TRUTHLIVE | THE INTERVIEW

State your stage name and profession for the record.

My stage name is Truthlive and I do a handful of things professionally, but for this interview it’s probably most relevant I’m a DJ.

How long have you been DJing? Do you remember your first DJ gig?

I first started as a self taught DJ when I turned 13. I took a long hiatus from DJ’ing to fully immerse myself in creating and releasing original music. I’ve come full circle as my current primary focus is once again DJ’ing. I’ve mos def come a long way considering my first gig was during my Freshman year in High School for a birthday party.

What’s your favorite DJ era in the Bay Area and why?

My favorite era in the Bay Area DJ scene is now. I think it’s an incredibly exciting time when tremendously creative and talented people are constantly given new tools and technological improvements to open up the possibilities and push the boundaries of what it means to “DJ.” Social media allows creatives to easily share their ideas and contributions. It feels very communal and cooperative, with a healthy sense of collaborative competition. It’s like people keep building on top of each other’s most recent breakthroughs to improve the baseline standards of the craft. The overall talent pool in the Bay is unrivaled in my opinion, in terms of both technical skills and diversity of taste. I’m frequently blown away by the things people come up with and share.

You’re on stage in front of all your heroes and you gotta rock a 10 minute set to prove your worthiness. What songs do you choose?

Wow. Fuck. 10 minutes on stage in front of my heroes to prove my worthiness, what do I play? It would depend on the nature of the event, so I can’t really say what songs considering I’m not a genre or sub-scene specific DJ. But I do know I’d go for some of the unexpected, semi-forgotten, underplayed feel good gems. Not too abstract or self indulgent, but the real shit that moves the casual crowd as well as the people emotionally invested in the music. My gut says James Brown, Depeche Mode, Outkast, Kendrick, Wuki, Little Dragon, Dilla, SpydaTek, Tom Budin, Prince, and a Baysik Moombah edit are clamoring to be blended together from left field.

Rebel Pop Radio has has become a bit of an institution here in the Bay. Talk about the history and influence y’all have had and what it means to be a part of such an important outlet in the Bay Area DJ scene.

That’s quite a compliment to call our radio show (Rebel Pop Radio) an institution. It’s sincerely an honor to be able to curate, produce, and ultimately invite such amazing people to contribute to the show. We air on Saturday nights on WiLD 94.9 locally and iHeartRadio globally.

We, my partner Cutso and I, have been at it for over 2+ years now. It’s been semi-surreal to go from my original pitch to a very controlled and corporate entity, to being so well received today. The concept is to embody DJ culture, club culture, break new music, and refresh classics. Which really means cover all ground, hopefully in an interesting, fun way. Vibe, not genre. It’s truly a HELLA open format interpretation of guiding Top 40/Pop familiarity along with lots of remixes and curveballs outside of the safe zone. The weekly guests and resident DJ’s we’ve had are so dynamic, it really makes the show unique week-to-week, yet easily digestible at the same time. It’s a privilege our bosses at the radio station allow us to step outside the general confines of traditional programming, as long as we hold it down with good selections/mixes. It’s been incredible how well it’s gone thus far and how it opens doors at major venues to provide similarly dynamic programming co-branded under the Rebel Pop banner.

To me, community is everything. Rebel Pop allows a space and forum to commercially appreciate and better expose the range of talents and music for Bay DJ culture, and DJ culture at large, on a mega iconic platform. Let the brightly talented lights of others shine. It’s a blessing to do it.


“To me, community is everything. Rebel Pop allows a space and forum to commercially appreciate and better expose the range of talents and music for Bay DJ culture, and DJ culture at large, on a mega iconic platform. Let the brightly talented lights of others shine. It’s a blessing to do it.”


Favorite burrito joint?

Shit, I know it’s cliche and often alcohol induced, but I love El Faralito burritos. There’s so many good choices, probably “better” places for the snob types or long time true SF born and raised in the city natives, but I’m partial to El Faralito… for burritos specifically.

Curry or Kobe?

Ha! Trolling me. Steph or Kobe? Of course Steph! I mean, Kobe’s career was amazing. He’s easily one of the most talented players of all-time with an unrivaled will power and determination. He’s probably the second best Two Guard/Shooting Guard of all-time. But where most saw 60 points in his farewell game, I saw 50 shot attempts!! Who in the fuck does that?! Even in that context. Disgusting and shameful to the game in my opinion. The guy liked scoring, more than winning, otherwise he probably gets 7, 8, 9 rings, not 5. And I’m not knocking the 5– huge achievement, but I really feel Kobe actually underachieved in terms of potential and legacy by being such a selfish decision maker and bad teammate. He’s the greatest ball hog of all-time, in the ultimate team sport. Fuckery.

