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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.

Terravita

Terravita

The guys in Terravita are no strangers to the electronic music scene.  Rising out of the Boston rave scene in the early 2000s, they initially started out as a drum n’ bass act, but have diversified along with the scene….incorporating elements of dubstep and trap into their mixes since.  They’re veterans of the festival circuit at this point as well, with appearances at the likes of EDC and Shambhala among their credits.  Oddly enough, the last time they played here in Colorado was at a much smaller venue in comparison to Red Rocks….we had the chance to ask Jon and Chris about that, as well as a variety of other…..conversation pieces.

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Fun Da Mentalist

Fun Da Mentalist

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.

 

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Divide Music Festival 2016: Fraser, CO

Divide Music Festival 2016: Fraser, CO

This past weekend we had the honor of covering the inaugural edition of Divide Music Festival. Set in the beautiful mountain town of Fraser, CO just past Winter Park Resort, Divide offered some of the best music of our generation: featuring a carefully crafted lineup that served as a perfect blend of old and new. We saw performances by the Cold War Kids, JR JR, Saint Motel, Bleachers, The Coteries, Paper Lights, Cake, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Passion Pit, Kid Cudi, The Fray, Miike Snow, and Blondie. Filling out the lineup were some of Colorado's’ best up and comers like Edison, Modern Suspects, and local hip hop act Splyt. We enjoyed a plethora of outdoor activities from camping to hiking, as the festival grounds are bordered by the Continental Divide and surrounded by 360 degree views of Colorado’s beautiful Rocky Mountains. When it was all said and done, to put it simply, our experience was one that we hope to duplicate for years to come.

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Global Dance Festival 2016

Global Dance Festival 2016

Cement legs and fatigue.  Those two words best describe how I felt upon entering Day 3 of Global Dance Festival. I am all too familiar with this feeling having played sports all my life, nothing new. However I am not going for glory on the field; I have spent the past 2 days crawling up and down Red Rocks. As I approach the press entrance on day 3, I realize just how much this weekend has been lifting me up and dropping me dirty. I give a quick moment of silence to my calves which will assuredly become paste by the end of this wild ride.

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Denver Summer Brewfest

Denver Summer Brewfest

One of the things that we are fortunate to do a lot of here at Colorado Culture is interview music artists from around the world about a variety of different topics.  No matter the artist however, we’ve got a stock question that we like to ask everyone, mainly because it always prompts such diverse and interesting answers.  The question is (since we’re Colorado CULTURE) “what does culture mean to you?”  And it’s a bit of a two-parter, this first part just concerns defining the term itself, and the second part involves defining it as it applies to Colorado.  For the second part, the answer (more often than not) contains something to do with weed and/or bass music.  Which is something we’ve always found to be a bit curious.  No one hardly ever mentions beer.

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Shwayze @ Cervantes 7/15/16

Shwayze @ Cervantes 7/15/16

 

Photo Review by Tyler Potter.

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LUMBERJVCK @ Rawkus, 7/15/16

LUMBERJVCK @ Rawkus, 7/15/16

Once again I walked into Colorado Springs small town venue, Rawkus, on July 15th not knowing what to expect. Once again I was seeing an artist I had never really heard much about before. Once again I was absolutely taken back by the performance I witnessed.

Photo by Mike DeVita

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Barely Alive @ Rawkus 6/28/16

Barely Alive @ Rawkus 6/28/16

As many of us head bangers know there’s absolutely nothing better than whipping your hair around trying to break your necks to dubstep, which is exactly what the crowd was doing during Barely Alive’s set at Rawkus in Colorado Springs this past Saturday.

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Jake Schneider

Jake Schneider

Question: what do Bassnectar, Hieroglyphics, and the String Cheese Incident have in common?  Give up?  Well aside from being some of the heaviest hitters in their respective genres of music, they also all happen to share representation at the same talent agency: Madison House.

