Riders of the Plastic Groove is a radio show that is dedicated to bring you the best in electronic music from all over the world. Our show airs every Friday night from 8pm – 10pm pacific standard time. Broadcasting live and direct from the University of California in Irvine on 88.9fm KUCI and also streaming world wide on the web at www.plasticgroove.com. You can also find us on iTunes under public radio / KUCI.
Ron D Core- Spinning records since 1985, Co-Owner & Founder of Dr. Freecloud’s Mixing Lab since 1994. Owner and creator of Atomic Hardcore Recordings + Oblivion Records (California’s first Hardcore record labels). Ron has recorded and been featured on many Hardcore and non—Hardcore from all over the world including: Atomic Hardcore Recordings (Costa Mesa), Industrial Strength (New York), Head Fuck (Italy), Epileptik (France), UC Music (Chicago), V-Wax (Los Angeles), Swell (Arizona) & most recently the Dr. Freecloud label. Throughout the years of Ron D Core’s DJ career he’s thrown a lot of events (large and small), and always memorable such as Dr. Freecloud’s Psychedelic Drugstore (Halloween Rave in Santa Ana 1990) + Hot Lemonade (an Acid House event in Downtown Los Angeles 1989) + No—Doz (a weekly afterhours in Los Angeles 1992—1993) + Funny Farm (a hardcore weekly in Orange County 1993—1994) + Plazma (a Hardcore weekly in Fullerton’s Digital Kilinik 1997) + Operation 1 & Operation 2 (Large scale events celebrating Dr. Freecloud’s B—Days) + Funky Shit Happens! (Large Rave @ Orange Show in San Bernadino) + Blitzkrieg (Mega—Outdoor Desert Festival) Hardcore vs. House party + Megablast (all Hardcore event @ The Glasshouse in Pomona) & co—Promoted with Sid P.W.L.Y. + 13 (all Hardcore event in Pomona) thrown on the 13th of any given month.
Ron has played at some of the largest and most memorable events in the world such as: Electric Daisy Carnival + Nocturnal Wonderland + Smoke Out + Circa + Together As One + Monster Massive + Bassrush + Pyrotechnodiscoworks + Audiotistic + Opium + Willie Wonka + Alice’s House + Stranger Than Fiction (L.A.’s first Massive 1990 @ The Shrine Auditorium) + Narnia + Future World + Aphrodite’s Temple + Shiva’s Erotic Banquet + Cyberslam & too many others to mention & played for crowds up to 50,000 people. Ron has played with some of the biggest names in the business such as: Speed Freak + Lenny Dee + DJ Producer + Juan Atkins + J. Saul Kane (Depth Charge) + Rob Gee + Neophyte + DJ Paul + Babu (Beat Junkies) + DJ Dan + Doc Martin + Manu Le Malin and loads of others. Some of the articles and interviews Ron has been featured in are: Urb Magazine + Entrepeneur + OC Weekly + XLR8R + DJ Times + Daily Pilot + Yellow Rat Bastard + Thunder Magazine (Thunderdome Holland) + L.A. Weekly + Club Life + Tribe + Free Bass + Fix Magazine + Rave (Porn Magaine) + Culture and more… Ron has been featured in a Movie Documentary about the rave scene and it’s history called “Better living Through Circuitry,” & the book called “Generation Exstacy,”. Ron is continuosly working hard in the Electronic Music scene Recording DJ’ing and Promoting the Hardcore he love’s and supports. Keeping Dr. Freecloud’s the store and the Vinyl alive is nothing short of dedication to the scene. http://rondcore.com/ http://www.facebook.com/ron.d.core https://plus.google.com/103012868140356571113 https://twitter.com/rondcore http://www.drfreeclouds.com/ http://www.lastrecordstorestanding.com/ http://www.facebook.com/drfreeclouds https://plus.google.com/103441107987124022870 https://twitter.com/drfreeclouds
Mellinfunk- One of the original godfathers of LA underground, DJ Mellinfunk has been sending crowds over the edge since 1989. Known for being R.A.W’s first partner, Mellinfunk is also recognized for a heart thumping variety of old school, techno, jungle, hard acid trance and playing hip hop acapellas over his own sick beats. In 1998 he started a jungle music label called Mainline Records. With over 23 mixes under his belt, Mellinfunk produced 2 of the biggest selling mixed tapes of all time. He’s killed crowds all across Europe and just about every state in the US including legendary shows like Grape Ape, Technostate, No-doz, What, and Love Parade. Now in 2012 Mellinfunk fires up the decks once again to blow away new and returning fans.
