Jean-Luc Ponty Interview w/ Test of Time’s DJ Carol!

Carol of the Test of Time speaks with legendary violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.  A virtuoso violinist, Ponty was the first musician to treat the violin like a guitar, applying the use of distortion boxes, phase shifters and the wah-wah pedal to fuse this classical instrument with jazz and rock! Ponty talks about his vast recording career, his influential work with Frank Zappa, and the freedom allowed by his move to California. Listen to this informative interview here in it’s entirety, and catch DJ Carol every Friday this summer from 12-2pm, bringing you an eclectic mix of rockin, rollin, r&b and soul! Visit Ponty’s website for upcoming tour dates and additional information about the man himself.

Representation in Media and Music is Important

by Kimberly Balmorez (DJ AWKCUARD).
Growing up I really wish I had Filipino-identified folks to look up to. Other than my own family, I wasn’t surrounded by my culture at all and no one in my family was politically or culturally active. That still stays true to today; there’s so much about my culture that I don’t understand. For example, I can’t speak or understand any of my parent’s languages, but I want to be proud and know the history of Ilocanos and Kapampangans. With only so much having been recorded throughout history and stories my parents feel comfortable sharing, it is my own responsibility to keep myself aware and accountable. Luckily, I’ve found a small community of people throughout my college career who have kept me grounded. Through them I’ve found Filipino hip-hop artists and activists such as Prometheus Brown, Bambu, and Rocky Rivera.

Although my upbringings are somewhat different from theirs, it’s been empowering and motivating to see other Filipinos doing work to uplift their communities. If it weren’t for artists like these, I wouldn’t have realized how the implicit violences of societal and institutional oppression have affected me. If it weren’t for their presence in media and music I wouldn’t be as passionate as I am today to learn more about my own culture and be a comrade to others.

My personal advice is to find a platform to express yourself and remember to be respectful of that space. Representation matters.

@Remedy415 interview w/ riz aka djrsd

On 5.26.17, @rizzystaydizzy got to interview one of the hottest musicians & producers in the Bay Area right now, @remedy415 right before he opened up on day 1 of 3 sold out shows headlined by SOB X RBE at the Social Hall in his hometown of San Francisco. We talked about his recent moves in producing & connecting with other Bay Area artists, as well as his upcoming project titled “Roll Model.” Check out & click on the picture to see the interview & blog post!

Remedy, of Geneva Towers, San Francisco, CA, was previously a standout athlete, working out, eating right and taking care of his health. After being shot in the legs at the age of 14, he translated his hard work ethic in athletics to music as he used that life-changing experience as motivation and continued to pursue his passion. Most recently, Remedy has been rehabbing to regain the control of his legs and has been making excellent progress.

Fresh off opening three consecutive sold out shows in his hometown of San Francisco at the Social Hall Friday (5.26.17) & Saturday (5.27.17), the last show of the weekend was relocated to the larger venue, the Regency Ballroom on Sunday (5.28.17). On Friday, he gave me a heads up and promised me and his video director @BGIGGZ that he had a surprise in store for the show on Sunday. Everyone had their phone out and was in shock and awe as he came out with a walker to perform his Intro song off his upcoming project “Roll Model.” The video will have your emotions running and will probably bring you to tears.

Personally being next to Remedy was truly inspiring. I literally say this all the time because it is a blessing to be with all of these artists I have met and interviewed this year. But anyways, be on the lookout for Remedy’s project “Roll Model!”

Vi Pham & Zennon Cruz, DJs of Jesse M. Bethel High School in Vallejo, CA, who were in attendance with me, helped contribute to this blog.

