In this segment, DOM KENNEDY TALKS WIN OR LOSE TOUR, P-LO, FAVORITE BOOK, PRE SHOW RITUALS & YOUNG NATION 2 with our Hip-Hop Director RIZZYSTAYDIZZY! Recorded on December 1st, 2018 @ The Catalyst. Check it out below.


*Please note that there have been other interviews of DOM KENNEDY. Questions asked here are done from the close research of what has been asked & has not been asked. DOM KENNEDY was exhausted post-show hence the quick interview.

Additional photos taken by @RIZZYSTAYDIZZY


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DJ Fizzi Pop Interviews Maddy O’Neal! 11/17/2018

by DJ Fizzi Pop

With so much access to the advancements in technology, it is not a surprise that dance music has blossomed and new artists are popping up all over the world. If there is one to keep tabs on, however, it is the Colorado native Maddy O’Neal. A self-taught producer and mixer, her music showcases her unique talent with an eclectic genre of future funk, bass, hip-hop all mixed with dance, and a mix of some features from unique vocalists and rappers. She has toured all over the U.S. on her recent gig with Cherub on their Free Form Tour, and is currently planning to do a statewide Colorado tour with the well-known Floozies. Her name has also popped up on massive festival lineups like Suwanee Hulaween, Moonrise, and Sonic Bloom.

What makes Maddy separate from other artists in the scene, however, is her ear to create new sounds constantly flowing through her work she puts out online, and even in her live performances. Her high energy is well-heard through her music with a wide range of tracks to listen to in any environment – in the club, in the car….anywhere. Her humble personality when interacting with fans makes her all the more a well-renowned artist of her style. Her new Ep, Dream State, captures her well-formed sound with unique features, a smooth flow of funky sounds, and high quality production.

I had the opportunity to pick Maddy’s brain when she stopped at our beloved Catalyst club, the last stop for the Free Form Tour. The full interview is at this link:






Maddy’s new EP, Dream State, is available on all streaming platforms. For more info about tour dates and music, you can find it on


Thank you to Maddy O’Neal and her management for scheduling this interview on their busy schedule, exclusively for KZSC Santa Cruz 88.1 FM.


DJ Fizzi Pop’s radio show, Soundwave Sanctuary, airs new electronic music every Sunday, 10PM-12 AM, only on KZSC Santa Cruz 88.1 FM.

A Brief Introduction to Jazz Funk

by Max Green

Historically listeners would have to pick up a good old record, or even a concert ticket to listen to the absolutely groovy sounds of artists like Art Blakey or Herbie Hancock. But in today’s age all you have to do is click on a video that looks mildly interesting and you can be taken down a surreal lane of discovering a new band or genre. There are obviously many pro’s and con’s for each of these approaches to discovering music, however one thing is for certain: Jazz and Funk transcend generations and any form of discovering the genre. 

I compiled a playlist of songs on Youtube, for two reasons. First off, Ryo Fukui is nowhere to be found on Spotify. Secondly, all but one of these absolute bangers was brought to me by our lord and savior Youtube Autoplay. Ironically, almost any aging jazzhead would scoff at this generations digital consumption of sounds.

This is a chronological playlist of Jazz and Funk from the late 50’s to the present is intended to introduce y’all to some Jazz/Funk.

Through the years these Funky juxtapositions of chord progressions and solo’s have stuck to our culture. In fact, many of these beats inform, or are downright recycled in some of the Hip Hop we all know and -hopefully- love. So, I implore you to dawn your preferred brand of headphones and dig your teeth into a rough sixty minutes of smooth and ever engaging Jazz and Funk.

KZSC Alum Jesse Thorn featured in the LA Times

by Hayley Fox from on November, 7, 2018

Overlooking MacArthur Park Lake, Jesse Thorn is recording tracks for his latest “Bullseye” podcast episode inside a recording booth that he bought off Craigslist for $3,500. The approximately hour-long interview show, which also airs on NPR, features intimate conversations with musicians, artists, comedians, celebrities and creators of all kinds.

Thorn’s been making podcasts since 2004 when he was 23 years old, and he’s been talking into a mike since even earlier. As a sophomore at UC Santa Cruz, Thorn started “The Sound of Young America,” a radio show on KZSC-FM that eventually evolved into “Bullseye With Jesse Thorn” and made way for the full-fledged production company, Maximum Fun, which he oversees today.

image and link to LATimes article by Hayley Fox

It’s Cold, Cozy Up with Cuffing Season Playlists

It’s the time of the season where sweaters get itchier and pumpkins get spicier and suddenly a day on your couch under a weighted blanket staring at how the rain droplets on the window form a scary face doesn’t sound too bad. In your mind you tell yourself, if only that scary face were indeed your companion for the long, cold, and dreary holiday season to come.  Don’t be feel lonely, friend, for we have a little over two hours of companionship for you. Lo and behold, three different playlists for you to sip your PSL to.

cuffin szn by dj saratonin

RIYL: jangley bedroom pop, the way Erykah Badu can make anything sound safe and warm, typing without capital letters

this is the cuffing season playlist i made. It’s short n sweet, and covers the spectrum of all the different feelings you can have this cuffing season. – dj saratonin

A Mellow Fall by Wax Ecstatic

RIYL: guitar driven indie rock and indie folk, contemporary funk, french things

A mix of new tracks and mainstays—instrumental funk tracks by Khruangbin and The Olympians, gritty classics from T Rex and the Velvet Underground. Best enjoyed with a cup of tea staring at the trees. Go to for when the fog rolls in. A slow burn, an hour and a half to relax. – Wax Ecstatic

sad fall tings by DJ Hari

RIYL: coming of age movies that take place in small town USA, the Jackie Brown soundtrack, saying “hello darkness my old friend” when your mom forgets your birthday

Songs about food, songs about love, songs about heartbreak, songs about lakes, songs about sweaters, songs about the weather. – DJ Hari


dj saratonin and Wax Ecstatic are new volunteers at KZSC.

Listen to DJ Hari on Parts Unheard, Wednesdays, 10PM-midnight.