Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Rising Tide Mission Statement

Evening, eager readers and audiophiles alike.

First of all, I'd like to introduce myself. The name's Lee, and I'm a DJ at KZSC Santa Cruz.

Here I am, doin' my DJ thing.

For a long time I had done a show called Wandering Stars that, for all intents and purposes, was essentially a vanity show. The theme was one I basically copied from a similar show done by a San Diego radio station wherein I'd play 2 hours of moody, downtempo trip-hop or electronic music (i.e. Massive Attack, Portishead, Air, etc.). However, as I got more involved in radio, it dawned on me that I wanted to do something different, and in the winter of 2010 I was given the chance to shake things up a bit.

Poster from a Local Santa Cruz show

And with that opportunity, I wanted to explore a subject that had become of great interest to me lately; the idea of emphasizing rising artists both external to Santa Cruz (i.e. your typical national rising acts) and within the city (and, while admittedly stretching it a bit, being inclusive to all Bay Area artists who could really use the exposure) AAAAAND playing some classic lo-fi music (why not?). That is why I chose to do the Rising Tide; because I feel it is within my duties and responsibilities as a college radio disk jockey to provide the listening public with the kind of media that is not just "of the moment" or novel, but absolutely essential to their lives!

The amount of rock going on here is essential to your life.

That being said, I don't want to fucking dick around. I want to expose people to new and local art and creativity that befits the weird ass nature of Santa Cruz, not your buddy's lame ass Jack Johnson-by-way-of-Sublime dubstep cover project, aite? Also, if I do invite you on the radio, have some goddamn class: No alcohol, no weed, no legitimate or illegitimate drugs, and please try not to swear at all. And don't be a dick, either. Radio's a privilege, not a right.

Michael Cera just heard that you were being a dick on the radio. The shock caused him to stop playing guitar and make three more shitty movies. Thanks a lot, tool.

If you are a Santa Cruz/Oakland/Berkeley/San Francisco/whereveraslongasit'snorthofSLO musician and would like to come down and perform/be interviewed live on the air, please drop me an email @ Leave me a myspace link or, hell, if you want to send me some actual recorded material (i.e. tangible CDs or LPs or cassette tapes) you can ask for my mailing address via email, though the minute I get signed up for some weird fetish magazine, you can kiss that kind of immediacy goodbye!

You can also read the blurb I wrote to hype my interview with Grand Lake (WHO ARE PLAYING AT THE CREPE PLACE TOMORROW NIGHT) right here, and rest assured that audio from that very live performance (which was awesome), will be up for your listening pleasure VERY VERY soon.

Upcoming performances/interviews include:

1/29 - CP WILLSEA (sc) - 1019 Records, Wolf Crystal, Palm Yard, tons of stuff as seen here.
- Generally awesome dude. Chill vibes and meaningful songs.
2/12 -
COOL BAND NOW (sc) - Out of control dudes. It's going to get heated.
2/19 - Might be breaking, might have guest
2/26 - Guest host. Will there be a guest live? Maaaaayybeeeee.

See ya'll next time.
- Leerizzle

- Picture 2: Poster by Garrett McGovern
- Picture 3: Photo by Cole Willsea, taken from here


Bort said...

lol jack johnson

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