The Frights at the Catalyst 05.20.2017 Interview

Written by: Serena Ozonur / Audio by: DJ Maladroit

On Saturday May 20, 2017, The Frights played at the Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz, touring with Hunny and King Shelter. As their tour came to an end, I had the opportunity to interview The Frights. The sold-out venue had excited fans lining up to the see the band before the doors opened at 8:00pm. In our interview, we talked about their song writing process, how it feels to be on the road, the difference in albums (in terms of sound), what the band is listening to, and upcoming projects fans should be on the look-out for. The Frights began by discussing the new album, “You Are Going to Hate This.” As Richard Dotson (bass/vocals), stated, “The album cover’s art is 80s’ inspired, particularly Black Flag Covers…really violent, but colorful images.” Their previous self-titled album carries a different sound from “You Are Going to Hate This”. This difference essentially came from the help of Zach Carper of FIDLAR who helped produce “You Are Going To Hate This.” Mikey Carnevale (guitar/lead vocals) commented “he [Zach Carper] was the Dragon Force behind this… he was very influential on this album”.

We then went into the song writing process in which Mikey stated, “What I’m doing now is that I record the melody on phone, take it back, play it on guitar, separate verse/chorus, then put everything together, and if I’m lucky I do a bridge. Then I write lyrics, right before recording the demo.”

The Frights are San Diego Natives, and believe that if they were from anywhere else they would just get blended in with everything else. The Frights were considered to have a “Doo-Wop” sound in their previous record. However, now they don’t consider themselves to have that sound anymore. Mikey believes, “early on in the band, I really liked the “Doo-Wop” sound, but now I don’t even think about it…I wouldn’t say we are a “Doo-Wop” band anymore, definitely not surf-punk. I guess we are just a rock n’ roll band.”

I asked The Frights how it feels to be on the road. They think Vegas being the first stop of the tour was a big mistake. Mikey jokingly stated, “It was super fun, but I feel so bad… the shame is real.”  Marc Finn (drums), added, “We just eat worse and drink more. I mean we are scarfing down some pizza right now.” I asked them who they look up to now, in which  Mikey responded, “I look up to most people, since they are taller than me…” I also asked Richard about his YouTube Channel “Here Lies Music” and I’m sorry to say to the fellow fans that it’s not looking like that channel will be up and running anytime soon. However, when I asked them if fans should be on the look-out for anything new Mikey told me to “tell them yes.” So keep an eye out fans! The Frights, still get very excited and anxious before a performance, which brings us to the actual show. 

This show probably had more people in the air than the ground. The crowd surfing was real. I positioned myself at the very front, right by the stage (big mistake on my part because I left the concert with a mild concussion). Like I said, those crowd surfers were wild, but it was an amazing concert with mosh after mosh. What else would one expect from a rock concert? The band performed hit songs, and a new song at the end of the concert so keep an eye out for that! Songs such as “You Are Going to Hate This”, “All I need”, “Afraid of the Dark”, and “Crust Bucket”. The crowd had amazing energy and so did the bands with incredible opening performances from King Shelter and Hunny. Don’t miss The Frights live, it’s definitely an experience of a lifetime.

Ab-Soul at the Catalyst 05.24.2017 Interview

 

Ab-Soul is an American rapper from Carson, California. Ab-Soul grew up in a record store his parents owned, and credits much of his musical knowledge to this experience. He points to Nas, Jay Z, and Eminem as being his biggest influences– pushing him into a rap career. He also credits his rapping skills to BlackPlanet freestyle chat, a site where people freestyle over text, sometimes known as “key-styling.” Ab Soul recorded his first song in 2002, and his most recent album, Do What Thou Wilt, was released in 2016. Do What Thou Wilt includes features from award winning artists such as School Boy Q, Rapsody, SZA, Mac Miller, and more.

 

On May 24th, on the last legs of his West Coast YMF (young mind f***) tour, Ab-Soul stopped by the Catalyst to spit some bars in the atrium and chat with KZSC DJs Kaviar and Jinx for a bit. Peep the interview below!

 

Kaviar & Jinx: Thanks for meeting with us! Great show.

Soul: Of course, of course.

Kaviar: So tell us a bit about Do What Thou Wilt. That’s a satanic reference, yeah?

