Drew BangA aka lil groovy interview w/ RIZ aka RSD

@rizzystaydizzy interviews Drew BangA aka lil groovy of the HNRL Crew! Check it out below.

Via no-platform.com: Riz interviews Drew Banga at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA. In the interview they discuss being on tour with Duckwrth for Rich Chigga’s, ‘Come To My Party’ TourThe Honor RollHiero Day, and upcoming projects.  

DJ Shellheart interview w/ RIZ aka RSD @ 6th Annual Hiero Day 2017 (9.4.17)

Photo by Sanny Bisquerra—

I caught up with DJ Shellheart during Hiero Day 2017! Via no-platform.com: Riz interviews DJ Shellheart at American Steel Studios backstage at Hiero Day 2017. They talk about the origin of her name, meeting RBC Bugzy Rexx Life Raj,being an LGBT African-American Female DJ, how she started DJing & more in this interview.

Additionally, learn about DJ Shellheart here!

& her most recent mix here!

BigMoney Lil Sheik interview w/ RIZ aka RSD 7.30.17

I caught up with Lil Sheik of South Richmond, CA, during his YWN tour stop in Santa Cruz, CA with SOB X RBE. Via no-platform.com: Riz interviews Lil Sheik at So Fresh Clothing in Santa Cruz, CA. Watch as they discuss what it’s like being on the Yhung Wild Nation Tour, influences, Lil Tutu, working with Yhung T.O. and more in this interview.

Peep it here!

Additionally, make sure to listen to Lil Sheik’s new album “Still Remember” released 10/1/17!

KZSC covers Psycho Las Vegas 2017!

Hello folks! DJ Catfish and Firey Nairi have followed the smoke to the riff filled mystical land of Las Vegas to bask in the metal madness glory of Psycho Las Vegas. Headliners include The Brain Jonestown Massacre, King Diamond, Magma, Sleep and Mastadon, along with Pentagram gracing the pre-pool party happening Thursday evening.  Stay tuned to the KZSC website blog for updates.

Interview with KOOL A.D and Amaze 88 (BGLEAFY)

Interview by BGLEAFY (Updated 7/25/17)


From a conversation with KOOL A.D. and Amaze 88 at Guerilla Cafe in Berkeley, where both Kool A.D. and Cult Days were showcasing work.


BGLEAFY: What was your early musical background like?

KOOL AD: My pop’s side of things was like Cuban Salsa and Jazz, then he moved to the South Side of Chicago and was introduced to Electric Blues stuff like that. Later on he got into Jimi Hendrix and Rolling Stones and stuff. My mom was into The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Cream, Pink Floyd, but also reggae like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear, all that.

AMAZE 88: Basically my dad was a big record collector, He had maybe 1500 LP’s, 700 45’s, and he introduced me to music. We grew up in Section 8 housing at a time where everyone listened to hip-hop. Too $hort was huge, and right across the water, so everyone vibed to his tapes cause they were passed around all the time. My older brother was a DJ which got to me dig deeper when I was in high school, and eventually I got more into jazz and never looked back. Started making beats, and got my own mpc when my brother wouldn’t let me use his. Some of those beats are on 51.

BGLEAFY: Yea that’s how I was introduced to your music.

KOOL AD: Yea me and [Amaze 88] met via skateboard fools, watching lil skate videos and Kool Keith listening sessions, just various shit. What’s good bruh bruh!

(Kid Trails approaches)

AMAZE 88: This is Kid Trails.

Kid Trails: Beautiful art show tonight. My name’s Kid Trails. We’re putting out a tape, it’s called Kid Trails Sick.

KOOL AD: Definitely play that on the radio that shit go super maney.

Kool A.D Paintings

(Kid Trails walks inside)

BGLEAFY: Did you ever feel a moment in which you could distinguish your work as separate from the sum of its influences?

KOOL A.D: Really nothing is divorced from its influences. Really all you’re doing is, you hear music, however it comes to your ears, you recognize whatever collection of patterns that you grow familiar with, and emulate.

BGLEAFY: Ya I suppose it’s unintentionally loaded question. Not to prioritize uniqueness, but more like, when did you feel confident with what you brought to the table?

AMAZE 88: I’ve got a wide range of influences but no matter how hard I would try to mimic them it would never come out the same. Even when you follow a formula you’re gonna end up putting your own spice on it. I felt confident to put things together after two years of working on the MPC, when I put out a CD called Flowers that showcased what I was doing.

BGLEAFY: Feel. Have you ever had a favorite article of clothing?

