Zeds Dead Interview (Halloween Night @ The Catalyst)

Zeds Dead is a Canadian electronic music duo from Toronto, Canada. Dylan Mamid, also known as DC, and Zachary Rapp-Rovan, also known as Hooks. These two artists rose to prominence releasing original music and remixes from 2009–10 before becoming a staple on the international touring circuit thereafter. Today, they are known for their exploration of a diverse variety of genres that combine aspects of UK garage, house, electro house, hip-hop, glitch, drum and bass, and more.

Ricardo Munoz, a fourth year student at UCSC from the Fall Quarter 2017 Intro to Radio Class, had the opportunity of interviewing Dylan (DC) on Halloween night prior to Zeds Dead’s performance at the Santa Cruz Catalyst. Listen to the interview here.

 

Caleborate Interview & Concert Review

Wassup radio family,

Last week I caught up with Berkeley rapper, Caleborate for a hefty interview before his headlining show in the Atrium. Rizal Aliga aka Mr. Hella Hyphy himself was also in attendance and wrote a solid concert review which is also below. Peep it!

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SHOW REVIEW

The Bay Area’s hip-hop scene has seen a spike in national attention lately due to the upcoming of artists like Kehlani, Noodles, The HBK Gang, Kamaiyah, and now twenty-three year old Berkeley rapper, Caleborate. His first headlining tour, The 1993 Tour, covers a majority of the west coast,  displaying his growth as a performer. Prior to their stop at the Social Hall in San Francisco, the TBKTR squad made a quick pit stop at The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz, where I caught them. Last time Caleborate was at The Catalyst was earlier this summer when he opened up for P-Lo’s Before Anything Tour. Prior to attending this show, I anticipated a virtualized environment with high energy and enthusiasm. Jordan Garrett, Nick James, Beejus, and Caleborate’s brother, Cash Campain — who happens to be an R&B singer. Each opened up the night with smooth performances. When Caleborate finally made his way to the stage; he did not disappoint. DJ OG Kel, DJ Adrian Per and guitarist J Hawk were on stage with him. He began his set with “Mind Piece,” then showcased his dance moves during “El Bandito,” (my favorite song from his Hella Good album) and heart felt song “Good Great” (another personal favorite). Caleborate’s energy was in the air, especially as he interacted with his audience, talking to everyone between songs and feeling out our energy himelf. He ended the night by jumping into the crowd while performing “$aggin’ Par.” It’s no question that TBKTR & Caleborate are here to spread positive vibes, inspire others, and most importantly, just to have a great time. The addition of guitarist Jay Hawk and his skillful solos or a mannequin challenge filmed by house DJ Adrian Per, Caleborate, wants you to enjoy yourself and listen to his project that he spent so much time on. The 1993 tour spread love and positive vibes and his performance was a night of excellence. Keep your eyes and ears open for young and talented Bay Area artist Caleborate because he could be headlining or performing in bigger venues the next time you see him. – Rizal Aliga

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photos by Asid Theekri

Har Mar Superstar is coming to town!

DJ Sweet Tea (Tim Beckman) catches up with Sean Tillman about Har Mar Superstar’s recent touring with local dates in SF at the Chapel on Monday Nov 7th and in Felton at Don Quixote’s  on Election Night (Tuesday November 8th).

KZSC interviewed Sean Tillman, frontman of Har Mar Superstar, discussing songs from recent albums on Cult Records, Bye Bye 17 (2013) and Best Summer Ever (2016), in addition to celebrating the holiday Har Mar Superstar day (9/20).

This recording will be aired on KZSC is also available on our Soundcloud

 

Minnesota Interview

This Memorial Day weekend marked Lightning in a Bottle’s third year at the San Antonio Recreation Area. Closing off LIB’s Thunder Stage Saturday night were locally based producers Minnesota and G Jones. We got a chance to catch the Santa Cruz brewed producer Christian Bauhofer, who is Minnesota, earlier that day before his set Saturday night.

Is this your first appearance at Lightning in a Bottle?
M: I actually played Lightning in a Bottle four or five years ago when it was at a different location. First time headlining at the new location!

There is a huge Santa Cruz following. Everyone that I have talked to is really excited to see your and G Jones’ set, specifically, saying it will be their highlight of the weekend. What is the support like coming from Santa Cruz?
M: It’s been good I mean I lived in Santa Cruz for four years. G Jones still lives there and it’s really fun. I played The Catalyst a couple months ago and just had all the homies come out and it’s cool to see that support from people who were there when I first started playing. And Santa Cruz definitely shaped and changed my music, I kind of started listening to underground stuff. Renegades and underground parties and set me in the direction of my music.

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Minnesota (left) and G Jones (right) closing off Thunder Stage Saturday night

I know you were part of starting Wobbleland in Santa Cruz.
M: I and my manager Santiago, basically, I was trying to play shows and I couldn’t get booked so we started throwing shows and we had lots of people show up and that changed things for us. And then we started Wobbleland at the Catalyst, but now I don’t do any of that stuff anymore, I just produce.

What is your process of starting a new track?
M: It changes a lot pretty much. Whatever is in my head, I just think until something comes. I wouldn’t say it is a set process. Just go with it see what happens and I play around with my synths a lot.

