by: DJ N$TY K & DJ LODÄNI
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