Goldenchyld on Winning the Redbull Thre3style Battle and the Joys of Listening to Music in Cars
As a winner of DJ battles like DMC and Redbull Thre3style, DJ Goldenchyld has been representing the Bay's music scene since he started DJing at age 12. His crew, the Bangerz, are best known for collaborating with Jabbawockeez, and are currently behind the score of their Vegas show. These days Goldenchyld is focusing on solo production, and just recently came out with the single "Rambo," a collaboration with Cutso and Don Prahfit. We spoke with Goldenchyld about the success of the Bangerz, his Return of the Boom Zap event, and how he likes to promote parties. He plays Friday at Public Works with J Boogie, Ren the Vinyl Archaelogist, and headliner Z-Trip.
What should people know about the Bangerz?
You should know that we've now been a crew for 15 years and every single one of our members is still actively DJing, doing shows, and producing.
Congrats on scoring The Jabbawockeez's second Vegas show. What's the work process like? Do you all sit together in the studio at once?
Thanks! We typically all build tracks individually and bring them all into a pool of what we call potentials and narrow it down to the best of that pool. Once we've decided which ones we're going to use we then all focus on those songs and make them the best we can.
Because you started out as a DJ first, when did you decide to go into production?
I think the type of DJing we've always have been a fan of had been almost a form of live production, like watching compositions, bands, and actual rehearsed sets. To me production and the creation of music go hand in hand with DJing. The decision came early on for the Bangerz with our first album titled Vi.R.US in 2003.
What's the inspiration behind your newest single, "Rambo?"
"Rambo" is a fun track about the joys I personally feel about listening to brand-new inspiring music in your car and just riding out. My car is probably the place that I get to really live with music more so than anywhere else. I also think the car stereo is the ultimate preliminary test a song gets that will show you if it's good or not. The good ol' car test is an important thing for producers and listeners alike.
A few years ago, you won the Redbull Thre3style Battle, the first of its kind in S.F. What was most memorable about it?
The Redbull Thre3style Battle was the first time I had entered a battle with a sense of purpose. I was hesitant to enter it because I didn't feel like I had anything to gain from it. But I had been keeping an eye on it from afar, thinking that I hadn't really been impressed with what was going on in the battle up to that point. And I didn't think what was winning at the time was really all that incredible. It was making me feel like I was the bitter old guy that was sitting on the sidelines calling everything whack. So when I thought about it that way, I challenged myself and told myself that if no one is doing it the way I think it should be done, then go and do it and see if it works. I think that the fact that I came in and told myself that I didn't care what had won previously, that I was gonna go in and do what I felt was the Goldenchyld Show and using that as my whole strategy, [that] was what was most memorable and validating thing about the battle.
Why have you always chosen to stay in the Bay given the success of your career?
I run around to different areas to perform, work, and even visit, but I always find myself most comfortable and busy here. I feel like the Bay has an incredibly underrated pool of talent, and culture that many other places look to for inspiration. I feel fortunate to be here in the Bay swimming amongst what I feel to be a sea of innovators of technology and music.
Tell us about Return of the Boom Zap, a party you started in the South Bay. What was the inspiration?
The name "Return of the Boom Zap" was inspired by KRS-One's first album called Return of the Boom Bap. It was an incredible album that really introduced music that was on the forefront of hip-hop music at the time in my eyes. I wanted to do a party that musically was around the corner, and on the forefront of where music is going. I also needed an outlet to play all of this cutting edge incredible music that I was finding that I couldn't necessarily play at a regular club night. So I based a night on that, and created a team of individuals that thrive on introducing new music and have incredible styles as DJing goes. The resident list includes Myself, Aj Orbit, Dj Eni, R-Cade, and Dubstantial.
As a long-time promoter, is it harder to promote parties with the overload of social media?
Sure it gets difficult but I think what separates you is what kind of event you're doing and who you're doing it for. I think Return of the Boom Zap, from the look of it to the music that's played, aims directly at an underserved market in the South Bay. We don't have too many great venues that are allowing this type of freedom musically, so there isn't an outlet for people to go to hear this music the way it was intended to be heard. So, now it's about targeting your audience. When I promote Return of the Boom Zap, I'm not trying to promote it to everybody, because I don't think it's for everybody. It's for the people that love to be introduced to new things, and don't automatically associate "not knowing it" with "not liking it."
What are you looking forward to for your show on Friday with Z-Trip?
When I think of a Z-Trip show, I think of a no-holds-barred night of musical mayhem. A night of no rules and unexpected surprises. We've got incredible DJs rocking with us, including J Boogie, and Ren The Vinyl Archaelogist, so I already know the vibe will be right. People are going to see what happens when DJs play what they want. I expect that it will be a look inside of the heads of some incredible DJs, full of left turns and improvisational moments that will only happen that night. So, my advice would be to make sure you're in the building to catch it.