Your guide to new DJs on KZSC

Spring has sprung and we’re two weeks into our new schedule with fresh faces (or voices) on KZSC. Here’s a guide to some new DJs on air this season.

DJ Mood Ring on Moody Classics

There are many artists considered to be trendsetters both emotionally and sonically. These artists are spotlighted on Moody Classics, where DJ Mood Ring brings his enthusiasm into playing everything from their greatest hits to little known deep cuts. Tune in Saturdays from 10pm to 12am.

DJ Hari on Live! from the Library

For everyone who wishes they didn’t miss out on a great concert, DJ Hari plays the best of them spanning across genres from Miles Davis to the Beastie Boys, from small basement concerts to sold-out stadium shows. Tune in Sunday nights from midnight to 2am.

nochtli on Closing Credits

nochtli spent the last season as a mentee on Closing Credits and he soon called it his home. The latest episode played the best from soundtracks of Westerns.

DJ DSPLN on Selma to Santa Cruz

DJ DSPLN was among a small group of UCSC students to visit Selma, Alabama on the Cultural Exchange Trip which took place March 27 through April 3. Apart from engaging in community service projects alongside locals, DJ DSPLN interviewed locals from different backgrounds for much needed discourse about cultural diversity and personal well-being. His show is often soundtracked by the musical acts with roots in Alabama including Martha Reeves, Wilson Picket, and Sun Ra. His goal is to “Build a Beloved Community” across state lines. Listen to his latest interview with Frank Hardy who was a local boxing instructor and a mentor to many.

galexy on Planetary Fix

Pebbles and Nuggets were compilations of “Original Punk Rock” from the 1960s released decades after their recordings. This era of music laid the platform for punk and alternative rock to come in the form of garage, psychedelia, and proto-punk that was hard-hitting and raw, and didn’t share the same limelight as other rock acts of the era. Tune in to the best of this era on Planetary Fix, Saturday nights from midnight to 2am.

DJ Peach on Shred Cruz

Emo may be gettin’ trendy again but DJ Peach has been there through it all. Shred Cruz explores the roots, revivals, and inspirations of emo. Tune in for an emotionally charged time on Thursdays from 3 to 4pm.

DJ Sap on Crowd Surfing

When asked about how to describe Crowd Surfing, DJ Sap didn’t know how to describe it. However, there runs this unifying theme in the music of Crowd Surfing. It speaks of the punk scenes deeply rooted in Southern California beach towns and skate and surf culture. Playing everything from the Beach Boys to Bad Religion, tune in Friday nights from midnight to 2am.

DJ Fizzi Pop on Play Like a Girl

The future is female! DJ Fizzi Pop brings you two hours dedicated to female and femme artists and producers across all genres. Tune in Tuesdays from 3-5pm.

DJ Maddie on Community Cauldron

Music is for the people, especially on DJ Maddie’s new show, where she invites you to add sugar or spice to a show made to taste. You give her some songs you like, and she’ll give you songs she thinks you’ll like. It’s almost like the lost art form of creating a mixtape. To be featured you can email or call in Saturday mornings from 7-9am.

DJ Playpal on Calls from the Abyss

There is a shortage of metal shows on KZSC but, fear not, there is a place for all you metalheads out there on Thursday nights. DJ Playpal describes the songs on Calls from the Abyss as “songs you can desecrate to”. Tune in Thursdays after Que te Importa! from midnight to 2am.

honey julz on GoldnTunez

Hip-hop and R&B are having a moment in today’s culture, but this isn’t the first time it has reigned supreme. honey julz plays the tracks throughout its decades as a cultural force from Ms. Lauryn Hill to Outkast. Tune into GoldnTunez, Wednesday nights from midnight to 2am.

Super E on Under the Covers

The art of the cover is a hard one to master. To appreciate another person’s art whilst making it your own requires finesse. It is an intimate act, making a part of someone else, a part of your own. Super E knows this, playing only the best Monday nights, 12-2AM.

DJ Z. on Soul Syrup

KZSC loves soul music. It has the power to strike a chord with people of all walks of life, whether it’s songs about love, heartbreak, movin’ on up, or gettin’ down. DJ Z. plays only the sweetest of soul n’ funk Friday nights from 10pm to midnight.


If you missed out on a show or want more music spun by your new favorite DJs, go to and search for kzsc or find the playlist on and click on the Schedules & Playlists tab.

J Boog Concert Review by riz aka djrsd of KZSC Santa Cruz

On Thursday, February 24, 2017, I attended the Grammy Award Nominee and Island Reggae artist J Boog’s concert for his “Washhouse Ting” Tour here at The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz. I was unable to get an interview with J Boog due to his manager and peers saying that he was not feeling well but he did not show any sickness nor illness during his outstanding performance. Attached is coverage of the Wash House Ting Tour: J Boog, Jo Mersa Marley, Jemere Morgan LIVE at The Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz, 2.24.17 – Enjoy the concert review below written by Rizal Aliga (riz aka djrsd)! 

       DJ Westafa got the crowd bumpin’ and feelin’ the island/Jamaican and dub reggae vibe when the doors opened at 8PM and was the DJ throughout the show as he had a stellar night. At approximately 9PM, Jemere Morgan and band members came on stage and there has been no better opening act than Jemere Morgan that I have seen at The Catalyst. Jemere also stated during the show that he was not feeling well either but came out to perform just for the reggae fans in attendance. Jemere Morgan got the crowd involved early during his outstanding set.