Steph on the other hand, is the consummate “team first” guy and without question is the greatest shooter, ever. Catch and shoot, self created off the dribble, range, around the basket, mid-range floaters, free throws, both hands, after contact, etc. He’s unreal. And it’s all technique and self made development. He’s not bigger, stronger, faster, born physically superior like most of the other greats. That shit is work and living inspiration. And Dubs up, Beat LA, off top, automatic, duh.

What’s one of your favorite places to go unplug and unwind on the West Coast?

I don’t do it often enough, but I love to go to Bodega Head to unwind. It recharges me. I like it windy, sorta overcast, and less populated. It’s beautiful. I’m also a semi high maintenance fancy hotel staycation room service and do nothing type. I love hotels. Sleep, eat, lay around, fuck (hopefully), watch movies, shut off the outside world for a bit.

What’s a current favorite album you’re listening to that you think you’ll still be listening to 10 years from now and why?

Again, maybe cliche, but hella real– DAMN. I’m 1,000% certain I’ll still be listening in 10 years. I initially lightweight hated on Kendrick when Section 80 dropped. I like bold opinions, but don’t do for blog buzz from internet critics or sensationalized hyperbole. Once I truly took it all in though?! Game over. He’s the truth. DAMN is such important art to me. To be able to mass appeal in the moment, but not dick ride a sound, still take risks, and be authentic to yourself while making relevant insightful commentary, is special. He’s on the GOAT trajectory in my opinion. It’s like NWA, Outkast, Nas, Eminem, Public Enemy, Freestyle Fellowship/CA underground shit, and lots of Southern bass/boom got blended up in a mixer of creation. Dude is the voice of the generation. Dare I call him the 21st century Pac with much better technical skills? Yep. I’m sayin it.

Drop some shout outs and where folks can find you on social media.

Yo, you can find me @truthlive universally across social platforms and @rebelpopradio as well.

www.instagram.com/truthlive

Ant-One | The Interview

State your stage name and profession for the record.

DJ ANT-ONE. DJ/Producer. Representing the Ri$ky Bizne$$ crew, Krazy Kids Radio and the San Francisco Bay Area.

How long have you been DJing? Do you remember your first DJ gig?

Wow! I just thought bout it… 20 years. Holy! Wtf! That is a very long time. Geez… I started DJing in the Summer of 97. I can’t really recall my first gig, but I do remember when ANT-ONE was created though. I think it was like 1999 or 2000 and I entered my first Zebra battle in Lower Haight. I didn’t know what name to enter as and my friends who I was with at the time told me to “just add a “1” to the end of your name. Fuck it. Hella DJ do it.” So I wrote “ANTONE” on the sign up sheet and I remember talking to myself like “Fuck. It sounds like “Ant TONE” wtf”. I always wanted to change my dj name too, but never got to it. It just kind of stuck. What a shame. But I guess at the same time, my DJ name has some sort of significance attached to it today. Like I guess you can tell from a name like that, I probably came from the 90s. Like DJ names in this era has totally went away from that aesthetic with names like I dunno “DJ Email InBox” or “DJ Ice Coffee” or something like that.

My first club gig tho was “Sno-Drift” when I was 17, which is now some kind of UCSF building on 3rd and Mariposa, 2 blocks away from the future home of the Warriors.

What’s your favorite DJ era in the Bay Area and why?

1997, 1998, 1999. Those years left a deep impression on me, plus Bay Area DJs were just f*cking straight killing it worldwide at the time. In my opinion, it was a DJ Mecca during those years. My Mentors were the “Supernatural Turntable Artists” and in those years, they went in hard! Seeing them battle in DMC, ITF and Vestax was a major influence to me. Like they battled and knew the other legendary DJs I also looked up to like Craze, A-trak, Babu, etc. Sh*t. I can talk about just ‘STA’ shit for days, but we can save that for a different story. I guess one last thing to add was that era was all about buying DJ VHS tapes. I would cop those at Ultra Soundz in San Bruno and Ameoba in Frisco. Probably the best DJ VHS tape ever assembled was the “ISP vs X-men” tape, where you saw the X-Men of New York rock some memorable routines and then see ISP do their legendary team routine “clamz of death”. And remember, it was very ‘East Coast vs. West Coast’ times and to see some West Coast cats killing it in New York, getting hella crowd love in hostile territory…I mean what Bay Area Filipino Hip Hop Kid would not get influenced by that? Plus “Turntable TV” tapes started coming out during those years too, which featured a lot of the turntablist culture worldwide. And again, that sh*t is hella bay and again, holy sh*t, that was 20 years ago. Yikes!

