The sounds of euphoric Deep House and Progressive House filled the Gothic Theater last Friday. Speaker of the House along with Two Friends! for support destroyed the dance floor!! The crowd was dancing and grooving for what would turn out to be a truly intimate night. In case you missed the event, here is our breakdown of the evening.
Matoma gives good massages? He was in the Army? He wanted to be a teacher? Say what?!
Just a few days after celebrating his 25th birthday in San Diego, Colorado Culture had the opportunity to sit down and chat with tropical house phenomenon Matoma. Get the scoop on what he’s been working on and make sure to check our flash questions here!
Tropical house and funky beats were brought to the Mish on Friday night by some incredible artists. Upon walking into the venue, my first thoughts were, "Wow, I can't believe I haven't been here before". Mishawaka Amphitheater is tucked into the mountains just northwest of Fort Collins. It sits right on a river and is surrounded by nature. The only word that comes to mind when trying to describe this venue is magical. If you're looking for an intimate outdoor concert setting, look no further.
The oh so talented music pioneers Kaminanda and Love and Light graced the stage of Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom last Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in Denver, Colorado. Kaminanda is a solo project that bends the limits of sound while creating a vibrant environment to dance in! Kaminanda was joined by Love And Light, an energetic electronic dance music duo composed of Matt Madonna and Ryan Anderson.
It’s no coincidence that good-natured, kind, down to earth DJ’s are the ones that send concert-goers vibes sky-high.
For Jeff Montalvo a.k.a. Seven Lions, his soft and sweet demeanor is matched by the ethereal explosions of chilling vocals and haunting melodies that saturate every second of his live sets. Each song hits home deep within the heart and soul as this veteran DJ mixes with extreme transparency, flavor, and show of skill. As an EDM fan, you probably know him very well, but if you haven’t hop on over to Soundcloud immediately and fire up Strangers feat. Tove Lo (you know, back when she was just a Talking Body).
For those who know Andy Immerman, they know that he is both a mainstay over at Souls in Action Entertainment, and also a close friend of ours here at Colorado Culture...among many other things. For those who don't know Andy, we'll have you know that the aforementioned "many other things" include being a multi-talented artist, with his passions lying in music production, photography, and graphic design. This past week, he released an EP of original music entitled Syntax, an intriguing melding of Andy's brand of electronic music. We caught up with him to talk more about the record, and also to allow those of you who don't yet know him, to get to do so a little better.
Back-to-back Trap sets are always a treat and rare to find. On May 12, Summit Music Hall in Denver hosted an entire back to back show featuring Denver natives Vinnie Maniscalco and Treyy G, LA-based DJ/producer Hoodboi, as well as the London-based trap-duo Stooki Sound. The nature of the venue and the size of the crowd (not exactly your sold-out show) brought an intimate feel to an incredible trap show, which is unlikely to come across with trap being the most popular EDM genre in the US right now.
The Ogden has not failed us yet in this new year. Having just brought in Snails, and revealing an even more hype lineup for the months ahead, Keys n Krates was just proof this was something you should take seriously. The energy and shows continue to leave you anticipating your return and confirming it quickly.
The big date was January 16th, a date many had obviously cleared their schedules for and for good reason. With 1,600 tickets pre-sold and several hopefuls taking on the chilled weather seeking impossible last minute tickets sales outside of Ogden, the SNAILS sold out show was seemingly one of the most anticipated shows in Denver to date. Just before the front doors finally opened for entrance, bassheads were lined up around the block as the DJ’s inside were preparing for every trap savants dream.
A sea of white cotton apparel trickled into Denver’s National Western Complex, each metaphorical drop poised in anticipation for the release of their transgressions through tantalizing electronic tones. For many, this was more than your average showcase. It was a representation of freedom and finding the persevering truth within ourselves to still remain evident. Life In Color promised us a kingdom and we were given nothing less.