         Up next featured the Jo Mersa Marley, and yes he is related to Bob Marley, and happens to be Stephen Marley’s son. Jo Mersa Marley came out to Three Little Birds and obviously paid tribute to his grandfather, singing his world renowned songs. Jo Mersa also performed his own hit songs which the crowd really enjoyed. Before J Boog came on, Cisco of Big Body Radio collaborated with DJ Westafa and played music from the Bay Area to pump up the crowd to another level. Sounds included Tupac, E-40, Mac Dre and Too $hort. Cisco then introduced J Boog’s band which then introduced J Boog.

        J Boog’s band had a sweet introduction as J Boog came out to Nuh Wan Dat which got the crowd groovin’. J Boog had an excellent performance, playing songs like Lifetime Lover and Love Season from Hear Me Roar (2007), and my favorite Coldest Zone. He continued with Sunshine Girl from Backyard Boogie (2011), Rose Petals (2016) and his most recent work Wash House Ting (2016). (I actually tried to take the crumpled paper outline of which songs they performed but they took it lol). He ended the show with his most known song Let’s Do It Again off of his self-titled EP he released in 2011. He engaged with the crowd frequently and the crowd rousingly responded with much love to J Boog throughout his show.

        With this show being the first ever reggae show I’ve been to, it was an unforgettable night for sure. All the artists made the crowd feel the good vibes and there were no instances of violence or negative interactions in the crowd. Huge shout out to Chelsea, KZSC’s Promotion Director, J, KZSC’s New Media Director, and Earl Salindo, The Catalyst Club’s Manager & The Catalyst Club for this opportunity.

       P.S. this show inspired me even more to become a reggae DJ. Be on the lookout next quarter, I could have my first show and who knows in what genre!

Thanks to all and One love. – Riz aka djrsd 


Jazz and Blues Update and BadBadNotGood Interview

Hello Jazzy and Bluesy Folks

We hope you’ve been listening to all the wonderful jazz and blues programming we’ve had so far this program schedule. In case you missed any, below is a list of the shows on the schedule offering the best of jazz and blues.

  • Every Shade of Blue with Morganic on Mondays from 8:30-10pm
  • Two Steps from the Blues on Tuesdays with Charlie from 6-9am
  • Clam Chops on Tuesdays with Rocko from 12-2pm
  • Beats, Rhymes, & Life on Tuesdays with the Tone from 11pm-1am
  • Jazzmatazz on Wednesdays with Arya from 1pm-3pm
  • Out Front, Outback on Saturdays with Larry Blood from 10am-12pm
  • Jazz Kitty on Saturdays with BlueJay from 12-2pm

Recently Arya Poorsoltan and Eric Partika attended BadBadNotGood at the Catalyst. Below is a report of the show written by Arya:

Mosh. Mosh. Mosh. That is what went down during the BADBADNOTGOOD concert at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz last week. This was the band’s first show in a while and their first time in Santa Cruz, so we made sure to give them a warm welcoming.  They played many songs off of their latest album, IV, which was released last year and has showcased their musical talent. They played hits such as, Speaking Gently, Confessions part II, and Cashmere. Their ability to keep jazz alive while incorporating elements of hip-hop, rock, and soul is something that I really appreciate.

My friends and I were quite surprised at the intensity of the mosh pits and the mere existence of them, since this was a jazz show. We thought we would be grooving to the music and just having chill vibes. However, the mosh pits were so intense that I almost fainted, if it wasn’t for my friend who came in clutch with a water bottle. The band’s energy filled throughout the venue that encompassed their youth and enthusiasm.

After the show, Eric, me, and some friends went backstage to chill the band and eat pizza with them.  Our conversations felt like any other ones that I have had before, as we talked about daily activities such as Netflix and their lives in Canada. If they weren’t famous musicians, I would think that they were UCSC students.
Anyways, if you want to know more about their musical talents, collaborations, and their lives, check out the interview conducted by Eric and I (Arya).

Now for what you all have been waiting for…..Arya Poorsoltan and Eric Partika, two of our very own DJs, got an interview with the members of BadBadNotGood. To listen follow this link

Keep on listenin’

Richard Smith & Steve Palazzo Live on Backroads Sun Apr 10th

Steve PalazzoExtraordinary guitarists Richard Smith and Steve Palazzo will be stopping in for a live interview and performance during the KZSC folk and country show “Backroads” this coming Sunday, April 10, 2016 between noon-2pm. Catch them in concert later that day at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA at 7pm. British fingerstyle guitarist Richard has mastered a variety of musical genres, ranging from classical music, jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches, and has performed around the world. Steve is known as one of the most popular guitar instructors in the Santa Cruz, CA area, teaching fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar styles to scores of eager students of all ages. He has built guitars for the Santa Cruz Guitar Company and performed with the Homefire bluegrass band in the past, and continues to develop his mastery of other roots styles of traditional music. Tune in to “Backroads” for a lively visit with these artists.

Los Primos of Santa Cruz on Backroads Sun March 6th

Los Primos of Santa Cruz will be visiting the KZSC studios during the “Backroads” folk show on Sunday afternoon, March 6, 2016. This trio excels in the performance of traditional Mexican music, including boleros, polkas, valses, mariachi and other styles. They’ll be sharing stories and playing and singing live on the air in advance of their matinee show at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA the following week (Sunday, March 13th at 2pm). Members of the band include Ray Mendoza (guitar), Carly Bliman (vocals), and Paul Candelaria (mandolin). Tune in to “Backroads” every Sunday from noon-2pm as we introduce you to folk and acoustic country music off the beaten path.