DJ Fizzi Pop Attends LIB!

BY: DJ Fizzi Pop The sun was setting, the floats were floating, and the musical vibrations from the loud stages were pumping through our bodies. Not a single face in sight had a frown on their face, and pure bliss was in the air. This is my experience of Lighting in a Bottle 2018. Being […]

A ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ Retrospective

Listener’s discretion is advised. Recently I was having coffee with an old friend. I was drinking my third cup for the day. He was surprised at my caffeine intake. I hadn’t even realized anything was off about my habit. I wondered where all that energy was going. I think I’ve figured it out. In celebration […]

Surfing radio waves

Congrats to KZSC listener Phillip from Vallejo! Phillip was surfing the radio waves and heard about the opportunity to own an awesome surf board and support student-run community radio and dropped in for an epic ride.

KZSC is grateful to the Santa Cruz Boardbuilders Guild on the Westside of Santa Cruz for supporting locally-grown radio. Phillip’s new 9’2″ long board was hand-shaped  by Jefferey Devine and glassed by the talented and dedicated craftsmen of the Guild. We’re proud to have inspired this brilliant yellow board with black rails, sporting the KZSC logo—hand-crafted by surfers in Santa Cruz, California!

Hey, did you see the surfboard they made for KZSC’s Wiki Wiki Wednesday? What a work of art!

NIKI’s Debut Project ZEPHYR Review by DJ iEHOA

NIKI has just recently entered the music scene, a 19-year-old R&B artist from Indonesia. I first discovered her with her singles, “See U Never” and “I LIKE YOU”. In 2018 she has finally released her debut project ZEPHYR under 88rising, which included 8 tracks mostly written and produced by NIKI herself. The 8 tracks have been […]

A Wave of Black Snow

“Black Snow” is the lead single from Oneohtrix Point Never’s (Electronic experimentalist Daniel Lopatin’s most famous moniker) new LP. Lopatin is known for the electronic soundscapes in creates on his records. His previous record Garden of Delete, had an album cover reminiscent of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, but its ties to analogue music ended there. […]

YBN Nahmir Concert Review 5.20.18 by DJ N$TY K & DJ LODÄNI

On May 20th, 2018, 18-year-old rappers, YBN Nahmir and YBN Almighty Jay from the YBN crew performed at the Catalyst in Downtown Santa Cruz. The performers showed out to a hyped up audience who had been anxiously awaiting the two acts. Headliner YBN Nahmir gained recognition and huge popularity after his track, “Rubbin Off The […]

JMSN Concert Review @ The Atrium 5.19.18 By DJ N$TY K & DJ LODÄNI

On May 19th, 2018 American alternative R&B and soul singer-songwriter and producer, JMSN, along with his drummer and bassist, appeared onstage at the Atrium in the Catalyst in Downtown Santa Cruz. Opening up to a smaller audience, the crowd was able to truly embrace the intimacy that JMSN and his band showcased; his soulful and […]

Hoodboi’s Breathing Room EP Review by Josh AKA DJ iEHOA

Roger Schami better known as Hoodboi is a producer and DJ based in LA. He has been working since he broke out in 2014 gaining popularity with his club/jersey twist on many hits of the 90s. He has toured and collaborated with many amazing artists such as Dillon Francis, Lido, and Alison Wonderland. In 2015 […]

Concert Review: Descendents at the UC Theater

Written by: Sierra Grindstaff On their 2018 Tourage, the Descendents proved that after nearly 40 years of touring they still know how to put on a killer show. Opening up for the Descendents at the UC Theater in downtown Berkeley, Radkey, a three piece band from St. Louis, Missouri, brought the energy and guitar solos. […]

Joey Bada$$ Concert Review 5/9/18

On May 9th, 2018, DJs RIZ AKA RSD / DJ DSPLN / DJ AWKCUARD / DJ FIZZI POP / DJ N$TY K attended the sold out Joey Bada$$ show at The Catalyst in Downtown Santa Cruz. Each DJ gives their perspective of the show below. Check it out! DJ AWKCUARD: I made my way to […]

Lido & J’von’s New Spacesuit EP Review by Josh AKA DJ iEHOA

After his final tour as Trippy Turtle, moving away from his high-tempo/high-energy jersey club music, Peder Losnegård has shifted his music focus to his other stage name Lido. As Lido, his music is more focused on Hip-Hop and R&B with an electronic twist. Lido has been around for quite some time now, one of his […]

Concert Review: Ghastly at the Catalyst (4/20/18)

Review by: Killian Fay Ghastly played at the Catalyst last Friday, the 20th of April. The show can be aptly described as intense. I got there in time to see one of the openers who performed before Ghastly, who was called Riot Ten. Every song in his set was heavy dubstep, all sounding suspiciously similar, […]

The Green Hill Zone — I mean The Garden

If you like Shadow the Hedgehog and getting wild to sleazy electro-punk music, do I have the album for you. The Garden is the name under which twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears dress up as jesters and sleaze around in sleepy southern Californian towns (see their music videos linked below). Their new album Mirror […]

Concert Review: Buku at the Catalyst (4/6/18)

Review by: Killian Fay Electronic music producer and DJ Buku performed in the Catalyst Atrium earlier this month, on Friday April 6th. Originally slated to play in March, he got sick and was unable to perform, so apologized to fans and rescheduled. The Catalyst Atrium, for me, is a more enjoyable concert experience than the […]

LOCKSMITH Concert Review by Phaust aka Tim Hoffman 4.25.18

On April 25th, 2018, underground legend Hip Hop legend Locksmith walks onstage at The Catalyst, Atrium, in Downtown Santa Cruz before an excited audience. Locksmith gripped the audience and delivered an outstanding performance that was exciting and unexpected, it served as an amazing display of his talent as a lyricist as he spits his verses […]

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 […]

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 Hari remembers Carl Kasell

I remember the car rides to my grandmother’s house every Sunday. At 11 am, my father would always turn the radio on, turning the dial until it reached 89.3, KPCC, one of the NPR affiliates in Los Angeles. A low baritone voice would always blare over old-fashioned radio news jingles. “From NPR, and WBEZ in […]

Johnny Maxwell INTERVIEW w/ RIZ AKA RSD 4.17.18

Johnny Maxwell stops by 88.1FM KZSC Santa Cruz College Radio for an exclusive interview with DJ RIZ AKA RSD on 4.17.18. In this interview, the two talk about: his debut EP, X Factor, National Television, remixes, secrets behind his name, Show & Prove, connecting with Rexx Life, DMP Fest, and artists he’s willing to work […]

ALLBLACK INTERVIEW w/ RIZ AKA RSD 4.13.18

RIZ AKA RSD connects with ALLBLACK with a quick interview after he opened up for SOB X RBE at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA. In this segment, they conversate about where he resides, community service, the meaning behind his name, his septum piercing, recent collaborations with two rap groups & what he’s dropping next! […]