Thee-o Thee-O has always been ahead of his time, as a DJ, label owner, producer, and a re-mixer. He has been heralded as one of the most popular and hardworking DJ’s in Los Angeles. Thee-O has been deemed the Godfather of the dance culture due to his longevity as a L.A. DJ since 1992. A musical entertainer since he was in pre-school, a mobile DJ since he was 13, a king of Goa and a Master of Trance and Techno in his twenties, and now a house-music veteran, DJ Thee-O of Los Angeles, radiates his musical mastery in the global electronic scene.
“It’s hard to believe that one DJ can exude such confidence and mastery over so many styles of music.” – URB Magazine
The name Thee-O has an immense impact on the electronic scene-sters that goes hand-in-hand with the Southern California rave and club culture. Ask anyone who resides in L.A. about DJ Thee-O and you will hear how they saw him at their first rave back in the early 90s or how they just heard his new track being dropped in a club downtown. Thee-O’s passion for the electronic dance culture surpasses his talent and skills at the turntables and beyond to the studio.
Thee-O is best known for his talented mixing and scratching skills along with his consistent sets that always get the crowds moving and grooving. His loyal following continues to grow not only in the city of L.A. but beyond the U.S., with help from his numerous amount of original music productions, MP3 Sets, pod-casts, CD’s, mix tapes, and his untiring efforts for the dance music industry that he loves so much. His DJing has taken him to 3 countries, 30 states and over 75 cities. Soon he will be traveling abroad to even more locations to spread his passion for the music.
“It is still a rush for me. After 17 years in this, I still find new things about that I enjoy. The music still is the main motivation for me.” – Thee-O
When he was a child at the tender age of 5, he began taking a portable record player with him at all times and amused classmates and friends with classic movie soundtracks. At the age of 13, he obtained his first set of turntables and a mixer. Throughout high school he DJ’d at school dances and house parties where he honed his scratching skills. After he graduated High School in 1991 he was about to embark on training to be an opera singer but got sidetracked when he went to his first rave in early 1992. After that fateful night, he knew what he wanted to do with his life – become a DJ in this scene! It didn’t take him long to accomplish that dream -with his first gig, “Under the Kandyground” in March of 1992, he began building a reputation as one of L.A.’s leading dance DJs. “For those of you that don’t know THEE-O, the man is the mayor of L.A. I don’t think there is a DJ on the west coast that has his name on as many flyers as Thee-O…word…” – Frankie Bones
Over the past years he has spun next to Outkast, Orbital, Underworld, BT, Judge Jules, Robbie Rivera, Mark Knight, The Orb, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Aphex Twin, 808 State, Chemical Brothers, Mixmaster Morris, Blank & Jones, Paul Ritch, Chris Liebing, Neil Landstrumm, DJ Dan, 2 Bad Mice, Carl Craig, Rabbit in the Moon, Juno Reactor, DJ Sneak, Dave Angel, X-Cabs and many notable others.
Thee-O was the Los Angeles representative in a mix-show called Revolutions, on XM Satellite Radio. In 2003, he started his own show on XM Radio called Hazardous Radio that ran for a few years on Channel 80 – The Move. Currently Thee-O has started a new show called Viva La Tech Radio that airs on DI.FM. Thee-O can still be heard on Groove Radio on XM Sirius providing guest mixes.
“When I am on the decks, it is my natural habitat, I feel most comfortable there.” – Thee-O
In 1993, he started Biohazard Productions and Studios as collective of like-minded DJ’s. In 1995 he threw his first event aptly titled “Tomorrowland”. In 1996 he started writing for URB Magazine as a reviewer for Trance music. In 1997 he became part of the Balance Record Pool which is considered the best electronic dance pool in the country. In 1998 he released his first commercially available mix CD, “Skywalking” under the Base 9 label. In 2000 he was featured at every massive festival going off in Los Angeles, including Electric Daisy Carnival and Monster Massive. Recently, his name has spread over to the club market as well DJing for clubs like RED, Spundae, Funktion, Naked, Compression, Circus, Vanguard, Incognito and other L.A. establishments. He is currently known as the “Godfather” of the Los Angeles rave scene with his name on a flyer becoming almost a seal of approval for ravers.
