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JAUZ @ The Catalyst 11/7/18 Show Review by Josh aka DJ iEHOA

Sam Vogel better known as JAUZ brings his shark squad to invade the waters of Santa Cruz on November 17 at The Catalyst. Based in the Bay Area, Jauz produces tracks across many genres such as future bass, dubstep, and his main genre bass house. Most people would recognize him for his song “Feel The Volume”. He has also collaborated on many tracks with superstar DJ’s Skrillex, Marshmello, Tiesto, DJ Snake and Diplo.

After many years of producing hit dance singles Jauz in November of 2017 he announced that he would become the CEO of his own record label Bite This and in August of 2018 would release his first studio album “The Wise and the Wicked”. Shortly after the release of his album he goes on his first Bite This tour which showcases Holy Goof and Skepsis (who did not play in Santa Cruz) two of many artist signed onto the label.

We open the show up with Connor Bvrns an upcoming DJ from LA who has just recently opened up for Diplo. His set slowly but surely set the mood for the night from playing many tracks across genres from trap to moombahton. One song that really stuck out to me from his set is hearing “Love Again” by Slander which immediately gave me a nostalgic vibe as I haven’t heard the song live since 2016.

Right after his set Holy Goof takes the stage. From the UK, Holy Goof was my most anticipated set for as I was very excited to hear the sounds of the UK come to the US. Holy Goof did not hold back at all unleashing UK Bass House tracks that amazed the crowd.

Unfortunately, during this set, I had experienced a recurring issue that I have had at The Catalyst which involves the crowd’s lack of spatial awareness in the middle. I quickly avoided this mess by moving towards the left side of the venue which had more space to dance without having to miss out on most of the light show.

While Holy Goof’s set was full of energy, Jauz quickly stole the show as soon as he came on. All throughout his 1 and ½ hour set, he did a good job in blending many different styles of music from Dubstep to House. Playing many tracks from his album, “The Wise and The Wicked” I felt complete when I got to hear my favorite track from the album, “Acid or Techno”.

 

In all, I would give this show a 7/9 ★★★★★★★☆☆ on my scale.

 

The show overall was great! While I still had to deal with people’s lack of spatial awareness, the energy was high and it never went down at all throughout the night. Great mixing from all the supporting DJ’s and a great set from Jauz.

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Ekali @ The Catalyst 10/14/18 Show Review by Josh aka DJ iEHOA

Nathan Shaw better known as Ekali took over the Catalyst on October 14. Ekali is a producer from Vancouver, Canada. He has produced tracks in various genres such as house, trap and future bass. Ekali has also collaborated with different artists such as Drake, Denzel Curry, and ZHU.

 

Ekali visits Santa Cruz on his tour to support his EP “Crystal Eyes” released last month.

The show first opened up with a DJ named Fishy who kept the vibe and crowd really mellow. After Fishy we are treated with a young producer at the age of 16 that goes by Jaron. Jaron set was full of energy with the crowd feeling the future bass within. Being able to go on tour at the age of 16 must of felt like a dream for him and everyone there was able to live it with him. One of the most memorable songs from him that night is his remix of San Holo’s, “lift me from the ground”. After Jaron, we have 1788-L which has only been around for less than a year. Even though he has not been around for long, he has already been taking over the world most recently in signing under the Deadbeats label by Zeds Dead. He brought the heat with his music, but for me, this was a low point for the show. As the crowd started to grow many of the individuals in the crowd started to not respect the space of those around them. I was struggling to deal with unnecessary pushing and shoving by people either not caring about the space around them or wanting to go to a spot which did not have any space.

When 1788-L was over the crowd had a few minutes to rest up which helped calmed the crowd down. This is where we finally get to welcome Ekali to the stage which started off with a bang. The heavy bass of dubstep took over the crowd for the first 15 minutes until he started to go back to the trap sounds that he is known for. He played many mashups of artists such as Post Malone and Sheck Wes. He played my favorite mashup as of recent SICKOMODE/HEX.

While he was able to put on a good show with his trap sound one huge let down for me was the fact that he did not play his most popular song “Forever” on his EP. Many fans who were also at that show seemed to feel the same way as I did as we voiced our disappointment at the end of the show.

Overall I give this show a 6/9★★★★★★✩✩✩ on my scale.

Even though the music was great throughout the night, the struggle of trying to tolerate the crowd and him not playing “Forever” is something I will not forgive.

You can check out Ekali’s EP here.

