DJ Fizzi Pop Attends SCMF 2018

Written by Sarah Woolley, a.k.a DJ Fizzi Pop

From March 10-11, 2018, Downtown Santa Cruz experienced the whirlwind that is Santa Cruz Music Festival, featuring 200+ artists of musical and visual talent. A unique part about this festival is that most of the artists featured are fellow Santa Cruzians taking over dance floors located at popular hotspots such as Motiv, the Blue Lagoon, and even San Lorenzo Park!

There were three kinds of passes you could receive for the festival: one-day passes for either Saturday or Sunday, a Local’s Pass which is 21+ and grants access to all the bars and restaurant venues where the local artists played, and a Full-Experience pass, which granted you access to the recently-added Civic Auditorium. Considering all the headliners were playing there, I spent a lot of time in that venue.

Overall, the event was fun and had many different choices of venue and music taste. It’s not what you expect of your average music festival in an open field with monstrous stage builds and camping opportunities, but the downtown feel of it all made it very urban and immersed. It was pretty cool seeing my favorite record store (Streetlight) turn into a concert where I could shop for vinyl while jamming to live music. Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage even held a free concert in San Lorenzo Park, where everyone in the city was able to attend without needing a pass!

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of getting to watch Ghostface Killah’s 45 minute solo set, which was followed by the inspiring 20-year old electronic musician, K?D. He played some of my favorite tracks from him, such as “Fourth Impact”, his infamous collaboration with Rezz.

The visual artistry and laser lights ranked up the performances by a million, considering the Civic Auditorium has a high school gym feel to it. The lightshow definitely added a more entertainingly aesthetic feel to the whole vibe of the night.

Sunday was a much more enjoyable day to explore the other aspects of the festival, giving the atmosphere bit of sun following Saturday’s all-day rain shower. The headliners that day included CharlestheFirst, another young DJ from Tahoe whose alt-psychedelia electronic tunes put most people in the crowd in a musical trance. On the lineup also included Santa Cruz local Oliver Tree, a 24 year-old rapper whose fashionable Dixie cup jumpsuit stole the show along with his Soundcloud hits such as “Alien Boy”.  


Following him was a notable choice of female DJs including French producer CloZee whose heavily-world influenced electronic vibes had a great musical flow; and Mija, a small green-haired girl with a vicious talent for mixing house, rock ‘n’ roll, trance, and other musical elements into a smashing DJ set. To close out the festival was Mr.Carmack, whose famous trap remixes got the crowd to get down as hard as they could for the last set of the night.

This year’s SCMF had blown last year’s out of the water, with better organized venues, a good highlight of local artists, and an equal mix of every genre you could imagine for young and old alike.

“Somebody’s Valentine” – A KZSC Valentine’s Day Playlist

“It’s pretty cool there’s a designated day promoting people to be overly loving toward a special someone. I mean, ideally, people would act like that every day but that’s difficult; we can only spend so much time in our daily lives trying to make others happy.

Most people aren’t that optimistic anyway, especially on Valentine’s Day. There’s a good amount of people right now feeling glum from all the love around them while they’re destined to spend the day by themselves. That’s just not right, Valentine’s Day should be catered to all dammit! Everyone should have the opportunity to receive kindness today, whether they’re in a relationship or not.

That’s why I decided to make a playlist with something for everyone. From the synth-pop tenderness of New Order to CupcakKe’s hyper-sexual rap game and the Japanese alt-rock loneliness of RADWIMPS, this Valentine’s Day everyone’s gonna feel validated.”

-Dustin Lennin Choto AKA “DJ Maladroit”

New Media Director

KZSC Presents: “Somebody’s Valentine”

Running Time: 1hr 58min

Special Thanks to the following DJs (for recommending songs for the playlist): Firey Nairi, Mu, and DJPK.

Sylvanna Falcon at KZSC, Photo by Melissa De Witte, UCSC

KZSC’s Voces Criticas/Critical Voices

KZSC is pleased to share with you this radio profile of UCSC Professor Sylvanna Falcon, host of Voces Criticas/Critical Voices. Tune in on Thursdays at 5:30 pm and catch archived programs on the show’s website or on Radio Free America.

Sylvanna Falcon profile


Highway 17 Landslides

Many students here at UCSC live either on campus or within the city of Santa Cruz. Catching the City Metro, riding a bike, or simply walking out of their dorms and straight to class is the most commuting that the average student has to do. I however am not one of those students. I live near San Jose and have to commute on Highway 17 to get to class every day. Unfortunately, over the last few days a landslide has been backing up traffic on the already normally congested roadway. This has made commuting more difficult, and in some cases, made reaching or leaving Santa Cruz close to impossible.