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Global Dance Festival 2016

Global Dance Festival 2016

Every year around the middle of July, ravers in Colorado and far beyond stir towards Red Rocks. It is here where the rave truly meets the rocks, where Global Dance Festival occurs over 3 surreal summer nights.

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Arise Music Festival @ Sunrise Ranch, Loveland

Arise Music Festival @ Sunrise Ranch, Loveland

Get ready. Arise is coming. Connect mind, body, and soul all in a three-day festival from August 5th through the 7th at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. Even with a stacked lineup like Jurassic 5, Papadosio, Elephant Revival, Bass Physics, Arise is workshop and yoga oriented giving it a special and unique appeal. Unlike the popular corporate run festivals currently dominating the scene, the roots run deep with Arise, allowing it to blossom like a beautiful perennial for its fourth straight year.

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Dead Rocks 2016: Zeds Dead @ Red Rocks Amphitheater

Dead Rocks 2016: Zeds Dead @ Red Rocks Amphitheater

 Amidst the surrounding rumors that dubstep is dead, top-tier acts like Zeds Dead still know how to keep it fresh on the big stage.


 When it comes to their signature headliner set at Red Rocks Amphitheater, it’s no question they come ready to rattle bones and shake entire psyches. Given that the Toronto-based DJ/Producer duo sold out the entire amphitheater, it is ironically and affectionately known as Dead Rocks when they come to play. This third-edition was far from dead; with heavyweight support and a slew of fresh tracks after a long hiatus of releases, Zeds Dead brought a rude awakening Thursday night to those who take heavy bass music lightly.

In broad daylight, I walked into Red Rocks Thursday before the doors were scheduled to open. As I looked up from the press pit, I noticed that there were 4, maybe 5 people also meandering around the amphitheater. Hm, this struck me as odd, for I had never seen the venue SO EMPTY. This familiar feeling of the calm before the storm sat in the air rigidly. That’s when Pusher broke the stillness with the sounds of future synths to warm up the night. His song selection fit the mood of the headliner well. as the music started to develop its hype sounds, it also started to dive deeper into thick garage house.

Rezz is an act that I’ve seen lurking across various lineups this year, but I never investigated further. She opened up her set with the mega-popular Pretty Lights track “I Know The Truth” and already I knew this girl wasn’t messing around. Clad in a typical forward-facing baseball cap and a pair of not-too-typical LED goggles, her incredibly unique presence clashed strongly with her selection of riddim and dark bass music. Rezz was another opener that played on the headliner’s deep, sub-bass saturated style - refreshing it was to hear new era dubstep played with classic neuro-bass.

The night would take several turns after the relatively chilled-out openers. Festival hot-shot NGHTMRE took an earlier-than-expected slot and brought his tasteful brand of mind-bending bootlegs. This was my first time seeing NGHTMRE live but I was no stranger to his production and DJ style. Taking intros to popular songs and twisting them into a gnarly drop, NGHTMRE keeps a dynamic mixture of sing-along jams that metamorph into massive bangers. The list of songs I could mention would break the internet, but the one that hit me was his recent collaboration with Dillon Francis, “Need You”. The moombahton slapper combines two amazingly talented producers with a knack for pumping out dance-ready tracks. The crowd let out a huge roar at each drop, with the front 10 rows jumping like kangaroos. NGHTMRE also had a strange and extremely noticeable sound cut half way through the set, presumably for the stage crew to remedy recurring issues throughout the night. When NGHTMRE stepped off, I rushed back to the pit for my most anticipated act of the night: Lil Dicky.

Many attendees were confused at the dynamic of having an emcee follow a hot DJ in the middle of the lineup, but “professional rapper” Lil Dicky is far from cold. Not exactly what you’d expect from emcees today; Lil Dicky is a white, red-haired Jewish guy who - very articulately - raps about his shortcomings, being a nerdy white guy, being awkward around women, etc. But it’s so gangster. With nearly impeccable flow, Dicky cracks the crowd up with a genuine display of charisma. His most popular song at the moment is arguably “Save That Money” featuring Fetty Wap. Speaking of whom - Dicky couldn’t show without a decent hype man, so under the most epic stage in America the 17/38-lord Fetty Wap brought his dance moves and distinguishable voice to the set. For the finale, Dicky ended with another catchy and relatable jam “Lemme Freak”. He put a comedic twist on the song by pulling a girl on stage and, well… I want to call it a strip tease! Pantsless, Dicky tried - and maybe succeeded - in wooing a sweet honey off the stage, leaving the crowd laughing, a little bit shocked, and ready to get back into the EDM side of things.

