April 20th is an enormously celebrated holiday for the Mile High City as the bustling spring weekend fills Denver with block parties, drink and food specials at restaurants all across town, and of course, awesome music for the bass capital. That being said, if the annual HDYFEST trap music party at Red Rocks with Flosstradamus and What So Not doesn’t suit your fancy there are always more options for those who still crave their dance music fix.
Trap pioneer Flosstradamus returns to Colorado on 4/20 for his second installation of HDYFest on the Rocks. In previous years HDYFest was stationed in Austin, Texas, but the holiday celebration was relocated to the one state who frankly, knows how to do it best. Held nowhere else than the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater, Flosstradamus--with one less addition to the name--will be in Colorado on April 20th for one of the rowdiest Red Rocks shows of the summer.
Keeping up with the tradition of bringing you Colorado artists booming with potential we'd like to take a minute to introduce you all to Karlyle Sky Walker, also known by his stage name Krushendo. Born in Santa Monica, CA, Karlyle calls Ft. Collins, CO home and has been producing music for the past 10 years. With a background as a vocalist and a guitarist in various jam and metal bands, his diverse skill set culminated into the project Krushendo and he's been rapidly rising in the Northern Colorado underground scene over the past 6 months.
In just over a week the prodigal dubstep son Datsik returns to Colorado on February 4th to the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, CO to bring us his Ninja Nation Tour. (BUY TICKETS NOW) Featuring the Shogun stage, a fresh new sound from Beetles himself, and a diverse lineup full of some of the biggest names in electronic dance music and hiphop/rap, this is a show you won’t want to miss this year.
Kicking the 2017 year off strong, we start our festival journey in the Southwest region of the country with Gem and Jam Music Festival. The eleventh annual festival located in the heart of Tucson, AZ takes place February 2nd-5th, and this year things are heating up more than ever. With masters of hip-hop-funk Gramatik, The Floozies, and Lotus headlining the festival, Arizona will host one of the most notoriously funk-worthy festivals of the year--and that’s not all that's in store for funk-lovers alike. Phish bassist Mike Gordon, several members of the String Cheese Incident, G-Jones, OPIUO, The Russ Liquid Test, and more fill out the lineup making the 2017 Gem and Jam fest one of the best they've ever had. The festival also includes both on and off-site camping each night, and for all of us Coloradans getting buried under snow, Gem and Jam sounds like the perfect place to trade up the bitter cold for the warmth, light, and music for a few days. (BUY TICKETS NOW)
Rising up from the ashes in a sea full of overplayed monotonous electronic music comes one of the most legendary trios in riddim history: Gentlemen’s Club. Comprised of artists Soloman, Coffi, and 50Carrot, the United Kingdom-based group made their return to Denver this past Halloweekend. Often times we find ourselves clouded in an industry of aspiring emerging artists, but on October 29th, City Hall in Denver opened up to reveal an incredible night full of face-melting bass and riddim.
It's almost here—Safe in Sound tour comes to First Bank Center on November 4th and we could not be more excited. With headliners Borgore and Zomboy, featuring LAXX and Just a Gent, and Colorado's own Decadon, Colorado’s bass-capital Denver, and other local bassheads are in for a treat this fall season. We highly recommend that everyone come ready and fully prepared for full-forced headbanging as one of Colorado's best fall electronic events returns.
In anticipation of their upcoming Colorado show with The Reminders at Cervantes Other Side on November 16th, 2016 we had the chance to sit down with Virginia based RDGLDGRN (pronounced Red-Gold-Green) to talk about music culture, The Lorax, and how complacency impacts the world.
Interview with Civil Youth
Q: How did you meet and form the band?
A: (Mike) I started the band in Boston and knew Daniel from high school and other projects. When I came back from Boston to live in Philly, I wanted and knew Dan, he slays it. So I said, “Dan be my man”. At first he said no I hate you but I convinced him.
Evan came a bit later, he produced the second record and when our drummer left, Evan knew all the material and he’s a brother so I asked him to be in the band.
Q: So it’s been a little over a year since the band first started touring in March 2015. How would you say the experience has been for you all to be able to travel the US with your music?
A: (Mike) it’s definitely been cool, experiencing all the different weather changes has made me a paranoid monster, I can’t drive without having an anxiety attack (laugs)
(Dan) it’s really cool to get the chance to visit different scenes and not only get to play with all these bands in the scene) but to able to experience the different scenes, cultures and towns. It’s been a humbling experience to be able to stay away from the area that I grew up in and actually see the country that we live in.
Q: Music will often times stem from a history. Your bio states that some of your work has stemmed from a history of anxiety and/ or depression. What is your advice for CO Culture readers who may be battling with these diseases?
A: (Mike) find something that you are passionate about because through that passion you find yourself. I specifically tend to gravitate towards the arts but it doesn’t need to be the arts, it could be construction it doesn’t matter as long as you are passionate about it, I think you will be able to find yourself.
(Dan) I also refer to the arts to get through difficult times in my life. One thing that I always realize when I get up on stage and play, it’s a giant stress reliever for me and
(Evan) We sit in a car together for 10 hours a day, so we all have the same train of thought on a lot of different things. I really agree, I think the biggest thing is being true to who you want to be. You do have find yourself. Don’t let people tell you that you shouldn’t do what you want to do
Q: What would you say your favorite part of your job is?
A: (mike) I like performing and creating music, being creative.
(Evan) this whole past summer we’ve been writing a new record and I was all about that. Its fun to be in such an awesome creative setting.
(Dan) for me its most definitely the shows, it can be tough and stressful sometimes.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: (Evan) South America
(Dan) the UK
(Mike) the islands
Q: What has been the most memorable/ enjoyable performance you’ve played?
A: (Mike) Our Danger Danger tour in March
(Dan) Pop’s in St. Louis. It was so cool because everyone was chanting our lyrics with us, it was surreal.
(Evan) When we opened for AWOLNATION and twenty one pilots in Camden, NJ. There was also a show in Utah were I had injured my leg so going to the hospital from the stage perfectly shows a spectrum of highs and lows (laughs)
Q: If you could hang out with any musical influence dead or alive, who would it be?
A: (Mike) Jared Leto
(Evan) George Harrison from The Beatles
(Dan) Simon Neil is my spirit animal
Q: If you could describe your musical genre or style in 3 words, which would you choose?
A: (Mike) Eccentric
Photo By: Mike DeVita
Physically living up to his name, Damien Orienti (self-titled “Trollphace”— a scarily accurate title for his bubbly physical appearance paired with an eerily mundane personality) has quickly risen to fame in the electronic music community in recent years, establishing himself as one of the most violent DJ’s in the game.