“Thee-O is one of the longstanding and consistently amazing parts of the Southern California Rave Scene, and should be respected as such.” – Raversdigest.com
As a producer and re-mixer, Thee-O is striking hard and is known as a force to be reckoned with in the global dance community. His recent work with Erphun, “Collusion”, is being released on Bedrock Records and featured on John Digweed’s new album, “Structures”.
“Thee-O is a accomplished producer with a mature production skills. He is a very diversified DJ who plays a big variety of the coolest underground sounds. He is on the cutting edge and one of Los Angeles’s favorite rave DJ’s.” – Swedish Egil (Groove Radio, Powertools)
In October of 2000, he and his studio-partner Chris Arnold opened up Biohazard Studios, located inside the Til Dawn offices, right in the heart of Hollywood. In 2001, he released his first CD of original ambient and down-tempo music under the name Reef Project. In 2005, he built Biohazard Studios 2.0 and refocused on establishing his name as a producer and remixer. Currently he has over 90 releases under his belt with loads more to come. His current love of Tech House and Techno has brought him to build a new brand with partner David X called “Viva La Tech”. This new brand will house a record label, host and throw events and push the tech sound in raves and clubs in Los Angeles and beyond.
“My goals are simple. To create music that moves both me and the crowd.” – Thee-O
Currently, he is working in the studio producing tracks not only to be released on his own label but also working on tracks and remixes for other labels including Saturday Night Sessions, System Recordings, Perfecto Digital, Peak Hour Music, Source of Gravity, Ascension Records, Acute Recordings, Nuhar Records, Suara, Bit Records Mexico, Perfecto Black, South Records, Looq, Jetlag Digital and OneThirty Recordings just to name a few. Thee-O’s production work has been given positive feedback from Carl Cox, John Digweed, Dave Clarke, Armin Van Buuren, Danny Tenaglia, James Zabiela, Nick Warren, Paul Oakenfold, Oscar G, Mateo Murphy, PQM, Eelki Kelijn, Flash Brothers, Dom Kane, Hybrid, Solumun, DJ Taucher and countless others. His releases constantly grace the Balance Record Pool, Release Record Pool and My Promo Pool charts. Look out for more productions to be dropping from the Biohazard Studios on many labels coming to you soon. http://djthee-o.com/
Mungo Mungo’s introduction to Techno music took place in the summer of 1989 at Double Hit Mickey’s Electric Daisy Carnival at an outdoor swap meet in Chino! He was instantly and permanently hooked on Techno music. His exposure to the underground music scene included such events as No-Doz, Aphrodites Temple, Paw-Paw Ranch, countless events at La Casa in Los Angeles,pretty much anywhere Ron D Core and DJ Dan would be playing. Some other favorite DJ’s to follow included Thee-O, Kool-Aid, Adam X, Frankie Bones, Mellinfunk. He was introduced to the beautiful art of DJing in the late 90′s by his good friend Rolland Colon. After a lot of practice Rolland, Mungo, and their good friend Chris McDonnell (Cheech) would play at many,many house parties in South Orange County. Every now and then they would play at the infamous Cowboy Boogie in Anaheim. Mungo and Rolland played the VIP room at the NYE 2000/2001 party at the Irvine Marriot. The clubby styles of Techno just weren’t cutting it for Mungo so he started playing the true underground sounds that really moved him! Such genres as NRG, Hard Trance, Acid Trance, Techno, Hard Techno, Schranz, Hardcore Techno. Pretty much anything with a mean rhythm and an evil melody!! After a few years away from the underground scene Mungo is back and ready to share his love of Techno music with everybody! 2012 was a great year for Mungo, he started actively promoting himself at different events, on various social networks, making mixes, burning countless cd’s, etc…. He was invited to join the Dr. Freecloud’s family, Techno Belligerent, and had a few guest appearances at various events throughout the summer. Early in the year Mungo and Arcid teamed up to run an internet based radio show on Wednesdays at 4pm. The Techno Belligerent Radio Show is broadcast from Mungo’s house most every week, with the occasional field trip to Dr.Freecloud’s Record Shoppe to broadcast from there. The driving force behind the radio show is to showcase as much of the west coast underground talent as possible, keeping the music alive and well!! They have had artists like Frankie Bones, Ron D Core, Dj Krylon, among so much more local talent!!! Mungo was a part of such events as The Third Eye Vision Festival, Audio Science Dr. Freecloud’s Takeover, quite a few BBQ’s at the record shop, and Fantastic Wax to name a few. 2013 has started off with a bang. Not only is Mungo happily sharing his music with the world every Wednesday, he has been invited to a few pretty big events like Acid Rain (Feb 9) hosted by Mellinfunk and Angel Flores of the Bass Afflicted crew, this very broadcast of Riders of The Plastic Groove with D.P.S.M. and Ron D Core, quite a few more BBQ’s at Dr. Freecloud’s Record Shoppe, a few really good shows at the RThree Social Lounge including Sentience hosted by Verity of MSR w/ R.A.W. and DJ Robin. You will find Mungo out in the desert in August at Because We Love YouToo.