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Caleborate Interview & Concert Review

Wassup radio family,

Last week I caught up with Berkeley rapper, Caleborate for a hefty interview before his headlining show in the Atrium. Rizal Aliga aka Mr. Hella Hyphy himself was also in attendance and wrote a solid concert review which is also below. Peep it!

-Elbo

SHOW REVIEW

The Bay Area’s hip-hop scene has seen a spike in national attention lately due to the upcoming of artists like Kehlani, Noodles, The HBK Gang, Kamaiyah, and now twenty-three year old Berkeley rapper, Caleborate. His first headlining tour, The 1993 Tour, covers a majority of the west coast,  displaying his growth as a performer. Prior to their stop at the Social Hall in San Francisco, the TBKTR squad made a quick pit stop at The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz, where I caught them. Last time Caleborate was at The Catalyst was earlier this summer when he opened up for P-Lo’s Before Anything Tour. Prior to attending this show, I anticipated a virtualized environment with high energy and enthusiasm. Jordan Garrett, Nick James, Beejus, and Caleborate’s brother, Cash Campain — who happens to be an R&B singer. Each opened up the night with smooth performances. When Caleborate finally made his way to the stage; he did not disappoint. DJ OG Kel, DJ Adrian Per and guitarist J Hawk were on stage with him. He began his set with “Mind Piece,” then showcased his dance moves during “El Bandito,” (my favorite song from his Hella Good album) and heart felt song “Good Great” (another personal favorite). Caleborate’s energy was in the air, especially as he interacted with his audience, talking to everyone between songs and feeling out our energy himelf. He ended the night by jumping into the crowd while performing “$aggin’ Par.” It’s no question that TBKTR & Caleborate are here to spread positive vibes, inspire others, and most importantly, just to have a great time. The addition of guitarist Jay Hawk and his skillful solos or a mannequin challenge filmed by house DJ Adrian Per, Caleborate, wants you to enjoy yourself and listen to his project that he spent so much time on. The 1993 tour spread love and positive vibes and his performance was a night of excellence. Keep your eyes and ears open for young and talented Bay Area artist Caleborate because he could be headlining or performing in bigger venues the next time you see him. – Rizal Aliga

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Hear The Zombies interviewed on KZSC

On September 7th, Carol from KZSC’s Test of Time and Keith from Moon Majoon spoke with 1960s pop legends, The Zombies. It was hours before their show at The Catalyst with Bruce Sudano opening that they visited our studios. The Zombies regularly get named, alongside The Beatles and The Beach Boys, as the having the best songs and vocal harmonies of the 1960s. In the interview they speak about how those other two bands’ studio innovations directly benefitted the recording of The Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle.

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, who together represent more than 100 years of professional musicianship, also share the story of the founding and dissolution of the Zombies and traced some of the impact that British jazz and choral music had on their songwriting and performing. We also learned what it was like to work with the infamously tyrannical director Otto Preminger, and how the Zombies stood up to him.

Upcoming Shows @ The Catalyst + Ticket Giveaways

Oh. My. God. Becky, look at this summer lineup at the Catalyst. Stay tuned next week for a chance to win tickets to Sir Mix-A-Lot, Opio, Shwayze, and more!

Here are the upcoming shows for the month of July:
7/10 – Through The Roots / Miss Lonely Hearts (Atrium)

7/11 – Bleeding Through

7/12 – Sin Sisters Burlesque

7/13 – Fountain of Bile

7/16 – Craft Spells

7/17  – The Native Sibling

7/18 – Wolves in the Throne Room / Sir Mix-A-Lot (Atrium)

7/19 – Shwayze / The Polyphonic Spree (Atrium)

7/20 – Opio / Free The Robots

7/ 22 – Sapient

7/23 – Rittz / Vultures At Arms Reach (Atrium)

7/24 – Jason Cruz & Howl

7/25 – Taj He Spit

7/26 – The Hold up / Stellar Corpses (Atrium)

7/27 – Castle

7/28 – Kevin Gates

7/31 – Xiu Xiu

 

Loud Rock Concerts in November

Raise your Satan Horns, because IT’S TIME TO ROCK! There is a Thanksgiving bounty of ridiculously good shows lined up in November, including one in Santa Cruz!

Thee Parkside in San Francisco on November 7th: Doors @ 9:00pm – Scale the Summit, The Reign of Kindo, Jolly

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Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on November 14th: Doors @ 8:00pm – 65daysofstatic, Caspian, The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die

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The Catalyst in Santa Cruz on November 21st: Doors @ 6:00pm – Veil of Maya, STRUC/TURES, Northlane, Vildhjarta, Here Comes the Kraken