You’re on stage in front of all your DJ heroes and you gotta rock a 10 minute set to prove your worthiness. What songs do you choose?

Interesting question. I don’t think I would go for specific songs to impress them. I think the respect I get from OGs is that I know what’s up, like on some “to break the rules, you gotta know the rules” type of sh*t. Like I know what I like personally in music, which is probably some f*cked up rap, classic soul, funk, rock, psychedelic, indie, etc. etc. But I’m from the school of “knowing your crowd” and being risky by breaking records. I feel that is what my style is all about when playing out anyways. So like I’d probably play some new sh*t I’m into, have that glued together with choice classics to uphold their trust and since they are my heroes, I would have to flex on some tricks, be clean and make sure the cuts are on point.

Krazy Kids Radio has undoubtedly become an institution. Talk about the history and influence y’all have had and what it means to be a part of such an important collective in Bay Area DJ history.

Damn! Institution! How flattering! Thanks man!… Krazy Kids Radio has just turned 10 years old! It was birthed from YouthRadio in Oakland, a non profit teaching kids production, media, journalism and more. Ben Frost, the music director of YouthRadio, offered my crew mate, Ruby Red I, an opportunity to do a online radio show from their facility and I guess the rest is history. I do have radio influences but they come from more of the sports radio side. I love Jon Miller of the Giants and Ray Woodson of KNBR. I think those guys are all about being clear, concise, funny, empathetic and the ability to paint a picture through their voice. But a direct influence on how we do our show? I would say no. Like I don’t think there was blueprint in doing a hip hop dj centric podcast. I felt we kind of just winged it all the way up to this point. The obvious magic of the show is that we do themed mixes and to me, Krazy Kids Radio was my outlet to show my range, an outlet to play the music I typically can’t play out at some kind of club or party. And thinking of creative themes all the time is a challenge which is most likely why I’ve stuck it out for so long. I love our audience and the challenge. Not too sure about taking the ‘important collective in Bay Area DJ history’ label just yet. I feel we still have more work to do. At the end of the day, this crew are my friends. I grew up with these folks and experienced so much with. Just being apart of those friendships outside of this is something that means a lot to me.


“At the end of the day, this crew are my friends. I grew up with these folks and experienced so much with. Just being apart of those friendships outside of this is something that means a lot to me.”


Favorite burrito joint?

As of right now, Bayshore Taqueria since I have been going there a lot as of late.

Curry or Kobe?

Curry.

What’s one of your favorite places to go unplug and unwind on the West Coast?

Vancouver.

What’s a current favorite album you’re listening to that you think you’ll still be listening to 10 years from now and why?

I like this new Tyler that came out a month ago. It’s smooth, jazzy and soulful. That sh*t never gets played to me. I’d probably bump 10 years from now.

Drop some shout outs and where folks can find you on social media.

Shout out to the RI$KY BIZNE$$ CREW, KRAZY KIDS RADIO, mi familia, The Native American Spiritual Wellness Center, Handsome Oxford, Hookt Donuts, Tokyo and TRUE!!!

twitter/soundcloud: @antrbc
ig: @antuno
snapchat: @antonio-uno

Vinroc | The Interview

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State your stage name and profession for the record.

DJ Vinroc,  Soundwave Communication Specialist

How long have you been DJing? Do you remember your first DJ gig?

It will be 30 years next year. I did a classmates 6th grade party with one strobe light, one turntable and a crate of records. Of course the promoter/mom stiffed me.

What’s your favorite DJ era in the Bay Area and why?

Right now is amazing. So much talent and the technology is enabling some brilliant music. I mean live remixing and sequencing has diversified talented artists and DJs to do amazing things. We had to do that manually before with just 2 tracks (left turntable/right turntable). Archaic now that I think about it.

You’re on stage in front of all your heroes and you gotta rock a 5 minute all vinyl set to prove your worthiness. What records do you choose?

My heroes would not be impressed by me no matter what records I played. But they’d likely take some shots with me at the bar because of my warm personality.

The Triple Threat DJs have undoubtedly become an institution. Talk about the history and influence y’all have had and what it means to be a part of such an important collective in Bay Area DJ history.

