DJ’s CosMic and Groov E of KCSB’s Underground Hip-Hop show “Soular Hits” were AMPed to conduct a phone interview with Zion I’s DJ AmpLive on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Zion I performed a free show in Isla Vista on May 21st, headlining for the “Concert for the Coast.”

AmpLive is a Texas native but has been living in California producing bass-infused, “ghettotech” and “electroacoustic” beats for the positive, conscious lyrics of MC Zumbi. Together, the duo have released seven studio albums that have become very popular in the independent hip hop scene.

On the side, AmpLive has produced solo albums, “Electrowonderland” and “Murder at the Discotech.” Also, he has worked with artists such as Too$hort, Del the Funky Homosapien, Chali 2na, and Planet Asia, and has remixed works by Rebelution, MGMT, Linkin Park, and Radiohead.