Tchami, a festival headliner in his own right, was slated as the direct support for the night. The mastermind behind many big tracks of yester-year (he had his hand in the production of Turn Down For What), Tchami is a tsunami of massive bass house that takes on a variety of timbres. Unfortunately I don’t have anything objective to say about the set. It tickles my insides when supremely prolific DJ’s can take individual songs in the set and encapsulate my attention into seeing it as one whole cohesive song. A classic case of whole being worth more than the sum of its parts, Tchami set the bar high for the main act. However, these Canadians aren’t ones to be trifled with behind the decks.

When I was a baby raver, Zeds Dead at Decadence was the first massive-scale electronic act I had ever seen. From then on I have tumbled down the EDM rabbit hole all the way to seeing them headline Red Rocks for a third time. Throughout this period, Zeds Dead has never once conformed to a specific genre of EDM. From the Hot Sauce EP to whatever mysterious sorcery they are currently cooking up in the studio for their first full-length album, they’ve touched about every genre possible. Thursday night was a mish-mosh of everything you would expect from a Zeds Dead set. There was grimey dubstep, bouncy deep house, uplifting drum & bass and about a million bass shaking the rocks.

Even with an extensive portfolio of originals, it’s difficult for Zeds Dead to fit in the entire discography within a 2-hour set. It’s interesting watching them develop as artists by seeing which songs they axe from their live sets. Classics like “Rude Boy” and “White Satin” were obvious keepers, but the lack of collaborator Omar LinX present ruled out big hits like “Out For Blood” and “Cowboy”. Slightly to my dismay, I made up for my hurt feelings with raging. I was forced to get my groove on however during the deep, Euro-club shuffle music stage of the night. It was during this point we saw special guests that even had my slightly jaded self flabbergasted. When a song like “Lost You” comes on, it’s already enough to put the crowd in a frenzy. The song took a new face - or rather two - when singers Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy joined the stage to belt out the haunting falsetto verses. From there, it was right back into the dirty-to-deep genre flipping style they have perfected.

Some people have a difficult time following an artist as they transition from one style from the next. However if Zeds Dead made the same exact music they did 5 years ago, they wouldn’t have the expansive fan base they do. They didn’t play my favorite song which I was dearly hoping for, but as much as I wanted to say it was a downer it shows their growth. If anything it showed me how even with new music years later, Zeds Dead is still the same beast with the same face-melting tricks. The same tricks that made their third Red Rocks headliner a massive success and to put the duo at the top of the DJ pecking order, maintaining their reputation for unmatched freshness.

After Party Photo By Nick Veres

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Proper Sundays: Sharam

Proper Sundays: Sharam

For fans of the techno/house scene here in Denver, the crew over at Afterhours Anonymous is a well-known entity at this point.  Since their founding they have become renowned for their late-night warehouse parties, but as time has passed they have expanded their repertoire into the more conventional hours of the day as well.  Their Proper Sundays events on the patio at Beta Nightclub have become a summertime staple in the Denver music scene, doubling down on their ability to bring in top-notch talent from around the world….and also people’s aptitude for “Sunday Funday.”  And when Sharam showed up on the Beta patio, it was no exception.  

Originally rising to fame as one half of Deep Dish (along with Dubfire), Sharam’s independent productions have both been supported in the underground circuit, as well as on the international charts.  He also has an “Essential Mix of the Year” under his belt, with his August 2009 Essential Mix from Pete Tong’s show being voted to that distinction by BBC listeners.  With his site describing his sound as “Ibiza in Vegas”, Sharam showed up in Denver to spread that sound on the Funktion 1, to support of his new album “Retroactive”, and to answer a few of our questions.