I’m told we’ve had an Influence but I have never really felt personally that I was a major influence. Perhaps the idea of balance between keeping the crowd moving and hard-core turntablism was something that was inevitably going to have to evolve. I don’t know if I can take credit for that as there were other groups out there doing that in their own ways. I do know I’m blessed to have some really talented peers who thought I had what it took to build an idea, a philosophy with them.

Favorite burrito joint?

Papalote of course.

Curry or Kobe?

I prefer Tikka Masala and I don’t eat beef.

What’s one of your favorite places to go unplug and unwind on the West Coast?

Monterey /Carmel area is amazing. I might head to Santa Barbara soon as I’ve only been through there DJing in the past. Time to be a tourista.


“Right now is amazing. So much talent and the technology is enabling some brilliant music.”


What’s a current favorite album you’re listening to now that you think you’ll still be listening to 10 years from now?

It’s a singles based industry just like it was in the 50s. There is rarely a classic album you can listen through now. And since playlists are so brilliantly easy to make now I imagine the future would have me listening to music in that format. So I imagine I’d pull up a playlist from a certain time to remind me of that time a decade ago. Even now I have a playlist I know I built in 2006 of some fave tunes.

Drop some shout outs and where folks can find you on social media.

SoundCloud/thatsthatlabel
SoundCloud/vinroc

Shortkut | The Interview

Shortkut perform during Night 1 of Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Championships 2013 at the Adelaide Music Hall in Toronto, Canada on the 5th of November, 2013.

State your stage name and profession for the record.

Shortkut

Wax Juggler and selector for Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Beat Junkie Sound, Triple Threat DJs.


How long have you been DJing? Do you remember your first DJ gig?

Djing for 29 years. First gig was in a garage party in Daly City.

What’s your favorite DJ era in the Bay Area and why?

The late 80s. At a young age, mobile DJ crews were like rockstars to me. And the era of the mobile sound system in the Bay Area was different than any other scene I’ve experienced or heard of.

You’re on stage in front of all your heroes and you gotta rock a 5 minute all vinyl set to prove your worthiness. What records do you choose?

Everything in my crate of 45s.

The Invisibl Skratch Piklz have undoubtedly become an institution. Talk about the history and influence y’all have had and what it means to be a part of such an important crew in Bay Area DJ history.

Still trips me out how far we’ve gone and how I’m part of that crew. Been a fan of Dee, Q, Mike, Apollo and for them to put me down was an honor. From the days of the late 90s when those Turntable TV videos came out, it was us just messing around…didn’t think it would reach the world the way it did. Glad it spread what we did to the masses.

Favorite burrito joint?

Papalote no doubt, but my first love is La Cumbre.


“From the days of the late 90s when those Turntable TV videos came out, it was us just messing around…didn’t think it would reach the world the way it did.”


Curry or Kobe?

Kobe Beef is superior to a Curry beef dish.

What’s one of your favorite places to go unplug and unwind in the world?

Maui

What’s a current favorite album you’re listening to now that you think you’ll still be listening to 10 years from now?

99.9% – Kaytranada


www.djshortkut.com

instagram.com/shortkut

www.facebook.com/shortkut

CUTSO | THE INTERVIEW

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State your stage name and profession for the record.

Cutso.

Professional vibe purveyor, producer, remixer, host and mixer on Rebel Pop Radio on Wild 94.9, tour DJ for Lyrics Born, upscale sparkling water enthusiast.

How long have you been DJing? Do you remember your first DJ gig?

I first got serious around 93-94. Didn’t play my first gig until 96. It was a house party in Eastside San Jose. Unfortunately, my big DJ debut was cut short when a fight erupted. Dude got stabbed as the fight moved outside. Fortunately, he was OK. That’s when my friends started calling me Cutso. Just kidding. That’s not how I got my name. But dude really did get stabbed though.

What’s your favorite DJ era in the Bay Area and why?

From 1993-1999. I was taking more of an interest in DJing at that time, and meeting everyone that shared the same passion for it. We were earning stripes rolling with mobile crews, making 4-track mixes (or two dual tape decks if you were broke, but crafty), mixing with three decks and learning about scratching and beat juggling. That all evolved into battling and turntablism, as we know it. And of course, that’s also what motivated us to buy our first samplers and drum machines and start incorporating production. There was so much progress and innovation in the art form of DJing/turntablism in just that six year spread alone! And at that time, we were dreaming up what the near future had in store for music technology. We were the last of the analog children and the first of the digital children. Crazy times.


“There was so much progress and innovation in the art form of DJing/turntablism in just that six year spread alone!”


