We weren't quite sure what to expect when Bear Grillz brought his brand of bass through Boulder on December 8th. This bear's reputation precedes him, and needless to say, with support from the likes of Adara, Crywolf, Bad Royale, and Kicks n Licks, the night itself ended up being one for the books. Don't let that sly grin and curious demeanor in the above photo fool you, this particular bear has only two things in mind: blowing roofs off of venues....and where he is getting his next meal. We had a chance to bounce some questions off of his pelt, and his answers were not what we expected. See the interview and more photos from the show below.
Markus Schulz has been at the top of the game with his insightful blend of progressive, trance, and house. We had the chance to get a few words out of the man behind the music before his busy weekend including Sold Out Ultra Music Festival in Miami, but more importantly... The Church Nightclub in Denver this Friday Night!
Colorado Culture: Who were your non electronic influences growing up? Electronic influences?
Markus Schulz: When I was growing up, I would listen to the radio at night and get lost in the music. A lot of people will be surprised when I say this, but most of my influence comes from classic rock. Bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ELO and Manfred Mann. The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd for me is the best album that has ever been made, and continues to inspire me today.
On the electronic side, the likes of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode were really pushing boundaries, and that captivated my imagination too. When it was cloudy at night, I was able to pick up college stations playing dance music on the radio, and that’s where I discovered DJs such as Mr. Magic, Red Alert, Tony Humphries and the Latin Rascals.
When I moved to the US, the breakdance scene was massive, so I started collecting vinyl, with the very first purchase being Zapp and Roger - More Bounce to the Ounce. The likes of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel and Scorpio were really important influences for me too - that’s why it was a bit of a boyhood dream coming true when I got to work with them on the vocal version of the Dakota track Sleepwalkers back in 2011.
When we first introduced you all to Denver-based livetronica act Greener Grounds last summer, they were fresh off of the release of their first EP Photosynthesis, and were set to kick off a tour of mountain towns that also included a stop at ARISE Music Festival. Since then, they have been hard at work recording their newest effort Momentous while also gearing up for a national tour (sponsored by The Untz). But this release comes with a twist: they started a Kickstarter campaign to allow their fans to be a part of the album's release, with an additional summer tour planned in support of the album. We had a chance to chat with drummer AJ Gillman and keys/synth player Roland Hansen to get the full scoop.
Eco-friendly hauler Gone For Good was started by Reid Husmer in 2009 with an idea borne from an experience that we all know, and some of us loathe: moving. He had been moving around a lot, from Westminster, to Denver, and then to Centennial, Colorado. And as everyone who has relocated frequently or semi-frequently knows, the moving process really lets you know how much stuff you have accumulated during your time at any one address. Also, it serves to help you decide what items to bring with you, and what items you’d like to get rid of. In Reid’s case, a lot of these items were those that tend to get dated easily:
Follow your passion. Do what you love. Find where you Belong. Such is the mantra of Belong Designs, a clothing/action sports startup founded by college buddies Shamus McNutt, Ben Thomson, and Mark Grubbs. But to simply call it a mantra would be doing it a bit of a disservice, as it is an all-encompassing belief that they all share, down to their very core.
SoDown - a saxophone playing, bass-enthusiastic funkaholic from Boulder, CO - will be headlining Cervantes' Other Side this Friday, February 12th. As an established member of the Mile High Sound Movement, SoDown has brought not only unlimited talent through sound design, live saxophone, guitar and piano, but an undeniable passion to his musical creations. SoDown supports that "unconditional love is the most powerful force in the universe, and bass music is [his] way of expressing it! The universe is far too beautiful, and life is simply too short to not do what brings you happiness."
How you dress can say a lot about who you are and many people have their own special swag that sets them apart. The way you dress is a unique way to express yourself and tell your story. Community Service Apparel in Englewood, Colorado is a street lifestyle and art branded clothing store that has some of the DOPEST items around. Ricky Langdon (who I was lucky enough to chat with this week) and Brian Cappel saw an opportunity in the retail/clothing market so they decided to do something unique.
My name is Josie Wolf and I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) when I was 17 years old. At the time, I wasn’t really clear on what that entailed. Even a simple web engine search, though it returned tons of reference material, left me without a simple way to illustrate the disease that would eventually become a corner stone in my existence.
A couple of weekends ago we had the pleasure of attending Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks, brought to us by the wonderful team of passionate music enthusiasts over at Colorado’s own Global Dance. For the past 13 years; Global has taken its place as Colorado’s own iconic electronic music festival, bringing lineups that easily rival some of the biggest festivals in the country, all while being hosted at the best music venue on the planet.
Cultureheads and Colorado Culture enthusiasts, as you know we love everything about our amazing state. Something that a lot of people don’t know about Colorado is that we have some great incentives for big Hollywood honchos to film here. Maybe that’s because we can’t help that we’re so good looking and talented: plus the mountains, forests, sand dunes and plains really bring out our eyes. So you can feel a little more connected to your new or old home here in our humble no-coast state, we compiled a list of movies filmed in colorado so you can watch them with a sense of Colorado pride.
"Souls in Action is a Denver, Colorado based collective of like-minded individuals creating change through music, art and social activism." I don’t think there is any other way to describe this incredible crew! From music promotions, marketing and even artist management this is one amazing company that is doing BIG things! (And they’re just gonna get BIGGER)! Souls in Action throws and promotes some of the best concerts in the mile high city, has an artist roster with some of the best local names in Colorado and as I learned from my interview with CEO, Lulu Clair they are planning to launch a new program that encourages volunteer work and social activism. SIA rocks! I know from my own personal experience and it has been amazing to watch them grow and continue to do really cool things.
Dopapod is taking over the Bluebird Theater for three nights and they are going to get it grooving. They are a group of musicians with a smooth progressive rock style. The band includes: Eli Winderman on keyboards, Rob Compa on guitar, Chuck Jones on the bass, Scotty Zwang on drums, and Luke Stratton provides superb sound and lights engineering.
Chicago-based music duo Flosstradamus decided that Denver was the place to be for 4/20 this year, bringing the 2nd annual HDYFEST with them to Red Rocks for the “holiday.”. HDYFEST’s lineup boasted a strong roster of supporting acts in addition to the headliners, consisting of Chill Harris, Valentino Khan, Snails and of course Flosstradamus. The energy was high, the music was loud, and an overwhelming sense of anticipation filled the Rocks as the crowd filed in on an overcast Wednesday afternoon.
So last weekend Cultureheads…..what a wild weekend indeed. If you noticed last week's CC Approved post, then you know that some serious shenanigans were set to ensue, and although I personally experienced a few of those shows on the agenda, I'd like to focus this post on the experience that I had on Friday night up at Red Rocks.
The annual Great American Beer Festival held in Denver every September can’t easily be summed up in one phrase. You’ve got to use a bunch of different ones to really give some perspective. It’s basically the Rose Bowl of beer festivals, the Granddaddy of them all. It eats other beer festivals for breakfast. It is to adults what an annual trip to Disney World is to kids...which explains why so many adults manage to make the pilgrimage to GABF at least once in their lifetime, much like many kids yearn to get to the Magic Kingdom just once. And the GABF is equally magical. No doubt.
This year Colorado Culture had the pleasure of attending The Great American Beer Festival at the Colorado Convention Center. This is easily one of the best events of the year in and around Colorado, not just because of the diversity in beer that you get to try but also because of the thousands of people that travel to Denver to attend. With more space, more breweries, more beer, and more people than any other festival of its kind GABF is like Vegas…except for beer. A total adult playground. This year definitely topped the charts.