AMAZE 88: I’ve always wanted an athletic A’s jacket that was satin, and puffy, but it was black, not green. I’ve never seen a picture of it, but I know it exists cause I was in Foot Locker in 2002 and they had it.

KOOL A.D: With the White A’s logo?

AMAZE 88: Na green A’s logo. Starter, Satin, Black. The Holy Grail.

KOOL A.D: I have a varied and conflicted relationship with the yay area municipal sports teams being that I came up in San Francisco and later the East bay, but as a kid I had the silk SF jacket and the silk Niners jacket. Then once I moved I got the silk Raiders jacket but not the A’s one, which I should’ve got since that’s who I ended up seeing most, just cause the tickets were hella cheap and you could just go to every game like fuck it. But to pick a favorite article of clothing I mean…

BGLEAFY: It’s a tough thing to pick.

KOOL AD: At two points in my life I found boots that fit me perfectly. I had walked outside this house where I had just crashed on the couch and found these Doc Marten boots, held em up like “Ay these are my size!” and rocked those for like 3 years. Literally happened again too with the brown joints.

Amaze 88: The brown joints!

Kool AD: Those were clean. Some steel toed ones, I still rock those now and then. Also happened with a pair of vans I found in front of the horse racing spot, just on the beach. I always fuck with those kinds of finds, the literal finds.

Cult Days Print

BGLEAFY: Is there anything that helps to keep the craft gratifying for you, such that it eases the stresses of touring/producing so much music so quickly/whatever other pressures that emerge?

AMAZE 88: I love making music, it comes naturally to me. It’s never felt overbearing or tedious, and I think that because there’s no deadlines, it allows us to put out more. It should never feel contrived.

KOOL AD: I agree, I’d be doing it regardless. Seeing as I am doing it, therefore, such and such.

BGLEAFY: Feel it. Last one, if you could soundtrack any movie, what kind of movie and how would you go about it?

AMAZE 88: A movie that already exists?

BGLEAFY: You could describe it too.

AMAZE 88: I’m a big fan of Italian and Japanese cop movies and horror movies. Probably that or like a 80’s horror movie with heavy synths, that would be super tight.

KOOL AD: I would wanna do a grand piano score to Alejandro Jodorowsky movie. They all beast mane. I feel like he’d allow for some Avant Garde styles, I could probably handle that.

BGLEAFY: No doubt. Appreciate you taking the time to sit and talk with me.


Kool A.D. is currently writing/releasing one chapter of the book Aztec Yoga on Medium, which is accompanied by one song a day as part of a 100-song mixtape. Amaze 88 dropped the song “Bigot” as the first single from his new group Feels Duo with Charlie Moses. Cult Days continues to put out new music, clothing and artwork on her website included below.


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Minnesota Concert Review by Killian Fay

Electronic music artist and DJ Minnesota performed an ear-drum rattling show at the Catalyst this past Saturday, April 29th. Born in Minneapolis, the producer earned his moniker when he moved to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC, and his friends called him by the state of his birth.

Supporting headliner Bleep Bloop rocked the crowd with his glitchy and industrial style, creating stark and aggressive soundscapes. His music is generally slower, on the lower side of 110 bpm. His own description of his music is strikingly accurate: “Bass dipped in liquid question marks and rolled in lazers.” The crowd was mostly absorbing the music during his performance, rather than creating movement on the floor.

When Minnesota stepped on stage, the mood changed. His music is faster than that of his glitchy counterpart, and incorporates more synths and colorful sounds. Early in his career, he said, “My goal is to make bass heavy dubstep/glitch-hop music that’ll get you dancing…I try to focus more on the melodic side of dubstep, and hopefully, make quality songwriting a more relevant factor in the genre.” And get us dancing it did: shirtless, energetic fans and long-haired head bangers took over the floor, letting the music control their dancing bodies. Minnesota played much of his own music, and also many songs by fellow artists in the world of electronic music, including a few by prominent west-coast bass artist Bassnectar. The songs ranged from the melodic dubstep of his own music, to funky synth-incorporated bass, to the grimy trap of Getter. One of his most popular songs, Stardust Redux, bombarded the crowd with its rich and powerful chords, creating a surreal atmosphere we wished would never end. Minnesota knows how to get a crowd moving, and we were kept on our feet for the entire set.

By the end of the night, the concert-goers were out of breath and extremely satisfied. I know I can speak for most of the audience when I say that I was thoroughly impressed.


Killian Fay

KZSC intern and Mentee