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Colorado Culture magazine is an online comprehensive resource for all things Colorado. Full of cultural articles, ideas, and events that are easily accessible and informative, it appeals to culture enthusiasts of all ages and types with a goal to serve Colorado and the people who visit with a fresh look on the vast culture that thrives here.

Viceroy: Interview

Viceroy: Interview

It’s no secret that Denver loves dance music.  Over the past half a decade or so we have become renowned for supporting all genres of it, although we are most known as lovers of bass...so much so that fans and artists alike have taken to calling Denver the “Bass Capital” of the U.S.  With that in mind, it’s refreshing to see that there are people within the local scene (shout out to TheHundred Presents) working hard to bring in artists that will help broaden these bassheads’ musical horizons, and San Francisco-based Viceroy is one of those artists who is capable of doing just that.


 

The self-styled “Dance game Jimmy Buffett” and “Sultan of Summer” was kind enough to sit down with us this past weekend before his scheduled DJ set at Club Vinyl to chat about his music, his future plans, the music scene where he calls home, and of course, culture.

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Midweek Summer Fun: Denver Cruisers

Midweek Summer Fun: Denver Cruisers

Colorado Culture representative Nic Vasquez rolled down to Denver Cruisers this week to snap a few photos of the action. They meet up at Ginn Mill every Wednesday throughout the summer between 7-9pm then 400-1000 hooligans bike through the streets of Denver to a party destination littered with tasty jams, food on wheels, and drinks galore. Check it out if you're free on a Wednesday evening during the next 20 weeks.


 

All photos copy written to Terrestrial Media 2016 all rights reserved

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Matoma Interview

Matoma Interview

Everybody loves remixes.  Ever since the rise of electronic music, remixes of existing tracks have been on the crest of seemingly every new wave of music.  Some of them serve to augment the original track a bit, while others look to change the vibe completely.  Matoma is one of those producers who manages to do both when he gets his hands on a track.  He pays homage to the original by preserving the lyricism and overall message, but manages to make the track his own by injecting his unique blend of tropical house beneath the lyrical flows, making his sound truly one of a kind.  And now that he is set to take the stage at the Gothic Theater this evening, we'd like to bring you some insight on the man behind the music.  Meet Matoma, Cultureheads.

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Flux Pavilion Interview

Flux Pavilion Interview

Music has come a long way since it’s origin, and as each generation has come and gone so have so many genres and styles. As people have progressed. so has the music. As technology has taken form and shaped our futures it has also changed the way we not only make music, but also the way we listen to it. Growing up, our parents wondered just what it was that we were listening to. Most didn’t understand the noise coming from our speakers or headphones, and to some of them that’s all it was. If you are at the high-end of the millennial spectrum then chances are your parents were old enough to go to Woodstock, to live through the age of rock, motown, and the birth of soul.  Their parents most likely saw the birth of the blues, and jazz, and were able to track the influence made on all other music genres by this cultural revolution emanating from the American South.


They bore witness to the introduction of a technology that only 30-40 years earlier hadn't even been possible...because electricity didn’t even exist yet. Music has been around since the first ear heard the first sound, but in the last 120 years music has transformed cultures in a way that was unimaginable for thousands of years before. With each passing generation, a new genre is born all sounding different than the last, but all also incorporating a piece of the sounds that had come before. To some it was noise, but to others it was musical bliss: serving as a bridge to a happy place in life and time. This is what music is, and we’ve talked about it many times before. It’s different for all of us...but intrinsically the same.


Now, imagine a world where every sound that’s ever existed now has a soundbite, a tiny sample that can be repeated over and over again with ease. This is the day and age that we live in. With the development of technology, artists and musicians are pushing the limits of what they can create using every sound resource readily available. Sound experimentation has been around for thousands of years, but the ease with which artists can access different sounds has not. Although sound sampling has gained popularity in the last 40 years, it’s never been as streamlined as it is now.

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Del The Funky Homosapien

Del The Funky Homosapien

The 1st annual Larimer Block Party was held last weekend, and looked by all accounts to be a resounding success.  With an eclectic lineup of both local talent and imported acts playing across four different stages, the festival itself was an undertaking the likes of which this part of Larimer hasn't seen in a while.  But thanks to the efforts of our friends at AEG, as well as those of the owners of Cold Crush, Meadowlark, and Larimer Lounge, the event went off without a hitch, and drew a sizeable crowd to boot.  But more on that in a minute.  What we'd like to talk about first is the fact that this event allowed us an opportunity to talk with one of the headliners, a hip-hop legend.  Some just call him Del.  Others call him Del the Funky Homosapien, Deltron Zero, Sir Dizi, and Del the Ghost Rapper.  We were lucky enough to gain some insight on his current tour, what motivates him to keep making new music, some of his homies and collaborators, and even a bit on his famous cousin Ice Cube. Check it.

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Mitis

Mitis

A few weeks back we at Colorado Culture were fortunate enough to have a chance to sit down in the green room at the Fox Theatre in Boulder and have a chat with MitiS.  And now thanks to the homie Elliott Trout, we have a video to show you guys of what exactly we talked about.  (Excuse the bass that thumps throughout the video, as mentioned we were backstage before MitiS' set, so that noise is probably just Dirt Monkey out there getting lit).  Needless to say though, we were stoked to get this opportunity, and can't wait for the next time MitiS swings through town.  Enjoy Cultureheads!