Elevated energy, extreme talent, and the gift of FUNK is something Analog Son has been effectively crafting for almost three years now, come fall. This past weekend, Analog Son, featuring the magical congas by Jason Hann of The String Cheese Incident, had hips shaking from Boulder to Denver as they made their way to the Burton US Open in Vail this week. With leading musicians Jordan Linit - guitar and Josh Fairman - bass, the minds behind the original design of this ever evolving funky collaboration, they’ve successfully experimented with members of Lettuce, Soulive, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, The String Cheese Incident, The Motet and Juno What?! - to name a FEW. Their flaming hot fusion is electric on its own, as they combine the ranging technologies of music production from the very beginning of funk music, and bringing that well-rounded elaboration to the stage. Their mission is Funk, and their artillery of musical genius is impossible to deny.
Kaminanda is not necessarily a household name in music, even at the underground EDM level.
However when he finally does roll into town for his headliner set, he leaves audience in utter awe. His psy-dub style of electronica coupled with tasty guitar licks is a blend of so many genres that can be traced from funk to classic rock of yesteryear. Before his May 28th headliner set at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, we got a chance to sit down and discuss what exactly makes the man behind the psy-dub tick.
Most of your tracks are very multidimensional. What inspires this?
The desire to time travel and explore unlimited streams of consciousness.
You just recently started posting a “song of the day” on your Facebook page, which of the songs posted thus far has influenced you the most? What way did this song influence you?
Maybe Pink Floyd’s “Echoes”. It’s just a masterpiece. The song structure, the groove in the middle jam, the psychedelic textures and the re-entry back into the song part. It’s just amazing. 22 minutes as well!
If you could live in any era what would it be and why?
1960’s. For obvious reasons...
What does a perfect day look like to you?
Playing multiple sets at a festival and getting to play with a band.. Maybe ending the day in a cuddle puddle.
What projects are you currently working on?
An uptempo tribal techno project. Planning stages of the Kaminanda live band.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
Cat Stevens or Bobby McFerrin. It would be an honor to hear their vocals on a track.
What does Colorado culture mean to you?
Music, smiles, cannabis, mountains and Red Rocks.
Weekend warriors, urban explorers and beer-loving bar goers; this is for you. Colorado Culture wants to help you out by guiding you for a night on the town for cheap. A part of being Coloradan is exploring your surroundings and finding the most interesting places, so we’re going to help you out by showing you some of the most unique places to start in the Denver area.
What do Doctor P, Cookie Monsta, and Funtcase all have in common? Their label. This past weekend this Circus Records trio took over Global Dub Red Rocks in a B2B set, playing those heavy whompy tracks that had the whole crowd headbanging.
Colorado Culture had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the three, and let’s just say that there’s a reason why they’re on this Circus label.. these guys are a bunch of fun-loving blokes who would be just as at home at a three-ring circus as they are onstage. Check out the interview and see why:
Champagne, bananas, INSANITY!!! These three things are guaranteed to be found in the world of Dada, and last Saturday night at Red Rocks was definitely no exception! Everything from 60 foot long inflatable bananas, to an unbelieveable amount of lasers, that unmistakable banging electro Dada sound and, of course, champagne being sprayed everywhere!! It was truly a spectacle to see! If you were not fortunate enough to experience the wonder of what was Dadaland Before Time, then here is a breakdown of the evening.
Far too often music aficionados disregard smaller venues and more intimate shows as lame. But there is something sobering about seeing a big name in EDM performing in a 500 person venue, with minimal stage production. On Tuesday March 15th, the Dutch EDM Trio Yellow Claw played a high energy set that had the whole crowd bouncing. Opening the night for them was a recent addition to the Barong Family, Moksi. The bucket hat wearing Dutch Duo started the night off with a relatively tame deep set. The crowd had fully accumulated 15-20 minutes into the duo’s set, and they were very responsive to the beats being laid down. As Moski dumped bass anticipation for Yellow Claw was peaking. Moksi was a phenomenal supporting act, and no doubt would make for quite the headliner. They did an amazing job of getting the crowd hyped up for Yellow Claw, picking up tempo as their set drew to a close.