Soul: Nah, It’s not Satanic. It’s a quote by Aleister Crowley. He’s saying that the righteous will remain righteous and the filthy will remain filthy. And love is the law, love is always the law.

Kaviar: So do you think people are redeemable then?

Soul: Of course, everybody’s redeemable. It’s just a word isn’t it? I make a lot of money off of words, I believe in them.

Jinx: Alright, alright. Can you tell us a bit about your beginnings doing internet rap battles? Did that shape who you are as a rapper today?

Soul: Sure. That was really the groundwork for what I do now. Like that was actual writing you know? It was my journalism at the time. It was a large part of– at that time, which had to be like 2002 or something– the biggest thing more than anything was vernacular. Everyone was trying to get the best rhymes, you know? That’s definitely where I perfected that.

Kaviar: Do you think that the written word is different from the spoken word?

Soul: Certainly– can you say “hate” out of “love” ?

Kaviar: mmmmm

Soul: yeah, that’s right I’d like to see you try that. YMF. (ab souls coined term meaning “young mind f***”).*laughing*  You have just been YMF’d.

Kaviar: Alright, I like that. I’m gonna keep that with me.

Soul: But yeah, going back on it, Aleister Crowley is not a satanist. He’s a Crowliest, he was trying to start his own thing. And Jesus is my idol, just sayin’

Kaviar: Alright we’ll have to do some more research. On another note, your couch talk with Princess Nokia.

Soul: nice. She’s great.

Kaviar: Oh yeah, that’s one of my favorite pieces of art I’ve ever seen, let alone artist on artist interview.

Soul: YESS! I had no idea she was so….soo…

Kaviar: She is awakened.

Soul: Oh yeah, she is awakened. My girl is big with like Allure magazine you know what I’m saying, it’s important that we do a lot more female publications. All the marches and stuff you know, it’s really important. It’s the time, you know, I was rooting for Hillary ‘cause it was the time for the divine female. It’s the time.

Kaviar: Hell yeah

Jinx: So I’m curious with your strong feelings about the importance of feminine energy in hip hop, what’s your take on the word b*****? Do you feel like it’s been reclaimed?

Soul: Right, “b****”– it’s just like the word “n****.” I mean if you was my girl, you’d be my b****. And you’d like it, you know.

Jinx: hmmm okay

Soul: But if I were to say, “b***** get the f*** out my face” then not so much.

Jinx: yeah definitely not.

Soul: exactly, you’d be like “who you callin’ b*****?” you know what I’m saying? It’s all about the way you say it with words like that. Like I said, you can’t say hate out of love. Again, it’s about more than just what it spells. But you know, I’m still doing the research, I’m still learning, trying to figure it all out.

Kaviar: we’re all learning and unlearning!

Jinx: Well we’ll let you go. Thanks for meeting with us! And again incredible show.

Soul: of course! It was great meeting you too, lots of love.

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from left to right: DJ Lyzard, Jinx, Ab-Soul, & DJ Kaviar

 

KZSC is going to Lighting in a Bottle

Remember how dry it was in California last year? Well, this year the festival grounds of Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) has a giant lake where last year there was none! This year LIB will be putting on Lakeside Attractions and Aquatic Art, encouraging you to bring your own floaties and paddle boats. Best of all you will have camping with a view! KZSC’s Crux is headed to the site on Memorial Day weekend to report back on the festival experience–follow the adventures on KZSC’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What’s new to LIB? New art will be displayed throughout the festival grounds including 12 new structures, new interactive experiences such as White Library and Must-Dash 5K, and new yoga sessions and locations to get your day started off in the right way. Whether you are coming to Lightning in a Bottle for the speakers, cooking classes, sunshine yoga, 4am dance parties or the amazing artists and DJs, you are guaranteed to have a jam-packed weekend. And if you are interested in learning how to pack light and reduce your carbon footprint for the weekend you can read this helpful article.

Stay tuned to 88.1 FM for more information and listen to Nightowl with Crux Thursday nights at 7 pm for your Lightning in a Bottle updates and lineup news.

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