TheÂ BZ story...
In early 2005 Mason Rothert who has been spinning chillÂ and down-tempo music since 1999 in San Francisco and Los Angeles had a chance toÂ create a night centered around chill-out music on the Westside of L.A.Â While trying to come up with a brand and identityÂ the name Below Zero gave him one of those brain freezes one evening out of nowhere while relaxing at the beach.Â Â Shortly after speaking with his long time chill-out partner andÂ friend Sinukus, Below Zero was born.
By the earlyÂ summer of 2005 Mason was contacted to create a chill show for Energy 92.7 FM in San Francisco thanks to old friends Trevor Simpson & Dimitris Mykonos.Â This was not a first time in being approached to create a show such as this, years earlier ALICE 97.3 FM in San Francisco asked Mason to help in created their program, "Chill with Alice" which still runs today.Â That show however never really explored the true world of chill-out as it was always hampered by the guidelines of FM radio to play familiar and keep it simple.Â This time around though things woudl be different and by August 2005 Below Zero premiered on the air for EnergyÂ and has since produced overÂ 200 shows including theÂ resident's show produced byÂ Brian Peek.Â During the FM run on Energy MasonÂ had the pleasure to reunite and work with his old program director from his days at ALICE radio in San Francisco, John Peake.Â In September of 2008, Energy moved Below Zero off the FM airwaves and into a full stream on the internet hosted on the Energy 92.7 website.
Since that first show Below Zero has launched several versions of it's website, grown it's resident DJÂ base and continues to feature guest DJ's on the show from the likes of Thievery Corporation, Hawke,Â Chris Zippel, Curt Smith of Tears for FearsÂ and many more.Â BZ has befriendedÂ tons of amazing artists and labelsÂ around the world, signed tracks, andÂ finished and released it's first ever compilation - Minus 1.Â With the launch of theÂ physical and digital label Below Zero (Beats), Mason has fulfilled a dream come true in completely surrounding himself with talent and beautiful music while sharing it with whoever cares to listen all across the globe.Â The showÂ is hosted and produced by Mason Rothert who is also the main resident, but it has had the help and support of many, including partner Jason Teplitsky of Blowfish Sushi... his restaurants and love for music is what makes it all happen... so if you are hungry for fish and like what BZ is all about we ask that you support them.
We have also had the pleasure of working with good friend Sinukus who has beenÂ our web-guru and one ofÂ the main resident DJ's.Â Our other residents include Brian Peek who has been in the trenches with Mason for years with electronic music and chill-out, Red Broad of Evolve who hails fromÂ London but has settled in Los Angeles with an extensive background in music and production, Jeff Stallings one of San Francisco's talented underground chill DJ's and one of our biggest balls of energy in the crew for pushing the sounds, and most recently Chris Lindsey of Slackline Radio out of Alaska who is another dedicated chill-guru.Â All of the Below Zero residentsÂ love down tempo music deeply and dedicate their time to the show and cause.
Our most exciting news has come in the summer of 2008 when friend Julian Lennon agreed to lend his ear and talent to the show each week with his favorite pick and help us to expand our knowledge in music and learn from one of the best.
That is about where we are for now...
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