 

 

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Sonic Bloom 2016

Sonic Bloom 2016

The new, now permanent location of Sonic Bloom, is a place that ignites the senses; a blooming, euphoric, celebratory sanctuary where people can go to BE. Located beneath the heavenly Spanish Peaks of Rye, CO, thousands of people gathered, coexisted and celebrated the infinite beauty and awe-inspiring creativity that has helped blossom the Electronic Music community in Colorado.

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Westword Music Showcase @ The Golden Triangle, 6/25/16

Westword Music Showcase @ The Golden Triangle, 6/25/16

What a day leading to a wild night. Arguably the event to be at this past weekend, Westword Music Showcase was a spectacular taste of the Colorado music scene. This buffet of music saw artists from near and far at several venues around town.

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Dirty Clean Presents: DJDS, Bedrockk, Mosis, Gunkst & Lemon Future 6/24/16

Dirty Clean Presents: DJDS, Bedrockk, Mosis, Gunkst & Lemon Future 6/24/16

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.

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Catching up with Greener Grounds

Catching up with Greener Grounds

We've been following these guys for about the past year now, and are proud at the strides that they have made.  For this piece, we had a chance to catch up with lead guitarist Joe Shur, rhythm guitarist Mat Buelt, and drummer AJ Gilman to talk about their upcoming album "Momentous" as well as plans for the summer and the rest of 2016.

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Gramatik @ Red Rocks Amphitheater, 6/21/16

Gramatik @ Red Rocks Amphitheater, 6/21/16

Last friday was an unbelievable performance at Red Rocks!! Gramatik destroyed his set, along with Hippie Sabotage, Sweater Beats, The Geek X VRV, and ProbCause for support. The night was filled with a wide variety of music from Hip Hop, Trap, Jam and Heavy Bass music. There were even some special guests at the end of their Gramatik set. If you were not able to attend this fantastic evening, here is our summary of how the night went.

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Enchanted Forest Gathering Preview - Black Oak Ranch CA - July 22-24th, 2016

Enchanted Forest Gathering Preview - Black Oak Ranch CA - July 22-24th, 2016

Photo By Reid Godshaw at Harmonic Light

Tribe, I want to tell you about something really magic, a place that connects us all... Summer is the perfect time to let loose and get connected with those around you. To immerse yourself into a frequency that only festivals can bring. The family you immediately build and community helps you grow in just a few short days. With yoga, saunas, and an incredible lineup featuring Ayla Nereo and Shpongle, there is nothing this festival is missing. Just one thing you won’t notice; alcohol.

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The Wizard Of Kras: An Interview With Grammy-Winner Eric Krasno

The Wizard Of Kras: An Interview With Grammy-Winner Eric Krasno

Ever heard of Eric Krasno? Chances are that's a yes; from co-founding Lettuce and Soulive to writing for a slew of musicians you probably HAVE heard of (50 Cent, Norah Jones, Talib Kweli to name a few), Krasno has had his hands and head fully submerged in the sea that is the music industry for the past 2 decades. Despite winning two Grammy awards, his upcoming album marks first time in his career featuring his voice. We got a chance to dig into this musical mastermind's head:

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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
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The crew at Colorado Culture had the opportunity to chat with Johnny, Taylor, and Justin of Eminence...
Maddi Shea
18 April 2017
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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
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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
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Once again festival goers arrived in masses to take on Arise festival 2017. Celebrating their fift...
Danielle Caho
24 June 2017
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Beer Central

Kevin Lucas
06 October 2016
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It’s that time of year again Cultureheads: the time when the convention center downtown opens it’s d...
Dallas Perrault
05 August 2016
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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
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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
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Trap pioneer Flosstradamus returns to Colorado on 4/20 for his second installation of HDYFest on the...
Maddi Shea
23 October 2016
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