California native, born and raised in Los Angeles CA. Started going to underground events in early 1996, moving to Huntington Beach CA in late 1996 when he was introduced to a local record store Dr. Freecloud’s hitting the jackpot in underground records, mix tapes, and a deeply rooted rave culture. After two years of collecting vinyl and going to underground events he picked up his first set of belt-drive turntables in 1998 and has been going strong ever since. He started spinning as DJ Krylon in late 1999 for the Hardcore Day Gatherings in Los Angeles CA. Since then he’s spun at events and show cases such as March Madness, Lost Kingdom of Bass, Reset, Kosmic Festival, Frooty Loops 2+3, Time Capsule AZ, Zombie Lovers SD, The Hills Have Eyes, Audio Asylum, Masters of Darkness, Deep in the Underground, Dr. Freecloud’s record shoppe in-store shows, Sin City,Glory, Sequence 1+2, Audio Science, Techno Belligerent radio, and KUCI’s 89.9FM Riders of the Plastic Groove (Rotpg) radio program. Some of his influences include record labels such as Deathchant records| Epileptic | Audiogenic | SoCal Parasite | Phsycik Genocide | Underground Music Strike records | Shockwave | Bloody Fist | Animal Intelligence | Corrupt | Rebelscum | Hardcore Fiend | Violent records | Semtex | Crapshoot | GTI | Napalm | Cunt | Atomic Hardcore | Nasenbluten | Kotzaak | Indutial Strength records | Representing Dr. Freecloud’s, Cranial Deformation Project (CDP), Vinyl Hit Squad (VHS) rocking the decks with DPSM. He has an ear for hard techno and a hard hitting style Dj Krylon will keep you moving and the walls shaking. His goal is to make a positive impact on the underground hardcore techno scene and continue supporting vinyl events into the future. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It all began in 1994 when Arcid’s cousin started to DJ. Ever since then, he wanted to become a DJ. Arcid has been mixing since 1998. Originally, he started with U.S. Hardhouse and was
known as DJ Bangin. The following year, he met Techno-B at The Globe in Pomona. He showed him a few Hardcore/Speedcore labels and Arcid had begun his journey into the Hardcore
realm. In 2001, Techno-B gave Arcid half of his slot at Mystic Illusions located at The Masterdome in San Bernardino. The crowd gave mixed reactions as Arcid unleashed his brutal Terror
and Speedcore tracks. He continued to spin at various raves and Hardcore events throughout the years. Also in 2001, he met Slyten. He has been a huge influence in Arcid’s life, giving
advice and teaching him the ways of being a successful DJ. Arcid also hosts an internet radio show named Techno Belligerent, which started in June of 2010. He’s had exclusive mixes from
DJ Hammond, Nevermind, Fiend, Diskore, Disco Cunt, Deadnoise, Frankie Bones, Ron D Core, Mungo, Novokain, RPM, D-Vice, and more. In 2012, he brought aboard, Mungo, to be his co-
host on the show. The internet radio show has been a success and has a bright future. Now it is 2013 and music has certainly changed. Arcid now spins a number of genres which include,
Hardcore, Gabber, Terror, Speedcore, Breakcore, Dark/Hard Drum N Bass, U.S. Hardhouse, Noisecore, Dark Psytrance, Epic/Hard Trance, Hard Techno, 90′s G-Funk, and more. Arcid
hopes to influence the younger generation with his mixing ability and track selection.