You’re on stage in front of all your heroes and you gotta rock a 5 minute all vinyl set to prove your worthiness.

What records do you choose?

Tom Tom Club “Wordy Rappinghood”
Freestyle “Don’t Stop The Rock”
ESG “Dance”
Bucketheads “The Bomb”
Steely Dan “Peg”
Prince “Let’s Work”
Show Boys “Drag Rap (Triggerman)”
Masta Ace “Born To Roll”
UGK & Outkast “Int’l Players Anthem”
Too Short “Freaky Tales”

Rebel Pop Radio has become a bit of an institution. Talk about the history and influence it has had and what it means to be a part of such an important outlet for DJ creativity in this day and age.

Growing up on Bay Area radio, we always had the cleanest DJs. Bay Area radio has always championed DJ skills and choice selection. With Rebel Pop Radio, TRUTHLiVE and I are trying to keep that tradition alive by putting on some of the world’s baddest club DJs, established and up-and-coming alike, and focusing on choice selection and skills. It’s our way of contributing to the evolution of the art. Providing a forum on a commercial dance radio station to catch wreck and show the world that real DJs still exist.

Favorite burrito joint?

Lorena’s in San Jose, Papalote in SF.

Curry or Kobe?

As far as beef goes, I prefer Kobe over Curry. I’ve always enjoyed curry more with chicken. It holds the flavor much better than beef. But really doe, Curry ’cause Dubs for life. But there’s no denying the beast that Kobe was.

Drop some shout outs and where folks can find you on social media.

Shout outs to my crew, The Bangerz, TRUTHLiVE and my Rebel Pop Radio/Wild 94.9 fam, the homie Lyrics Born, the Bello family, all my friends inside and outside of my professional life. To you, Platurn, for giving two shits about a young player like myself. To anyone that decided to click, repost or even read the first couple of lines of this interview, thanks for your time. And to the whole entire Bay Area. Couldn’t quit you if I tried. Unless you force me out like you’re doing to all of my friends.

Goldenchyld | The Interview

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State your stage name and profession for the record.

Goldenchyld – DJ / Producer

How long have you been DJing? Do you remember your first DJ gig?

I’ve been DJing for about 20 years now. Damn, that makes me feel old as f***. I don’t think I can remember my first gig ever, but I started doing house parties, cotillions, and school dances in like the 8th Grade and my freshmen year in High School.

What’s your favorite DJ era in the Bay Area and why?

Well, I remember the late 90’s early 2000’s being super exciting in the Bay Area. It felt like the Bay had world class DJs and high level events highlighting DJ culture super frequently. It felt like the Bay Area was an epicenter for DJ culture. All aspects of djing from digging, selection, to technical ability were all held in a very high respect by the whole community. I guess being exposed to that so early on left a huge impression on me, and I find myself wishing it could go back to that at times.

You’re on stage in front of all your heroes and you gotta rock a 5 minute all vinyl set to prove your worthiness. What records do you choose?

Sheez. That’s a heavy question. I might get into some Shakiyla – Poor Righteous Teachers, maybe some Wind Parade – Donald Byrd to Black Moon – Buck ‘Em Down, and maybe some RJD2 – 1976, and Sure Shot – Beastie Boys. At least I’d definitely work those in!

Rumor has it that something highly noteworthy is in the pipeline for San Jose nightlife, something DJs and connoisseurs of quality music are sure to be excited about for years to come. Care to comment?

Yes! San Jose has a great community of musical creatives, and we seem to have lost a ton of our music / nightlife venues due to city constraints over the years. That is turning around now slowly and we have more and more people of our generation going into business and creating the spaces we need for DJ culture to survive. I’m happy to say I’m involved with one of those projects with some very great and capable people and we are looking to open in late September / October of this year.


“San Jose has a great community of musical creatives, and we seem to have lost a ton of our music / nightlife venues due to city constraints over the years. That is turning around now slowly and we have more and more people of our generation going into business and creating the spaces we need for DJ culture to survive. I’m happy to say I’m involved with one of those projects with some very great and capable people and we are looking to open in late September / October of this year.”


Favorite burrito joint?

Super Taqueria in San Jose!

Curry or Kobe?

Curry all day!

Drop some shout outs and where folks can find you on social media.

Shout out to all of my Bay Area DJs that keep the culture alive from top to bottom! Shout out to my crew The Bangerz, shout out to DJ Nappy, and shout out to TRUE and the Pirate DJs!!!

djgoldenchyld.com

twitter.com/goldenchyld

mixcrate.com/goldenchyld

instagram.com/goldenchyld07