You have been performing with G Jones for a couple years, what is it like?
M: It’s been good, we have been friends for a while and we get to play really good festivals together. It’s cool playing with my homies. And it’s just fun to get to go up and play your favorite tracks in front of a bunch of people and drink booze. It’s the best job ever.

What do you do when you are not producing?
M: I rock climbing, I go bouldering. It’s good to stay somewhat physically fit. Other than that just hang out with my friends and my girlfriend, but for the most part just produce music.

What should we be looking forward to in your set today?
M: So when I do my own solo set, I figure out what I am going to play before hand. But with sets with Greg, we plan out the intro but after that we kind of don’t have a plan and that’s what makes it fun. So, it’s hard to say because I’m not exactly sure what I am going to play tonight!

Also, what advice can you give to students interested in electronic music?
M: I just went to my brother’s old high school and talked to the kids in the electronic music program. The main thing I told them was for me to actually start to get to do this for a living, I had to get involved in the community and the scene. I think that is important for anyone to start getting into electronic music and to be a good producer you have to kind of work yourself up.

Look out for his new EP coming out this Fall! Also, catch Minnesota at Enchanted Forest Music Festival this July and keep an eye out for the next time he performs around NorCal!

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Nick Bassett of Nothing – KZSC Interviews

Here at KZSC, we were fortunate enough to interview Nick Bassett. Nick plays the bass for the band Nothing, which has their second album, “Tired of Tomorrow”, out today on Relapse Records. In this interview between Nick Bassett and KZSC DJ Brand X, they talk about the band’s latest album, the band’s sound and their upcoming US tour with Wrong and Culture Abuse.

Brand X: So I’m here with Nick Bassett from Nothing and they have a new album out now called “Tired of Tomorrow” and I’m really excited for this album. I’ve been a big fan since “Downward Years to Come” and saw them live twice in two different states. I’m really excited to see them again play Slim’s SF and pick up a copy of this album. Welcome, Nick, to KZSC!

Nick Bassett: Thanks for having me.

BX: So one thing I’m noticing with “Tired of Tomorrow” right off the bat is that there’s a lot more room for the music to breathe. It’s not as dense as your previous album, “Guilty of Everything” and I’m wondering if that was a conscious decision while recording this record?

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Show Review: Luke Sweeney @ SXSW 2016

SXSW was filled with some great bands this year, one of them being Luke Sweeney from San Francisco, who played the inside stage of Cheer Up Charlie’s, a colorful venue that serves fancy cocktails and kombucha on tap. Luke Sweeney and his band were dressed in tropical print emulating their lively energy and spirit of the quirky venue. The band packed the inside space with a large crowd as soon as they started playing as Sweeney began jumping and dancing around stage— creating a great atmosphere to start off the lively night. His catchy tunes were sure to keep the crowd moving, including myself, with everyone’s heads bobbin’ and hips shakin’. Sweeney’s sound is whimsical and amiable with psychedelic pop and rock and roll influences. One of the songs the band played that night included “Spousal Arousal,” which was dedicated to all (two) of the people in the crowd that admitted to being in serious relationships. They ended the set with a track off their most recent album Adventure: Us titled “Miss Me,” a catchy song to groove to.

I spoke to Sweeney after the show and I asked him how he describes his own music and he explained that he has to answer that question so many times that he describes it as “romantic comedy,” “adventurous psychedelic, pop, soul music” or “body surf rock” since he lives 10 blocks from the ocean but doesn’t surf in it. He also mentioned how tricky it is to be in Austin, or SXSW, as an unsigned band or a small label like their band. He then discussed how he gets slightly annoyed at the amount of people that come to events like SXSW to go to conferences that teach you how the music industry works. Sweeney believes from his experience touring and the like, there’s a simple formula to understand how the music industry actually works. He went on to explain that creating a self-recorded video on youtube and being stumbled upon by a tastemaker is the same thing as playing your music and being found— it all comes down to being discovered— it just requires right timing and quality music and performance. He said he’s “tired of people pretending that there’s some secret formula to the music industry”…”not saying the conferences are disingenuous at all” because there is a lot you can learn about the industry from conferences like this.

I asked Luke how he felt about playing at SXSW and he said it felt normal since he played  the same venue last year. Playing a solo show with no instruments at a huge venue like The Warfield would be a pretty big deal, but this was just like playing at any regular old venue especially since he’s played at Hotel Vegas, another venue in Austin, TX, before playing SXSW last year.

I remember the first time I saw Luke Sweeney at Streetlight Records on Pacific Ave. and there were only a few people in the shop, including me and a few of some of my friends plus the customers that were browsing the record store. Whilst listening to the band, I was so surprised that more people weren’t aware of who Luke Sweeney was— he deserves so much more credit than he gets!!

He’s a really genuine and talented guy that supports college and community radio, what more can you get?? 🙂

So if you haven’t heard him yet, check out his music here:

lukesweeney.bandcamp.com

& these are a few of my favorite tracks:

Open Those Savage Eyes

Sympathy for the Night

Stone E.A. Way