YID INTERVIEW 4.20.18 w/ RIZ AKA RSD

RIZ AKA RSD talks to YID quickly after his short opener for Philthy Rich at The Catalyst in Downtown Santa Cruz. They talk about: the new songs, Kane City, the message behind his music videos, Detroit, Bay Area collaborations, & plans for an upcoming solo EP. Check out the interview below!

YID – Fuck Fame (Prod. Pdot Beatz)

DIR. BY ROB DRISCAL

YID – Famous Now (ft. OMB Peezy)

DIR. BY WOOYEON

*Please note that there have been other interviews of YID. Questions asked here are done from the close research of what has been asked & has not been asked. Additionally, he got interviewed by Rap Shack before my interview.

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-Written by Rizal Aliga

KZSC Interviews: DJ Fizzi Pop Interviews Minnesota!

Last Friday, I got the chance to sit down with former Santa Cruzian Christian Bauhofer, aka Minnesota. His hits such as “HiLow” and “Stardust Redux” highlight Christian’s unique sound of mixing heavy bass rhythms with musical elements of melodic synths and catchy phrases. His exuberant stage presence and mixing talent has made him a crowd favorite at notable festivals such as Wobbleland, Phoenix Lights, and Shaky Beats Festival. He has headlined two tours, and is currently on his third tour celebrating his latest EP, Curio (some tracks to listen to are Desert Diamond and Technique). A stop on his tour was the Catalyst Club where I got to chill with the guy and converse a bit before his 2 hour set.

 

Due to outside circumstances, the last question I had for Christian had cut out of the recording. What I could grab from my notes was this:  

 

Q: What do you what to see for the future in electronic music, and your music in particular?

C: Hmm, it’s hard to give a direct answer for that. It’s hard to tell which way music is going to go in the future. I can mostly say that I’m excited to see nationally where electronic music goes and what other producers are coming up with. I hope people keep sticking to make weirder, unheard of kinds of sounds that can go in different directions, not just strictly out of EDM.

 

As a trailblazer in the world of dance music, Minnesota is one to instantly add to your “Artist to Watch” playlist. I am looking forward to see what he will make in the future.

What’s on DJ AWKCUARD’s Radar?

I wanted to share some love to these artists who have been on repeat for me this past month. I encourage you to keep these artists on your radar, if they aren’t already on there.

Ruby Ibarra – Us

I saw Ruby Ibarra perform live in January. Her performance was just as powerful as her music. This song in particular, off of her latest album that discusses colorism, micro-aggressions and more, recognizes womxn within political movements. I wasn’t able to make it to the live recording of this music video, but Ruby Ibarra invited Pinays from all over the Bay Area, where she was raised, to be a part of this album.

Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers – Peach Scone

Hobo Johnson, who grew up in Sacramento, CA, is making new waves on the internet. They submitted to NPR’s Tiny Desk, and their music does not fail to please the ears and your emotions.

Mr Jukes – Somebody New

I found Mr Jukes recently, and I have not stopped dancing to this song alone in my room since. The instrument breakdowns are something to hear if you’re having a bad day.

Rejjie Snow and Dana Williams – Egyptian Luvr

Rejjie Snow, a rapper from Ireland, and Dana Williams, a singer from Los Angeles who I found through YouTube, do an amazing job together on this song.

Ricky Montgomery and the Honeysticks – I Don’t Love You Anymore

I found Ricky Montgomery and the Honeysticks on Vine a few years ago, and have kept a close watch on their music ever since. Listening to their music gives me the same joy as their funny vines and videos. Just let the music video speak for itself.

 

Enjoy,

DJ AWKCUARD

In Our Time of Need, Pop Music Divas Save Us All

As we approach a late-Rome, end-of-civilization scenario in the United States, hope for the future evades us. It seems that our final bastion of good in a world that seems exclusively evil is the sweet escapism of pop music divas. Where are Madonna and Cher in our time of need?

Like Jesus emerging from his brief foray into death, diva pop is back, but this time in new form. The new pop divas, like all previous new pop divas, bring novelty to the art form, once again. In 2018, Bubblegum meets hipster –  bubblegummster – is the best way I can describe it. Each bubblegummster channels a different set of influential divas from pop music lore.

Rina Sawayama evokes Britney Spears on her 2017 album, RINA. Her stand out single, “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome” describes the plights of 21st century life. It tackles phone addiction, cyber relationships, and how the real world interacts with both.

U.S. Girls hipsterize Madonna by adding distorted and lo-fidelity instrumentation. Their new album, In a Poem Unlimited, was released this month. St. Vincent’s transition into pop from art rock music also hispterizes the diva. She represents the intersection of these two worlds as an artful diva.

The diva is not, however, exclusively female – it transcends the binary. Prince was an exemplar diva – he had the talent, he had the attitude. Blood Orange adds the experiences of blackness and queerness to diva-ness with a discography that takes influence from Prince and Diana Ross. Perfume Genius is another LGBTQ artist that incorporates diva traits into his music on his 2017 album, No Shape.

With hip-hop becoming the dominant genre of music in this decade, new divas continue to rise in the genre. Cardi B, brings diva-ness into the hip-hop world, exuding her power through hit singles and features with charting artists. She channels predecessors like Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, but also brings a New York Puerto Rican attitude to her diva persona.

The pop diva has always been an archetype in music narratives. It originates from the prima donna of opera – the leading-lady. The lead woman, and her grand solo performance (aria), was a mainstay of the opera. In nearly every opera from Handel to Wagner, the prima donna’s aria was the main attraction of the opera. It exhibited her voice and her larger than life persona, the traits of great pop divas.

Whether they be women, people of color, and/or LGBTQ – divas champion the oppressed. They sing with an empowering grandiosity. In our current political climate, we desperately need pop divas, and indie music has answered our calls.

