Here at Colorado Culture we like to embrace as much of the state as we possibly can. The famed Ocean Journey turned Denver Aquarium has been on our bucket list for a long time now and it seemed like there’s no better time to get in there than the annual Otter Weekend that took place here this past weekend. At first glance, it somewhat resembles an ordinary building in the heart of downtown Denver. If you pass it from the highway, it shares a view with the Six Flags theme park, Sports Authority Field, and the massive CU Denver/Metro/CCD campus, and perhaps you can’t quite see from afar that inside is a whole different world.
We took some time to sit down with Joe Burchard and Matthew Reyer of Black/Tuesday to discuss their place in the music industry as we close in on being less than two weeks away from the 2016 Cloak & Dagger Music Festival on October 15th here in Denver, Colorado. We had a very interesting conversation with the boys and their ability to pull off the triple threat.
We got a chance to have a brief discussion with the legendary Bad Boy Bill and Richard Vission before they took the stage at the world famous Beta Nightclub for their current all vinyl tag team tour. Though we only had a few minutes, we got to ask them some interesting questions about the current tour, vinyl, and their own interpretations of the term ‘Culture’.
The post 2000 era of sample based electronic music is thriving. Artists like Pretty Lights, DJ Shadow, Z Trip, Girl Talk and more have made an industry for themselves by pushing the boundaries of production with well produced sample laced tunes. We took some time to sit down with Denver based producer Fun Da Mentalist on the eve of the release of his new full length self titled LP. He has been producing for over ten years and it shows on this eight song opus of sound. Three years of studio time after his previous release ‘The Ben Franklenstein Monster’ have shown to be a very productive and transformative period of time for the young and aspiring producer making him sure to be an artist to look for in 2016. The full album can be found on Soundcloud here: http://bit.ly/2aycsUX
The Ben Franklenstein Monster can be found here: https://fundamentalist.bandcamp.com/
Free Downloads on both and co-produced by Denver’s own Bill Goldstein, Dwight Forcey, and Tyler Gettel aka TKettle.
A lot of people may be unfamiliar with the name DJDS, otherwise known as DJ Dodger Stadium. An interesting moniker comes equipped with some incredibly interesting music from Los Angeles based Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy.
Denver has become a pinnacle of hip hop and rap music over the last few years which is an incredibly exciting thing for fans. For a long time, every good tour overlooked our beautiful city because they didn’t think we could draw big enough crowds. We have confidently proved the naysayers wrong.
Photo by Tyler Potter
On Friday, May 6th, Denver/San Francisco based Euphonic Conceptions curated a powerhouse of an event for Denverites at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom and it’s neighbor venue Cervantes’ Other Side. The dual venue event boasted a lineup consisting of Shuj Roswell, Maddy O’Neal (Krooked Drivers), Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), Marvel Years, Russo, Russ Liquid, Nosaj Thing and The Gaslamp Killer.
For an event of this magnitude, the crowd was eager to enter at 9pm sharp. Which served as a breath of fresh air in comparison to many events that remain audience free until the headliner takes the stage. Kicking off the other side was Denver based Shuj Roswell: the up and coming funky bass driven live instrument centric producer who releases on Michal Menert’s Super Best Records label, got the crowd warmed up for an unforgettable night with his upbeat blend of ‘funktronadelic’ tunes. Following Roswell was DJ Russo in the main Room. Russo, whose weapon of choice is a crate of vinyl and some turntables, was building a party of his own. Flawlessly mixing disco, house, hip hop, and everything in between, he set the bar for the night, and set the mood for Mr. Russ Liquid.
Russ Liquid, a Denver favorite, is known well for his energetic trumpet and live midi key performances. He performs his sets almost entirely composed of his own music and can effortlessly weave between djing and live instrumentation. Russ is a true musician and even paid tribute to the late, great Pumpkin, who passed away earlier this year in a car accident. While Russ was doing his thing on the main floor, Maddy O’Neal was banging out sexy, bass driven, glitch funk on The Other Side. Maddy, who many know more familiarly as one half of Krooked Drivers, recently (and peacefully) parted ways with her Krooked Drivers bandmate and started a project of her own. Joined on stage by Sunsquabi, this whole performance proved that Maddy is a force to be reckoned with in the future of Colorado dance music