The landslide happened last Tuesday on the 7th. It occurred just before Scotts Valley going northbound, completely blocked the highway on that side. This forced officials to close the highway last Tuesday. By Wednesday they had diverted traffic into one of the southbound lanes and making Highway 17 a two-way street around the area of the landslide. Then a bad situation got much worse when two constructions workers were run over by a dump truck on Thursday, injuring one (Stephen Whittier, 34) and killing the other (Bobby Gill, 54). This caused construction to halt for the rest of Thursday so that the accident could be investigated by Cal-OSHA. It was not clear if the dump truck driver had his back-up warning alarms on during the accident, so no arrests or citations have been made yet.

However, to make matters worse the continued heavy rains all of last week ended up causing the hillsides to become even more unstable. As a preemptive measure Highway 17 and all the alternate routes in and out of the city were closed completely Friday. Caltrans crews, CHP officials, and personnel from the California Division of Occupational Safety monitored the landslide all day, with them deciding that the area was safe for drivers early Saturday morning. A week after the initial landslide the highway is still restricted to one lane access both directions and not much debris from the landslide has been cleared out. It is not clear when officials will be finished.

This is not the first obstruction to befall Highway 17 this year. On January 9th, a landslide knocked down a telephone pole into the two northbound lanes, shutting off access going northbound. Later, on January 27th a bank robbery in Los Gatos ended up closing the highway as police searched for the suspects from 11AM all the way into the night. With rain forecasted to return on Thursday we can only hope that this won’t cause more landslides to happen. Otherwise commuting to school will become less of a drive and more like some kind of crusade against nature.

You can visit the United States Geological Survey website for more information about landslide preparedness. Stay safe out there!

This blog post was written by KZSC volunteer Thea Miller.

Activism in Santa Cruz County

The Artists on Art show for January 18th, 2017, featured spiritual activist and author, Ami Chen, community activist Miriam Stombler and Didje Koffa to talk about the protests happening in Santa Cruz County in response to the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.

On inauguration night, the eve before the Women’s March, we are having a peaceful gathering to affirm our core values as friends, family, neighbors, and community. Come and hear inspirational speakers, light a candle (or bring a flashlight), and sing songs of solidarity.

This is a family and kid-friendly event. Bring an umbrella and dress warm! We stand together – rain or shine!

Our program begins at 5:30pm with Candlelighting, candles will be provided, but feel free to bring a flashlight (weather may not be conducive for candles!)

Our moderator is Lani Bandhauer who will welcome speakers: Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold, Brenda Griffin of the NAACP and activist, educator, and author Bettina Aptheker. Music and Poetry will be provided by Djide Koffa and Simone Cox.

This event is sponsored by Women United California. #unitetoignite


 To hear our interview in its entirety please click on the play button below.

Wiki Wiki Wednesday, Grateful for Artful Waves of Generosity


Visiting Doug Haut’s Shop, where they shape ’em in the back & sell ’em in the front.

Hi, Your DJ Lani B., here with a super surprise. If you tune in early on a Wednesday morning, Wiki Wiki Wednesday plays music from Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands. These are the Islands, and these the Islanders, who were were the originators of the Surf culture in the Pacific.


The gift, art board, ‘Alani, J.D., Lani & Fletch at KZSC

Santa Cruz has a long history of connection with Hawai’i, from the 1885 visit by the three Hawaiian princes who were attending military school in California, who surfed the San Lorenzo Rivermouth, to Duke Kahanamoku, among many others.  Santa Cruz holds a unique place in the popularization of surfing on the West Coast of the American Mainland.

The Santa Cruz and Hawai’i surf connection was solidified again, recently. Fletch and JD, of the Santa Cruz Board Builders Guild and Jeffery Devine Rockets, who work out of Doug Haut’s surf shop on the Westside of Santa Cruz, conspired with Wiki Wiki Wednesday music program founder MB for a tremendous surprise.

This gift, the original art surf board,  ‘Alani” with the graceful image by Danvers, was an absolute surprise. I’m so grateful for the gesture and goodwill for the music we love to share.

Mahalo nui loa, gentlemen of the Santa Cruz Board Builders Guild! Thank you very much for this beautiful gift of your hands and skill.