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Bear Grillz Interview

Bear Grillz Interview

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.

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Markus Schulz Interview

Markus Schulz Interview

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.

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Greener Grounds "Momentous" Album Release and Tour

Greener Grounds "Momentous" Album Release and Tour

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.

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Gone For Good

Gone For Good

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:

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Belong Designs

Belong Designs

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.

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SoDown EP Release Party: Cervantes' Other Side

SoDown EP Release Party: Cervantes' Other Side

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."

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Community Service Apparel

Community Service Apparel

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.

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Lupus is What I Got

Lupus is What I Got

 

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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.

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Music Unites Us All

Music Unites Us All

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.  

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Movies Set and Filmed in Colorado

Movies Set and Filmed in Colorado

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.

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Souls In Action

Souls In Action

"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.

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Souls in Action is one of my favorite companies in Colorado. Love em!
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Dopapod

Dopapod

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.

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Flosstradamus

Flosstradamus

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.  

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Surviving Cancer

Surviving Cancer

Hello Colorado Culture,
My name is Jill and I am an ovarian cancer survivor.  Therefore, I feel it is important to share a little of my story, as well as making others aware of the importance of taking care of themselves

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Interviews/Features

Elyza Castillo
10 October 2017
Interviews/Features
If you’ve never heard of Canadian Vomitstep producer SNAILS you sure have now. This Sluggtopia king ...
Elyza Castillo
01 August 2017
Interviews/Features
The crew at Colorado Culture had the opportunity to chat with Johnny, Taylor, and Justin of Eminence...
Maddi Shea
18 April 2017
Interviews/Features
April 20th is an enormously celebrated holiday for the Mile High City as the bustling spring weekend...

Colorado Culture Approved

Danielle Caho
28 July 2017
Colorado Culture Approved
  With less than one week until Arise music festival, Colorado is gearing up for one o...
Maddi Shea
23 May 2017
Colorado Culture Approved

Colorado Culture Approved May 21st through May 27th..

Event Reviews

Danielle Caho
14 September 2017
Event Reviews
Every year Red Rocks Amphitheater hosts a variety of musical genres and artists and each year Colora...
Danielle Caho
13 August 2017
Event Reviews
Once again festival goers arrived in masses to take on Arise festival 2017. Celebrating their fift...
Danielle Caho
24 June 2017
Event Reviews
In life as we grow older it becomes harder and harder for us to find magic in the world around us. T...

Beer Central

Kevin Lucas
06 October 2016
Colorado Culture Approved
Interviews/Features
It’s that time of year again Cultureheads: the time when the convention center downtown opens it’s d...
Dallas Perrault
05 August 2016
Beer Central
Event Reviews
Summer Brew Fest has been held annually on the 4th Friday and Saturday of July at Mile High Station ...
Kevin Lucas
20 July 2016
Beer Central
One of the things that we are fortunate to do a lot of here at Colorado Culture is interview music a...

Colorado Sounds

Maddi Shea
06 February 2017
Colorado Culture Approved
Colorado Sounds
Keeping up with the tradition of bringing you Colorado artists booming with potential we'd like to t...
Kevin Lucas
02 June 2016
Interviews/Features
Colorado Sounds
For those who know Andy Immerman, they know that he is both a mainstay over at Souls in Action Enter...
Josh Noreen
22 May 2016
Colorado Sounds
Interviews/Features
We here at Colorado Culture are proud to announce our involvement with this year’s Global Dance Fest...

Culture Cultivators

Kevin Lucas
14 July 2016
Interviews/Features
Culture Cultivators
Question: what do Bassnectar, Hieroglyphics, and the String Cheese Incident have in common?  Gi...
Josh Noreen
11 May 2016
Culture Cultivators
Eco-friendly hauler Gone For Good was started by Reid Husmer in 2009 with an idea borne from an expe...
Kevin Lucas
10 May 2016
Culture Cultivators
Follow your passion.  Do what you love.  Find where you Belong.  Such is the mantra o...

This is Colorado

Kelsey Voskamp
16 April 2017
Colorado Culture Approved
This is Colorado
There is a moment when in the wilderness where everything is quiet except for the sounds of nature. ...
Josh Noreen
23 November 2016
Colorado Culture Approved
This is Colorado
Colorado's culture is as vibrant and full of positivity as anywhere else in the world. There are so ...

Cultured Contributions

Alexandria Vance
18 October 2016
Cultured Contributions
We all know and love the wild variety and rugged beauty that Colorado offers. Many of us have fallen...
Kyle Roach
18 October 2016
Cultured Contributions
"Every once in a while people cross our paths that have natural abilities to speak their hearts. The...
Colorado Culture
05 May 2016
Cultured Contributions
  My name is Josie Wolf and I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SL...

Event Previews

Danielle Caho
08 June 2017
Event Previews
As the 2017 festival season kicks off music lovers from all around prepare for one of Colorado’s big...
Maddi Shea
16 February 2017
Event Previews
Trap pioneer Flosstradamus returns to Colorado on 4/20 for his second installation of HDYFest on the...
Maddi Shea
23 October 2016
Event Previews
Colorado Culture Approved
It's almost here—Safe in Sound tour comes to First Bank Center on November 4th and we could not...