 

– Written by Nick Amirkhanian

SHORELINE MAFIA INTERVIEW w/ RIZ aka RSD 3.10.2018

Shoreline Mafia consists of four main rappers: Ohgeesy, Fenix, Rob Vicious, & Master Kato. This upcoming group based out of Los Angeles, CA, is a group you cannot miss performing live! They just recently inked a deal with Atlantic Records & are currently on their first “Off The Xtra Tour” which has been sold out at every location. RIZ aka RSD caught up with the gang to discuss the following: 2018 OTX Tour, what OTX means, Mozzy #KickTheCupChallenge, Lessons learned from music, process of music, the definition of “drippin,” being featured on magazines, their relationship with Bay Area musicians (specifically SOB X RBE), & what is “dropping” next! Check out the interview below conducted by RIZ with assistance from Santiago Alvarez.

Fans were eager and waiting in line since 2PM to see Shoreline Mafia perform at The Catalyst. Another sold out show on their OTX Tour caused them to be moved from The Atrium (the smaller venue in The Catalyst) to the Main Stage due to a popular demand. They originally sold out the Atrium in 8 minutes, then sold out the Main Stage in roughly 4 minutes. Santiago & I pulled up around 8:30ish and The Catalyst started to let people into the venue.

Around 9ish, fans were chanting “Shoreline, Shoreline, Shoreline,” non-stop as they were anxious to see them. After only two openers that kept the crowd moving, tensions were high and a ton of fights broke out during the show. Moving along to Shoreline Mafia, they came on around 10:15PM and did not disappoint. The crowd was insane, knowing nearly every lyric and every song the gang performed. Check below for some footage provided by Santiago and myself:

What surprised me the most was how genuine Shoreline Mafia really is. Just recently being signed to Atlantic Records is a massive deal for them and they know that they have to be presentable (and they are). When they were doing their meet and greet, they talked to the long line of dedicated fans one-by-one for 2-5 minutes each and fans were able to have conversations with the crew. After that, upon interviewing them, the four were very tired from the four consecutive shows (3.7-3.10) back-to-back-to-back-to-back. I did not want to keep them from their traveling schedule but I was able to ask all the questions I wanted to and I definitely did not want to ask them questions they were already asked (graffiti, influences etc). Out of the 81 interviews & blogs I have conducted or contributed to, (they were number 81) they were hella funny and chill with being interviewed. It was truly a blessing to get in contact with Justin from Atlantic Records, Sherwin (the current manager for this tour), and TK, to get this interview done. Whenever you see Shoreline Mafia pull up into your area, it is a mandatory slither. Shoreline Mafia is next up and 2018 is their year.

Shoreline Mafia – Bottle Service (Official Music Video)

Produced by @RONRONTHEPROD

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written by: Rizal Aliga & Santiago Alvarez

Review: Burger A Go-Go Night 1

Written by: Maddie Kringel 

Burger Records, known by some as an independent record label based in Fullerton, CA, who really like cassette tapes. This February, Burger put on a collective West-Coast tour Called Burger-A-Go-Go, which stopped for two nights in each city it visited. It included eight bands all fronted by women from their label. Headliners included Dengue Fever and The Coathangers. I attended night one at The Catalyst and it was awesome.

Women in punk rock. The first night of Burger a Go-Go at the Catalyst was completely dominated by utterly raw, powerful, punk rock women who controlled the stage and their performances with vigor and astounding energy, and of course the two men were wonderful as well.

The backdrop for the show was done by Mad Alchemy Light Show who present spinning plates on 4 different overhead-like projectors, similar to the ones from grade school, each with different colors. This mix presents and oozing, psychedelic, and always changing background ensuring that every show is different and unique.

The Flytraps kicked off the night one here in Santa Cruz. The all-women punk band. Kristen Cooper, the lead singer and bassist brazenly captured the audience’s attention with her fiery vocals and ad-lib between songs. The lead guitarist, Elizabeth, cooly and subtly dispersed powerful licks. The sound of The Flytraps could be encompassed by the word . Being the first of a set can be daunting, but they surely brought a lot of talent and energy.

Next up was Feels, a “psych punk grunge future rock+roll post whatever band from LA”. Both singers stood to either side of the bassist with their mics, a different placement than usual, but it really seemed to work. Although the bassist in the middle didn’t have a mic, she really got down to the music and had a great presence. Feels performed both calm psychedelic songs, and fast-paced and more dramatic.

Death Valley Girls were next with a dark, psychedelic performance. Lead singer Bonnie Bloomgarden entranced the audience with her shrill shrieks and voice which is reminiscent of Bubbles, the Powerpuff Girl or Kate of the b52s. On the theme of all women, DVG played their empowering song, “I’m a Man Too” which celebrates equality and power to women to be what they want to be.

The Coathangers headlined night one of Burger-A-Go-Go. This talented three-woman punk band may have formed as a joke, but their performance suggested that it was meant to be. Meredith Franco, or Minnie Coathanger, began on bass, shifted to drums. Julia Kugel, or Crooked Kid Coathanger, played guitar and shared the lead vocals with drummer, Stephanie Luke. One must be talented to play drums while singing lead vocals for a fast-paced punk song, and that’s just what Luke did. They played their more popular songs like “Down Down”  and “Make it Right”, and told me in our interview that they had been working on a new album.

Overall, Burger-A-Go-Go night one in Santa Cruz was a brilliant show. Dominated by talented performers and empowering women. Each band brought their own individual sound to the stage, some slower psych rock songs, and some more up-beat bratty punk songs. Burger Records sure knows how to put on a show.

Coathangers Interview

The Coathangers discussing being women in the music industry and their creative process.